"The Irish Carrie Underwood"
- The Irish Times
"Seriously fresh mix of modern country and pop, with a fusion of distinctly Irish elements"
- Timeout Magazine London
"Complex... with an old school country voice"
- Irish Independent
Megan And The Common Threads weave a unique tapestry of country, blues, folk, funk & rock'n'roll.
Growing from the solo project of front-woman Megan O'Neill, who creates an infectious onstage energy with harmonising co-writers Dan Clark and Tom Smith (electric & acoustic guitars), their catchy but insightful songwriting underpins danceable grooves from Kesh Kanabar (bass) and Alessandro Tibaldi (drums), with Mairéad Furlong's Irish fiddle flourishing at the heart of their distinctive Celt-icana sound.
Hit US TV show Nashville (ABC/Lionsgate) featured Megan's track Don't You from her debut EP; Coming Home which was named UK EP of the Year by public vote at the W21 Music Awards.
Live shows include a special Oscars Week appearance in Los Angeles at the 2015 Oscar Wilde Awards on personal invitation of director JJ Abrams, plus performances for RTE2 Two Tube, Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2), BBC Ulster, BBC London, Irish Independent, Windmill Lane Sessions and Amazing Radio, with a live breakfast show session on Irish national station Today FM with Ian Dempsey. Megan's collaboration with Top 10 UK Chart act The Shires is out now on Decca Records (Universal Music).
A steely determination lies below Megan's trademark headscarf and sunny disposition. Gently setting aside the polished pop sheen of her solo recordings in favour of a more organic Americana sound, Megan has made some recent changes to her music team and the diminutive figure at the band's centre stands quietly in control of her musical direction.
2016 has seen acclaimed shows at C2C Country to Country Festival at London’s 02 Arena, a barnstorming performance to a sold out 700 capacity crowd at Time Out London's Rising Stars of Country show, a headline slot at Weyfest, Nashville Meets London Festival in Canary Wharf and full UK tours with CC Smugglers and W21 Music.
The band have just released their debut EP as a six-piece (February 2017) titled 'Stories to Tell' and produced by the legendary Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Roxy Music) at British Grove Studios. With touring and festival dates being added all the time, the future's looking bright for the 'Threads'...
"When the threads unite, they can tie the lion..."
- African Proverb