Joey O’Neil escaped the industrial depths of downtown Toronto to the blissful abyss of the Yukon wilderness.
Between chopping wood and conversing with common woodland critters 'round her cozy Klondike cabin, she makes up foolishly heartfelt Canadiana upon her trusty vintage guitar. Plucking folksily, O'Neil spins yarns of yearning and learning, distance and dreams.
Though most of her time is spent in survival mode as she cuts kindling hauls water with her canine sidekick, Oblio, Miss O'Neil released her first full-length album earlier this year. Produced by Nick Ferrio, Far, Far, Far is a collection of twelve tracks which speak of distance through the Canadian landscape, the separating of hearts and the cataloging of time. Train beats, walking bass and swelling lap-steel project these succinct songs into the folk-country realm, often earning a Stompin' Tom Conners comparison as O'Neil patriotically name-drops our nation's places. She often ventures back and forth between her territorial and provincial homelands playing intimate shows along the way.
What The Heck!
"O'Neil is like a brunette version of Joni Mitchell..."
- Grant Lawrence, Radio Host (CBC Radio 3)
"There's just so much honesty in the lyrics and the performance, it's hard not to get carried along."
- Dave White, Radio Host (CBC Radio 1: Airplay)
"Her lyrics are clever - she can melt you one minute and have you chuckling the next. Canada needs to make artists like Joey O'Neil more famous!"
- Jaymz Bee, Radio Host (JAZZ.FM91)
"Her smooth, folk-country vocals are expertly accompanied by twangs from Ferrio on lap-steel on tracks like What The Heck and Canada's Far."
- Tara McCarthy (North Of Ordinary)
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