Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle

Based in Ewing NJ



Irish Traditional and Ballads. Great for parties, wedding cocktail hours and pubs.

Ballycastle performs as a duo, trio or quartet depending upon client needs. They are available for stage performances, background music for parties or dinners, ceremony music for weddings, funerals, bereavements, and church services.

Bill O’Neal has performed Irish & American folk music full long and many a day here in the states and in Ireland as well. He is a founding member of Ballycastle Band. Performing as a duo, trio or quartet depending upon client needs, the band is available for stage performances, background music for parties or dinners, ceremony music for weddings, funerals, wakes and church services. Bill also plays solo now and again.

“Bill O’Neal is famous for his Irish music but he is also great with contemporary music. What a phenomenal voice! He and Joe Kramer serenaded Bill and me tonight (at Mamma Rosa’s). Great time!” -Terri Purcell July 2017

Bill has performed with rock bands since his teenage years. He and lead guitarist Joe Kramer (see below) have played more than a thousand gigs together, performing both contemporary tunes and Irish songs as well.

 

ZOOM Presentation on Migration of Irish/Scots Irish Music: 

“Thank you for your wonderful presentation last evening. It was very well received. I had several comments from members who attended and enjoyed it very much. It was kind of you to give of your extra time with so many encores. It was a lively event!” 

Princeton Present Day Club

 

Irish Session at Tir na nOg: 

“Thank you; this (Bill singing Toora Loora Loora to her daughter) was very special! Mairéad ( my oldest) said on the way home  ‘That Irish guy singing to me was awesome ‘ ☘️ We will be back”.

Jessica Hendricks Donahue

 

Historic Village at Allaire: 

Hi Bill. Wanted to reach out and tell you how much we enjoyed your and Andrew’s performance last Saturday at Allaire. You are truly a wonderful singer – the music was perfect for the day! I hope we can see you next year!!”

Bonnie Brown Historic Village at Allaire

 

Msgr Crean AOH Div 1: 

“They perform the greatest version of “Paddle Your Own Canoe” since the Wolf Tones!”

Phil Murray

 

Children’s Birthday Party: 

“You and Andrew were amazing and everyone loved your music ! I am so glad I found you! I hope you can play for a future event sometime.”

Michelle B. in Madison NJ 

 

Music House Recording Session:

“Thank you again for coming out tonight! It was a pleasure having you all (Kaitlin, Chris, Andrew, Bill) and everything sounded fantastic. I’m looking forward to working together again soon.”

Matt Kelly, Comma Music 

 

Outdoor Octoberfest Party: 

“Thanks again for playing on Saturday. You guys (Andrew and Bill) were great!”

Carissa K. 

 

Book Launch at Belmar Library:

“Everyone loved the (Ballycastle) band, including me!”

Sam Lyatt, Author of Higgins-The Pacificator

 

Not-for-Profit Fundraiser (Donation of musical performance with Andrew Koontz):

“On behalf of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, thank you for your generous support of our 17th annual Butterfly Festival “Wings Over the Watershed” held on August 12, 2017. The Butterfly Festival is one of our most successful efforts at community outreach and environmental education, and your sponsorship helped us make it a fun-filled day for all. More than 3,000 people attended the Butterfly Festival this year and enjoyed a day of fun, music and many activities including a tour of the Insect Zoo, visiting the Monarchs in the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, petting alpacas, and guided nature hikes. We appreciate your support of this special day.”

Jenny-Ann Kershner, Director of Development

 

Restaurant Performance:

“Bill O’Neal is famous for his Irish music but he is also great with contemporary music. What a phenomenal voice! He and Joe Kramer serenaded Bill and me tonight (at Mamma Rosa’s). Great time!”

Terri Purcell 

 

Restaurant Performance:

“Had a grand time at their (Andrew, Kaitlin & Bill) performance on St Patrick’s Day at O’Connor’s. Good music, good interaction with their audience. Look forward to seeing them again.”

William Kearns

 

Anniversary Party: Bill & Andrew

“Thank you and Andrew so much for playing at my in-laws 50th anniversary. U made the party so much fun!! We have gotten so many calls telling us how amazing you guys are. Apparently people were asking about you at the restaurant and listening by the doors! We hope we get to enjoy your music again…my husband said let’s get them for everything!!” Best

Eileen

 

Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Bill, Kaitlin & Andrew-EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE!
“Brought such a special touch to our wedding, both the ceremony and cocktail hour. They were professional, friendly, and sounded amazing. We’re so happy to have found them & highly recommend them. We received so many compliments!”

Katie F.

 

Gala Fundraiser: Bill, Chris & Andrew-

”It was a pleasure meeting you and your band on Saturday. The music was great and we got so many compliments from guests. It really set the tone for the evening.”

Erin O’D. Organization: Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Event: Fundraiser Madison, NJ

 

Wedding Reception Bill, Chris & Andrew

“Great background music for our Cocktail Hour!”

Joann D. 

 

Cultural Event in Hamilton, NJ:

“Always delivers. I have had the great pleasure of having Billy perform at many events I have run, everything from a small intimate pub night to an outside Irish festival to an event at the Trenton War memorial. At every event whether as a solo, duet or group, Billy has been the utmost professional, provided world class entertainment and entertained the crowds with a repertoire of music that appeals to all. Whatever you are looking for Billy can provide you will not be disappointed.”

Sean Pender  Organization: NJ AOH President

 

Cultural Event in Robbinsville, NJ: 

“I had the pleasure of meeting Bill several years ago and subsequently asked him to entertain audiences for various events over the past few years. I’ve found him to be a passionate musician with great talents and an all-around good guy. So many have witnessed him play solo, as a duet or with iterations of Ballycastle and gone home with a deeper sense/appreciation of Celtic music. I now call Bill a friend, highly recommend you hear him play and perhaps engage him when you are looking for a great entertainer.”

Dave Doran Organization: RIHA

 

Cultural Event in Plainsboro, NJ:

“Bill’s encyclopedic knowledge of these folk tunes and performance practice in this genre makes for a memorable experience. I consider him to be an institution in this area.”

Mark B.

 

Family Reunion:

“Bill has played at our family reunion and other events over the last 15 years. Bill’s vocals, song choices and interaction with our family and friends has always been fantastic. We love Irish music and we also love to hear Bill sing the songs. The other musicians that Bill has join him in the events are also top notch! Bill will bring that special added touch to your event. We have a graduation party this summer. My first thought in the planning was to have Bill play at the event! Thank you Bill and your friends for making our events lasting memories!”

Rich Clements in Robbinsville, NJ

 

 



Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle Redhaired Boy
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle streams of whiskey
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle Masons Apron
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle The Minstrel Boy
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle Rodneys Glory Rights of Man
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle Summer Sounds at Terhune Orchards
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle Welcome to Limerick
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle merry blacksmith rights of man
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle Star of the County Down
Bill ONeal Andrew Koontz Live Art All Night Trenton 2015
Bill O'Neal - Ballycastle Halo Pub Hornpipes