Category: Music

October 2016 news:

Murmur the band. A few Wollongong gigs coming up.

Some recent publicity for the band from Illawarra Mercury.

“Captivating: Murmur perform at Folk By The Sea at Kiama. After a

spectacular Saturday, the event was moved indoors on Sunday.”

June 2016 news

Welcome to the site for Australian musician Luke O’Neill.

Recent musical activities have been playing with drummer David Gale and bassist Matt Dickson in the groove band project Murmur. We starting to do a few more gigs around the area. Murmur played last weekend in Figtree and have just been confirmed for the Kiama ‘Folk by the sea’ Festival on Sunday September 25. (We’re on the mainstage at 1.30pm). More info:

June 2014

Welcome to the website of Sydney based musician Luke O’Neill.

At the moment doing some recording with guitarist Mike Caen (see photo). We’re discussing guitar duet ideas for live work. A real pleasure to play with Mike.

Mid March 2014

Welcome to the website of Sydney based musician Luke ONeill.

Performed a set a blues and jazz tunes with South african singer Trude Aspeling on Sunday afternoon (23/3/14). The concert was put on by Leichardt City Council and was held in Lilyfield War Memorial Park. A great community music event. Other acts were Wendy Matthews and her band.

July 2013

Hi , welcome to  the site for Australian guitarist Luke O’Neill.

I have been taking some time to read some interviews from a pile of ‘downbeat’ music magazines from the 70′s;

master drummers like Philly Joe Jones and Tony Williams, bassist Alfonso Johnson, conga player Mongo Santamaria…Guitarists: Santana and Phil Manzanera. Philly Joe had some interesting things to say on touring overseas and eeking out an existence as a jazz player in the U.S…how in Europe there were great gigs and appreciation but he was at home in the U.S.; this is where he chose to work even if that meant it wasn’t as easy financially.

Professional artistic people have to make these decisions all the time.

August 2012 news

August, 2012 update for the website of Australian musician Luke O’Neill.

Hello all,

Here is an artwork by Picton artist Ruby Little-Clarke. Definitely makes me miss those Picton hills!

Lately I’ve been enjoying working on film soundtrack composition and sound design as part of my teaching at the Centre for Digital Media and Design at Wollongong Tafe. The facilities, staff and the students there are great. Sadly the newly introduced budgetary cut backs by TAFE NSW means the CDMD section will only have our invaluable technical officer Colin Coakes 1.5 days a week rather than full-time. A real blow to the sections ability to function at full steam. In the recording studio I’ve had some fun with ‘Two trains through Treetops’, a soundscape scored for four electric guitars and 4 bowed cymbals. It is my sonic take on the the ugly and amazing sounds two coal trains make as they intersect each other near my home in Stanwell Park. With the help of my friend Ricky Zalewski an mp3 will be up soon…actually try this  (it starts very gradually, so be patient): Two Trains 64kb (Wind-GTR and Wave-Bowed Cymbals)

April 2012 news

Just back from a 10 day travel through the South Island of N.Z. Did some research into the music scene and there seems to be potential for touring next year to festivals in Cardona, Dunedin and Queenstown.

Here in Oz, we have a Mutual Acquaintances gig on this Saturday (the 21st) in Wollongong at the Illawarra Folk Club (

In the ‘New Music’ area I’ve recently visited Kraig Grady, a Wollongong based Californian composer, to discuss ideas on a piece I’ve started work on that will need

a ‘Just Intonation’ approach. Kraig and his partner Terumi Narushima are composers who create much of their work with this tuning system. For more on Kraig’s music go to

November news

As usual the year races by. Reminded myself to get 6 new pieces recorded and uploaded by December 20.

Love a deadline. Life’s little distractions are the things to avoid. Planning to do rough demos by the end of this month.

Workshopping some of the tunes with Emma Knott who is a great classical flautist.

Photo here is of Guerilla Bay, near Moruya, by Robbie.

Celtic band tour

Just got back from the ‘Mutual Acquaintances’ tour of the Southern Highlands. Playing Celtic and original celtic infused pieces this band features Michael Spencer on accordion/vocals. Ian Barker (bouzouki/vocals), Brett Geyer on Uillean pipes and myself on guitar.

We played Berrima and Marulan saturday lunch and evening respectively. The concerts were well received and CD sales were good.

Luke O’Neill/ guitar music

Steps toward recording

Currently completing an arrangement of ‘Kites’. The notation software ‘Sibelius’ is invaluable for this stage of the process, while for other application software they went to Tech Fabric company, the best source for Phoenix software development. Also putting together a list of other pieces that will work together as an album; Celtic influences but also some Brazilian tones coming through on the songs ‘Nightbird’ and ‘Magnolia’.

Lake St. Clair, Tasmania (photo by Robbie Lambert)

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