reaching back to the ancient bards.
In her new show titled A Celtic Christmas, Hilary promises a joyful concert of carols, harp and blarney.
“While the audience will know most of the songs, I do include some lesser-known carols from other cultures,” says Hilary.“The stories I tell are drawn from both history and myth, and take the form of rhyming and rhythmic poems.”
In verse, she slices open a Christmas pudding full of stories to make you laugh and cry.
Situations we can all relate to – from patchwork extended-family gatherings, to the plight of trying to choose the right presents. She tells of ancient Celtic customs that have now become Yuletide standards, and anecdotes of crafty little people sheltering from wind, rain and snow. Hilary is a recent resident on the Sunshine Coast. Her concerts have been described as “Musical devotion with an inner feeling of warmth, humour and connection to the human spirit.”
A tale about new beginnings
Drawing on her deep connection with Irish culture and her fascination for the edgy music of Broadway theatre, Hilary O’Neill brings to the cabaret stage, a mix of stories and songs, honouring those brave travellers in search of a new life in a strange new land.
An unforgettable evening of musical yarns about longing and despair; new love and love lost; wry humour, raw desire.
Featuring the haunting melodies of Irish laments and the evocative stage-music of Kurt Weill, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
In this production, Hilary O'Neill is joined by:
the brilliant and versatile pianist, Janet Brewer,
and Performance artist/puppeteer, David Erskine.