Winners of Best Live Act at the NI Music Awards 2019, Sister Ghost is the project of Derry based artist Shannon Delores O’Neill along with her ghoul-in-crime Maeve Mulholland. With a background playing in bands from the age of 12, O’Neill saw Sister Ghost as an opportunity to do things her way for the first time. She began writing and demoing in her attic – singing and playing everything herself on an 8-track recorder before enlisting friends to bring Sister Ghost to completion.
Playing noisy, spectral art-rock with a pop & literary heart, O’Neill and Mulholland marshal a diverse set of influences in a singular way – from the ‘Seattle sound’ to the likes of Sonic Youth, Veruca Salt, Patti Smith and Kate Bush.
Shannon has been recognised for mentoring and encouraging other female & non-binary musicians to perform in the Northern Irish scene, having also set up the Girls Rock! NI chapter in 2016. Sister Ghost has had press in The Guardian, garnered high profile support slots with Shellac, Pussy Riot, Petrol Girls, Fontaines DC and Le Butcherettes as well as airplay on BBC 6 Music and a Next Wave Artist slot on BBC Radio 1.
With plans for a debut album in the works; equal parts emphatic and earworming, Sister Ghost’s new material is their most vital to date.