Within Manchester’s rich musical traditional there has always been something of a niche for female vocalists; from Elkie Brooks to Heather Small the gutsy power singer breathes in the Mancunian air and a star is born. Another such star may well be in the making in Tara O’Neill, the 16-year-old from Flixton who has been gathering attention locally.
First appearing on the radar when she was asked to sing with Urmston band The Rainband at Bury Met, Tara has made a small but impressive number of public performances over the last twelve months including The Beatles in Urmston commemorative concert and supporting The Stones, the Rolling Stones tribute band when they performed at Flixton Academy of Performing Arts where she is based.
Tara will next be seen at a rock and roll event in aid of St Mary’s Church, Davyhulme where she will be performing with headline act The Vincents as well as a raft of upcoming charity gigs. Her self-penned debut EP is currently in the works and due for a release later in the year. Meanwhile a taster of her own work, “Not Far Away”, has not only seen interest from BBCs Manchester and London but has also been picked to be the Single of the Week by Salford City Radio (FM 94.4) starting this Monday, 27 January, being played across the schedule.
With a strong powerful delivery that belies her young age, Tara O’Neill could well find that 2014 is her year.
Tara O’Neill will be appearing at Rock’n’roll at St Mary’s Davyhulme on 8 February along with The Vincents and The Jailbirds.