The Grail +
Gerry O'Neill solo

Irish band

Auckland Area

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The Grail comprises an exceptional group of Celtic musicians and composers. These multi-instrumental performers have travelled the world many times over playing music, in addition to recording music for film and television. Their own compositions are inevitably enriched by this extensive travel to the farthest reaches of the globe.
Numerous television and stage appearances include a performance at Australasia's APRA Music Awards.
Large scale orchestral credits include the composition and performance of music for the internationally touring Irish dance show, "Celtic Dance Force", as well as appearances in the massive 'Riverdance' stage extravaganza.

Roaring pub crowds and thunderous festival audiences have been captivated by the thrilling energy and celtic spirit of the band. Ever popular classic Irish songs are blended effortlessly with The Grail's critically acclaimed original tune sets to please the most demanding audiences. The dancing is addictive when the fiddle starts to fly, while everyone joins in the festivities as the band spreads its infectious humour and encourages light-hearted audience participation.
The Grail owes much of its success to a diverse repertoire, adjusting each performance to audience appeal.

Traditional Irish audiences love to sing along to classics such as "Whiskey In The Jar", "The Irish Rover" and "The Fields of Athenry". Contemporary audiences fill the dance floor to the music of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, U2, Thin Lizzy and Johnny Cash.

Contemporary pop audiences of every age will dance and sing along to songs by well known performers such as The Commitments, Johnny Cash, The Pogues and many more. Worldwide festivals have also added a wide range of international songs to the band's extensive repertoire. The Grail also dazzle audiences with their original compositions of jigs and reels.

The Grail offers an outstanding array of entertainment. The band praised by publicans and audiences from Dublin to Bangkok is available for short and long term contracts, and one-off gigs.
Bookings for this year and next year are currently being scheduled.

Where space and budget are an issue, Gerry O'Neill is available as a solo act

Ideal for: corporate function, private party, wedding, Ceilidh, Celtic themed event

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Auckland Irish band The Grail
The Grail and Auckland New Zealand Celtic band
The Grail Irish Scottish band
Similar acts in this area: Twisty Willow

 

 


 

 

Gerry Solo

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Previous experience:
Block bookings in holiday resorts around the world, including 2 summer seasons (6 nights per week for 6 months) in the world's greatest party island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean, 9 months playing in the tourist mecca of Phuket in Thailand (including gigs on Koh Samui and Phi Phi Island), and 3 months in America. A tour of Scotland England and Wales, culminating in playing for the Welsh rugby team on the night of their 6 nations rugby triumph.
Many gigs in and around Auckland including appearances at the Devonport food and wine festival, The Apra Music Awards, The Annual St Patrick's day parade, the Field Days festival in Hamilton, Afternoon gigs at massive race meetings at Ellerslie and Te Rapa racecourses, performance at the national Polo championship final, The Round-the-Bays race afterparty, and numerous other events and functions.

 

Gerry O'Neill - the band leader is also available as a solo act for smaller gigs and as a budget option.
Theme setting and dance music
a set list for Gerry Solo is in the Repertoire page

 

As well as the following list of songs,
We play many traditional Celtic tune sets,
featuring double fiddles, whistles, Irish pipes
and mandolin. These never fail to fill the dancefloor!!

LIVELY TRADITIONAL SONGS
The Irish Rover
Star of the County Down
Waxie's Dargle
Mhaire's wedding
Rare old mountain dew
Streams of whiskey
Tell me ma
Wild rover - Frankie Laine
Leaving of Liverpool
Bang on the ear
Dirty old town
Whiskey in the jar
Body of an American
Nighvisit
Johnny come lately
Drunken Sailor
If I should fall from grace with God

LIVELY MODERN
Red Red Wine - UB40
Steve Earl - Copperhead Road
Steve Earl - Galway girl
Van Morrisson - Brown eyed girl
Green Day - Good riddance
Luka Bloom - Couldn't have come at a better time
Van Morrison -Warm Love
Steelers Wheels - Stuck in the middle
Don McLean - American Pie
Leaving on a jet plane - John Denver
U2 - With or without you
Johnny Cash - I walk the line
Joker - Steve Miller
Waterboys - Fisherman's blues
Johnny Cash - Folsom prison blues
Rolling Stones - Honky tonk woman
Oasis - Wonderwall
Cat Stevens - First cut is the deepest
Monkees - I'm a believer
Blister in the sun
Lou Reed - Walk on the wild side
Lynard Skynard - Sweet home Alabama
U2 - Desire
Proclaimers - 500 miles
U2 - All I want is you
U2 - Still haven't found
John Denver - Country Roads
Ben E King - Stand by me
Neil Young - Rocking in the free world
Bob Marley - Redemption Song
Van Morrison - Gloria
Bob Marley - No woman no cry
Kenny Rogers - Gambler
John Denver - Leaving on a jet plane
Johnny Cash - Ring of fire
Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar
Rod Stewart - Maggie May

SLOW MODERN
U2 - One Tree Hill
Tom Petty - Free falling
Beatles - Let it be
Stoned me - Van Morrisson
Bob Dylan - The times they are a changing
One - U2
Pink Floyd - Wish you were here
Pogues - Rainy night in Soho
Bob Dylan - It ain't me babe
Bob Dylan - Knocking on heaven's door
Waterboys - A man is in love

SLOW TRADITIONAL SONGS
Galway shawl
Amazing grace
Carrickfergus
Loch Lomond
Green Fields of France
Flower of Scotland
Black is the colour
Black velvet band
Pair of brown eyes
Ride on
Rare old times
Wild mountain thyme
Wild rover
Wild colonial boy
Fields of Athenrye
Danny boy
Caledonia
Spancil Hill
Fairytale of New York
Molly Malone



Gerry's solo playlist:

Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
Galway girl - Steve Earle

Brown eyed girl - Van Morrisson

Good riddance - Green Day

Star of the County Down - traditional song

Whiskey in the jar - traditional song

Mhaire's wedding - traditional song

Rare old mountain dew - traditional song

Streams of whiskey - traditional song

Tell me ma - traditional song

Leaving of Liverpool - traditional song

Drunken Sailor - traditional song

Fairytale of New York - Pogues

Dirty old town - Pogues

Leaving on a jet plane - John Denver

With or without you - U2

I walk the line - Johnny Cash

Body of an American- pogues

Nighvisit - Christy Moore

Waxie's Dargle - Pogues

Wild rover - Frankie Laine

The Irish Rover Pogues

Bang on the ear - Waterboys

If I should fall from grace with God - Pogues

Johnny come lately - Steve Earle

Red Red Wine - UB40

Couldn't have come at a better time - Luka Bloom

Warm Love - Van Morrisson

Stuck in the middle - Steelers Wheels

American Pie - Don McLean

Joker - Steve Miller

Fisherman's blues - Waterboys

Folsom prison blues - Johnny Cash

Honky tonk woman - Rolling Stones

Wonderwall - Oasis

First cut is the deepest - Cat stevens

I'm a believer - Monkees

Blister in the sun - Violet femmes

Walk on the wild side - Lou Reed

Sweet home Alabama - Lynard Skynard

Desire - U2

500 miles - Proclaimers

All I want is you - U2

Still haven't found - U2

Country Roads - Country Roads

Stand by me - Ben E King

Rocking in the free world - Neil Young

Redemption Song - Bob Marley

Gloria - Van Morrisson

No woman no cry - Bob Marley

Gambler - Kenny Rogers

Leaving on a jet plane - Leaving on a Jetplane

Ring of fire - Johnny Cash

Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy

Maggie May - Rod Stewart

One Tree Hill - U2

Free falling - Tom Petty

Let it be - Beatles

Stoned me - Van Morrisson

The times they are a changing - Bob Dylan

One - U2

Wish you were here - Pink Floyd

Rainy night in Soho - Pogues

It ain't me babe - Bob Dylan

Knocking on heaven's door - Bob Dylan

A man is in love - Waterboys

Galway shawl - traditional song

Amazing grace - traditional song

Carrickfergus - traditional song

Loch Lomond - traditional song

Green Fields of France - Eric Bogle

Flower of Scotland - The Corries

Black is the colour - traditional song

Black velvet band - traditional song

Pair of brown eyes - Pogues

Ride on - Jimmy McCarthy

Rare old times - traditional song

Wild mountain thyme - traditional song

Wild rover - traditional song

Wild colonial boy - traditional song

Fields of Athenrye - traditional song

Danny boy - traditional song

Caledonia - Dougie McLean

Spancil Hill - traditional song

Molly Malone - traditional song


 

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Hi Robyn,
The Grail were absolutely amazing! Everyone loved them and were asking where we found such talent! We will defiitely recommend the Grail to eveyone we know.
They were very professional and some people said they sang Bob Dylan song better than Bob himself.
Without any doubt, we will listen to the Grail again at Father Teds.

Regards,
Larisa and Justin.
Jan 2013


Thanks Pete, the band was excellent they entertained everyone all evening from 3 year old upwards. Highly recommended . Thanks for the easy organisation
Sarah
Dec 2013

Hi Robyn,
Thank you for following up and for finding an awesome act for us! Your service has been excellent.
I can’t speak highly enough about Gerry. He was prompt in his communication, and accommodating with times and the setlist, he came early to set up the event & even helped with some song sheets that I wanted so our guests could join in. Nothing was too much trouble and Gerry set up an extra mike so myself, my fiancé and our guests could join in. Wonderful voice & musician,a true gentleman. He played all our favourites – which made the night for me! Everyone has commented on what a great night it was, so thanks again J

Happy for you to share my comments on the website.
Regards
AnnMarie & George Carroll
June 2012 (Gerry solo
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Hi Pete,
The Grail were darlings! Great and easy to deal with and such wonderful musicians! The crowd loved them and we will definitely try and have them back if we can. Just a matter of whether Ireland make it to the Quarter Finals or not and also what programming I’m asked to do for those weekends....
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