Bill O’Neal has performed Irish & American folk music full long and many a day here in the states and in Ireland as well. He is a founding member of Ballycastle Band. Performing as a duo, trio or quartet depending upon client needs, the band is available for stage performances, background music for parties or dinners, ceremony music for weddings, funerals, wakes and church services. Bill also plays solo and with others from time to time.


©2018 and all prior years

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Upcoming Gigs

Fri Feb 9th  8p-Midnight Bristol AOH solo

Sun Feb 11 5-6p Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville–Worship in a New Key: Mystics and Meditation w/Celtic Liturgy 

Sat Mar 3rd 4-7p Private Party in Madison Community House w/Andrew & Kaitlin 

Sat March 10th Noon-2p Bill’s Olde Tavern w/Andrew

Sun March 11th 5-8p Hearthstone at Woodfield – Pemberton Private party w/Andrew

Tues March 13th 7-8:30p Mary Jacobs Library  in Rocky Hill w/Andrew

Wed March 14th 6-8p Belmar Public Library with Andrew & Chris


Sat March 17th Noon-2p Bill’s Olde Tavern w/Andrew

Sat March 17th  5-7p McCarthy Law Firm Party w/Andrew

Sat March 17th  8:30-11:30p O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille  w/Andrew and Kaitlin


Sun March 18th 4-6p Koontz for Freeholder Fundraiser at Ivy Inn, Princeton

Sat March 24th Robbinsville Irish Parade w/Andrew

Sat March 24th 8-11p Kelly’s Heroes Fundraiser Hightstown Elks  Rte 130 North w/Andrew and Chris

Sat April 29th Communiversity Day  w/Andrew

Sat May 26 11a-1p West Windsor Farmers’ Market w/Andrew


©2018 and all prior years


Outdoor Octoberfest Party: “Thanks again for playing on Saturday. You guys (Andrew and Bill) were great!”- Carissa K. September 2017

Book Launch at Belmar Library: “Everyone loved the (Ballycastle) band, including me!”– Sam Lyatt, Author of Higgins-The Pacificator August 2017

Not-for-Profit Fundraiser (Donation of musical performance with Andrew Koontz): “On behalf of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, thank you for your generous support of our 17th annual Butterfly Festival “Wings Over the Watershed” held on August 12, 2017. The Butterfly Festival is one of our most successful efforts at community outreach and environmental education, and your sponsorship helped us make it a fun-filled day for all. More than 3,000 people attended the Butterfly Festival this year and enjoyed a day of fun, music and many activities including a tour of the Insect Zoo, visiting the Monarchs in the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, petting alpacas, and guided nature hikes. We appreciate your support of this special day.”– Jenny-Ann Kershner, Director of Development

Restaurant Performance: “Bill O’Neal is famous for his Irish music but he is also great with contemporary music. What a phenomenal voice! He and Joe Kramer serenaded Bill and I tonight (at Mamma Rosa’s). Great time!” -Terri Purcell July 2017

Anniversary Party: Bill & Andrew-“Thank you and Andrew so much for playing at my in-laws 50th anniversary. U made the party so much fun!! We have gotten so many calls telling us how amazing you guys are. Apparently people were asking about you at the restaurant and listening by the doors! We hope we get to enjoy your music again…my husband said let’s get them for everything!!” Best Eileen June 2016

Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Bill, Kaitlin & Andrew-EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE!
“Brought such a special touch to our wedding, both the ceremony and cocktail hour. They were professional, friendly, and sounded amazing. We’re so happy to have found them & highly recommend them. We received so many compliments!”– Katie F.
Event: April 2016 Philadelphia, PA

Gala Fundraiser: Bill, Chris & Andrew-“”It was a pleasure meeting you and your band on Saturday. The music was great and we got so many compliments from guests. It really set the tone for the evening.”–Erin O’D. Organization: Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Event: Oct 2015 Fundraiser Madison, NJ

Wedding Reception: Bill, Chris & Andrew-“Great background music for our Cocktail Hour!”–Joann D. Event: May 2015 Wedding Cocktail Hour in Blue Bell, PA

Cultural Event in Hamilton, NJ:  “Always delivers. I have had the great pleasure of having Billy perform at many events I have run, everything from a small intimate pub night to an outside Irish festival to an event at the Trenton War memorial. At every event whether as a solo, duet or group, Billy has been the utmost professional, provided world class entertainment and entertained the crowds with a repertoire of music that appeals to all. Whatever you are looking for Billy can provide you will not be disappointed.”- Sean Pender  Organization: NJ AOH President

Cultural Event in Robbinsville, NJ: “I had the pleasure of meeting Bill several years ago and subsequently asked him to entertain audiences for various events over the past few years. I’ve found him to be a passionate musician with great talents and an all-around good guy. So many have witnessed him play solo, as a duet or with iterations of Ballycastle and gone home with a deeper sense/appreciation of Celtic music. I now call Bill a friend, highly recommend you hear him play and perhaps engage him when you are looking for a great entertainer.”–Dave Doran Organization: RIHA

Cultural Event in Plainsboro, NJ: “Bill’s encyclopedic knowledge of these folk tunes and performance practice in this genre makes for a memorable experience. I consider him to be an institution in this area.”–Mark B.

Family Reunion: “Bill has played at our family reunion and other events over the last 15 years. Bill’s vocals, song choices and interaction with our family and friends has always been fantastic. We love Irish music and we also love to hear Bill sing the songs. The other musicians that Bill has join him in the events are also top notch! Bill will bring that special added touch to your event. We have a graduation party this summer. My first thought in the planning was to have Bill play at the event! Thank you Bill and your friends for making our events lasting memories!”–Rich Clements in Robbinsville, NJ


Are you interested in booking Bill or Ballycastle Band? Please complete the quote form or else send an email to Bill:

E-Mail Bill             or to Ballycastle at:   info@ballycastleband.com

Form for a Free Price Quote:

 Rates: For events within 30 miles of Princeton, NJ the usual rate for a three-set  (50 minutes each) with band-supplied sound performance is $150 per player.

Depending on your needs and the date(s) requested, our quote might be higher or lower than this figure.

©2018 and all prior years  

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©2018 and all prior years