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.


Sat Aug 26th 10a-1p Belmar Public Library for Sam Lyatt Book Release event with Andrew & Chris. Indoors in event of inclement weather.

Sat Sept 2nd 10a-12:30p  West Windsor Farmers’ Market R&R covers w/Joe Kramer & George Greener. Cancelled in event of inclement weather.

Sun Sept 17th 4-8p O’Connor’s Family Restaurant Halfway to Paddy’s Day Party w/Andrew Koontz & Joe Kramer

Sun Oct 8th 6:15-9:15p Msgr Crean AOH Div 1 w/Andrew in the bar after the festival.

Thur Dec 7th 7-9:30p Canal Walk Adult Community w/Andrew (Private Birthday Party)

2018 Dates

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

Sat March 10th 2018 Noon-2p Bill’s Olde Tavern w/Andrew  tentative

Sat March 10th Killarney’s Publick House 3-6p  tentative


Sat March 17th 2018 Noon-2p Bill’s Olde Tavern w/Andrew

Sat March 17th 2018 5-7p Judge McCarthy’s Ivy Club Party w/Andrew

Sat March 17th 2018 8:30-11:30p O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille  w/Andrew and Kaitlin

Sat March 24th Robbinsville Irish Parade w/Andrew


July Update

Greetings. I retired from teaching at the start of this month. Teaching is not what I will most miss about teaching. I will most miss being there to greet and speak to former students who have since graduated. That has always been my greatest joy, to see tangible evidence of positive outcomes for our students. …


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

Private 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 Event: June 2016 Anniversary Party

Wedding: 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 Wedding Ceremony 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: 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.