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Joey O’Neil

Joey O’Neil

Dawson City

From Joey’s Klondike cabin wafts reflective folk-country Canadiana and wood smoke.

Though much of her time is spent cutting kindling and hauling water around her off-grid Yukon home, she released her sophomore L.P., Ever Ahead, on April 10th. Produced by pedal-steel legend Aaron Goldstein and recorded at Toronto’s Baldwin Street Sound, it’s an undeniably classic road-trip album that Exclaim! deems is made up of “postcard-like, twanged-out folk tracks” and Canadian Beats dubs “an audiobook narrated behind bluesy, western melodies.” 

Inspired by countless cross-country journeys with her trusty canine Oblio, its nine original songs demand self-reflection (as long drives often do) and speak of fixing things rendered broken, correcting cycles of same mistakes, and moving on. Most of all, this ode to the road reminds us to “keep on truckin’,” as the next great personal epiphany is ever ahead.

Having shared stages with Julie Doiron, Basia Bulat, and Jennifer Castle, she often ventures back and forth between her territorial and provincial homelands playing intimate shows along the way.

An excellent singer-songwriter with a voice as haunting as a Klondike winter.” – Grant Lawrence (C.B.C. Radio)

Joey O’Neil’s sophomore album Ever Ahead was written on the Trans-Canada highway during a trip from Yukon to Ontario. The album is rife with playful poetry and sees O’Neil casually bounce between tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a true sense of heartbreak.” – Graham Isador (C.B.C. Arts)

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