A Little Something
about Peggy O'Neill
With her nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the 1996 Minnesota Music Academy, Peggy has come into full bloom. Her start had come from playing for her friends at close-knit parties. Everyone involved had a wonderful time with this arrangement — until the parties’ hosts started complaining that “their parties were turning in to Peggy’s concerts.”
Ginkgo Coffeehouse has always been one of Peggy's favorite haunts. This explains why she took on the task of booking its Local Music Night for a couple of years. At Ginkgo’s she has been the opener for such acts as Armour & Sturtevant and Dar Williams — as well as hosting showcases and starring in her own shows. She has also given performances at many places in the Twin Cities including: the Fine Line Music Cafe, the former New Riverside Cafe, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and Lincoln Del South (where she opened for Spider John Koerner).
She followed her stint as booking agent by joining the board of Folk Alliance Region Midwest. She helped organize and run two of the Folk Alliance Gatherings as well as doing touring througout the Midwest. During this time she made a suprise appearance at the Minnesota Folk Festival.
* Peggy’s debut album, “Love, Lust & frustration,”
has had air play on KFAI radio. Plus she has been interviewed at KFAI by both Pam K of “Stone Soup” and Ellen Hayman of “Mostly Folk”.
* Peggy’s songwriting went international when
“Go Away” — a song dedicated to guys she shouldn’t have dated —
was done as a cover by Canada’s Dandelion Wine
for their 1994 CD, “Cheap Hooch.”