Neil McSweeney is a songwriter and musician based in Sheffield, England. His acoustic guitar playing style combines folk, blues and country influences but it is his voice, likened by The Guardian to a male Tracy Chapman, and his direct and personal lyrics for which he is most recognised. His first album, Remember To Smile, was released in 2006. After a warm response from national press and radio, London-based Warner subsidiary Kids got involved for a couple of singles. Neil decided once more to self-release for his second album, Shoreline (2009), which again garnered strong reviews and caught the attention of Richard Hawley, leading to support slots in the UK and Europe.
Neil's third album 'Cargo' is recorded by leading trad-folk producer Andy Bell, and features the talents of BBC Folk Musician of the Year nominee 2013, Sam Sweeney, Lucy Farrell, M.G. Boulter, Brooks Williams, Andy Seward and many more.
“Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery. He has the tools to make a huge impact.” **** The Guardian
“McSweeney is the genuine article. Highly recommended.” **** Daily Express
“Steelier than your average troubadour.’ Q Magazine
“Songs so subtle and well-crafted that you can’t help but be drawn in…they deserve much wider acclaim.”DrownedInSound.com
Bar at 7.30pm gig starts at 8pm