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Billinudgel Hotel, Saturday, April 7.

Rhyece O’Neill’s trade is the written word. A prolific poet, novelist and songwriter in the last three years he has written and produced five albums of material.

His songwriting talent has received praise from Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea/Beasts of Bourbon), Spencer P. Jones (Beasts of Bourbon/Gun Club), BrianHooper (Beasts of Bourbon/Roland S. Howard), Richard Kingsmill (Triple J Music director) & Steven Walker (The Ghost Triple R Radio).

O’Neill is one of the featured acts at Popcrimes – the one day festival that raises money for the Core Rehab Program at the Buttery.

O’Neill and Karli Jade (vocalist/ tambo/ harp) lived in Repentance Creek in the hills behind Byron Bay where they set up a studio in 2016. They recorded and released  ‘Ubermench Blues’ and had multiple residencies at Brisbane’s Beaded Lady and the Nimbin Pub. Together they played at just about every pub in the Northern Rivers.

After recording their second album ‘Death Of a Gringo’ at Soundpark Studios in Northcote in April 2017 they hit the Melbourne music scene.

Now they have joined forces with Rick Studentt from Me-Graines, Whiskey Priests and X (Guitar/Bass) Mark Stewart Sibson from Seedy Jesus (Drums) & Liam (Hammond/Piano) & Tim (Lead guitar) to form The Narodniks. They are set to tour Europe later this year and are to be pressed to vinyl with Beast Records.

Rhyece , together with his partner in crime and vocalist/ percussionist in the band, Karli Jade, launched Popcrimes Festival in 2016 – a free, community, all ages, annual event promoting underground garage punk, gothic blues, outlaw country and psych bands at the infamous Billinudgel Hotel.

Nell Forster is the Popcrimes sound engineer (from The Bearded Lady) and will be bringing it loud and pristine! You could imagine yourself in a live Tarrantino soundtrack on the day.
You can check out Rhyece O’Neill and The Narodniks alongside nine other killer acts at this years free Popcrimes Festival happening on Saturday April 7, from1pm to 11pm (the weekend after Bluesfest).

Donations raised on the day will be going to the Core Rehab Program.


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