O'Neil was born in Dublin, Eire, into a musical family. Bernard studied
piano at an early age and went on to study cello and composition at The
Royal Irish Academy of Music. After graduating with Diplomas from the
Royal College of Music he set about making a career as a session musician,
and following a friendly chat with bass supremo "Dave Green" he
went over to playing the double bass and bass guitar. After studying for
some time with "Mick Hutton" he started to make a name for
himself, but it was after a chance meeting with the legendary bassist
"Danny Thompson" at the Shetland Folk Festival in 1989 his
session career really started to take off.
Godfrey Sheppard is a very fine English contemporary maker living and working in the town of Lancing, West Sussex. He has made many fine instruments that are being used professionally all over the World. This particular instrument was made in 1989 and is a model somewhat after the style of Postiglione. It is violin cornered with a flat shaped back. The wood used is a close grain pine with maple back and ribs. It is a fine instrument and has a big warm round sound, which in the case of Bernard O'Neil is going to be used in the Jazz field. But it must be said that Godfrey Sheppard instruments are a quality product that can be used for any style of music. We at Gallery Strings will be very happy to take commissions on the making of a special bass made entirely to your requirements.
Contact Telephone:- Bernard O'Neil 00-44-(0) 208-5328413
E-mail :- firstname.lastname@example.org
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