Brendan O'Neill

Band Of Friends

Brendan O'Neill


Paiste Artist Since
January 1981


Main Affiliations
Band Of Friends
Slim Chance
Mud Morganfield

Other Affiliations
Rory Gallagher
Nine Below Zero

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„Even before I joined Rory Gallagher and became a Paiste endorsee in 1981, I used Paiste cymbals. Over the years I have played in many musical environments and they always provided the perfect cymbal from their ever expanding and varied choice of sound. The best of the best.“


Brendan O'Neill

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" 2000 Sound Reflections Heavy Hi-Hat (discontinued)
18" Signature Full Crash
20" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Ride
19" Signature Full Crash
18" Signature Thin China

Brendan O'Neill

Cymbals listed from left to right

13" Twenty Hi-Hat (discontinued)
17" Signature Traditionals Thin Crash
20" Signature Traditionals Medium Ride (discontinued)
18" Signature Traditionals Thin Crash


Born in Belfast 1951, Brendan started playing the drums in the boy scouts pipe band when he was about 12. At 14 he fell in love with The Beatles then had his life changed after seeing The Kinks and The Buddy Rich Big Band within weeks of each other on national TV. In 1976 whilst in the band Swift, Brendan won the young jazz musician of the year competition for London Arts Association. While living in London, he played in various Blues bands until joining Rory Gallagher in 1981, who he toured and recorded with for 10 years. In 1991 Brendan joined Nine Below Zero. They toured internationally with artists including Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Allanah Myles, Sting, ZZ Top and Joe Cocker. Currently working with Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance and Mud Morganfield (Muddy Water’s eldest son) and Band of Friends.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Fairly trashy, bright attack, low wash. Wide frequency range, fairly clean mix. Explosive response, fast fade. Size range allows everything from quick accents to complex ride playing.

  • Sounds