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red carpet Irish songwriter reveals how her song was scooped up by Netflix drama Firefly Lane

'Hearing your song on hit TV shows like Nashville and Firefly Lane is an amazing thing'


Megan O'Neill

Megan O'Neill

Megan O'Neill

WHEN Netflix TV drama Firefly Lane premiered in January last year it featured a track called Time In A Bottle by Irish singer-songwriter Megan O'Neill.

With the world in lockdown, rising star Megan was holed up in her family home at Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, at the time.

However, having your song on a global TV show was a moment to celebrate… and so the red carpet was rolled out.

"We couldn't go anywhere to celebrate, so we did a little red carpet at home, which was basically a red bath mat," she laughs. "Oh, we had some craic!

"There was a bottle of Champagne opened - sure you have to make the most of it. My parents have seen the struggle I've had along the way and they're delighted how it has now turned around for me."


Megan O'Neill

Megan O'Neill

Megan O'Neill

Megan also had another of her songs, Don't You, featured on the American hit TV show, Nashville.

"Hearing your song on TV shows like Nashville and Firefly Lane is an amazing thing," she tells Shuffle. "I'm well aware that not too many people in the world get to experience that. It's really surreal."

The performer, who has just released a new EP called Time (Though You Were On My Side), spent a couple of years in Nashville after completing a degree in psychology at UCD.

"I was very naïve and green and it was an amazing period of growth for me. It's like an education in itself," Megan says.

"I spent a lot of time writing and playing some shows and finding my style as a writer, musician and an artist. It was a real education. I was a sponge for the time I was out there. It's a good place to be a sponge."

Nashville has some of the best songwriters in the world and is literally a hit factory. "It is a songwriting factory over there, which in one way can feel a little bit soulless," she agrees.

"It can also feel a little bit deflating at times because there are so many people doing the same thing that you're doing and trying to get to where you want to be.

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"But in another way it's an unbelievably creative hub and everyone is like a big family there. I think it's still one of the only places in the world that's like that. New York, London and LA are all super creative places, but they are so big.

"Nashville still retains that big town feel for musicians and everyone kind of knows each other and sees each other on the nights out. It still has that feel of being a community."

You learn a few tricks working with songwriters over there? "Oh God you do," Megan says. "When I went there first I had written a bunch of songs as a teenager, but I had never really co-written, and Nashville is all about collaboration.

"What I love about the mentality over there is that you just show up and you do it. You don't wait for inspiration to strike, you show up every day at 10am, and then if you have another session the same day you get in and you write a song and most days you're writing two songs.

"It's a nine to five job. There's definitely a lot of artists and songwriters that would look at that and go, 'Oh my God, I'd never do that! That doesn't feel creative.'

"But you just show up and you do it, and a lot of the days, even when you don't feel like it, you could write and come out with something amazing. It's a craft and they work really hard at that craft. That's something I learned while I was there.

"When I came back I continued with that mentality. I really show up for it every day and that works for me."

MEGAN O'Neill's new EP Time (Thought You Were On My Side) is out now.

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