International Multi-instrumentalist and Teacher

Dave O’Neill is an internationally recognized multi-instrumentalist and has been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years.  Based in Canberra, he plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, ukulele, banjo and sings. Dave has played with a number of Australian artists such as Eric Bogle, The Bushwhackers, Fred Smith, and Enda Kenny, and has toured and recorded overseas with a number of internationally acclaimed artists in America and Europe. He is well known in the Australian folk scene, both as a musician and as a former Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival.

Dave’s passion is for helping adults connect or reconnect with music as something they can do to enrich their lives, find community, and have loads of fun. If you are in to Irish music, bluegrass, country, old time and other forms of folk music – then Dave is uniquely experienced in all these forms of music.

2022 Enrolments (one on one lessons)

Dave is currently accepting enrolments for Term 2 of 2022. (Lessons commence Tuesday 26 April for a 10 week term). Dave teaches Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from his studio in Narrabundah. He teaches four sessions or terms a year that roughly line up with school terms. Lessons are 1/2 an hour and booked for by the term. Contact Dave’s admin Sharon Casey on 0418 405 236 or email for more details.

Workshops and Camps

Dave will be teaching at the Singing, Walking and Celtic Music Camp at Lamington National Park from 4-11 September 2022.

Walking with Music – France

September 2023 – 12 days of walking the French Alps with music tuition and fabulous food and company.

Dave is able to offer you tuition in fingerstyle and plectrum acoustic guitar, fiddle and mandolin and singing. Styles include celtic, jazz, blues and folk.

Topics of tuition could include: playing by ear, improvisation, melody and song accompaniment, Irish music ornamentation, bluegrass mandolin, jazz guitar, crafting songs, developing your voice. You can also ask Dave to address other topics.