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Shelley Neill

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Shelley Neill

Shelley Neill was born in the culturally rich rough and tumble working-class Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey in the early 1950’s, and abandoned by her Irish Catholic mother and Hungarian father at birth. She was adopted, as an infant, into a Jewish family that had grown up and lived in Newark.

Her most vivid childhood memories were of Newark in the 1950’s - cobblestone streets, people speaking in English, Yiddish, and Italian, horse-drawn vegetable carts, streets with names that sounded strange ” Peshein Avenue and Demerest Street ” where her grandparents lived - egg kindlers, fresh-killed chickens, Silverman’s Bakery, chocolate egg creams, family circle meetings, chain-link fenced school playgrounds....
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”Vocalist Shelley Neill's life reads like a movie...her new CD Irish Eyes Gypsy Soul reflects her personal history and her wide-ranging musical interests.”

Boston Globe

  • Envisioning Blue

    Cobalt Blue Music
    2003
  • The Blues Run Through It

    Cobalt Blue Music
    2002

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Irish Eyes Gypsy Soul
Cobalt Blue Music (2010)

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