Brothers giving away CDs to newborns
When Tim and Annie O'Neill gave birth to their twins Owen and Gabi last year, Tim was inspired to compose and record a "Christmas Lullabies" CD with his brother and piano performing partner Ryan.
The O'Neill Brothers have since donated hundreds of copies of the CD to parents of newborns in the cities where they perform.
Throughout November and December, babies born in Essentia Health St. Mary's get a free CD courtesy of the brothers, who will also be performing Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Historic Holmes Theatre.
The O'Neill Brothers, who are from Minnesota, are dueling piano players who have recorded five various Christmas piano CDs and over 30 instrumental piano CDs. They have also written and performed music for HBO, CBS, NBC, PBS and ESPN.
Singer and harpist Katie McMahon, the original voice of "Riverdance," will join them on tour.
The "Christmas Lullabies" CD is a mix of classic nursery rhymes and Christmas songs such as "Hickory Old St. Nickory" and "We Wish You a Merry Muffin Man."
"Arranged in the O'Neill Brothers' soothing, signature style, these unique and creative collaborations are sure to help wee ones drift off to dreamland with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads," a press release from the duo states.
For more information on the O'Neill brothers, visit their website, www.pianobrothers.com. For tickets to the upcoming show at the Holmes Theatre, visit dlccc.org.
The first baby born at St. Mary's to receive the free CD was Donavan Madigan, born to Felicia Celletta and Ryan Madigan on Nov. 1.