| Folk-punk, rock|
Musician · caseyneill.org
1994 - present
| Portland, Oregon, United States|
In Music We Trust Records
The Decemberists, The Minus 5, New Model Army, KMRIA
Memory Against Forgetting, Casey Neill, Brooklyn Bridge, Portland West, Skree, Riffraff
Casey Neill Wikipedia
Casey Neill is an American musician. He leads Portland, Oregon-based band Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, singing with a raspy vocal quality and playing electric and acoustic guitars. Neill's style, folk-punk, mixes influences from punk, Celtic and folk music, and has been compared to R.E.M. and The Pogues.
The Norway Rats have included Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists on keyboards and accordion, among other established Portland musicians Jesse Emerson, Jeff 'Chet' Lyster, Lewi Longmire, Little Sue, Hanz Araki and Ezra Holbrook of Dr. Theopolis.
After graduating from The Evergreen State College with an ethnomusicology education, Neill developed as an artist in the underground music community of the Pacific Northwest, releasing two early cassette releases and then his first CD, Rifraff, in 1995. Two songs from that album, Rifraff and Dancing on The Ruins of Multinational Corporations, became the de facto soundtracks for many Earth First! and other logging protests during the 1990s, a time of growing tension between environmentalists and the logging communities of the Pacific Northwest. Dancing on the Ruins of Multinational Corporations is still sung by protest communities around the world.
Highly regarded Scottish musician and producer Johnny Cunningham, one of Neill’s early supporters, produced his albums Skree and Brooklyn Bridge. Cunningham plays fiddle on these albums plus Live on 11th Street, the last live recording of him before his untimely passing in 2003. Besides including some of his current bandmates and Johnny Cunningham, Brooklyn Bridge features cameos from Chris Funk of The Decemberists, John Wesley Harding, Erin McKeown and Phil Cunningham, Johnny’s brother.
Neill has been included on numerous compilations. One tribute release, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger (Appleseed Recordings), won Top Independent Release of 1998 from the American Association of Independent Music. The compilation includes Neill alongside tracks from Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg, two artists to whom Neill has been compared.All You Pretty Vandals - Incident Recordings - November 2013
Good Bye to the Rank and File - In Music We Trust Records - 2010
Brooklyn Bridge - In Music We Trust Records - 2007
Memory Against Forgetting - Daemon Records - 2005
Live on 11th Street - self-release - 2004
Raleigh & Spencer 7” - Broadside Records - 2003
Portland West - Appleseed Recordings - 2001
Skree - Appleseed Recordings - 1999
Casey Neill Appleseed Recordings - 1998
Riff Raff - Mock Turtle Music - 1996 - out of print
Pawprints (cassette-only) - 1994 - out of print
Wooden Shoes (cassette-only) - 1993 - out of print
Compilations (Exclusive Tracks):KBOO Pickathon 2003 Live - on "Lucy Campbell and the Jolly Tinker" (reels) with Kevin Burke and "Chinquapin" by Casey Neill with Little Sue and Lewi Longmire.
Hold Me Up To The Light: A Tribute to Peter Wilde (2003) - on "Carnival" by Peter Wilde with Little Sue
KBOO Pickathon 2001 Live - on "Kitty" by Casey Neill Trio
Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger (1999) - on "Old Father Hudson/My Dirty Stream" by Casey Neill