Close Up on #EveryDayMay

Irish singer-songwriter Megan O’Neill is a force to be reckoned with. Whether belting out songs from her latest album Ghost Of You on stage, or distance running, she goes all in.

It was during one of her ‘normal’ runs that she had an idea. She explained that’s “where my best ideas come from.” Uh oh.

O’Neill decided she was going to work out every day in May, and she wanted other people to undertake the same punishment challenge too.

Astoundingly, within a minute she had her first taker. It was fellow UK country singer Lucy Blu, whose latest single Row Your Own came out this week.

Nothing like a bit of peer pressure, so O’Neill voluntold Liv Austen and Emily Faye to join in. Austen’s gearing up for the release of her double A-side single Detour and Whole Heart on vinyl, taken from her masterpiece album A Moment Of Your Time. Faye recent released Sucks To Be You, hinting at a (full length, hopefully) follow-up to her EP, Here I Am.

One of Austen’s favourite songwriting collaborators, Kaity Rae, reluctantly-possibly-maybe signed up.

More enthusiastic volunteers included O’Neill’s Around The Sound podcast co-host Eoin Sandford, singer Joey Clarkson, Nathalie Cox who co-founded Countryline country music app, and Katy Hurt whose epic EP Unfinished Business is out now.

Even we’ve agreed, albeit considerably less enthusiastically than Rae. After a (not entirely scientific) piece of research, we’ve established that music photography *definitely* counts as a form of exercise.

So, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t have to be too strenuous, just whatever suits your lifestyle and fitness level. Run, swim, skip, dance or walk a few extra stops instead of taking the bus. You can share your progress on socials and/or curse Meg by using the hashtag #EveryDayMay.

Coincidentally, incredible writer Jan Doig is doing the #MilesForMIND 100 miles in May challenge. Worth considering if you’d like a goal and to do good at the same time.

Good luck! 🍀

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