Film, TV, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Art… and sometimes just Music.
I’ve been working with the fabulous dancer Katherine O’Malley on her first solo show BIAS – a new work for the Dublin Dance Festival.
It shares a double bill with Liz Roche’s new piece Time Over Distance Over Time at The Complex in Dublin – Dates May 18th – 21st and is co-presented by Live Collision and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Tickets available at www.dublindancefestival.ie or 01 6730660. The video was created by Mark Linnane and this is the trailer.
Agency: Liz Roche Company
With 2 toddlers at home, I was glad to get an opportunity to make music for some TV shows that they could watch. These programmes follow 2 Irish families; the Lynns and the Doyles, as they make their ways through a range of activities and adventures. Both made for RTE Jr, they show the rural lives of these families to be full of variety and fun. The shows are running currently on RTE Jr and are also available on the RTE player.
Agency: Gmarsh Tv
I scored this excellent four-part documentary series, which explores the history of the GAA in the United States, from the 1800s to the present day. Presented by Dara O’Cinnéide, and edited by the talented Mr. John Murphy [http://johnmurphyeditor.com/] with generous use of music, it tells the story of the gaelic games in America, and reveals a unique insight into the Irish emigrant experience. Above is a very short snip from Episode 1 about the Irish and Baseball.
Agency: Sónta Teo
This six-part series tells the stories of the people who live and work in the Erris Gaeltacht in County Mayo. It takes an insightful look at the social fabric of this stunning natural environment, and follows a wealth of very different individuals to get a rare glimpse into what life is like in this part of the world. The music included scoring specific scenes like this one, as well as creating atmospheric beds and an opening theme.
Agency: Gmtv Productions Ltd
We had a lot of fun making the music for this new TV series “An Gobán Saor”. We mixed jawsharp, bones and konnakol (by Eoin Coughlan) along with various guitars, synths and drums to make a series of links, and also made some music for the opening sequence, which is above.
Here is how TG4 lists the show – ‘In the fine tradition of Irish humour, Irishmen of a certain vintage and from all walks of life tell their favourite funny stories. From a generation of Irish people who love to tell them, we hear stories from all aspects of Irish life, from births, death, marriages and affairs, to politicans, priests, farmers, churchgoers, workmen and doctors. No topic and no one is spared when it comes to the stories heard in Gobán Saor.’ It airs on Sunday nights at 21.15 on TG4 from January 11th.
Agency: Mordán Films
“An mar a chéile muid” is a fascinating documentary by Seán Ó’Cualáin about the Conemara Gaeltacht civil rights movement in the late 60′s and early 70′s. These guys really made an impact and got things done. But it also questions where the people of the Gaeltacht are now in 2015 having benefited from the work of these activists.
While I was working to the footage, my grandfather Donnchadh O’Súilleabháin showed up on screen, which was an unexpected surprise, but also brought the story closer to home. For the director and narrator Seán Ó’Cualáin it was certainly a personal and passionate journey, which he continues today. This is the full version of the opening title music.
Agency: Sónta Films
This is one of the theme’s looking back at her early days in Ireland, from the soundtrack to this TV documentary about Mayo Woman Nancy Corrigan, the pioneer aviator.
The fiddler here is Cathal Cloghessy.
The programme first aired on TG4 on January 6th 2015, Oíche Nollag na mBan (Women’s Christmas) at 21.30.
Agency: Gmtv Productions Ltd
This is the opening sequence from the excellent documentary “Outsiders”, a journey through the fascinating and intimate worlds of Eddie Cahill and Frank “Lucas” Quigley. It explores in depth what made them turn their backs on crime and discover a new world in which art became their saviour. Outsiders was screened on RTE1 and achieved very high audience ratings. It was selected as programme of the week in the Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and Irish Mail.
Agency: Bang Bang Teo
Music produced in collaboration with Eoin Coughlan for the soundtrack to the inspiring movie “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story”. One man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art.
We were thrilled to get to score the Irish scenes for this Film, which won ; Best Documentary at the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Best Documentary and the Documentary Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, won the Documentary competition at the 2013 Nashville Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Florida Film Festival, along with a bunch more awards. If you haven’t seen it yet – DO IT!
Agency: Corner Of The Cave Media
This is the theme music for “Cherish All The Children” documentary, which I worked on with Hilary Fennell. This won Bronze at the New York Festivals – World’s best radio programmes 2014.
This is the title theme composed for the TV show “The History of Irish Comedy on TV” first screened on TV3 in Ireland.
The music was made with a bunch of children’s toys and a guitar.
Agency: Gem Productions
Theme music written for Islandbridge Branding Agency.
Agency: Islandbridge Brand Development
This is the title theme for the RTE comedy “Inside The Crystal Ball” starring the great Pat Shortt.
Agency: Gem Productions
This is one of a series of stings I was asked to compose for the JK Ensemble radio show.
The shows host, John Kelly has a fabulous ability to weave together wonderful streams of radio, while
constantly introducing listeners to new artists. Delighted to be connected with such a great show.
Link: J K Ensemble Radio Show
Agency: R T E
Very few things are black & white anymore…
Agency: Dukes Productions
This is a piece I made for a radio series called SOUNDEXCHANGE. It was a six part series looking at the sounds of everyday objects familiar to all of us, such as kettles, clocks, cars, hoovers, typewriters and telephones. It featured inventors, composers, collectors and sociologists as well as everyday users, about the role of these items in our lives.
Produced by Aoife Nic Cormaic for RTÉ Radio 1.