A few years ago, while spending a summer in New York, I met up with director Niall McKay from Media Factory and IFNY. He wanted me to cut a music video for Susan McKeown, the grammy winning Irish singer based in New York. That video was for a song called No Jericho and can be seen here.
I got an email from Niall in August asking would I be interested in getting the old team back together. So here we are with another video for Susan McKeown!
The song is called ‘On The Bridge to Williamsburg’ and its a duet with Declan O’Rourke. Its a lovely song, thats insanely catchy and the video itself made my quite nostalgic for my old apartment just of Bedford and underneath the Williamsburg bridge!
The song is off Susan’s album ‘Belong’ which you can buy here
Then look no further than a new night of music which debuts tonight in the Beerhouse, 84-5 Capel Street, Dublin. Kicking off from 9, ‘Games People Play’ is the brainchild of Aaron McCullough, Eoin Wickham, Karl Waters and Mark Keane. The lads will be playing a mixture of Disco, Italo, coldwave, chillwave, synthpop and Yacht rock. This is also the only place in Dublin you can hear what’s happening in the burgeoning Bro-wave scene.
This is not one of those ‘last night a DJ saved my life’ nights. It’s more like ‘last night a guy played this cool synthy tune I recognised and I hadn’t heard in ages and I was momentarily lost in a brief reverie, and swayed to myself, humming the next few bars while I ordered a pint and contemplated how glad I was that it was Friday, and, that, you know, it was good to be alive and out and listening to decent music with friends, and yes, although I did talk some major league gubbins to that lad whose name I don’t know that I met at a party once, it was all good because I laughed, had fun and danced a bit’. So it’s one of those kinda nights, with added synth, Italo disco, coldwave and miscellaneous audible delights
Really excited that people are finally going to see An Ceoldráma which starts tomorrow evening, Sunday 12th on TG4 at 8. Do not miss it, it’s a really cracking series. Its on four weeks and I think everyone will really enjoy it.
In advance of the broadcast, the series director Colm Bairéad spoke to Cian Mac Cárthaigh from Raidió na Life, here it is
You can see a taster form the series below
In the series, teachers and kids adapt stories, often fairytales and add into the mix Irish language adaptations of popular songs. This is often done with a great degree of humour and the kids love it. To give you an example heres a piece of audio from ‘Gillin Sneachta’ by the kids in Gaelscoil Ultain as they are put through their pace by Muinteoir’s Niamh and Joe
“Galway’s Liveliest Live Band”, Mikey & The Scallywags is finally coming to Dublin. One of the nicest guys you’re ever likely to meet Mikey Mccrory is bringing his folk mayhem to the Grand Social next Saturday night. Its a show not to be missed. Doors at 8. admission is 7 and support on the night will be provided by Blind Yackety and Gypsy Rebel Rabble
Formed out of creative necessity in June of 2010, Mikey and the Scallywags met on the streets of Galway and are still based on the west coast. Renowned for their energetic and engaging live performances, the initial quartet of guitar, banjo, fiddle and double bass were soon joined by drums and keys to create a melodic and beat driven folk rock sound with elements of bluegrass, gypsy, hip-hop and swing.
Good news everybody, the IFTA winning series 1916 Seachtar Na Cásca has finally been released on DVD. Directed and Edited by my dear friend Dathai Keane, the series was produced by the good folk at Abu Media. I was delighted to have done the colour grading on the series and played a small part in making such a fantastic show.
Here’s a little taster of what the show was like
SPOILER – they all die in the end
The singing in that clip and indeed throughout the series was done by Aoife Scott, who is currently running a fundit campaign you should check out.
The Dvd is available to buy from Amazon, RTE and a whole host of other outlets.
All the great things in life start out as puns. And so it was with Tradiohead, who play the Cobblestone, Smithfield in Dublin on Friday 16th November at 9. Theirs is a show that should not be missed. Frontman, Jimi McDonnell, a man no woman can tame, is worth the admission fee alone.
No surprises? Well, not quite. Tradiohead take the songs of Radiohead and re-imagine them using instruments more often associated with Irish traditional music. Tradiohead are Jimi McDonnell on vocals, Philip Fogarty on accordion and bodhrán, Pat Hargan on guitar and Michael Chang on violin, viola and mandolin.
The unlikely meeting of Radiohead and some gems from the Irish trad catalogue now has a name: Tradiohead
Here they are playing Knives Out in Campbells Tavern
Last week my film “Bubble Chamber” which I made with Brooklyn composer PoN screened at the Busho Film festival in Budapest, Hungary. PoN flew in from the states and we had a great time over there, met with some wonderful people, saw some cracking shorts and walked all over what is a spectacular city.
The film itself played really well, although we were very hungover at the screening! Among the other filmmakers we met were Justin Doherty and Marc-Henri Boulier, both very talented guys with big futures ahead of them. Overall I would highly recommend this festival to anyone who has a short film doing the circuit next year and hopefully its a festival I will be able to return to, I certainly would like to.
Next week I’m heading to Hungary to the Busho International Short Film Festival where the music video I made for my friend, Brooklyn based composer PoN is screening as part of the festival. I’m excited to be showing the video but also to actually be on holiday will be good too, especially as PJ is flying in from New York for it so it will be good to catch up.
The organisers of the festival send me this invite yesterday. The poster is ahh…interesting.
Our screening is on Saturday but you can watch the video below.
Heres some exciting news for musicians in Galway, my buddy Jamie O’Neill is launching his new business venture, Galway Rehearsal Studios.The facility will be opening soon and he is taking bookings.
It will be primarily be a Music Rehearsal facility where bands can jam using his excellent, brand new and well maintained backline gear in 2 large bright, professionally soundproofed rooms
become residents in one of 8 other equally big bright shiny empty rooms where their own gear can be left set up and stored in a highly secure, safe warehouse with excellent load-in access (including a lift) and plentiful free parking, insurance and lots of music supplies (leads, sticks, strings, batteries etc) and pinball, fizzy drinks, free tea/coffee etc available. Bands who move into Galway Rehearsal Studios never have to book, and can jam a much as they like from 10am to 2am every day of the year. The rooms are soundproofed to professional standards, bright and comfortable. Based in Ballybane Industrial Estate, the premises is close to all main routes (City, Tuam, Headford and Dublin Roads) and as mentioned, has loads of free parking. All that from 20 euros per person per week!
Jamie has worked towards this for a couple of years now and he’s real excited about opening the doors. Jamie will also be teaching Drums from beginners to advanced, Guitar to intermediate level and will be introducing a new Group Music Learning approach into the school, whereby all new students will be learning together, each student learning the basic chords, scales and theory on guitars and keys, and learning basic drum beats, essential rudiments and rhythm techniques. These classes are 15 Euro per student for hour long group lessons, limited to a max of 6 students per hour.
Theatre and Dance Studio
There is also plenty of affordable extra working and storage space available for any other Arts-related groups such as theatre companies, dance groups, set builders, craftspeople etc
The extra space varies from highly finished, well insulated rooms with floor to ceiling mirrors, lighting and stage curtains to basic warehouse/storage space that can be adjusted to the needs of different projects.
Everyone knows how difficult it can be to get affordable working and/or storage space in Galway so please don’t hesitate to call Jamie on 085 8484 707 to discuss your needs/ideas. Short or long term space is available. Jamie has managed to find a very sound landlord who backs his vision of a music and arts space or hub where complimentary activities take place and like-minded tenants help each other out.
You can keep up to date with this exciting project on facebook here The facility isn’t quite finished yet but it is almost ready to go and they are taking bookings. Get on it you crazy cats…
During the summer I edited a music video for Grammy award winning artist Susan McKeown. You can watch that video below. Its for a track called “No Jericho” which will feature on Susan’s new album.
The music video also featured in a documentary series that was on the past week on TG4. The show was called Gaeil Nua Eabharc and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It was skillfully directed by Garry Keane and edited by Mick Mahon. You can watch the series on the TG4 player. well worth a look
Susan Mckeown is also raising funds for her new album “Belong” and you can donate here