I just finished work on two tunes with Lisa, “I’ll Let Go” and “Swallows”. Very much from the alt-country/folk stable, with a beautiful voice and a lovely way with words, here’s the first tune “I’ll Let Go”.
For a little more detail on my work with her, you can read all about it here. Enjoy.
On Tuesday I found myself performing in Dublin’s National Concert Hall with an array of very talented musicians as part of Simon Quigley’s “A Night By The Ocean”. The video shows a snippet from the soundcheck, with Clare Kavanagh and Martin McCann duetting on “Ryan Vs The White Star Line”.
I shot it from my little guitar/electronics perch near the back of the stage. Below is a little run-through of the live setup, the challenges we faced and the workarounds we used.
Next Tuesday night I’ll be performing with Simon Quigley and a host of incredibly talented people in the National Concert Hall’s beautiful John Field room.
At this particular show I get to do some fun stuff that’s out of the ordinary. I’ll be playing electric guitar for sure, but I’ll also be conducting(!) and using Ableton Live to do “play” a variety of different sounds. Apart from the more common finger-drumming with Native Instruments Maschine and playing regular synth patches with the Ableton Push, I’ll also be “playing” a boys and men’s choir using a configuration of Ableton that allows me to step through the various chord voicings at my own pace, negating the need for a click. Sounds boring, but not being tied to a click makes performance much more about the feel and expressive potential.
looking forward to hearing it on the night.
Here’s Barry laying down some dirty filthy guitar for our “bananas” bit in his tune “Round Towers”.
Here’s the video for the radio edit of Mount Street Bridge, taken from Fiach’s album The Revolution.
So I’ve been mixing Michael Gormley’s upcoming album and the first single has made its appearance. Here it is over on the tube of you for your delectation.
What a lovely way to start the new year.
Over two years ago Simon Quigley came to me to record a new piece he had composed – “Ryan Vs The White Star Line”. It was by far the most complex, ambitious, yet well developed piece he had written (that I had heard anyway!), so it was going to be a big job. After preproduction to get a session together and mock up strings and electronics, and we headed in to Windmill Lane to lay down the piano. Continue reading
I’m a huge Little Dragon fan. I love the utterly amazing melodies that they come up with and the playful but not flippant production.
This is a great example of that.
From the archives, here’s the video for North Atlantic Oscillation’s “Soft Coda” over on the K-Scope Vimeo page.