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.
Recently my friend Clare Kavanagh came to me asking if I could put together an arrangement of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” for L’Oreal Ireland’s Colour Trophy Awards 50th anniversary show. They had very specific timing requirements so I would need to work to those constraints, extending the aria itself by adding extra sections, a new intro, and ending. Continue reading
This is a clip of me playing some guitar for the track “Berceuse”, from the upcoming SAND album “A Sleeper, Just Awake”. It was recorded by Sam Healy (of SAND) in Whitespace on one of his visits.
Toward the beginning of work on the album, Sam and I met up both in Edinburgh and Dublin to trawl through ideas for new music. Many of Sam’s initial sketches had deliberate “Pete-shaped gaps” left in them for me to work within. This is the result of me populating one of those gaps.
This weekend I was down in Bay Studio to track strings for a couple of Simon Quigley‘s pieces. It’s always amazing to hear the pieces come to life. Prior to the day we walk into the studio, the string parts only exist as MIDI parts triggering samplers in Logic. While there are some particularly lovely virtual string libraries out there, there’s nothing like a group of musicians interacting with each other, vibing off each other and offering suggestions and ideas that might not have been thought of beforehand.
Here’s the video for the radio edit of Mount Street Bridge, taken from Fiach’s album The Revolution.
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
Three years in the making and it is finally here! I’m extremely proud of this, I worked as producer on the album with Simon Quigley and with Fiach himself we put a lot of hard work into it.
From the early days going through Fiach’s demos and taking them through the exciting and sometimes painful preproduction process, it was always a labour of love. Much fun was had and we all learnt a lot along the way.
Here are some snippets, do check them out. I’ve also got a profile page set up over here.
From the archives, here’s the video for North Atlantic Oscillation’s “Soft Coda” over on the K-Scope Vimeo page.