“O Mio Babbino Caro” arrangement

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

Recording bowed guitar for the new SAND album

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.
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“Round Towers” guitar tracking – Darken The Distance

Here’s another short clip of Barry recording with me in Bay Studio. On the day we had set up all the amps we planned on using, and I had set up the three mics I usually use on amps. While I was getting my levels, Barry picked up a Danelectro that was lying around in the Live Room and began riffing on this song – we went down there with no intention of adding any more electric to this tune but I really liked what he was doing. Very simple, not completely following the bass line, and quietly ominous. The guitar itself is Spud’s I think, we definitely owe him a pint! Continue reading

Teaser trailer for Simon Quigley’s film 41° 46′ North

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