Friday, December 22, 2017

blasted and black

Really delighted by the inclusion of music of mine in this great mix of extreme music from Ireland, with other acts including Abaddon Incarnate, Malthusian, Wreck Of The Hesperus, Vircolac, Unyielding Love, From The Bogs Of Aughiska, amongst many others.

Click here to listen.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Delighted to see my musical work mentioned in this great article at Bandcamp Daily.

My next concert, and this one is something rather new and special. As A4 Sounds put it: "we're also delighted to be joined by Niamh O'Rourke, who'll be following in the footsteps of the old Seanachaí with a short performance piece that includes recitation of Samhain related stories from Irish Mythology, accompanied by live music from Brian Conniffe."

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

flame of the hearts

Next concert in Dublin: playing with Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands in A4 Sounds on Thursday next week. Event page here.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mix the fire and the water

Upcoming concerts:
3 September: Catscars, at Electric Picnic, Earthship stage, 11 pm Sunday, Stradbally Hall.
3 September: Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul main stage, 1:30 am Sunday, Stradbally Hall.
7 September: Catscars, at the Bernard Shaw, Dublin. Free entry. Event page here:

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Sheer Rapture

Upcoming concerts:

19 August: Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, at Anseo, Dublin. Charity concert for the Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless. Event page:

3 September: Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, at Electric Picnic (Body & Soul main stage), Stradbally Hall.

3 September: Catscars, at Electric Picnic (Earthship stage), Stradbally Hall.

7 September: Catscars, at the Bernard Shaw, Dublin.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thrilled with fire of hidden day

Upcoming Dublin concerts with Patrick Kelleher:

1 July, Bello Bar: (there'll be some surprises at this very special event with Everything Shook and Catscars, and I'll be also playing as a member of the latter)

8 July, Grand Social: (with The Jimmy Cake)

Monday, June 12, 2017


Playing as part of Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands on Saturday evening in Dublin in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless: -CANCELLED.

Monday, June 5, 2017


A short documentary on me and my musical work will be screened at the Hamburg Short Film Festival at Friday June 9th. The programme for this festival also features work on and from a diverse range of Irish artists, including Rusangano Family, Abaddon Incarnate, and Arbutus Yarns.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

No whence! No whither!

Live in Dublin: Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands / Catscars / Everything Shook

In Dublin on 1 July, you can catch me play live as part of both Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands and Catscars, alongside our friends Everything Shook (an act we work closely with, and whose simultaneously humorous and sinister performances are something special: they remind me of The Residents): we'll be showcasing the material we've been working on and refining over the last few years. Click here for Facebook event page.

Tenro live recording available online

An extended excerpt of my live performance with Marc Aubele as Tenro at our album launch last November in Dublin can be heard at various locations online:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Next concert with Patrick Kelleher:

Thursday 4 May at the Bernard Shaw, Dublin (click for Facebook event page)

New piece from BORNLESS:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017



Over the last few months I've been working on some new projects which, in collaboration with a variety of vocalists, explore spoken word performances alongside minimalist and expansive music.

One was debuted live last Friday night (see below), and the first piece of another is now available to hear online. More to come soon:

Martin A. Egan: A Man In Full

Many thanks to all the audience members and performers who travelled from near and far to attend the Martin A. Egan tribute concert and launch of his album A Man In Full on Friday. An emotionally deep and cathartic event that felt like it needed to be done. By the end of the night there was no doubt that this was a celebration of love and life.

Particular thanks to my co-organisers John Kearns (who did an especially remarkable job as MC of the evening), Carol Keogh, and Ruairi Conneely.

And to my musical collaborators on the night: Debra Wallace (with her outstanding and uplifting version of Martin's 'I Lived On An Island Once'),
Ruairi Conneely (the unearthly and uncanny collaboration of ours debuted on the night will be performed live again and recorded in the near future),
...And a pleasure to once again play alongside Dara 'Dip' Higgins (bassist best known from the Jimmy Cake who performed on A Man In Full), Bryan O'Connell (who was involved in the earliest stages of my work with Martin and now composer for award-winning dance & theater productions such as those of Junk Ensemble), and Kevin Whyte (stalwart sound engineer who worked throughout on the album and with Martin live).

And thank you to Loreana Rushe for her beautiful poster design, to The Thin Air for all their support, to sound engineer on the night Sean Corcoran who delivered an immaculate presentation of the nineteen (!) acts (whose instrumentation ranged from uilleann pipes and harps through to electronics and violins played through masses of effect pedals), and to all of Martin's family... you all made this such a wonderful and moving event.

When I first started working with Martin back in 2009, this was the first song we did. Pure folk horror, a Michael Hartnett poem ended up as Lovecraftian Sean Nós, pitch-black, haunted and menacing:

And here's the opening song - and my favourite track - from A Man In Full, written by Martin and myself, recorded by - and with electric guitar and drums from - Tommy O Sullivan of Estel, and mixed by Kevin Whyte:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Powers Of The Oak


The final piece of my performance at The Cabinet of the Solar Plexus exhibition last September, which ended my set in the all seated Georgian venue of 12 Henrietta Street in total darkness, is now available to be heard online.

Endless gratitude to Jessica for her wonderful guest vocal, and to Dolorosa De La Cruz for making it all possible.

"Venus am I, the love and light of earth,
The wealth of kisses, the delight of tears,
The barren pleasure never come to birth,
The endless, infinite desire of years.
I am the shrine at which thy long desire
Devoured thee with intolerable fire.
I was song, music, passion, death, upon thy lyre -
Thy lyre!"

A Man In Full

Two songs from the final - and though completed, until now unreleased - album by Martin A. Egan (28 January 1952 - 24 November 2015 RIP), A Man In Full, are also now available to hear online. The album will be launched with a tribute concert on the third of March, more information here.

The Gardener And The Grower features orchestral electronics from myself and Tommy O Sullivan of Estel on electric guitar and drums.

"Take me out beyond myself,
to where the masks all fade to dust,
take my spirit further still,
beyond this world of gold and rust."

James Bond is Invincible (as usual) features myself on electronics, Dara 'Dip' Higgins of the Jimmy Cake on bass and Paul 'Binzer' Brennan of The Frames on drums.

Ten Records

I speak about ten favourite albums for Adverse Effect magazine, including Crass, Aaliyah, traditional West African drumming, Duke Ellington, Indian classical music, Comus’ First Utterance, Robert Ashley, Ramleh’s ‘90s rock incarnation, and Coil's How To Destroy Angels.

Cold Dead Hands and Catscars live video and audio

I can be seen and heard performing live with Patrick Kelleher on the first episode of Myles O'Reilly and Donal Dineen's This Ain't No Disco, and with Catscars on the January episode of the Co-Present.