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: