Music

COMPOSITION:

 

The Sunday Boys – Manchester’s Male Voice Choir

I was commissioned to write a “New Queer Christmas Carol” for their 2019 Christmas Concert. The piece is still in rehearsal, but if you would like to see the score, please get in touch.

Singing My Mother’s Song – Rebecca Tantony – 2019

I composed a score on cello, guitar and voice for a scratch performance piece of Rebecca’s new poetry collection, Singing My Mother’s Song. A full show goes into development in 2020.

Julie Abbé – Numberless Dreams album – 2018

I wrote cello and backing vocal parts for French-Born folk singer Julie Abbé’s debut album, released 2019.

Kells Water

Lungfull – an EP of original songs, recorded in 2014 at Iron Mountain Studios,  Manchester, engineered and mixed by Biff Roxby. With musical contributions from Ellis Davies, Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath/BBC Folk Award Best Singer), Angus Fairbairn (Alabaster Deplume), and Phil Howley. It is available to listen and download from Bandcamp.

BAND WORK:

 

Band of Burns  – singer, cellist, vocal harmony arrangements

A super-group celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns. The band has toured England and Scotland from 2016-present, released 2 albums, and performed live on BBC Radio 3’s prime time show In Tune on Burn’s Night 2019. The 2020 tour is booked by Alan Bearman Music and will be a celebration of our debut studio album The Thread, released Oct 2019 on Ord Ban Music. Below are some tracks I led and arranged.

Ca’ The Yowes

Ay Waukin’ O

Absolutely sumptuous” – Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

Centered on arresting new versions of classic Burns songs, the band’s material also takes in original compositions and instrumental sets, delivered by an array of compelling vocalists, together with fiddle, bagpipes, and rhythm section. Their crowdfunded debut album, Live at the Union Chapel, thrillingly captures the magic of that triumphant London première.” – Celtic Connections

“A shimmering collection … that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision” – The Times

“Nourishing stuff beyond its times, a warm, welcoming stew to feed the bones” – The Guardian

“Exemplary musicianship, exemplary lead playing with a real respect for the tradition shining from every song” –Fatea Magazine

www.bandofburns.com

www.facebook.com/band.burns/

Other collaboration and session work:

 

Mikey Kenney Reverie Road Band – cello, backing vocals – 2019

Adam Beattie – backing vocals – 2018/19

Yola – cello, backing vocals – 2017/18

Brooke Sharkey – cello, backing vocals – 2016

Alabaster Deplume and Daniel Inzani – The Jester album – 2014

 

Image below – with Yola, 2017. Photography by John Morgan.