Great to play on the new album by The Good the Bad & the Queen. The band is led by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comprises Paul Simonon on bass (The Clash) Tony Allen on drums (Fela Kuti) and Simon Tong on guitar (The Verve). The album Merrie Land is truly excellent! Was quite pleased that my tin whistle part on the song Drifters and Trawlers is a whistle/recorder duet with the album’s producer - the legendary Tony Visconti. Tony has produced many artists but is probably best known for his work with David Bowie amongst others. Also really enjoyed playing The Andrew Marr show with the band - we had a great laugh - fun day!
I recently co-scored with David Holmes the soundtrack to ‘Death and Nightingales.’ Really enjoyed doing this - much fun was had at David’s studio in Belfast working on the series. The three parter stars Jamie Dornan, Matthew Rhys and Ann Skelly. Here’s the official blurb from BBC Media Centre! BTW - the music in the trailer below is just that - ‘trailer music’ - not the actual soundtrack that we created - will repost that later on when the programme airs.
Based on Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic, Death And Nightingales is a riveting story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the beautiful haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885.
“A place where neighbours observe each other and inform, a world of spies, confessions and double dealing, where a pervading sense of beauty is shot through with menace and impending doom.
Set over a desperately tense 24-hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 23rd birthday - the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, Death And Nightingales is a powerful and gripping drama that follows a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart”
Speech Project Album is to be featured in an upcoming new book by Graham Smith (Professor at The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University). The book is on ‘public oral history’ and looks at the uses and misuses of oral history across a range of media. Graham informs me that it will be featured in a chapter alongside Steve Reich’s Come Out and Different Trains, as well as Terkel’s Working, Cipullo's Glory Denied and Little’s Soldiers Songs. The chapter will explore why memory, music and oral history fit so well together. Looking forward to it