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Richard Clements Richard Clements

Richard Clements is an acclaimed actor from Northern Ireland who has appeared in films like Titanic Town and the hugely successful BBC/RTÉ series The Fall. It also happens that he is an incredibly gifted singer and songwriter. Richard contacted me a few months ago and admitted that he had a series of compositions written but never recorded – so what would any responsible cameraman do other than grab a camera, borrow Duke Special‘s rehearsal room in Belfast city centre, and commit as many songs to record as possible. What followed is a sublime 20 minutes of free flowing performance that’s absolutely delightful to behold. … Read More ▼

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Kate Quinby is a remarkable artist who has come to our shores by way of New Orleans, via Chicago, with journeys through Argentina and Uganda along the way. Her music is as rich and eclectic as you could imagine with such a heritage, evoking blues, jazz, and gospel – you can hear it in the two covers she plays here, by Emily King and Etta James, along with an original piece.

Kate has also worked with a local charity called Tools For Solidarity – so when we were talking about possible locations to shoot the videos, it naturally came up. What a space it is. It’s been in the news lately, after thieves targeted it twice in a month, so it feels good to give something positive back to the space. For the session, Kate was joined by Tom Tabori on bass and Damian Mills on percussion, rounding out the sound perfectly.… Read More ▼

A Plastic Rose – ‘Pumping Blood’ A Plastic Rose

A Plastic Rose are simply one of the best bands in Northern Irish scene at the moment, and it’s just a plain damn honour to work with them again.

For this latest video, we thought we’d try something different. ‘Pumping Blood’ is an entirely open source video project. All the footage you see in the promo below is downloadable, entirely free, to you on a creative commons licence. You can download the footage, edit your own version, and then upload it youtube, vimeo, facebook, wherevever you like – and add your own footage if you so wish.

Just go to APRmy.com and get clicking … Read More ▼

Duke Special Live From The Empire Music Hall – DVD out now!

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Duke Special Live from Empire Music Hall is now available! This is a very special concert film I produced with Duke Special over 5 nights at the famous Belfast venue in 2013, featuring show highlights and exclusive acoustic sessions. Filmed by myself (Will), Daniel J Brown and Paul McParland of Mojo Films and featuring the music of Duke Special, General Fiasco​ (in their final ever gig), the Arco String Quartet​ and the ghosts of Harry Nilsson​ and Ivor Cutler​. This film is really something else, and I’m very proud to have been a part of it.

You can buy it here

Polly Barrett Polly Barrett

In June this year I travelled down to Schull in beautiful West Cork and spent a day recording with the supremely talented Polly Barrett

Polly’s voice is sensational, and her lyrics highlight those personal, sometimes imperceptible moments that make up the magic of a moment in time, a memory, a relationship – particularly in the achingly beautiful ‘Sunday’s Well’. ‘P Stands for Paddy’ was a wonderful impromptu recording, showing Polly’s great traditional repertoire that you’ll often see her dip into when she’s playing regular gigs at local markets and pubs in the West Cork area.… Read More ▼

Hannah Peel Hannah Peel

Hannah Peel is an extraordinary artist and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Northern Ireland and now living and working out of London. Though her incredible live show encompasses everything from haunting melodies to trad rhythms, and heavy electronica beats, one of Hannah’s most current ear-catching creations are her handmade music box compositions, constructed from cardboard and a hole-punch.

Hannah kindly agreed to take time out from a soundcheck at Belfast’s Black Box to take to the streets of Belfast and record this simple and beautiful version, which Hannah calls the ‘Rebox’ version, of her track ‘Invisible City’.… Read More ▼

L Con L Con

L Con is the musical project of Canadian musician Lisa Conway. Currently a student at Queen’s University’s amazing SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre), which is a laboratory of strange and wonderful sound-related experimentation and a hotbed of achingly talented musicians from all around the world.

Lisa’s incredible ear for sound and melody is obvious in these tracks which we recorded in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens. She admitted on that balmy June day that she owes her unique vocal sound to ‘probably listening to nothing but Billie Halliday while growing up’ – which is no bad thing – mix in electronica and a violin and you are getting closer to the unique sound of L Con.

Here is a stand out track ‘Cogs Awry’ – a song about ‘slowly going crazy’ – while another, as yet untitled, is a voice composition Lisa has written for 3 performers and is an adaptation of Ovid’s classic poem ‘Metamorphoses’.… Read More ▼

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