April 2018

    • Recording

    March 2018

    • Writing

    February 2018

    • Writing

    January 2018

    • Writing

    December 2017

    • Johnny Hallyday R.I.P.

      Johnny Hallyday died on December 6th 2017 in Marnes-la-Coquette, France.

      "In the course of a career that spanned more than half a century, he recorded more than 1,000 songs, sold more than 110m records, and was seen live on more than 180 sellout tours by an estimated 28m people".

      https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/dec/06/johnny-hallyday-obituary

      I was proud to have even the slimmest of connections to Johnny Hallyday, I did some engineering and programming on a song that Bono and Simon Carmody wrote for him called 'I am the Blues', it was on his 2008 Album 'Le Coeur d'un Homme'. We had a very enjoyable day in the studio with Bono, Simon Carmody and Dawn Kenny (keyboards and arrangements), where the song was written, recorded, and sent off that same day. If only they all went like that! There's a clip of the song in my listen section.

      In other happier news for December, Nowhere Fast has been nominated for the best television of the year by the Irish Times. There's a link to vote here below, and you can actually win something!

      https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/ticket-awards-2017-the-best-television-of-the-year-1.3307210

      "Alison Spittle’s scabrous sitcom Nowhere Fast was as encouragingly fearless, lacerating big-town hypocrisy and small-town rivalries, even as it imagined its character in a downward spiral".

    November 2017

    • Nowhere Fast 2017 the comedy TV series by Deadpan Pictures was broadcast on RTE 2 on November 13th 2017 and is receiving some great reviews:

      https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/nowhere-fast-rté-s-new-midlands-comedy-gets-dark-fast-1.3290442

      http://www.dailyedge.ie/mary-alison-spittles-nowhere-fast-3695443-Nov2017/

      https://www.joe.ie/movies-tv/nowhere-fast-reaction-606430

      Nowhere Fast 2017 the comedy TV series by Deadpan Pictures will be broadcast on monday night 10pm November 13th on RTE 2.

      https://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/917004-nowhere-fast/

      Deadpan Picture's 'Nowhere Fast' is the brain child of stand up comedian Alison Spittle. A comedy about life in small town Ireland as seen from the perspective of the returning millenial. 

      Starring Alison Spittle, Clare Monnelly (Moone Boy), Genevieve Hulme Beaman (Pondling), Cathy Belton (Red Rock/Philomena/Roy) and Mark Doherty (Moone Boy/A Film with Me in it). Written by Alison Spittle and Simon Mulholland, with additional writing by Cian McGarrigle.

      Directed by Emmy and BAFTA nominated director Simon Gibney (Horrible Histories Winner - International Emmy 2017/Bull for UKTV).

      Music by Rori Coleman

      The series is commissioned by RTE 2 with the support of the BAI, and BBC Worldwide representing international rights.

    October 2017

    • Uncle Magnificus is a brand new music project by fellow musicians Suzanne Browne, Julian Douglas and myself. We've put up some songs for now, some almost finished and others are demos in progress. More music to come soon. If you want to listen go to this soundcloud link for Uncle Magnificus: https://soundcloud.com/user-811806986

    September 2017

    • Uncle Magnificus is a brand new music project by fellow musicians Suzanne Browne, Julian Douglas and myself. We've put up some songs for now, some almost finished and others are demos in progress. More music to come soon. If you want to listen go to this soundcloud link for Uncle Magnificus: https://soundcloud.com/user-811806986

    August 2017

    • New project in development.....all will be revealed!

    July 2017

    • Not exactly news I know but I thought this was amusing:

      On what inspires a composer, I read this in The Oxford Companion to Music. Rossini advising a young composer never to write his overture until the evening before the first performance:

      'Nothing excites inspiration as necessity does; the presence of an anxious copyist and a despairing manager tearing out handfuls of hair is a great help. In Italy in my days all the managers were bald at thirty. I wrote the overture to Otello in a small room where the fiercest of managers had imprisoned me with nothing but a dish of macaroni and the threat that I should not leave the place alive until I had written the last note. The overture to the Gazza Ladra I wrote on the actual day of the first performance of that opera, under the guard of four scene-shifters who had orders to throw my manuscript out of the window sheet by sheet as I wrote it, to the waiting copyist - and if I didn't supply the manuscript then they were to throw me out myself.'