You know you’re in trouble when your DAD calls you and gives out to you for not updating your blog (although in fairness, my Dad is pretty cool and in this case he’s also right).
I want to update you all, but not keep you all day. So here’s a rundown with some links to stuff that I’ve been doing/ am still doing, and there may be more detailed posts on the below at a later date.
I finally produced a new EP in November. Launched the thing in lovely Bello Bar, Portobello, Dublin, with two sets: one with a string quartet and one full band set. It was awesome. I also released a video for the lead track that I’m really proud of, and I’d just love it if you could watch it if you haven’t already.
The Anubis Gates
In late 2013, my friend Ruth of Current Theatrics contacted me to ask me if I’d be interested in providing music for the stage adaptation for the Tim Powers cult classic sci-fi novel, The Anubis Gates. She sent me over a copy of the book and I got to work. We premiered it in the Excel Convention Centre during Loncon 3 in August last year. I did a lot of the music live on a loop pedal and there were one or two prerecorded tracks. We had two days to put the show together, half the cast were from Las Vegas, half from Ireland. It was intense, but it was an incredible experience.
A mini-soundtrack is on its way, just getting the design right and tweaking the sound! In the meantime, you can listen to one of the recorded tracks here - it’s called Horrabin’s Hall. Enjoy!
Discovery Gospel Choir
I accidentally joined a gospel choir in around March last year, did a bunch of gigs and even got onto the Late Late show with the Hot House Flowers! I then sang on their album (funded by a great fundit campaign), and ended up conducting the choir from September to December. They are an utterly incredible group of people, with members from literally all over the world. There’s so much to learn and to know, so many languages to sing in - it’s wonderful. The choir pretty much took over my life from September to December, so outside of the EP it was pretty much impossible for me to get anything else done! Find out a bit more about them here.
I’m not conducting the main group anymore, but I’m still singing with a smaller guerrilla section of the choir and helping out with a bit of administration (looking for a gospel choir for a wedding or event? Discovery is pretty kickass. E-mail me on emma.oreilly [at] discoverygospelchoir.com). The group has so much love and good energy to share and I want to be a part of getting that out there.
Irish Youth Chamber Choir
In November, following another fundit campaign, I sang as a soprano 2 on the Irish Youth Chamber Choir’s debut EP, Rise up My Love. The music was directed by the brilliant Greg Beardsell and released by Ergodos. I’ve gotta say I think it’s something pretty damn special. The repertoire in it is gorgeous. Listen to the title track here, and you can buy it and read some nice reviews here.
We also did a tour. That was fun; music is fun. :D
Other stuff I did:
Stu Daly’s new EP. Supported Steady Hands, watch here, as well as a few other gigs. Got nominated for Best Female Solo Act in the Pure M Music Awards. Sang a programme of amazing french choral music with a new choir called Dulciana in Dublin, working on another one with some gorgeous Russian music at the moment. Also been translating some poems and trying to get my Irish back up to scratch.
I’ve also got some gigs coming up - check them out here!
Awesome! I was out late last night celebrating the landmark achievement we’ve made here in Ireland by voting yes to the Marriage referendum. I was so worried for my LGBT friends during the whole campaign, and their dignity and determination was just astounding although the campaign was hard on all of them. I’m so proud of my friends (in particular the chunk of them who flew home to vote, and those who went door to dooring) and my family (in particular my dad and my sister) for mucking in to make it happen. I’m not sure we even fully realise the magnitude of what we’ve achieved. But now…I’m very sleepy and a bit sunburned because I went to Africa Day and had a blast, but forgot that suncream is important. So I’m gonna go watch something on nextflix, and pretend I don’t need sleep.
Thanks for reading everyone!