When my two daughters were young, we lived in the hills near the Arigna mountains and one our favourite pastimes was to search for Fairies, Elves, Goblins and other woodland beings in the neighbouring forests and around Lough Arrow and Lough Key.
The girls loved it and having very active imaginations we could find evidence of Fairies etc. almost everywhere we looked. Any root of a tree could be a Fairy house, a forked branch of a tree or a bush could be a Fairy swing and of course a cobweb strung between two yellow Gorse bushes was definitely a Fairy bed.
This short film is an audiovisual journey based on those experiences albeit featuring a different lake, Lough Sheelin in the misty midlands (no idea why except that I liked the sound of the name).
I hope that you enjoy the journey as much as I did making it.
p.s. The soundtrack was created in #Cubase pro using #Dingwall Basses, #Steinberg #Halion 6 and #Serum samplers.
The video was edited in #Cyberlink #Director Suite 365.
I am a session bassist and contemporary composer based in Ireland, most of my studio work these days is done from my own studio via Dropbox etc. I am also a member of Derek Ryan's touring band.
I play Double bass and Bass guitar and most recently a derivative of the Chapman Stick, the NS Stick and several other instruments when I must :-)
I have two solo instrumental albums on release called "End of a longer day" and "A small shadow" and my sister Susan and I are currently writing and recording a series of Audiodramas/Books called the The Todalie Stories, a series for kids of all ages including adults that refuse to grow up. comprising Text, Audio & Illustrations (by Vitya Malirsh), inspired by special people, the unseen little folk, and other fantastic creatures that inhabit the woods, streams and lakes on this island .
The stories explore the concept of triumph over adversity and illustrate the importance of inclusiveness, the powerful impact of community spirit, bringing together disparate groups to achieve a common goal in a respectful inclusive space.
The first story (abridged) is available as a Podcast called The Todalie Stories on all good podcast providers and on www.todalie.com.
During lockdown I completed a course in Music Composition for Games in Pulse and Griffith College Dublin, and am currently involved in several exciting writing projects so watch this space!
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