Before this crazy Covid19 pandemic descended on us this year most of my recent musical working life was “Drive..Play..Drive..Sleep”, whether it was driving to a recording session or to play at a concert or to play at a dance with Derek Ryan.
Funnily enough I don’t miss the driving bit but I sure do miss the live playing, the cameraderie and that buzz that you can only get from being on a stage with like minded people and bringing joy to audiences everywhere.
This video depicts the madness of all the travelling, the buzz of the live gig, the dancing and some other random thoughts that happened to occur to me while I was making it.
I hope you enjoy watching and maybe even dancing to it :-).
***WARNING*** This video contains loud music and flashing lights!
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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