Sarah Murphy – Artistic Director (www.wall2wallmusic.org)
Artistic Director of Wall2Wall Music, Sarah has many years experience as a performer, flute teacher workshop leader and project manager. Sarah performs internationally in chamber music recitals across both classical and world music genres, and as a freelance player with the Ulster Orchestra.Sarah is a Senior Associate with Musical Futures and since 2011 has delivered Musical Futures training for teachers and community musicians across Ireland. As Artistic Director of Wall2Wall Music she has led a wide range of collaborative composition projects including: Illuminate in Donegal with North 55 – an all ages composition project inspired by stories from Inishtrahull island; Stroke Odysseys in Derry and London with Rosetta Life – working with 14-85 year olds from the stroke community; Once in a Blue Moon Band with amateur adult musicians; At Sixes and Sevens with 54 young musicians 14-19 years old in partnership with Barbican Creative Learning, the Verbal Arts Centre and the LSO during the City of Culture 2013 and the project that developed from this Creative Arts Lab in 2014.
Seamus Devenny – Wall2Wall Music facilitator (www.wall2wallmusic.org)
Seamus Devenny is a music facilitator, musician and instrumental tutor, native to and living in Carndonagh, Donegal. As a facilitator with Wall2Wall music he has worked with Sarah Murphy, Detta Danford, Sigrun Sævarsdóttir-Griffiths, Paul Griffiths, Feargus Murphy, and Robert Wells. Workshop projects have included Musical Futures CPD sessions, Musical Futures workshops, and creative ensemble projects with communities in London, Donegal, and Derry. Since returning to live in Donegal 9 years ago, he has tutored drums and violin for the Donegal Music Education Partnership. Seamus studied music NUI Maynooth in Co. Kildare, and worked in performance music for over twenty years in Ireland and internationally on drums, percussion, violin and voice freelancing with different artists from classical to trad.
Feargus Murphy – Wall2Wall Music facilitator (www.wall2wallmusic.org)
Feargus graduated from the Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) course, University of Surrey. He is a freelance french horn and bass guitar player and performs with the Impossibilities, a collective of leading musicians inspired by the supersonic jazz of Sun Ra. He works as a facilitator for Wall2Wall Music and Barbican Creative Learning, including recently with Core Arts in Homerton,Soundwaves Artists London, culminating in a performance in the 2015 Barbican Dialogue Festival. He regularly incorporates sound engineering and technology into his workshops and has producer credits on several albums including “Pressing Onward” by the New York Staff Band and “Shine” by Les Neish.
Rocky O’Reilly – Lead Producer (http://starttogetherstudio.com/)
O’Reilly has released albums worldwide and toured extensively in UK, Europe and USA. His music has been used in TV shows like Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother and in campaigns for Jameson, Nike and Fujifilm. As a producer he has worked with artists including And So I Watch You From Afar, Wheatus, General Fiasco, In Case Of Fire and Fighting With Wire. He owns Start Together Studio in Belfast and has worked alongside the British Council in Morocco to establish “Pop-Up Studio” a recording project promoting DIY techniques and empowering local musicians to release their own music successfully.
Wonder Villains (http://wondervillains.com/Wonder_Villains.html)
Wonder Villains have played all over the globe, touring with the likes of The Human League, General Fiasco and They Might Be Giants. They have represented Northern Ireland in SXSW Music Festival in Texas and played at festivals such as Electric Picnic, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend and Sun Festival in Marrakech where they worked closely with local bands to offer them support. Several singles have received national radio play on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 6Music, RTE 1 and 2FM and they have recorded a live session in Maida Vale for Radio One. They are published by Polar Patrol Publishing.
Cheylene Murphy – Pop Musician/Digital Media (http://wondervillains.com/Wonder_Villains.html)
As Wonder Villain’s keyboardist and singer she has performed around the globe, received national radio play and released the album Rocky. She manages social media and promotion for Wonder Villains, regularly conducts media interviews and contacts blogs and radio DJs to set them up. She is currently music supervisor for the film A Christmas Star due to be released in winter 2015 and co-writes new tracks with dance musicians through Polar Patrol Publishing. Cheylene has also founded Go Girl, Northern Ireland’s creative women’s collective where local creative women support each other and encourage more females into the creative industries.
Ryan McGroarty – Pop Musician/ Producer (http://wondervillains.com/Wonder_Villains.html)
A producer and songwriter and guitar player with Wonder Villains, A Bad Cavalier & BeeMickSee. Toured the UK with Wonder Villains Band, played many festivals like Dot To Dot, The Great Escape, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and SXSW in Texas and released our debut album Rocky. As a producer, currently mixing an album and singles for some exciting new artists. Also worked with the Teenage Kicks mural project in Belfast and helped to guide young, talented musicians in recording an original song that expresses their voice. For last two years, he has worked as part of a small team with young bands developing production skills in Morocco with the pop up studio project lead by Rocky O Reilly.
Paul Harrigan – Trad Musician (http://tradconnect.com/profile/PaulHarrigan)
Paul is from Inishowen, Co. Donegal. He has the distinction of being All-Ireland champion on both Uilleann Pipes and Piano Accordion. Paul has performed in Canada and the USA, and throughout Europe and China with groups such as Lunasa, Tuath, Dirty Linen and BlØf, and with virtuoso solo performers and composers Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Benoit Guerbigny, Renaud Séchan and Jean-marc Padovani. His latest collaboration ‘The Melting Pod’ explores shared musical concepts between two distinct disciplines with prolific urban musicians from the USA – Ralph Rolle (drummer with Nile Rodger’s Chic) and multi-instrumentalist Selan (collaborator with Adele and many others).
Declan McClafferty – Rock musician (http://intheirthousands.com/)
Declan is a Singer Songwriter based in Donegal, most notably recognised as a member of the band In Their Thousands. Having performed extensively in Ireland, UK and mainland Europe Declan also has a keen interest in music as an opportunity for youth development and expression – he was the Artist in Residence with Donegal Youth Service for two years. More recently Declan has been involved in the setting up of an Artist Centric Music Collective based in California namely Andromeda Artisans – focusing on empowering artists and focusing on the cutting edge of the ever changing music industry.
Sarah Cullen – Singer Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist
Sarah is based in Donegal and is a session musician and co-writer for Universal Music’s Artist in Development. She has travelled extensively throughout US and Europe as performer most recently to Nashville and London. She is currently involved in a collaborative musical event for Earagail Arts Festival in July as a writer, arranger and performer.
Jeremy Howard – Musician, Music Tech and Videographer
Completed a BA in Music and Music Technology and a MA in Composing Music for the Screen. Scored 3 feature films and numerous shorts and animations in Ireland & UK. Performs piano with Little John Nee & The Caledonia Orchestra recently releasing a debut album. Performed as a guitarist for Japanese / German rock pioneer Damo Suzuki (Can) for improvised performances at festivals. Worked since 2010 in the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny as the Programme & Digital Media Co-ordinator, organising concerts, films and exhibitions as well as developing and facilitating digital media, video making and music tech workshops.
Joe McCallion – Musician and Videographer
Joe Mc Callion is a videographer native to and based in, Culdaff, Donegal. Since graduating from a HND in Media in 2011, Joe created his own production company and has worked in wide range of jobs in the media industry. He has worked in some of Ireland’s top entertainment shows (Masterchef, The Voice) as well 3 seasons of Game of Thrones and working in the famous Pinewood Studios on film. Currently Joe combines his background playing music and his experience in TV and Film and creates original content for artists in the North West of Ireland specialising in music videography.
Billy Robinson – Lead Sound Engineer
Billy Robinson is a sound engineer, record producer and musician who has produced and recorded ten Mary Black albums from 1993 to 2012. During his career he has been and is the main live sound engineer for Clannad, Mary Black, Jimmy Mc Carthy and Altan as well as countless other Irish and international acts. Billy works with Wall2Wall music on large scale multi genre projects and has successfully delivered the live mixing and recording of a large multi-genre performance. Billy is a native of Burt and currently is based in Ramelton, Donegal where he has his recording studio, The Steeples.