Saturday, July 22, 2017

Coming Up This Week

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Photographs From
Beyond Silence A Bell Rings In An Empty Sky

This piece is also on exhibition in the Crawford as part of the exhibition "Under The Goldie Fish" based around Conal Creedon's radio masterpiece of the same name. My piece "Keepen Of The Dust (for Joseph Beuys) " was commissioned by Sean Lynch on behalf of the Crawford.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Beyond Silence: A Bell Rings in an Empty Sky

26 May–12 August
Publication Launch : 12–3pm Sat 8 July 2017

Multiple ceramic bells and mesmeric static musical figurines installed in the Crawford Art Gallery prompt the viewer to pause a while. The work allows a moment, for the imagination to grow with the sounds prompted by the visual spectacle.
McCarthy’s practice has long concerned itself with promoting the simple of idea of listening. In a departure from creating sound, for this exhibition, McCarthy foregrounds our daily, ever present background soundscape.
The Artist brings together over 500 found ceramic objects, which have been either muted by the artist or by their material restrictions. McCarthy is a gatherer and scours car boot sales and second hand shops to find discarded objects that have been overlooked and under used.
Beyond Silence playfully triggers memories to create potential imaginary mindscapes. The installations are accompanied by drawings created by the artist during a recent residency at the prestigious Rauschenberg Foundation in Florida. McCarthy immersed himself in the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg’s practise, which led to his use of erasure as a tool of engagement in the drawings and further engaged with his interest in listening.
Danny McCarthy is one of Ireland’s pioneers of performance art and sound art and he continues to be a leading exponent exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and abroad. McCarthy is also gatherer and scours car boot sales and second hand shops to find discarded objects that have been overlooked and under used.
McCarthy’s is also interested in acoustic ecology and collates ‘lost sounds’ - evident in his Found Sound (Lost at Sea) at Crawford Art Gallery (2011-2016) and his work Mutus Liber focuses his concern for lost sonic soundscapes.  

McCarthy asked Hubert Bookbinding to create a handcrafted book containing found perforated music paper.  The music paper, that would have been ubiquitous a century ago, was at the forefront of popular culture when many fairground and cinematic attractions would feature pianolas (a self-playing piano). McCarthy captures the now muted sounds in archival form perhaps in the hope that the next generation may find a willingness to listen and explore sounds from history.
Publication launch:
Responding to the exhibition Beyond Silence: A Bell Rings in an Empty Sky a publication featuring text and visuals David Toop, Stephen Vitiello, Patrick Farmer, Helen Frosi, (Soundfjord), Paul Hegarty, Rachel Warner, Cristin Leach, Bernard Clarke, John Godfrey, Dr.Emily Putnam, Anthony Kelly and introduction by Dawn Williams will be launched between 12-3pm, Saturday 8 July, 2017.
The publication is published by Farpoint Recordings priced €20.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Looking forward once again to playing in St John The Baptist Church with The Quiet Club and the amazing Ilse De Ziah and Harry Moore. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Quiet Club and crOw, two of Ireland’s most innovative improvising duos, are touring together as a quartet for the first time.
In December 2015 Ireland’s leading sound art collective The Quiet Club joined forces with crOw, one of the country’s most innovative improvising duos, to make a CD recording called ‘As the quiet crow flies’. This CD was released on Farpoint Recordings in summer 2016 (This is a great work of improvised music from a more unusual perspective - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly) and, having enjoyed working together so much, the two duos agreed that
performing as a quartet in a tour around the country is something we wanted to do.
Having made a successful application to the Arts Council for a Touring Award, the two duos will perform together in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Carrick-on-Shannon
between February 28th and March 23rd this year.
The Quiet Club is an internationally-acclaimed duo consisting of Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea, who use a range of analogue and digital electronic devices to produce sound art of great beauty and subtlety. crOw is an improvising duo incorporating saxophonist Cathal Roche and Ian Wilson on laptop, e-guitar and sound objects - this duo has a particularinterest in spatializing sound and responding to acoustic and architectural properties of the
spaces it performs in; audiences are invited to wander around during performances. When the two duos perform together, the result is a unique combination of influences and
approaches; naturally, every tour performance will be different and tailored to a particular venue and audience.
For further information please contact Ian Wilson on
A promotional video for the tour can be viewed here:
Excerpts from CD:

28.02 Galway-Mayo IT, 11am [Centre for Creative Arts & Media]: promoted and organised
by Music for Galway in association with GMIT CCA&M
28.02 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Building, Ballybrit, Galway, 3pm: promoted and
organised by Music for Galway in association with HPE Galway
02.03 Ormston House, Limerick, 8pm (in association with with DMARC, U.L.)
03.03 FUAIM series, Aula Maxima, University College, Cork, 1.10pm
09.03 Waterford New Music Week, Tully’s Bar, Waterford, 1pm
19.03 ‘Sundays at Noon’ series, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, 12pm
23.03 The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, 8.30pm

Monday, December 19, 2016

Some shots of yesterdays celebration in memory of the wonderful Pauline Oliveros which took place in the Guesthouse Cork.Other contributors to the event included John Godfrey Karen Power (main organisers) and Harry Moore Robin Parmar and the whole audience most of whom contributed to proceedings.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


The Quiet Club with special guest  Jefrey Weeter play Gulpd. Triskel Arts Centre on the 4th November.