Music Town: Ghosts

Saturday, 14 April 2018


A film and music collaboration

Crash Ensemble commissioned three Irish filmmakers, Jack Phelan, Oonagh Kearney and Laura Sheeran, to create works in response to their 2017 Bedroom Community album, Ghosts.

Ghosts, the visual album will receive its premiere screening for MusicTown festival.

Track Listing

Composer: Work/Filmmaker

Nico Muhly: Drones, Variations, Ornaments / Jack Phelan

Valgeir Sigurðsson: Ghosts / Oonagh Kearney

Valgeir Sigurðsson: Past Tundra / Oonagh Kearney

Donnacha Dennehy: As An Nos / Laura Sheeran


Total run time: 45 minutes.


Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music ensemble, a group of world-class musicians who present the most adventurous music of today. Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops. The Washington Post

Oonagh Kearney has written and directed one full-length documentary and nine short films with the support of the Irish Arts Council, Irish Film Board, RTE, TG4, BRITDOC and The Wellcome Trust. Her work has screened globally at film festivals around the world, at institutes like the ICA, BFI, IFI, Big Screen Plaza in NYC. Her work has been broadcast and distributed on TV, via online platforms such as the RTE and TG4 iplayer, and via dvd distribution with Aesthetica magazine and Tenderpixels Gallery in London.

Jack Phelan is a video artist and technologist who specialises in integrating new visual ideas and technology into live performance. Theatrical credits include Arlington by Enda Walsh (Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival);Alice in Funderland (THISISPOPBABY / Abbey Theatre); Dubliners (The Corn Exchange / Dublin Theatre Festival); The Shawshank Redemption (Lane Productions); The Lulu House and MacBeth (Siren Productions); Love and Money (Hatch Theatre), and Woman & Scarecrow (Siren / Abbey), The Seond Violinist by Enda Walsh and Donacha Dennehy (Landmark Productions / Wide Open Opera).

Laura Sheeran is a musician and video director based in Dublin. Laura’s musical career began singing with Fovea Hex, an avant garde collective founded by Clodagh Simonds’ (Mellow Candle, Mike Oldfield). Members of the collective include Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Carter Burwell and Colin Potter (Nurse with Wound). Laura also works in video and theatre. She and has collaborated on seven productions with Irish writer Little John Nee, providing visuals, music and sound design for several of Nee’s productions between 2004-2017 and co-directed Nee’s ‘Radio Rosario’ which featured in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017. In 2016 Laura directed ‘Changeling’, a show commissioned for the Clonmel Junction Festival. Changeling starred Stephanie Dufresne and featured an original score by composer Linda Buckley. Changeling fused solo dance with film to tell the tragic story of Bridget Cleary, the last ‘witch’ to be burned in Ireland in 1895. The show was a success and returned to the festival for a second year in 2017.


Ghosts films are supported by The Arts Council.

Ghosts the screening is supported by MusicTown.

Ghosts the album was supported by The Arts Council and Music Network.

Crash Ensemble is supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.