Simon Quigley | Composer | Pianist

Simon Quigley is a composer and pianist. His contempoary classical compositions were launched at the National Concert Hall in April 2016. He performed with his Ensemble at the “Skerries Soundwaves Festival 2017. He was a founding member of successful indie group Sack, has recorded and performed with numerous well-known Irish artists including Camille O’Sullivan, Briana Corrigan (Beautiful South) Edwyn Collins and Dave Couse (Ex A House) whom he did two solo projects, including “The World Should Know” nominated as best Irish Album. He produced an album for Fiach Moriarty called “The Revolution”. He arranged and played keyboards for Brian Brody on Charting Maps for New Horizons 2016.

He has also composed for film (Davy Jones Locker 2019) ,documentaries and numerous television series for RTÉ (Later on 2). He is currently working on a modern opera piece entitled “Ones Without Zeros” based around AI and is developing this through an experimental performance event “ Your Self Made Superhuman” funded by Wexford County Council Arts Department (October 2019). His musical influences range from Kraftwerk , Nico Muhly, Steve Reich and Michael Nyman. He released “The Human Tide” in 2016, featuring “Ryan v the White Star Line” the story of Thomas Ryan and “Human Frailty” that addressed the migrant crisis. He released “Crimson Gown” in 2017, the story of two 17 century Irish actresses, who had a personal and professional rivalry.

Katherine Atkinson

As a performer, musician and cultural manager, Katherine works in the field of public engagement with the arts in a range of methodologies. She has experience of how performance works in relation to spacial, social, environmental and political realities with an enduring commitment to social justice. She is interested in testing performance concepts in public spaces, offering ways in which people are able to respond to public performances and has researched this through curating, performing and academic research.

Katherine currently performs with the Simon Quigley Ensemble and has performed and recorded with Ann Scott, Dave Murphy, Alice Jago, Miriam Ingram and other musicians in Ireland. In 2009, she participated in the performance of Sending Letters to the Sea a collaborative music project by Mark Garry, a Public Art Commission, Fingal County Council.

In 2016, as part of Fire Station Artist’s Studios Summer School, Katherine was selected to participate in Performative Curating: its social and political responsibilities, hosted by Florian Malzacher and Joanna Warsza with guest speakers Gregory Sholette and Olga Kopenkina. She performed in the Dublin Live Art Festival (2015) and the Livestock Performance Art Platform.

Katherine was an artist in the exhibition Lines of Negotiation (2016), hosted by dlr, has performed with Anu Productions (2013) at the launch of The Trades Club Revival publication by Seamus Nolan in the Model, Sligo (2012), performed in ‘Tear Down The Walls’ by Project Brand New, directed by artist Geraldine Pilgrim as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival (2011).

At Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts she was responsible for professional development, public art commissions, European projects (Typecast and the European Academy of Participation) training, events and programme development. She was also responsible for the management of the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme. Since 2002, this scheme has supported more than 300 artists. These include; theatre makers, visual artists, writers, musicians, film makers, architects and dancers. All who have worked with many diverse communities of place or interest.

She holds a MA in Public Culture Studies from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology; a Diploma of Theatre and Drama Studies from NUI Maynooth; a Certificate of Music TAFE South Australia. She is a member of the Edges & Margins Collective and Visual Arts Ireland.

Martin McCann

Dublin born, Martin McCann was lucky to have witnessed the many influential bands who came to play during the eighties in such venues as The SFX and The National Stadium. Following a natural instinct, his singing voice eventually led him to front the band SACK from 1990. After recording three albums and playing a series of shows as invited guests opening for Morrissey in Europe and West Coast USA, he took a slight detour and in 2009, developed an acoustic three-piece band called ELEVENS featuring fellow Dubliners, Tony Barrett and Mark Healy, recording three EPs and a single.  

In 2008 Martin performed in an international song cycle called Silver Stars, directed by Brokentalkers and written by Seán Millar. Also directed by Brokentalkers, in 2016 Martin performed in the Dublin Theatre Festival’s production of The Circus Animals’ Desertion.

Martin teamed up with Simon Quigley (SACK band member) again in 2012 to develop new compositions, among them Ryan V The White Star Line. He was the lead singer in the Simon Quigley Ensemble in A Night By the Ocean in the John Field Room, National Concert Hall 2016, at Arthurs Music Venue, Dublin and the Skerries Soundwaves Festival 2017.

Francis Fay

Fay explores the relationship between the self, media and technology.

He is interested in the malaise of the virtual world, the disconnect between the on line persona and true self. Fay’s work Beautiful Illusion is an ongoing project with a focus on the relationship of the body/mind in time and space. He explores the impact of technology on the self. Fay looks at the development of multiple identities and the opportunity to be the star in one’s own ‘movie’. The artists explores appearance, veneers, masks and the investment by individuals and society in utopias. His performance uses movement, music, and dramatic lighting, print material, mirrors and masks to question assumptions He hopes to expose the apparent flaws in the notion of the ideal, focusing on the disconnect between body and soul. Through performance, ritual and humour the artist finds new ways of expression, connection and communication.

Fay holds an MA | Art in the Digital World, NCAD; BA Fine Art, DIT; BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts from Leeds. He is a founding member and co-curator of Livestock Performance Platform– a bi-monthly live art event. He is a member of IVARO, a studio member of MART Dublin, and is a team member of Project Arts Centre. Fay has collaborated with the award winning theatre company Brokentalkers as both Stage Manager and Scenographer.

Deirdre Buggy

My work explores identity, form and experience through the mediums of film, sculpture and performance. I explore the multi-layered aspects of maintaining balance as a woman in an increasingly hectic and demanding society. The pressure to conform to accepted norms, the ongoing struggle against mysoginy and patriarchal societal constructs for woman and the struggle for equality.  In my work the narrative floats between the past and the present voicing constraints, shame, choice and unity.

My recent works have been rooted in performance, inspired by the conceptual methodology of bringing works into the public space. The reaction of the audience becomes part of the performances, and I enjoy working within this atmosphere of immediacy and intimacy. ‘Eat Sleep Life Repeat’ leads more directly to a personal feeling and a search for belonging, expressing the metaphor of life-balance through physical representation. Objects signify inner conflict, exploring the multi-layered aspects of maintaining balance in an increasingly hectic and demanding society. The narrative asks the question how do we survive in such cultural turmoil? How do we balance all the aspects of modern living?

Deirdre is an emerging artist based in Co. Wexford, recently graduating with first class honours from Carlow I.T Wexford Art Campus (2018). Her body of work to date includes performace, sculpture, film and photography and uses themes of ritual, repetition, labour and the every-day.

Deirdre completed a Summer internship in the Arts office at Wexford County Council, and continues to work with them giving public tours of various art exhibitions. Deirdre has also given live public performances, notably for Culture night 2018 at The Creative Hub in Wexford town, and has collaborated on work with other local Wexford performance artists. Currently working on pieces for solo exhibition, Deirdre is also working as Art teacher in Windmill Therapeutic Centre, teaching to adults with disabilities.

Clare Kavanagh

A music studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, Irish Soprano Clare Kavanagh is a native of  Co Wexford. She began her vocal studies with soprano Deirdre Masterson and in 2011 she continued her training with Linda Hutchison in London commuting back and forth from Ireland. 

In 2016, Clare performed A Night By The Ocean with the Simon Quigley Ensemble in John Field Room at the National Concert Hall and at Arthurs Music Venue, Dublin and the Skerries Soundwaves Festival 2017.

Clare was based in the UK where she trained with both Linda and English National Opera. Clare was one of the 20 singers selected by English National Opera (ENO) to take part in their professional development programme “Opera Works”. Clare made her professional operatic debut in Oct 2009 with Lyric Opera in the National Concert Hall Dublin playing the role of Frasquita in Carmen. She has performed in many of Lyric Operas productions including La Boheme, The Magic Flute, and La Traviata.

Clare has worked with many renowned tutors, singers and operatic directors since she started her training. Some of these include Christopher Cowell, Bill Lewis (NYC), Roberto Recchia (Wexford Festival Opera), Annilese Miskimmon, John Ramster (RAM), Mark Shanahan, Penny Mackay and Sam Krum (Robert Gilder & Co International Artist Management).

An avid G&S fan, Clare has played the role of Fiametta in Festival Productions’ The Gondoliers in 2009; an award-winning production in the International G&S Competition that year. Clare has also performed in The Pirates of Penzance with Jim Molloy Promotions and Festival Productions. Her role as Yum Yum in The Mikado won her the Best Female Singer award at the AIMS awards in 2009. She then reprised the role in Wexford Light Operas production of The Mikado in Wexford Opera House in 2011. Clare is grateful to have received support towards her ENO training from ArtLinks and Wexford County Council.