The Irish Maritime Festival was a huge success last weekend in Drogheda Port. Drogheda town centre was buzzing with the festival atmosphere Saturday and Sunday. What fab weather we got for it!
Here’s some photos we took, mostly of the Augustinian Gospel Choir! You can imagine my fright when I turned around to see a dancing Spongebob Squarepants on stage, right behind me! What fun we had! And of course a dancing Patrick, our newest choir member ;)
Thanks to the Purple Sessions crew for the great sound and thanks to the festival organisers for a wonderful experience!
Join us this Sunday (June 15th) in Drogheda at The Irish Maritime Festival 2014 - Gerry Simpson and the Augustinian Gospel Choir- we will be singing our hearts out and giving it all we’ve got at 1pm at the Ballast Sound Stage!
Come along, clap along, sing along- you will be uplifted and you will be feeling HAPPY! :D
I would like to share my major production project “Crystal Hearts”- a contemporary Celtic New Age song about the divine connection and eternal love of soulmates that I have been working on this semester. This is an alternative mix to what I’m being graded on and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I did producing it! Love and light.
Composed by Stephanie Caffrey
Lyrics by Keith Caffrey and Stephanie Caffrey.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Stephanie Caffrey.
Vocals: Fiona McErlane
Drums: Jay Ruddy
Bass: Shane Piper
Harp: Shane Taaffe
Fiddles: Ellie McGinley and Stephanie Caffrey
Low Whistle: Corentin Morgble
Bodhran: Corentin Morgble
Synths and drum loops: Stephanie Caffrey
Piano: Stephanie Caffrey
Assisted by Shauna Kearney and Scott McLoughlin.
A little photo collage from the studio sessions of my most recent production project at DkIT – “Crystal Hearts” written by myself and Keith Caffrey. Just saying a massive THANK YOU to all the musicians who performed on the song! Everyone brought something special to my production. The song is Celtic New Age and tells the story of two people who meet and recognise each other as soulmates (remember my blog post last summer that I was demoing something special? This is it! Completed, produced and mixed!). An expression of everlasting love and divine connection “Crystal Hearts” is my most proud piece as a songwriter, musician and producer yet.
Just want to share some pix and a brief summary about our experience at Vantastival last weekend!
We (Steff, Shauna, Amy and Kial- students in years 3 and 2 of Music and Audio Production, DkIT) worked at the Golden Plec acoustic stage in the Vantastibar (Spirit Store) tent. We used a Soundcraft Spirit Folio analogue desk, SM58s, SM57s, D.I boxes plus a Behringer 8024 graphic EQ for the monitors and “front of tent” sound. ;)
We worked with loads of artists from Ireland, England and Europe, some were trad groups, some singer-songwriters, some rock/indie bands in unplugged format. You name it, we mic-ed it!
Our highlights included Jinx Lennon (legend-check him out!), John Spillane and Race the Flux.
We all worked as a team, which not only included setting up the artists and doing their monitor and main mixes but helping out the Spirit Store staff (helps to be able to pull a pint when required!) as well. It was a wonderful experience to get so hands on with live sound and learn so much about it (so different to the studio!) and meet so many amazing artists. A busy weekend but invaluable experience! Here’s to more future work experience opportunities for DkIT students… :D
Our biggest thanks to Derek Turner and all the awesome lads at the Spirit Store, we had such a brilliant weekend!
Ps- one piece of advice for a student working at a festival (especially in Ireland!)- wear wellies, not your favourite runners! ;) (more pix can be found on my Instagram (http://instagram.com/audio_girl)