Cormac Ó Caoimh & Martin Leahy
The High Tide Club, Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere
8pm, Friday August 4th
Admission: €12 (

Cormac Ó Caoimh is a singer/songwriter and classical guitarist from Cork who released his fourth album, Shiny Silvery Things, in May 2017. American UK has described Cormac’s live performance as “a tour de force”, while Mojo has said of his recordings that “each song superglues to the memory.”

For his gig at the High Tide Club, Cormac will be joined by the multi-talented Martin Leahy.

New music commission

On the Edge of Darkness
A work for piano, strings and electronics by David Harmax.
Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere
8pm, Saturday August 5th
Tickets: €15 (available from:

Conductor: David Harmax

Piano: Susan McManamon
Violin: Katy Salvidge
Cellos: Tess Leak & Diana Llewelyn
Electronics: Ian Geraghty

Beara Arts Festival has commissioned On the Edge of Darkness, a work for piano, strings and electronics, from our 2017 composer-in-residence, David Harmax.

On the Edge of Darkness is inspired by the underwater world around the coast of Beara, and particularly the various wrecks of boats and ships that lie on the seabed. Rather than focus on any one of these wrecks, David has chosen to embrace their collective history of loss.

David Harmax trained as a classical musician before moving into film music, gaining an MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College and Dublin Institute of Technology, based in the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin. There, he studied under prominent international composer Christopher Young (Drag Me To Hell/Spiderman 3/Hellraiser), orchestrator Conrad Pope (The Hobbit/Harry Potter/Jurassic Park), games composer Garry Schyman (BioShock/Dante’s Inferno), tutors Richard Bellis and Andy Hill; and Irish composers Gregory Magee and Derek Gleeson.

David’s credits include his scores for the feature film Point of No Return (2017) and the animated short, City of Roses (2015), as well as Curse of Kings, recorded with a 110-piece orchestra at BNR National Recording Studio in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2015, and Below the Surface, a piece for piano recorded with the Fidelio Trio in 2013.

Support Act:

Bill Karnation uses a budget synthesizer to perform bass, percussion and intricately melodic compositions, with vocal sampling from source material such as early 1990s Canadian Sci-Fi radio drama and recordings of recitals by the poet Sylvia Plath.