Dursey Island Discs
August 4th – 12th

Launched on Tuesday August 8th, 8pm, at Lehanmore Community Centre

Inspired by BBC Radio 4’s long-running series, Desert Island Discs, Beara Arts Festival presents its own series of podcasts, Dursey Island Discs.

Dursey Island Discs features five Dursey Islanders, along with three others who have long associations with the island. All eight are interviewed by local writer Carina Jeisy and asked to imagine what records, book, luxury item and companion they would wish to have with them if they were ever marooned on Dursey, the only island in Ireland that is connected to the mainland by cable-car.

The interviews will be available as podcasts on our festival website, and will also be broadcast at Lehanmore Community Centre, the last café on the mainland before the cable-car to Dursey, for the duration of the festival (August 4th – 12th).

Dursey Island Discs is presented by Carina Jeisy, recorded by Cormac O’Connor and produced by Marc O’Sullivan Vallig.

The Three Towers
August 4th – 12th
Dursey Island, Black Ball Head & Bere Island

Local musicians Cormac Mac an Fhalla, Ian Geraghty and David Harmax have each created a new electronic composition for a series of installations in the old signal towers on Dursey Island and Black Ball Head and Bere Island. These are accessible daily for the duration of the festival.

Cormac Mac an Fhalla grew up in Garnish, and studied music production at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork and Pulse College in Dublin. He now works as a sound engineer in London, and also writes and performs music.

Ian Geraghty graduated with a B Mus from University College Cork in 2002. Focusing on eroding the boundaries between composition, improvisation and performance, he records in several musical styles and media. His current projects utilise pre-composed sections of electronic sound manipulated and recorded in real time.

David Harmax graduated with a BA in Music from Waterford Institute of Technology in 1999. In 2015, he was awarded first class honours in his MA degree in Scoring for Film and Visual Media from Pulse College, Dublin Institute of Technology. David composes scores with live recording techniques and/or virtual sampled instruments for film and media projects. His credits include the films City of Roses, Point of No Return, Banjo and Blocked.