Sound

Dursey Island Discs
From August 8th

Launches 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 three Dursey Islanders – Gerald Murphy, Rosarie O’Neill and Martin Sheehan – along with four others who have close associations with the island: Pat O’Neill, Penny Durell, Anne Finch, and Desmond O’Reilly.

All seven are interviewed by local writer Carina McNally 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 are available as podcasts below, and will also be broadcast at Lehanmore Community Centre, the last café on the mainland before the cable-car to Dursey, from August 8th.

Gerald Murphy grew up on Dursey. He now lives in Glenera, and returns to the island daily to farm.

 

Rosarie O’Neill grew up on Dursey. She now lives in Eyeries, where she runs Formanes House B&B. She returns regularly to the island.

 

Penny Durell lives in Ballinacarriga, overlooking Dursey Island. She is the author of the island history, Discover Dursey.

 

Martin Sheehan grew up on Dursey. He now lives in Castletownbere, and returns regularly to the island to farm and fish.

 

Anne Finch lives in Castletownbere and also has a home on Dursey. She maintains the website durseyisland.ie.

 

Desmond O’Reilly is a lawyer in London and has a holiday home in Adrigole. His mother, Kathleen Causkey, came from Dursey.

 

Pat O’Neill lives in Garnish. He has delivered the post to Dursey for the past 38 years.

 

Dursey Island Discs is presented by Carina McNally, 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 Dublin, 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.

 

DURSEY ISLAND

 The signal tower on Dursey is easily accessed by the track off the main road. Follow the Beara Way signposts. The sound installation is in the store beside the tower, in a metal box marked Dursey Island.

Music

The Quest by Cormac Mac an Fhalla and Compartments by Cormac Mac an Fhalla and Annette Skade.

The Quest is a new piece. It explores themes of open space and adventure, and includes ship sonars and other sounds of the sea. The composition gains in intensity to portray the feeling of trepidation that one might experience when embarking on a quest, not unlike the trip to Dursey Island.

Compartments was played on the Dursey Island cable-car for a week as part of Beara Arts Festival in August 2016. It featured three poems by Annette Skade – The Boat Train, The High Line and Cello Lessons – set to music by Cormac Mac an Fhalla.

Biographies

Skade, originally from Manchester, has lived on the Beara peninsula since 1989, initially at Garnish, less than a mile from the cable-car, and more recently in Glengarriff. She has a Degree in Ancient Greek and Philosophy from Liverpool University, and an MA in Poetry Studies from Dublin City University. In July 2013, she launched her debut collection of poetry, Thimblerig, at the West Cork Literary Festival.

Mac an Fhalla grew up in Garnish, and studied music production at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork and Pulse College in Dublin.

 

BLACK BALL HEAD

The signal tower on Black Ball Head is best accessed via the last road to the left before the harbour at Cahermore. You will be crossing some difficult terrain. Please close all gates. The sound installation is by the tower, in a metal box marked Black Ball Head.

Email info@bearaartsfestival.com for further directions.

MUSIC

Tiberium (for piano and cello) by David Harmax

David’s composition reflects on the erosion of memory represented by the crumbling stone walls of Black Ball Head signal tower.

Tiberium is accompanied by a piece of prose composed by local writer Mary Padwick in response to David’s music.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Harmax 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.

davidharmax.com

 

BERE ISLAND

The signal tower on Bere Island is easily accessed via the road just right of the heritage centre. At the end of the road, follow the track marked with Beara Way signposts.

MUSIC

Beam by Ian Geraghty

Beam explores the intended purpose of Bere Island signal tower as part of a coastal defense system.

It draws on synthesised sounds with their innate pulsating and sustained tones. The changes in texture are slow and in tandem with a rising melodic figure.

Vibrating particles within waves.

Energy awaits its release.

The anticipation of receiving a signal from another tower – a statement of imminent invasion.

And yet all this anticipation was fruitless.

The Bere Island signal tower was not destroyed in war, but by the elements.

BIOGRAPHY

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.