WINNER OF THE CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL 'ARTS' AWARD 2015
A STORM IN THE HEART
Irish singer Dolores Keane’s distinctive deep, soulful voice is loved the world over. But Dolores’ life was overshadowed for many years as she battled with alcoholism, depression and more recently, breast cancer. Now she has re-emerged from the shadows to share her story. This landmark documentary by Scratch Films for RTÉ Arts pieces together in words, archive and classic song, the extraordinary story of one of Ireland’s best-loved cultural icons.
Liam McGrath’s fantastic programme on Dolores Keane was a lesson in the power of a well made documentary. - THE IRISH TIMES
A revealing and beautifully made portrait of a man who was an integral part of the national institution that is The Dubliners. Directed by Maurice Sweeney and filmed on Sheahan's year of retirement after 50 years on the road and recording, the film is an important addition to the national cultural archives. As Barney McKenna once said, John is the ‘memory chip’, the part of the band who never forgets, ‘the mortar between the bricks’ that kept the band together'.
'A beautiful piece of film-making'. THE IRISH TIMES
'very moving'- THE IRISH INDEPENDENT
For many Irish people Finbar Furey is an institution. His hauntingLonesome Boatman will forever be etched into our musical story as a nation. Finbar is a free spirit. He has always gone against the grain, sometimes in the face of commercial success. In 1971 he left The Clancy Brothers while playing to packed-out auditoriums in the USA. In 1994 he left The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur while they still had best- selling albums to record. He was to hit rock bottom however in 2005 when his shoulder gave way and threatened to take away the very thing that he thought nobody could, his ability to play music.
'A well-made, elegantly structured piece of work'
LIAM FAY - THE SUNDAY TIMES
THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS
From Liam Clancy to Bob Geldof, Moya Brennan talks to internationally celebrated musicians about the rich diversity of Irish music.
Starting with her own introduction to pop as Radio Caroline beamed into the Donegal highlands, Moya Brennan traces the influences on Irish music of jazz, rock, punk and other music from outside Ireland since the Sixties, through her conversations with a who’s-who of Irish music – including Christy Moore, Paddy Moloney, Donal Lunny, Sinead O’Connor, Finbar Furey, Dolores O’Riordan, Shane McGowan, Adam Clayton, Bono, Damien Dempsey, Bob Geldof, Liam Clancy, Paul Brady, Bill Whelan and John Sheehan.
* Scratch Films were the Irish Production partners on the USA version of this film THE MUSIC OF IRELAND. This series won a NY Area EMMY in 2011
In the latest in his series of documentaries about leading figures in traditional Irish music, award-winning director Liam McGrath turns his cameras on Chieftain Paddy Moloney. In a series of intimate interviews and specially-recorded performances and collaborations, Moloney reflects on his own personal journey, and the music and people that shaped it.
"The documentary is an affectionate study of one of Ireland's most significant and , indeed prolific musicians. Made by Liam McGrath, who has also delivered beguiling programmes on Finbar Furey and The Dubliners' John Sheahan, it offers a reminder of the importance of Moloney and The Chieftains in helping to popularise traditional Irish music all over the world". - Irish Independent November 2015
"Liam McGrath's well-edited film engagingly captured both his life-long musical determination and his irrepressibly mischievous spirit."-John Boland, Irish Independent