KÍLA 1996 - present
Electric bass, double bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums & percussion, backing vocals
Brian grew up in Dún Laoghaire and began playing bass at the age of 12, travelling throughout Europe with in his father's Christian band as well as playing with various musicians and bands in Dublin.
He joined Kíla in 1996 and since has enjoyed performing live, co-writing and recording, contributing to the band's unique sound. Often defined as contemporary Irish trad music, Kíla's practice and approach has been ever evolving, rooted in the traditional, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world. With Kíla Brian has played in over 30 countries in North America, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, notable festivals include The Montreux Jazz festival, WOMAD worldwide and closer to home Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and have had the privilege of playing the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics, Dublin and Possibilities, the event that welcomed the Dalai Lama to Ireland.
With Kíla Brian has worked extensively in TV and film. Music co-created has been placed in documentaries on RTÉ, TG4 and most recently BBC2 Timewatch documentaries. Their most notable involvement in film is their collaboration with French composer Bruno Coulais on the soundtracks for Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated and Annie winning animations 'The Secret of Kells’ and ‘The Song of the Sea’. Kíla were also nominated for an Emmy in 2015 for their soundtrack to the film “Ireland’s Wild River”.
Brian produced Kíla's 19th album “Alive Beo” released earlier this year and to date with Kíla Brian has enjoyed working with highly respected artists such as George Hamilton IV, U2, Ronnie Wood, Sinéad O Connor, The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O Maonlaoí, Gavin Friday and Glenn Hansard.
PREACHERS SON 2010 – 2016
Electric bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, percussion, lead vocals
Brian launched his solo project Preachers Son featuring his own compositions in 2010. He released his debut album “Love Life and Limb” mixed by Dave Bascombe (Placebo, Korn, Depeche Mode), followed by “10 Stories Tall” in 2014 produced in Los Angeles with Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt), with previous production credits from Marc Urselli (Lou Reed, Les Paul). To date Irish and UK radio play includes BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Team Rock Radio, Planet Rock Radio, Kerrang, Q, RTÉ 1, RTÉ 2, Nova, Phantom (now TXFM), 98 FM, Today FM amongst others.
Preachers Son toured Ireland and internationally in the UK, Canada, USA and Italy. Festivals appearances have included: Electric Picnic, Volvo Ocean Race, Le Cheile Festival, Vantastival, Indiependence Music Festival, Festival of Fires, Canadian Music Week, Manchester Irish Festival, The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, Glasgowbury, Green Village Festival, Temple House Festival, Indie Week, Karel Music Expo (Italy), Clonmel Junction Festival, Éigse Carlow and Abbeyfest.
THEATRE COMPOSITION / SOUND DESIGN
· 1993 – 97 Theatre of Fire, various productions
· 2001 Monkey (w/ Kíla Young Vic, London)
· 2006 Irish Choreographers New Work Platform “Face” (Samuel Beckett Theatre)
· 2010 The Adventures of the Wet Señor, Benbo Productions (w/ Kíla Irish Tour)
· 2016 Dublin Youth Dance Company “Zombieland” (Pavilion Theatre & The Ark Theatre)
· 2017 Irish Modern Dance Theatre “Everything Now” (Fringe Festival)
FREELANCE TO DATE
· Earth City Mob (Alan Doherty)
· The McVeigh Sisters
· The Henry Girls
· Jungle Boogie - Audio Networks
· The Brilliant Irish Flute (Alan Doherty)
· Nick Kelly
· Paul Brady incl RTE Late Late Show
· Cheeky Girls RTE Katherine Lynch Show
· Celebrity Raw Sessions with Sony Ericsson RTE - Lotus Media
· Whole World Band - Kevin Godley
· National Lotto - DDFH&B Advertising
· You're a Star RTE - Screentime ShinAwiL (4 series)
· Mama Cass Show - Bill Hughes
· MTV Europe Music Awards
ANIMATION / GRAPHIC ARTIST
· Worked as animator with Murakami Wulff Animation (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Disney Animation Paris ( Ducktails The Movie, Tailspin)
· Published cartoonist with Phoenix and Magill
· Storyboard artist for Rothco Advertising and Theatre of Fire