The National St. Patrick’s Festival theme in 2021 was Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland! It was an invitation to throw off the long, dark months, and rise to embrace the brighter days ahead.
SPF presented one of its most cutting edge, and exciting contemporary Irish music line-ups to date, shot in one of the city's most revered cultural institutions: The Guinness Storehouse. It’s the kind of event that you don’t get to witness or shoot very often. The Guinness Storehouse is usually buzzing with guests so having it empty is very rare. I’m really stoked that I was afforded the opportunity to shoot this gig!
The evening was hosted by Tara Stewart, the radio presenter, DJ and IG personality who has been successfully breaking down borders between cutting edge, and mainstream music in Ireland through her hugely popular nightly 2FM show, and regular (pre-lockdown) DJ gigs.
The show was be filmed 'in the round' in the Atrium of the Storehouse, a very rare chance to catch the centrepiece of the home of Guinness in use for a live performance.
Rock/punk/indie Pillow Queens are amongst the fastest rising stars in the country. Their recently released debut album 'In Waiting' has been nominated for Choice Music Album of the Year (2020) and features the hit single 'Gay Girls' (nominated for Song of the Year in 2019). The band gained a massive coup by being invited to make their US TV debut on the Late Late Show with James Corden.
Songwriter and producer Gemma Dunleavy is currently the talk of the town off the back of her debut EP 'Up de Flats', the hit single of which has received a Choice Music Award nomination for Song of the Year 2020.
Gemma's lyrical style draws heavy influence from traditional story-telling, and is deeply rooted in her community, while musically she experiments with instruments of her heritage merged with her love of contemporary pop/RnB, and club sounds.
Spoken word poet, and artist Adam Mohamed took the internet by storm toward the end of 2020 with the release of his first official project "Untitled", an incredible exploration of place, and identity in modern Ireland – an ever-changing cultural landscape.
Coming from a mixed-race, and mixed-religion family in Dublin, Adam looks at his past struggles to fit in, and cement his place in Irish society in the face of prejudice.
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