Ask me anything   EIMEAR O'DONOVAN is a vocalist and freelance producer from Ireland.

Music // Theatre // Events // Sacred Harp // Serial Collaborator.

BANTUM || QUARTER || CORK SACRED HARP

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I have been training as a producer on a voluntary basis for the past 9 months with Cork-based theatre makers Makeshift Ensemble and freelance producer Kath Gorman as part of their Future Producers programme. This has involved myself, Aoife Power and Danielle Killeen starting off as production assistants on their tri-monthly, multi-disciplinary arts festival, Quarter, and ending with producing and managing every aspect of the August installment of the festival. Our programme has been ambitious, including sound art, a pop-up visual art exhibition, theatre work-in-progress showings, spoken word, panel discussions, music and short films. The idea of founder Eszter Nemethi was that a multitude of art forms co-exist under the same banner, promoting cross-pollination of ideas, arts community building, and ideally working towards future multi-disciplinary collaboration as well as audience development. 

Here are some pictures of the weekender we just put on at the Triskel TDC, Gulpd Café and Plugd Records shop in Cork, shot by Aoife Power and Leah Hearne. It was a lot of hard work and late nights (and having no life for a few months) but looking at these pictures, and the support and encouragement we received from friends and attendees over the weekend makes it feel worthwhile and makes me proud of what we have achieved! 

Onwards and upwards.

Big thanks to Eszter Nemethi and Leah Hearne, without whose vision  and determination, none of this would have been possible. And to Aoife and Danielle, who are both well on their way to becoming unstoppable forces. Here’s to the present producers x x

— 3 weeks ago
#makeshift ensemble  #quarter  #quarter festival  #quarter cork  #multidisciplinary  #poetry  #music  #film  #art  #pop-up  #exhibition  #moss  #work in progress  #scratch  #experimental  #experimentation  #sound art  #community  #professional development  #arts  #artists  #artists_community  #ireland  #cork  #europe  #presentation party  #gulpd  #triskel  #plugd  #discussion 

Very happy to unleash this on the world! Video for Roll Pt II, a Bantum track featuring vocals by myself and Owensie. The video is directed by J Cooper and makes me feel like an honest to goodness popstar with a face and a voice. Classsss.

— 3 weeks ago
#bantum  #electronic music  #electronic  #new york  #nyc  #jcooper  #j cooper director  #pop music  #popstar  #music video  #the lads  #black and white  #irish music  #vocals  #layers  #harmonies 

Recently Ruairí and I were invited to unit1 studios in  Dublin to record a Bantum track. A couple of days before, Ruairí asked what I thought of doing an acoustic version of Oh My Days. We had never tried anything like this before; our collaboration up until now has been all about the electronic manipulation of various phrases and snippets to form a cohesive whole. We took a bit of time and stripped back the song to chords and a melody, and this version took shape. 

Big thanks to Laura and Marc for asking us in, and for giving us the freedom to showcase something completely contrary to what they had expected! We had a great time :) 

Oh My Days EP / Bantum soundcloud

Unit 1 Studios FB / Twitter / Youtube

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#bantum  #unit1studios  #dublin  #ireland  #electronic music  #acoustic guitar  #vocals 

Sacred Harp is a community based, a capella four part harmony singing where all voices are equal and worthy. Since I started singing music from the Sacred Harp in Juniper Hill’s UCC class in 2010, nearly all of my travel abroad has been for or incorporated shape note singing in some way. This video is from the recent Norwich all day singing, where we met at 10am and sang until 3.30pm. Best way to spend a Saturday. Sure what else would you be doing.

I’LL SEEK HIS BLESSINGS, 542 - Norwich All Day Sacred Harp Singing 2014

(Source: youtube.com)

— 1 month ago
#sacred harp  #london sacred harp  #norwich  #shapenote  #fasolaisheretostay 

Hello! Welcome to my Tumblr. My name is Eimear and I do a lot of various things relating to music, performance, writing, theatre, the arts and all sorts. I am still getting the hang of what one would use a Tumblr for. I will try to post some information on what I’m up to at any given time, as well as perhaps some inspiration or things that I am into at that time. Giz a follow and shout at me on twitter!

OH MY DAYS
Music written by Ruairi Lynch and Eimear O’Donovan.
Produced by Ruairi Lynch, vocals recorded by Tim Fitzgerald.
Mixed with Tony Fitzpatrick.
"Oh My Days - Acoustic Version" recorded at Unit 1 Studios, Dublin.

Cover Design by Shane O’Driscoll.
Taken from the “Legion” album by Bantum.

— 1 month ago
#SoundCloud  #Bantum  #Electronic  #bantum  #single  #electronic 

Bantum - Oh My Days

First offical Bantum music video directed by The Umbrella Collective.
Edited by Geppetto.

— 1 month ago
#Bantum  #Ireland  #electronic music  #vocals  #luchador 

Things really come alive … for ‘Roll Pt. II’. Imagine horsing The Sugababes into the Xenomania House with a bucket load of acid, then calling ’round the next morning to reap the rewards and you’d be somewhat close.

Review of Bantum supporting Halves at Bourkes Bar in Limerick by WeAreNoise.comPhotograph by Shane Serrano

Things really come alive … for ‘Roll Pt. II’. Imagine horsing The Sugababes into the Xenomania House with a bucket load of acid, then calling ’round the next morning to reap the rewards and you’d be somewhat close.

Review of Bantum supporting Halves at Bourkes Bar in Limerick by WeAreNoise.com

Photograph by Shane Serrano

— 1 year ago

BANTUM - Dice 

Featuring Eimear O’Donovan on vocals, Ben Garrett on drums and LeTissier visuals.
Shot at Halves’ Boa Howl launch tour date at Bourkes’ Bar, Limerick, by Shane Serrano for Seoda Shows. 

— 1 year ago
#bantum  #live music  #limerick  #ireland  #electronic  #vocals  #drums