Composing for Haiku Sequence by Stephen James Smith

I’ve really enjoyed working on a series of haiku for poet Stephen James Smith alongside my brothers Kevin and Páraic who were working on the videos. I recorded Stephen in my house and composed the music alongside Billy Donohue from my band Nocturnes. We had a lot of fun recording the poems - some of them are particularly moving and some of them are funny, some of them are thoughtful and earnest.

Stephen is an inspiring guy to work with. I’ve known him since he started the Glór sessions, a music and poetry night which used to run in Dublin a few years back. We always said we would worked together at some point so it’s been a treat to make these videos and also to collaborate with my brothers, all in the same project. Here’s Stephen delivering a brilliant performance on The Late Late in London last weekend.

We’ll have a full video shortly of all the pieces together.