St. Patrick’s Festival & Selective Memory present
POSTPONED JUNE: Mount Alaska plus guests Slow Moving Clouds
Mount Alaska is a music project from Dublin production duo, Stephen Shannon and Cillian Mc Donnell.
Mount Alaska is a music project from Dublin duo Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell. Seasoned stalwarts of the Irish music industry, the former members of Halfset returned in 2017 with their debut single. Their album, Wave Atlas: Season One was released to critical acclaim in 2019. Irish Times called it ‘a gorgeous swosh of an album’ while Totally Dublin regard it as ‘the soundtrack for life’.
The concept for Wave Atlas: Season One came from a desire to create a soundtrack for a TV show that doesn’t actually exist, and it is also an ode to some of their favourite composers: Max Richer, Ólafur Arnalds and Jóhann Jóhannsson.
‘Mount Alaska's music feature rushes of digital celestial notes and a sense of instrumental drama informed by modern electronic music and the burgeoning contemporary classical movement’.
Fans of Jon Hopkins and Moderat won’t want to miss this immersive, uplifting, emotive experience, in the beautiful surrounds of the Pepper Canister Church.
Slow Moving Clouds
Are a Dublin based band including musicians AKI (nyckelharpa, vocals)
Ultan O'Brien (fiddle), and Kevin Murphy (cello, vocals). They bring together roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals – creating an immersive, atmospheric sound unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Os, drew comparisons to Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Ros and Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming. Os was hailed as 'rich, intriguing and accomplished’ Jim Carroll (The Irish Times); and 'emotive, euphoric and unique music’ Steve Hunt (fRoots).
In 2016 Slow Moving Clouds (with band's original fiddle player Danny Diamond) created the score for Teac Damsa’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet, set in the Irish midlands. The work premiered to critical and popular acclaim at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival and was awarded Best Production at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards. The show is currently touring internationally.
On Starfall, band's second album, their folk roots merged with indie and experimental influences, expanding the sonic palette and power of their earlier work. The album is available digitally on the PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National).
In 2019 Slow Moving Clouds toured in the UK with Jenny Lewis and opened for Feist at the Sounds From a Safe Harbour in Cork.