It was a full moon in Dubin, Eerieland (i mean, i think it was), and i was wandering around an old graveyard with Sive, who honestly isn’t that spooky of a companion but seems like she would make a terrific ghost someday, based on how haunting her songs can be.
It was a place she knew behind Whelan’s on Camden Row. We walked over and found a walled-in church courtyard. There were some old ruins in the middle and headstones around the edges, and then us, with a camera and a guitar and a real creepy vibe. Deadly.
I’d met Sive at the Stag’s Head the week before where she played some music with Niall Thomas and Tony Mc Loughin (The Young Folk) who have a weekly Monday night appearance there. Her music immediately made me think of the small, hidden parts of the city – i imagined her playing in a dark cramped alley in the middle of the night. For the most part, her songs are not as chilling as this one, and we filmed a few that were fun and peppy, some that were airy and light, and then some darker ones. Her sound can cover a lot of ground and she has the voice and the style to adapt to more than a few different moods.
But here we were, standing by graffiti of cartoon devils on crumbling stone walls over old graves, so we couldn’t exactly just do Taylor Swift covers. Sive had just the song. Don’t believe me, just watch.
After she finished playing “By The Shore” in the old church graveyard, we were told to leave (by a man who appeared out of nowhere), so we walked around the corner to go for a pint at Whelan’s, Dublin’s famous rock pub, host of Damien Rice, Mumford and Sons, the Frames and every other amazing act that’s been in town. We headed up to what i call the smoking attic, an open air brick room with a covered roof upstairs between two stages. It’s always a great spot for a pint and a song. Thus, our break turned into another shoot.
We did a lot of great work and i’ll be posting a couple of the more upbeat ones soon because they are stick-in-your-head good, but for this extra special holiday, i wanted to share these two minor melodies.