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A Year in Music – 2020 – Sun Collective (Caimin Gilmore)

A Year in Music – 2020 – Sun Collective (Caimin Gilmore)

We asked some of our favourite artists/ musicians about their year. You can see the results below…

An extraordinary year in many ways. How did it affect you specifically?

Lots of work cancelled and planning for the future completely thrown out the window like everyone else. I saw it as an opportunity to focus on my own work and myself in general. So it was actually quite a positive year for me.

Where did music fit in during 2020? Does it seem important?

It seemed more relevant to me, particularly during the first lockdown. We only need the basics to survive – Food, Care and Communication (Music fitting broadly into communication).

What albums resonated this year? Can be old or new.

Adrienne Lenker and Buck Meek A/B Sides. Songs that sound like they’ve always been there.

Cormac Begley Self Titled. Bangers.

Niamh Regan ‘Hemet’. Unbelievably beautiful and honest debut album from a very talented lady. Produced and mixed by the equally talented Alex Borwich.

John Luther Adams ‘Become Ocean’.

If you had to pick one album to sum up this year, what would it be?

Amnesiac Radiohead

How have you got through the last 7 or 8 months?

I was working away and really enjoyed the stillness for the first few months. It allowed me to clear the shelves of projects I wouldn’t have been able to get complete for months otherwise. Which was fruitful as I released two EP’s. Sun Collective ‘MOVE \\ R E M O V E’ 

Caimin Gilmore ‘String Ogham Live’

Bit of a pain in the hole / frustrating now though with live performance been left behind with a handful of other industries and everything else ploughing on as usual. However, I’m very grateful for the supports that have been put in place for us as an industry. We could be doing a lot worse.

Are you working on any interesting projects?

I’m writing a 20-minute piece for Cello & Harp to be recorded by Kate Ellis (Crash Ensemble Artistic Director) and Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister).

I’m building an adaptive outdoor mini venue called, ‘Crash in a Box’, with architectural designer Shane Sugrue of Unqualified Design. It will fit two performers and four audience members, looks like a concertina and will be towed around on the back of my ford fiesta. Myself and Kate Ellis will premiere four new commissions from Irish composers in beautiful locations across the country in it next year.

I’m recording a three-track Sun Collective EP at the beginning of January. To be released on Black Gate Records.

Any hopes for next year?

With regards to music, hopefully, the extra funding and initiatives that the government have given the industry set a precedent and stick. Some great work is going to be produced.

More craic.


Sun Collective’s densely orchestrated chamber-folk draws on pop, folk and contemporary classical music. The five-piece include Caimin Gilmore (Lisa Hannigan), Patrick O’Laoghaire (I Have a Tribe), Kevin Corcoran (Villagers), Dominic Mullan (Mary Coughlan) and Oisín Peelo Walsh (Hudson Taylor).

‘MOVE \\ R E  M   O    V     E’  EP is available now on Bandcamp: https://suncollective.bandcamp.com/album/move-r-e-m-o-v-e

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