Michael John McCarthy

Michael John McCarthy Portrait

COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER

Michael John is a Cork-born, Glasgow-based composer, musician & sound designer.

Theatre/Dance credits include: IN TIME O’ STRIFE, BLABBERMOUTH, THE TIN FOREST, THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH, TRUANT, 99…100, DOLLS (National Theatre of Scotland); THE GORBALS VAMPIRE, TRAINSPOTTING, RAPUNZEL, INTO THAT DARKNESS, FEVER DREAM: SOUTHSIDE & SPORTS DAY (Citizens Theatre); GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE, THE CHEVIOT, THE STAG & THE BLACK, BLACK OIL, THE BFG & STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Dundee Rep) LIGHT BOXES, LETTERS HOME: ENGLAND IN A PINK BLOUSE, THE AUTHORISED KATE BANE (Grid Iron); THE WEIR, BONDAGERS (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); THE LONESOME WEST, UNDER MILK WOOD (Tron Theatre Glasgow); UN PETIT MOLIERE, THE SILENT TREATMENT (Lung Ha); BRIGHT BLACK, THE NOT-SO-FATAL DEATH OF GRANDPA FREDO (Vox Motus); THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, EDUCATING RONNIE (Macrobert); THE WOODLAND HOEDOWN THROWDOWN TRILOGY, PUSS IN BOOTS (Platform); GRAIN IN THE BLOOD (Traverse/Tron); JRR TOLKIEN’S LEAF BY NIGGLE (Puppet State Theatre); THE INTERFERENCE (Pepperdine Edinburgh); HEADS UP (Kieran Hurley/Show & Tell); THE RED SHED (Mark Thomas/Lakin McCarthy); A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING (Gary McNair/Show & Tell); GLORY (Janice Parker Projects); THE WINTER’S TALE (People’s Light & Theatre, Philadelphia); THE DROWNING POND (Youth Music Theatre UK); DALGETY (Theatre Uncut); SOME OTHER MOTHER (AJ Taudevin); PAUSE WITH A SMILE (The Arches); BIRDS & OTHER THINGS I AM AFRAID OF (Poorboy/The Arches); SOAP, THE ART OF SWIMMING, THE HEIGHTS (Playgroup); THE COMING WORLD (Making Strange).

To date he has collaborated on the making of seven Scotsman Fringe First award winners & has been twice-nominated for the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland in the category Best Use of Music & Sound.

Michael John's primary instruments are guitar and piano accordion. He has toured Europe & Japan with Zoey Van Goey, Lord Cut-Glass and Aidan Moffat. He appears as an accordionist on albums by Alasdair Roberts, RM Hubbert, Niall Connolly, Emma Pollock, Trembling Bells & Bonnie Prince Billy amongst others.

Work for film includes co-composing/performing the score for WHERE YOU'RE MEANT TO BE (Paul Fegan) and music for SPORES (Richard & Frances Poet). 

He has also composed & recorded several series' worth of radio music for BBC Learning: Movement First, Nina & the Neurons and Music First. 

He is lead artist on Turntable, a participatory arts project in association with Red Bridge.

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