Watch: Daithí – Mary Keane’s Introduction

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Shot and directed by Conal Thomson, the video for ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ by Daithí is a wonderfully evocative accompaniment to a track featuring the Galway experimental electronic maestro’s 90 year old grandmother reminiscing about romance in her youth in the West coast of Ireland. Back in October, we said the said the single track “fused distinct worlds – that of the old and that of the new – to spawn something so innately joyous that you would struggle to find it anything but wonderfully accomplished.” With Thomson’s video it takes on an even greater sense of resonant context. In a Facebook post today, Daithí said:

“Dotted along the coast of Ireland, there are lookout posts built during WWII as a means for Irish soldiers to keep an eye on the sea. Unintentionally, they have made a kind of treasure hunt for amazing views of the coastline, most of which are so hidden that very few people know they exist. While shooting, we had a lot of fun searching for these lookout posts, some of which have been completely destroyed by huge storms. This video was filmed at the lookout posts on the Galway and Mayo coastline. The house at the start is my Grandmothers house in Clare, who is also speaking at the start of the track.”

Daithí plays Dublin’s Workman’s Club this Friday night.

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