Episode 66 – Fiachra Trench

Pod-a-Rooney with Joe Rooney

20th January, 2017 80'

From 1969 until 1991 Fiachra Trench worked in London as composer, arranger, musical director, keyboardist and record producer. In August 1991 he returned with his family to live and work in Ireland.

Fiachra’s film and television scores include those for Dear Sarah, Moondance, A Love Divided, The Boys and Girl from County Clare (nominated in 2005 for an IFTA for Best Music) and the major BBC documentary series, People’s Century. He has collaborated with Shaun Davey, Michael Kamen, Hans Zimmer and others on many film scores, including Twelfth Night, Die Hard and Pearl Harbor. He has conducted The BBC Concert Orchestra (with The Corrs), The Ulster Orchestra, L’Orchestra del Teatro Massimo, Palermo (with The Chieftains), the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (with Marti Pellow) and The Irish Film Orchestra.

As arranger/musical director Fiachra has worked with many performers, including Altan, Paul Brady, Kate Bush, The Corrs, The Chieftains, Elvis Costello, Phil Lynott, Paul McCartney and Van Morrison.

I chatted with him in Boyles pub in Slane where he spent some of his early years (in Slane not the pub).