Welcome to Shaun Davey’s website site


Shaun Davey is one of Irelands’ leading professional composers, with a reputation for exciting and carefully-planned concerts, unusual collaborations, groundbreaking projects and music which has woven itself into the fabric of Irish society.

Shaun Daveys’ first concert work was The Brendan Voyage, for Uilleann pipes and orchestra, (1980). It was the first in which an Irish traditional musician played with a classical orchestra. He developed this genre through the 1980ies with The Pilgrim and Granuaile, culminating in 2003 with his music for the Dublin Special Olympics in Croke Park, before an audience of 80,000.

In parallel careers Shaun Davey has worked in Theatre (The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Abbey, The Old Globe, on and off Broadway), TV (BBC The Hanging Gale, Ballykissangel) and Film (Waking Ned, The Tailor of Panama); he has received an Ivor Novello Award for best TV score, a Tony nomination for best musical score, two Bafta nominations, a New York Critics Award and a TRIC Award for best UK TV signature theme.

Apart from several soundtrack albums, Shaun Davey releases include seven CDs with Tara Records. The latest is ‘Voices from the Merry Cemetery’ (2010).