Dolphin Boy’s ingenious blend of slinky grooves/potent melodies/quirkily sourced and custom-recorded samples continue to delight audiences in festival circles and at parties from Rajasthan to Scaliscro. Described as club music with a Celtic twist, you won’t hear anything else quite like this.
A well-loved figure behind the decks. His first album, Gateaux Youth, was reviewed by the website Properly Chilled as having a mood “ of longing. The grooves are deep, and each track has a drifting quality lonely as it is stirringly sensual … the combination is perfect’’.
A producer and DJ for more than 20 years, including a stint as a cult down-tempo producer signed to Tummy Touch, Dolphin Boy has since specialised in remixes and mash-ups that marry funky break-beats with a wide variety of traditional and not-so-traditional samples which resulted in his 2009 album, Vertical Variations, a mighty compilation of remixes of artists on the Vertical label. These include Aidan O’Rourke (Lau, Kan), Roisin Elsafty, Alyth McCormack, John McSherry & Donal O’Connor, James Grant, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson and Monica Queen.
Not surprisingly Dolphin Boy has increasingly become known as the folkies’ DJ of choice and following the trailblazing techno-piper Martyn Bennett’s untimely death in early 2005, his powerful remix of his composition McKay’s Memoirs was released together with the original orchestral version, while a subsequent collaboration with jazz saxophonist Phil Bancroft on another Bennett piece, 4 Notes, was premiered to rapturous applause at a memorial concert in 2007.
He’s continued to develop his uniquely witty, smooth and deliciously danceable style and is currently producing a highly anticipated album for Skye records. Be sure to give him a warm welcome back to the World Ceilidh this year while getting in some serious dancing!