Michael John McCarthy


I was delighted to work with Janice Parker on The Living Room Dances as part of the larger ALBERT DRIVE Project. As a composer and musician who often works with community participants, I am continually fascinated by the musical & rhythmic qualities of everyday speech & language. This project provides an excellent opportunity to bring these qualities to the fore.

I have been based in Glasgow for 9 years and last worked on Albert Drive in 2009, with the National Theatre of Scotland, on a theatre show called Dolls at Tramway. Other more recent productions I have been involved with include Some Other Mother (AJ Taudevin), Dalgety (Theatre Uncut/Oran Mor), The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (National Theatre of Scotland), Un Petit Moliere (Lung Ha's), The Winter's Tale (People's Light, Philadelphia) and Goldilocks (Platform). 

I play accordion and guitar and have toured internationally as a member of the bands Zoey Van Goey and Lord Cut-Glass. I have also played on records by Alasdair Roberts, RM Hubbert and Trembling Bells. I occasionally compose and record music for BBC Radio, for educational children's programmes such as Movement First, Music First and Nina and the Neurons.