Hugh Sheehan

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: West Midlands


Hugh Sheehan is a composer and musician from Birmingham, England. He writes and performs music at the intersections of chamber music, electronic music, and folk/traditional music. His work is concerned with magnifying and sculpting the intricacies, imperfections and internal characteristics of sound. His music often yields agency to performers, technology, and aleatoric processes.

Hugh holds a BMus (Hons) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and an MMus from the Sibelius Academy. He plays with and writes for several projects, including his own ensemble with whom he premiered the evening-length composition Act of Discovery in Finland's national music centre in 2017; accordion duo, Lautamaja/Sheehan; experimental duo, Lore; and accordion/fiddle duo, Sheehan and Grey. In 2019 he was commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England to make an audio work for their New Creatives series. The work, Lost Time, explores the time lost and experiences gained by LGBTQ+ people in getting to truly be themselves.

Hugh also works as a composer, sound designer and performer for theatre, with recent productions at the Gate Theatre (London), the Richard Burton Theatre (Cardiff), the Finborough Theatre (London), Vapaan Taiteen Tila (Helsinki), and The Old Rep (Birmingham) working alongside directors such as Ned Bennett, Christa Harris, Josh Roche, and Charlotte Westenra. In addition to his artistic practice, Hugh is co-founder, co-director and chairperson of The Trip to Birmingham TradFest, an Irish traditional music festival in the UK’s second city.
Help Musicians' generous support will go towards the mixing and artwork costs of my debut album, as well as promotional costs upon its release.