Hugh Sheehan

Hugh Sheehan

Composer, Musician, Electronic Artist

  • Location: Birmingham
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

Hugh Sheehan (Birmingham, UK) is a composer, accordion player, and electronic artist. With a palette that draws from his upbringing in the aural tradition of Irish music, a concurrent western classical and jazz education, and an English inner-city adolescence of sampling and electronica, his work inherently hybridises the quite disparate idioms in which he has a footing. His work traverses composition, performance, improvisation and sound art and he has played, or had works performed, at concert halls, festivals, competitions and music clubs extensively around Europe and North America.

Much of his activity is as a composer, sound designer and performer for theatre and dance/movement, with recent work including productions at the Gate Theatre (London), the Richard Burton Theatre (Cardiff), the Finborough Theatre (London), and Vapaan Taiteen Tila (HelsinkI), working alongside directors such as Josh Roche, Ned Bennett and Charlotte Westenra. He has exhibited sound art installations in Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Helsinki and Tampere.

In 2015 Hugh graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a BMus (Hons) in Composition and Music Technology. He is now part of the MMus program at the Centre for Music & Technology at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He has won the All Britain Button Accordion Title at the Fleadh Cheoil na Breatainne and was twice shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. He was a 2016 Fellow of Atlantic Music Festival's Future Music Lab, working under the direction of Mari Kimura and was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Composition Fellowship and Sibelius Foundation Award to attend Sō Percussion's Summer Institute; where he was in residence at Princeton University in Summer 2017 as a composer.

Hugh also works as a live and studio engineer and producer; and in addition to his artistic praxis, curates, produces and promotes live music/arts events. He is co-director and chairperson of The Trip to Birmingham TradFest and is on the committee for MuTe Fest, Helsinki.


Composition and Creative Music Technology - BMus (Hons) - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Sep 2011 - Jul 2015


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