Love Ghost is a Los Angeles based band whose lead singer
Finnegan Bell has always been fascinated with his Irish
roots. Named partly for Irish legend Finn McCool, from
the time he was a child Finn Bell has heard the tale of
the Giant's Causeway, Benandonner and Finn's wife Oona.
When urged to do a cover song for the band's latest album
- Finnegan chose to cover the Irish folk classic "Danny
Boy". Finn and his band-mates Mya Greene, Samson
Young, and Ryan Stevens turned "Danny Boy" on
its head, morphing the traditional folk with their grunge-rock
influenced style. The success of the song at the Love
Ghost live shows led to a online introduction to the Irish
band "Modern Love", and the two bands decided
to do a cultural exchange. This December, Love Ghost will
be touring Ireland with Modern Love, and Modern Love coming
to LA to play shows with Love Ghost sometime next year.
Both bands have had a fair amount of success thus far
in their young careers. Love Ghost has opened for Smash
Mouth, Berlin, TheTubes, Fuel, Buckcherry, The Young Dubliners,
Ozomatli and Irish musician Mundy. They have played The
Roxy (3 times), The Troubadour, The Whiskey, The Viper
Room and nearly every other venue in Los Angeles. They
have released an EP (Love Ghost Vol. 1) and a full-length
album (Lobotomy). Modern Love has had success throughout
Ireland and has released several singles.
The tour will begin in late December, and we will be
making a documentary about the journey. We aim to capture
Love Ghost's reception in Ireland, the meeting and bonding
of the 2 bands and what they learn about each other's
music along the way. The 2 bands will be playing shows
at 6 Irish venues: Roisin Dubh, Galway 12/27, Whelan's
Dublin 12/28, Cleere's Kilkenny 1/2, ChezLeFab, Limerick
1/3, Spirit Store, Dundalk 1/4, Crane Lane, Cork 1/5.
The documentary will be co-directed by the two band's
managers. Love Ghost's manager, Dan Bell, runs a successful
casting business in Los Angeles. He casts commercials
and documentaries and has worked consistently with Academy
Award winners Errol Morris, Alejandro Inarritu, Chivo,
Lance Acord, Mark Romanek and a host of others. A former
actor, Bell had prominent roles in "Darkman"
starring Liam Neeson, the "Wayne's World"
movies, The Last Seduction, Impulse, and many others.
He has also produced (and directed one) the Love Ghost
music videos, which have won awards at Film Festivals
all over the world (including the Jean Luc Godard award
from Cult Critic Film Magazine). Modern Love's Joe Rooney
has had a long a varied career as an Irish character
actor and comedian. His best-known acting role was that
of Father Damo in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. He
features in the episode "The Old Grey Whistle Theft".
Rooney has had a starring role in the RTÉ television
comedy, Killinaskully, in which he plays Timmy Higgins
which ran for five series. Joe also wrote on the fourth
and fifth series of Killinaskully. Joe currently hosts
the podcast PodaRooney on which he interviews guests
who are mostly involved in the entertainment industry.
Joe has performed stand up worldwide including New York,
L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Shanghai,
Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Brussels, Moscow, Muscat
(Oman), Manama (Bahrain) and Dubai.
The two hope their years of experience will lend to
a unique perspective for this project.