• PUBLISHED Dec 04, 2009


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Declan de Barra was born in Waterford, Ireland and has been working as an independent musician since the age of 18. Forced to emigrate to Australia during the 1980s, he quickly entered the Australian music and arts scene, touring the country for a number of years with his group Non-Intentional Lifeform on Dutch label Roadrunner Records.

In 1999 he formed the musical group Clann Zú featuring various musicians from Melbournes classical, punk and electronic scenes. Clann Zú released two albums Rua and Black Coats and Bandages on Canadian political label G7 Welcoming Committee, home to writers Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn as well as groups Propagandhi and The (International) Noise Conspiracy.

Following de Barra's return to Ireland in 2002 he quickly became part of the Irish music and film scene. Continuing to perform with Clann Zú on their final tour throughout 2004 in Canada and Australia, he also found the time to perform as a solo artist in Ireland, releasing a debut solo album titled, Song of a Thousand Birds and touring extensively.

de Barra's works tend to be sparse compositions that cross over many musical realms and are focused on his voice. His second album "A Fire to Scare the Sun" was released on Halloween 2008. Once again the artwork for the release was created by de Barra.

ANIMATION Film making has been the natural progression of de Barra's musical pieces and songs. His animations have featured in numerous international film festivals.[1][2][3]

WRITING de Barra has also written a number of episodes of "Funky Fables", a children's animated series for CBBC. In 2008 he wrote two episodes of a half hour children's animated/liveaction series "Roy" to be screened in late 2009 on CBBC.


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