Daragh O’Toole is a composer currently based in Dublin. He most recently composed the soundtrack to Frank Berry’s critically acclaimed film ‘I Used To Live Here’, which has received three IFTA (Irish Film and Television Awards) nominations in 2015, including Best Film. Reviews of the film have regularly commented on it’s soundtrack; the Irish Times calling it a ‘flawless score’ and The Hollywood Reporter describing it as ‘poetic and lyrical’.
Daragh has previously been nominated for an IFTA (Best Original Score) in 2012 for his soundtrack to Berry’s film ‘Ballymun Lullaby’. The film was a feature length documentary named after a composition of Daragh’s, which he wrote as an original suite of orchestral and choral music for The Ballymun Music Programme, and later produced as a recording with the RTE Concert Orchestra and RTE Cor na nOg, conducted by David Brophy. Daragh, David, and The Ballymun Music Programme continue to work together.
Outside of his own compositions, Daragh has also worked as an arranger, conductor, producer and musician for numerous other acts; Probably most notably for U2, for whom he arranged the strings on ‘The Sweetest Thing’ and conducted the strings for ‘The Hands That Built America’ (Golden Globe winner, and Oscar nominated, for Best Song) which was the theme of Martin Scorcese’s The Gangs of New York, as well as having done additional arrangements for live performance by the band.
Daragh holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Music Composition from Trinity College Dublin.