Daragh O’Toole is a composer who has received widespread critical acclaim for his soundtracks to award winning films such as Michael Inside (winner Best Film, IFTA 2018; winner Best Film Galway Film Fleadh — 100% Rotten Tomatoes), and I Used To Live Here (winner Best First Feature, Galway Film Fleadh; nominated Best Film, IFTA 2015 — 100% Rotten Tomatoes).
In addition to his soundtrack and composition work Daragh is a much sought after arranger, orchestrator, producer, songwriter and musician who has worked with numerous acts in all genres, including U2, whom he worked with on the Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated The Hands That Built America (theme from The Gangs of New York, dir. Martin Scorcese). Having previously written the string arrangement for their international hit The Sweetest Thing, he also scored the string arrangements for their live performance when they received the Freedom of The City of Dublin, where he joined them onstage as a guest musician, playing piano.
Other acts he has worked with include Shane McGowan, Jack L, Damien Dempsey, Paddy Casey, Mary Coughlan, Nick Kelly, Vickers Vimy, Cronin, Sean Millar, Wyvern Lingo, Cat Lundy and many others.
In 2012, his hugely popular choral and orchestral suite, Ballymun Lullaby, became the subject of the award-winning documentary of the same name, which followed Daragh producing the recording with the RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE Cor na nOg and the Ballymun Children’s Choir. Daragh was then asked to write the soundtrack for the documentary and received an IFTA nomination for Best Original Score (2012) — the suite has had sold out performances in the N.C.H Dublin, Cork City Hall, and numerous high profile events, such as a special performance for Bishop Desmond Tutu when he visited Dublin. It was also performed as the opening ceremony music for the One Young World conference when Dublin hosted it in 2014 (viewed by an estimated online audience of around 200 million people).
A multi-instrumentalist, seasoned studio-engineer and producer, Daragh has recorded in many of the most renowned studios and soundstages in the world (Abbey Road, Air Edel) and is equally at home working with large orchestras, electronic music, small ensembles, bands, or combinations of any of these approaches, and has worked with some of the world’s leading producers (Steve Lillywhite, William Orbit, Mike Hedges).
Daragh has also written music for several high profile ad campaigns for major brands.
Prior to focusing solely on film composition, Daragh was signed to Sony Records U.K and released a number of critically-acclaimed studio albums which he toured throughout the world with his own band, which was a ten piece outfit that included a string quartet, for a period of about four years. During this time he played some of the most prestigious festivals and venues in Europe, America and the Middle-East, as well as opening for acts such as U2, Counting Crows, Ocean Colour Scene, Bryan Adams and more.
Daragh has a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Music Composition from Trinity College Dublin.