Fionnuala Fagan is a singer-songwriter, musician and installation artist. She completed both her Bachelor of Music and MA in Music and Interdisciplinary Arts at Queen’s University, graduating with Distinction in July 2010. She has since worked for diverse range of companies as an artist, teacher and facilitator including: The Metropolitian Arts Centre; Replay Theatre Company; Primecut Productions; Kabosh Theatre Company; Tinderbox Theatre Company; Big Telly Theatre Company; Open Arts; National Museums NI (Ulster American Folk Park); Reminiscence Network NI; Queen’s University (Junior Academy of Music); Belfast School of Music and Glenelly Historical Society.
In August 2010, Fionnuala and folk duo partner Lucy Kerr released their first EP Homebird, under their band name, Sheelin. Fionnuala’s music has been featured on RTE 1 and BBC Radio Ulster and her performance and installation piece Homebird has been performed at The Ulster American Folk Park, The Pic ‘n’ Mix Festival 2011 and The Cathedral Arts Quarter Festival 2012. In May 2012, Fionnuala was Artist in Residence at the MAC as part of the Sonic Arts Research Centre’s programme of residencies. During the residency Fionnuala worked in conjunction with the MAC’s learning and participation department in collaboration with Isobel Anderson on the project: Stories of the City: Sailortown - www.storiesofthecity.co.uk
Fionnuala is currently studying for a PhD at S.A.R.C. after being awarded a D.E.L. studentship in August 2011. Her practice-led research explores ideas for the alternative documentation of the oral history of Belfast through song-writing, sound and interdisciplinary art practices. Much of her song-writing uses dialogue taken from interview transcripts.