Philip Fogarty is a composer, musician and sound artist originally from Crusheen, Co. Clare. He has toured his work with live ensembles in various configurations both in Ireland and abroad. His output ranges from his roots in Irish traditional to rock, electronica and contemporary, and embraces forms from conventional live performance to audience-interactive participatory formats and multimedia.
More recent projects include audience participation piece Three Dream Echo, commissioned by Galway City Council (2020), and I Claim Sanctuary (2022), a sound installation staged in conjunction with the opera Paper Boat, presented by Music for Galway and Galway 2020 in association with Irish National Opera.
He has studied under the auspices of renowned sean-nós singer Lillis Ó Laoire. His 2018 PhD Foinn, focail, féiniúlachtaí: claochlú cultúir sa Chlár 1850-1950 (‘Tunes, words, identities: cultural transformation in Clare 1850-1950’), for which he was awarded a scholarship by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, NUI Galway, explores music, language and the singing tradition in Clare from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.
In 2021 he was the Galway City recipient of the inaugural Platform 31 nationwide artist development bursary advanced by the 31 Irish Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council.