Fiachna Ó Braonáin officially takes a step in a new direction tonight when the TV3 series Taoiseach hits the screens.
Ó Braonáin, who is best known for his work as a guitar player with Hothouse Flowers, composed the original music for the series, which explores the role of the twelve Taoisigh who have occupied the highest political office in the land since the inception of the State, over six programmes.
"I've never done anything like this for television before," Fiachna told Hot Press. "I found it really absorbing, satisfying work – so it does open up a new direction. The series uses a lot of old footage, so it had to be quite classical, including lots of piano and cellos, but there's also some edgier stuff in there. Watching the rough cuts, I really enjoyed it as a programme, so I am really looking forward to seeing the finished series."
Ó Braonáin has another television venture on the way, acting as presenter for an Irish language programme produced for RTE by Billy McGrath, to coincide with Seachtain na Gaeilge – which occurs in March. An Cór – the choir – is a competition using Irish songs and music with Ronán Ó Snodaigh of Kila among the judges.