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Love Ghost

Love Ghost is a Los Angeles based band whose lead singer Finnegan Bell has always been fascinated with his Irish roots. Named partly for Irish legend Finn McCool, from the time he was a child Finn Bell has heard the tale of the Giant's Causeway, Benandonner and Finn's wife Oona. When urged to do a cover song for the band's latest album - Finnegan chose to cover the Irish folk classic "Danny Boy". Finn and his band-mates Mya Greene, Samson Young, and Ryan Stevens turned "Danny Boy" on its head, morphing the traditional folk with their grunge-rock influenced style. The success of the song at the Love Ghost live shows led to a online introduction to the Irish band "Modern Love", and the two bands decided to do a cultural exchange. This December, Love Ghost will be touring Ireland with Modern Love, and Modern Love coming to LA to play shows with Love Ghost sometime next year. Both bands have had a fair amount of success thus far in their young careers. Love Ghost has opened for Smash Mouth, Berlin, TheTubes, Fuel, Buckcherry, The Young Dubliners, Ozomatli and Irish musician Mundy. They have played The Roxy (3 times), The Troubadour, The Whiskey, The Viper Room and nearly every other venue in Los Angeles. They have released an EP (Love Ghost Vol. 1) and a full-length album (Lobotomy). Modern Love has had success throughout Ireland and has released several singles.

The tour will begin in late December, and we will be making a documentary about the journey. We aim to capture Love Ghost's reception in Ireland, the meeting and bonding of the 2 bands and what they learn about each other's music along the way. The 2 bands will be playing shows at 6 Irish venues: Roisin Dubh, Galway 12/27, Whelan's Dublin 12/28, Cleere's Kilkenny 1/2, ChezLeFab, Limerick 1/3, Spirit Store, Dundalk 1/4, Crane Lane, Cork 1/5.

The documentary will be co-directed by the two band's managers. Love Ghost's manager, Dan Bell, runs a successful casting business in Los Angeles. He casts commercials and documentaries and has worked consistently with Academy Award winners Errol Morris, Alejandro Inarritu, Chivo, Lance Acord, Mark Romanek and a host of others. A former actor, Bell had prominent roles in "Darkman" starring Liam Neeson, the "Wayne's World" movies, The Last Seduction, Impulse, and many others. He has also produced (and directed one) the Love Ghost music videos, which have won awards at Film Festivals all over the world (including the Jean Luc Godard award from Cult Critic Film Magazine). Modern Love's Joe Rooney has had a long a varied career as an Irish character actor and comedian. His best-known acting role was that of Father Damo in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. He features in the episode "The Old Grey Whistle Theft". Rooney has had a starring role in the RTÉ television comedy, Killinaskully, in which he plays Timmy Higgins which ran for five series. Joe also wrote on the fourth and fifth series of Killinaskully. Joe currently hosts the podcast PodaRooney on which he interviews guests who are mostly involved in the entertainment industry. Joe has performed stand up worldwide including New York, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Brussels, Moscow, Muscat (Oman), Manama (Bahrain) and Dubai.
The two hope their years of experience will lend to a unique perspective for this project.