Katie is a musician, songwriter, composer, music producer and facilitator who currently makes her own music under the name Hex Hue. In 2012 she was featured as one of the Irish Times 'Northern Lights' which profiled people changing the face of Northern Ireland in their particular fields. For several years she was a member of Choice nominated ‘Pleasure Beach’ with whom she toured the UK and Ireland. Under several different guises, she has worked and collaborated with musicians such as Foy Vance and Duke Special as well as supporting artists like Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jesca Hoop, Bell X1, All Saints and many more.
As a composer/songwriter Katie has worked with many Theatre companies across Ireland. In 2018 she starred in and worked as on-stage musical director in the production of Good Vibrations in The Lyric Theatre and is due to take it on tour to New York in Summer 2022. Her work in film has included a score for 'The Death of a Projectionist' by Oscar nominated and Bafta award winning Out of Orbit Films and she is currently finishing a score for her first feature documentary ‘Let us be Seen’ about the women’s movement in Northern Ireland. In 2013 Katie conducted and composed music for the finale of Culture night Belfast which was a large scale outdoor performance featuring over 500 performers including dancers, singers, samba drummers and other musicians both from professional and community backgrounds.
Katie is a passionate creative facilitator who believes in promoting inclusion and encouraging growth, expression and change through the arts and creative industries. Katie currently directs several choirs including Cathedral Quarter Choir, Open House Festival Choir as well as working with many different businesses and community groups to act as a consultant and facilitator bringing singing into their organisations and workplaces. Katie frequently works with musicians and artists to arrange their music for choirs and hosts many special events and gigs showcasing and sharing this work. In 2018 she travelled to Nigeria to deliver workshops to arts and civil society organisations in using the arts to deal with social issues for the British Council Nigeria.
In 2020 Katie was selected as on of award winning theatre company, Prime Cut’s, Reveal artists which champions and develops emerging theatre makers. In Summer 2020 Katie curated the Creative Hub for the TedX Stormont online and co-founded Safe in Sound which is a new initiative with the vision to create a safe, strong, connected creative sector founded on equality, diversity and respect. Katie Is now the Chair of Safe in Sound and sits on many UK wide committees representing Northern Ireland in the conversations around safe spaces in music including being on the Safe Space committee in The Ivors.
Theatre/Live work includes:
Green Spaces Dark Skies
I composed a song 'The Darkness before the Dawn' for a 200 piece choir for Green Spaces Dark Skies by Walk the Plank for Unboxed 2022.
Good Vibrations (pictured)
September 2018 - The Lyric Theatre Belfast
July 2022 - NYC tour.
A musical about the punk scene in Belfast during the peak of the troubles.
Reasons to Stay
The Playhouse Theatre (in development) May 2022
A collaboration with poet Damian Gorman - a song cycle about mental health
January 2022 (In development)
Political theatre about the first LGBTQI+ helpline in Northern Ireland. Writen by Dominic Montague and produced/directed by Kabosh Theatre company and Paula McFetridge.
Musical Director/Sound designer/Music producer/Arranger
Waterfront Hall Belfast Panto
That Sinking Feeling
Audio theatre about climate change by Three's Theatre Company and commissioned by Belfast City Council
September 2021 in The Lyric Theatre Belfast.
A play by Tara Lynn O’Neill based on the true story of the first women’s football team in Belfast in 1912. This will be shown on BBC iPlayer in 2022.
The Shedding of Skin
Kabosh Theatre Company
I believe her
Three’s theatre company. Audio theatre about Street harassment and violence against women.
Maiden Voyage Dance. Choreographed by Eileen McLory. This has been shown at festivals all over the world.
Red Bear Productions Dublin
All Mod Cons
The Lyric Theatre. Directed by Ronan Phelan and writtn by Erica Murray.
Ubu the King
Tinderbox Theatre Company - The Mac Belfast
The Man who Fell to Pieces
A play about mental health written by Patrick J O'Reilly and produced by Tinderbox Theatre Company
Beauty and the Beast
Composer/Musical Director, Songwriter
The Lyric theatre 2018. Written by Derek O'Connor and directed by Paul Boyd
Beat Carnival Belfast Outdoor finale of Culture Night Belfast featuring 500 performers.
The Mac Belfast. Written and directed by Patrick J O'Reilly
Tinderbox Theatre Company. Written by Stacey Gregg and directed by Mick Duke. The play was about a band and I created the fictional repertoire for the band.
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Film work includes:
Let us be Seen
Feature Documentary - Composer
Made by Elspeth Vischer about the women’s movement in Northern Ireland.
A dance film in collaboration with poet Maria McManus and choreographer Eileen McClory inspired and commissioned by the beautiful Robinson library in Armagh.
Death of a Projectionist
Short film starring Ian McElhinney and produced by Oscar nominated and Bafta award winning Out of Orbit Films
Comedy horror short film written by Shaun Blaney and produced by 136 films.
Dark comedy horror - theatre/film hybrid by Caitlin Magnall-Kearns and Aaron Hickland. Shown at Brighton Fringe Festival.
Father the Father
A film of live theatre - this was shown in Solas Nua as part of the Prime Cut Festival. Directed by Emma Jordan and written by Gilly Campbell.
A life from Time
A short film about dementia. Directed by Rhiann Jeffrey, produced by Prime Cut Productions and written by Caoileann Curry Thompson
Off the Rails Dance
Four new songs commissioned by The Lyric Theatre and transitioned from live performance to online work due to lockdown.