From Pearse St to Sing St a musical journey

Pictured Above: Actor and Musician Conor Hamilton.

Pictured Above: Actor and Musician Conor Hamilton.

NewsFour met with Connor Hamilton a local actor and musician from Pearse Street after his performance in the recent hit film ‘Sing Street’.

NewsFour drew up a profile of this aspiring and prolific individual whose passion for music and for acting has taken him to new places from his family roots of Ringsend to Los Angeles, the Olympia and the big screen.

His is a multi-faceted career that began early and prodigiously through the help of his father, local man James Hamilton. Conor’s talent was probed and encouraged from an early age and the CV of his experiences is an impressive testament to this. From an early age he took acting classes and developed his love for the performing arts.

“My love for the performing arts was nurtured through stage schools. I went on to perform in the Olympia, the Gaiety and the Bord Gaís Theatre. I got to perform with the Dance Excellence Group with Disney Universal in Los Angeles at the age of twelve.”

Conor, pictured right, has worked previously for three years with RTE, as a part-time interviewer and co-host of a show for children called “Elevate.”

“I started playing guitar when I was seven, from there I took a love for music. So in 2013 I released my first album “Daydreamer.” My music has changed with age. It has been a progressive development over time. I have also released my own EP entitled “Give it a go.”

Conor’s work with Sing Street was a combination of his two natural passions in life and the film was the work of Oscar-winning director and musician John Carney who brought us such critically acclaimed films like Once and Begin Again.

“What was originally meant to be two months of shooting ran into six months. During the shooting I had to learn to play the drums for the part.

John Carney is an amazing director who works on a personal basis. It was an enjoyable experience and an honour to have witnessed this.

The fellow actors I worked with were the salt of the earth. I truly wish John and the crew the very best in the upcoming months with their future projects and their dreams.”

Recently Conor was involved with his band Motion Control. where he won a battle of the bands at Whelans in April. He has also performed at such venues as the Academy and The Button factory. Conor is working with the band to release their first EP and is working to promote the band for the future.

By Robert Fullarton