Brian Crosby

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Brian Crosby
Born 1973
Occupation(s) composer, musician
Years active 1990s–present
Associated acts Bell X1, The Cake Sale, One Day International

Brian Crosby (born 12 June 1973) is an Irish composer and multi-instrumentalist.


Crosby is a founding member of the Irish band Juniper along with Damien Rice and later of Bell X1 along with Paul Noonan, Dominic Phillips and David Geraghty with whom he recorded four records and toured the world extensively between 1996 and 2008.

In 2006 Crosby devised, curated and produced The Cake Sale, a band featuring an eclectic and high-profile collective of musicians and writers, who combined to create an album of previously unrecorded material for the international charity Oxfam. Among the artists involved were Glen Hansard, Gary Lightbody, Paul Noonan, Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice, Nina Persson, Gemma Hayes, Neil Hannon, The Frames and The Thrills. The album was released in Ireland on 3 November 2006. Its success in Ireland exceeded expectations and so went on to be released in Europe and the USA in 2007 through Yep Roc Records. Later in 2007, it received further recognition when the song 'Some Surprise’, was featured on the ABC medical drama Greys Anatomy. The Cake Sale’s only live appearance to date was their performance of ‘Some Surprise’ at the 2008 Meteor Awards in Dublin. To date, the project has profited over €250,000 which is used to support Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign and their overseas programme work in countries such as Tanzania and Malawi. All the publishing royalties for The Cake Sale also go to Oxfam, an unusual occurrence for a charity album.

Crosby now focuses on film scoring and has gained recognition for producing dark minimalist scores for a range of feature films, shorts and gallery installations.

Crosby is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and is a board director on the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO).[1] He lives with his wife and two children in Berlin, Germany.


Film Scores[edit]

  • The Silent City (co-composer) directed by Ruairi Robinson (2006)
  • The German (co-composer) directed by Nick Ryan (2008)
  • As If I Am Not There (additional music) directed by Juanita Wilson (2010)
  • The Night Nurse (composer) directed by Terence White (2010)
  • "Some Other Stories" (composer) directed by Dzidzeva, Juka, Rosi, Tanovik, Slak (2010)
  • The Door Ajar (composer) directed by Paddy Jolley (2011)
  • Stop (composer) directed by Paul Murphy (2013)
  • Estranged (composer) directed by Adam Levins (2013)
  • Posthumous (co-composer) directed by LuLu Wang (2014)

Art Installations[edit]

  • This Monkey by Paddy Jolley
  • Fall by Paddy Jolley
  • The Swimmer by Nicky Grogan / Fergal McCarthy
  • From The Mountain by MJ Whelan


  1. ^ "IMRO reveal new appointments". Hot Press. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-24.