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, Brian devised, curated and produced The Cake Sale, a collective that featured the who’s who of the Irish music scene including Glen Hansard, Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice, Gemma Hayes, Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), The Thrills and Bell X1 along with Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Josh Ritter and Nick Seymour (Crowded House). Having sold double platinum in Ireland, the record was released worldwide, and received further recognition when the song ‘Some Surprise’ was featured in the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. All profits from the Cake Sale go to the charity Oxfam. To date The Cake Sale has raised in excess of €300,000

Brian now focuses on film scoring and has gained recognition for producing haunting minimalist scores for a range of feature films, shorts and gallery installations. Recent film work includes Posthumous (co-scored with Dustin O’Halloran), Estranged, As If I Am Not There and Some Other Stories. Brian has also scored several national and international TV commercials for a wide range of brands including Google, Dodge, Samsung, Toyota, Volkswagen, Renault and Carlsberg. Brian has also worked on several gallery installations with visual artists Paddy Jolley and Michael John Whelan.

Crosby is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and is a board director on the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO).[1] He operates the publishing label Kick the Tyre, and 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[2] (composer) directed by Dzidzeva, Juka, Rosi, Tanovik, Slak (2010)
  • The Door Ajar (composer) directed by Paddy Jolley (2011)
  • The Other Dream Team (additional music) (2011)
  • Stop (composer) directed by Paul Murphy (2013)
  • Estranged (composer) directed by Adam Levins (2015)
  • Posthumous (co-composer) directed by LuLu Wang (2015)

TV series[edit]

  • The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty (co-composer) (2007)
  • Can't Cope Won't Cope (composer) directed by Cathy Brady (2016)

Art installations[edit]

  • This Monkey by Paddy Jolley
  • Fall by Paddy Jolley
  • Freeze by Paddy Jolley
  • Mattresses by Paddy Jolley
  • Sitting Room by Paddy Jolley
  • Snakes by Paddey 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. 
  2. ^ Some Other Stories