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The composer of the lovely theme music for Poldark is the brilliant Anne Dudley. She is the composer for the series.
Mike O'Connor advises Mammoth Screen on dances, tunes, folksongs & instruments.
Mike is also credited for 'additional music'. This includes the tunes for "I d'Pluck a Fair Rose" (Series 1, Episodes 4 & 8, Series 2, Episodes 1 & 7) and "As Pretty a Piece of Mischief" (Series 1, Episode 4) tune & lyrics for "Medhel an Gwyns" (Series 1, Episode 8) and "Kosk yn Ta" (Series 2, Episode 6)
"I d'Pluck a Fair Rose" has now passed 8.3M views on UK TV.
"Medhel an Gwyns" made history when 7.9M viewers heard the Cornish language on UK TV.
"Kosk yn Ta"in Series 2 continues the engagement with Cornish language - and the viewing figures are up on Series 1.
Dave Webber: "I knew instantly that this tune was from the O'Connor stable, it has Mike's "Fingerprints of Genius" all over it. Great sensitivity to the tradition. Brilliant! Thank you BBC for going to the trouble to get it right!"
Also in Series 2 you can hear Mike playing out of shot, and see Mike on screen in a cameo role as a fiddler - what else! Furthermore, for Series 2 Mike taught a cast member to play violin. Also Mike provided one of his fiddles to appear on-screen as an authentic 'Poldark Violin'. The instrument used is a true folk fiddle made by James Reavy, a Dunbar weaver, in the early 19th century. It is a 'transitional' fiddle, strung throughout with gut strings. The tailpiece is simple and tied with gut, and there is no chin or shoulder rest.
Mike is also engaged in music for Series 3, but at the moment it's a little to early to talk about that!
HEAR MIKE HERE!