Tuesday, 4 February 2020


Commissioned by the Irish Embassy to deliver an event as part of their national
programme of St Brigid's day events, the Liverpool Irish Festival has worked with
grassroots documentarists, historians and artists The Sound Agents to create 
Liverpool Family Ties: The Irish Connection film. Interviewing community members
They have unearthed fascinating stories about Liverpool, how families came to
live here and what they have experienced as a result of their combined and
sometimes conflicting dual heritage.

The Sound Agents combine of John J. Campbell and Moira Kenny, known for
recording seldom heard stories of everyday life including,

  • The Liverpool Chinatown Oral History
  • Chinese Labour Corps
  • The Forced Deportation of Blue Funnel Sailors in 1946
  • Social Housing
  • The Domestic Effects of families in Liverpool during WWI.

Using Irish Embassy funding, the Liverpool Irish Festival commissioned The Sound
 Agents to document dual-heritage stories from women living in Liverpool identified 
at the Festival's dual-heritage day, held at Tate Liverpool (14 October 2019)

Liverpool Family Ties: The Irish Connection film was shown at the Bluecoat Gallery 
on Saturday 1st Feb. The first showing was sold out leading to a second showing. 
Overall comments rating the film and the talk as  Excellent.

"I enjoyed the film I found it inspiring and it gave me strength"
"I have always thought that our racial mix is one of our greatest jewels"
"Family Ties was excellent"
"Really enjoyed the film exploring our amazing diverse Irish communities"
"Very interesting and heartwarming, quite emotional"
"Might be interesting more dual heritage"
"Appreciate the way LIF is widening to include people’s experiences"

Facebook Comment
"I could have watched a lot more than the video. Absolutely brilliant work and there 
is so much we can learn from these people's experiences and cultures.
Nice one guys! 
Sharon in Greece.

The Sound Agents are currently funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to
make a pilot documentary film:
Then Along Came Lennon: A First Hand Account of Liverpool Art School Bands.


Thursday, 23 January 2020

Wednesday, 18 December 2019


Filming is underway for the documentary. To date The Sound Agents have recorded Hazel Bartram-Birchenough: Deaf School/Portsmouth Symphonia/Edge Hill Players. Henry Priestman: Albert Dock/Yachts/Portsmouth Symphonia/Edge Hill Players. Kathy Freeman The Accelerators

Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Residents of Chung Hok House participating in The Sound Agents 'Arts for Health' project which provided arts activities to prevent and alleviate health problems and combat loneliness. 
The work in Chung Hok House is funded by Pine Court Housing 
Click on the Link below to read more 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019


Copyright Mike Kelly

Dockers Jobs for Life Project Focus Group

The Sound Agents John Campbell and Moira Kenny are working in partnership with Development Sefton Libraries, Dockers and their families to help shape a project to collect stories of the Docks. A Consultation Event took place on Wednesday 18th September at 11.30 am at Bootle Library.  
Next meeting Wednesday 2nd October 11.30 to develop a proposal to celebrate Sefton as the Liverpool City Region, celebrating Culture and Creativity 2020.