About:: Meg Mulhearn is a composer who also performs as a solo artist under the name Divine Circles. She is a member of U.S. Christmas, Judas Horse, and Lunar Creature, and her music has been released by Neurot Recordings, Relapse Records, Paradigms Recordings, Inherent Records, and Hooker Vision. She employs an experimental, lyrical and cinematic approach and is frequently compared to violinist Warren Ellis, and in addition to her work with groups she has composed strings for albums spanning many genres.
Divine Circles:: Oblivion Songs on Paradigms Recordings, described as “a beautiful collection of intimate and experimental songcraft filtered through the Appalachian dusk,” garnered significant critical praise. Mulhearn was recently profiled by Jason Heller at AV Club as one of the front runners of the “Dark Folk” movement alongside Marissa Nadler, Old Crow Medicine Show, King Buzzo and Emma Ruth Rundle. Her track “Midwest” was chosen as one of Pitchfork/NPR writer Kim Kelly’s top tracks of the decade in the Pitchfork piece “My Decade in Music so Far.” She recently finished up several years of intense touring as Divine Circles alongside Elisa Faires, Gardener , and Aerial Ruin.
Work for Others:: Recent composing work includes a score for the short film, “Lily,” for Skullthunder Films, awarded Best Original Score at the International 100 Hour Film Race. She also composed and performed strings for The Cavern by Inter Arma, Visitors are Allowed One Kiss by Clara Engel, Coffin Wisdom by Generation of Vipers, Destroyers of the Moon by Owlfood, and Death and the Reverend’s forthcoming album.
Experimental/ Art:: Mulhearn premiered a collaborative dance piece with choreographer Sara Baird, “Godai” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. This project led to Void, an ensemble piece premiered at Black Mountain College’s Interlude Festival, the audio for which will be released as an album. She also recently worked with longtime collaborator Ross Gentry (Villages, Nest Egg) on the score to NYS3’s production of Steven Dietz’s play “Fiction. ”
Upcoming:: In addition to the Void Ensemble album, new collaborative albums with Elisa Faires, Shane Parish and Aerial Ruin are also currently in production, as well as a new Divine Circles album, for which she was awarded a 2016 Regional Artist Project Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council.