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Watch: Vintage fun at seaside in Northern Ireland perfect backdrop for Malojian

Lurgan singer-songwriter Stevie Scullion - known professionally as Malojian - is set to create archive-based music videos for his new album, using films from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive.

As part of the BFI's Britain on Film: Coast and Sea project, Malojian worked alongside local filmmaker Colm Laverty combining new footage filmed on location at Rathlin East Lighthouse alongside classic archive films.

The result was the music video for Malojian's song Some New Bones.

He said: "A few months ago Northern Ireland Screen contacted me to see if I'd be interested in playing a gig in a coastal location, with coastal themed visuals from their archive to be used as a backdrop.

"This sounded very cool to me and the more I thought about it, I began to get really into the idea of recording some new material to go alongside it."

The singer has now been inspired to create similar videos for each of the 11 tracks on his new album Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home.

Francis Jones, Archive Education Officer, Northern Ireland Screen said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Malojian and the filmmaker Colm Laverty on this project.

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"By imaginatively bringing together content from the Digital Film Archive, new footage and Malojian’s evocative music, they’ve produced something that both celebrates Northern Ireland’s rich screen heritage and demonstrates the enduring creative value of archive film.

One of the earliest clips used as part of the project dates back to 1898 featuring a Yacht Race in Bangor.

The film is particularly significant as it is the first film that was shot by an Irishman, Belfast chemist Dr Robert Mitchell.

Another clip features shots of Portrush from 1956 showcasing the beautiful sights of the North Coast during the summer months.

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Malojian's new album is set to launch in Portico, Portaferry on Saturday, September 16.

He said of the process: “I started recording demos at home with the intention of taking them to a proper studio at some stage and turning them into an album. Lo and behold, like an ugly duckling or something, they grew and took on a life of their own and have taken me on the most incredible musical journey I've been on yet.

"From recording in a lighthouse to collaborating with some of my favourite musicians ever, they've become my next album.”

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