What is Parakeet

Parakeet is a fresh, simple, and innovative method to learning music. With the use of colour it helps make the learning process fun and easy

It has given me a whole new hope

The Players

Meet the multi-disciplined ground of creatives behind Parakeet

How Does It Work

The Parakeet system brings music alive with colour and makes it much easier to learn and play. It's a short cut to success and accessible to everyone.

  • Being able to Play straight away made me want to Play more

    Lorraine, Age 25
  • It's easier to think of a note in color, than what line or space it is on

    Amy, Age 6, U.S.
  • By pressing the colours you were making chords so you didn't have to think about which chords you were playing

    Laura, Age 23

Goodies

A range of colourful Instruments, Instrument Enhancers, Apps and more!

whistle
The Parakeet Whistle

The Parakeet colour-coded Whistle uses the Parakeet system to bring music alive with colour and makes it much easier to learn and play. A perfect path to a range of wind instruments including Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and more.

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piano
Parakeet Piano

It's so simple that even if you've never played the piano before, you'll be able to sit down and play a Parakeet tune for your friends in no time. Just follow the easy steps and see for yourself.

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drag and drop
Drag & Drop App

Designed to teach you how to read and play music through games. Part of the Sound and Vision workshop Phase 1 [Level 1] enhances and encourages the learning process. Music Simplified!

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tap play
Tap & Play App

You are now ready to Play! With Sound and Vision Phase 2 [Level 2] for mobile devices... You decide the tune. A short cut to success and accessible to everyone!

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talking whistle
The Talking Whistle

Our Sound and Vision technology connects your Parakeet instruments to your mobile devices. Parakeet's fun mobile apps make it possible to learn and play on the go. You and your friends can create your very own mobile Band.

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Nick Stewart

Nick Stewart

Chairman - Non Executive 

Nick Stewart started at Island Records in August 1979, (coincidently the week that “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the Buggles became Island’s first number one single).  His first two signings were U2 and Killing Joke; his next two signings were the Thompson Twins and The Teardrop Explodes featuring a young Julian Cope.  Sadly the founder, Chris Blackwell disliked the Thompson’s Twins name so much that he tore the contract up in frustration and stopped the Teardrop Explodes deal going through only to sign Julian Cope, the enigmatic front man four years later.   

In the intervening 28 years Nick Stewart has worked alongside many great artists, in A&R, Marketing, Catalogue Exploitation and Management.  It is a career that has embraced Island, Stiff, EG, where he had his first brush with management, looking after The Smiths, and then onto Polygram where he coordinated the re-issue of that company’s entire catalogue from LP and cassette to CD in the early 90’s.  He re-issued and re-packaged catalogues of Elton John, Dire Straits, Big Country, Thin Lizzy, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Squeeze and Dexy’s Midnight Runners.  He prepared and orchestrated highly successful TV campaigns for Burt Bacharach, Thin Lizzy, New Order, Happy Mondays, Grace Jones and Dusty Springfield. He was also responsible for a complete re-launch of the Tamala Motown on CD in the UK with some very successful TV led compilations. He launched a successful, bespoke compilation label, Debutante and was responsible for creating a highly successful line of own brand compilations and artist repertoire into Marks & Spencer’s for the very first time.  From a standing start from 1996 this became a £4m business within 18 months.

In 1998 he was appointed Senior Vice President of International A&R to BMG and within 9 months had scored 3 number one singles with Blondie’s “Maria” and Lou Bega’s “Mambo No 5”, which he also placed with Channel 4’s TV cricket coverage, before going onto remix Lonestar’s country smash “Amazed” which resulted in them having a number 1 on the Billboard pop charts, the first country act to do so for 14 years.  

It was during this time he launched his highly successful Captain America, Virgin Radio show, which ran on Sunday nights for four years.  It became a focal point for American artists to promote their wares in the UK rivaling Bob Harris and Paul Gambaccini on Radio 2. 
   In 2005 he was invited to run Rhino UK the catalogue arm of Warner Music which brought him back into contact with his old friend and mentor, Irving Azoff and The Eagles.   
 In 2007 he was involved in setting up the phenomenally successful The Travelling Wilbury’s re-issue, which surprised the industry with its volume and overall success.  Built around the sales spike of Father’s Day, it created an industry benchmark.
 In October 2007 he set up Nick Stewart & Associates, a consultancy which incorporates marketing, catalogue exploitation, publishing exploitation in synchs and licenses, and management.  The client list over the past 7 years has included The Eagles, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, U2, Neil Diamond, Christina Aguilera, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Bolton, Steely Dan, Bonnie Tyler, Sugarland, Vangelis, Steve Winwood, Sir Cliff Richard, Yusuf Islam, New Kids on the Block,  Franki Valli, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Albert Hammond and Sir Timothy Rice.
With the changing dynamics of the music business NS&A has moved even more into promoting major artists for their UK and European tours liaising with such major companies as CAA, Live Nation & AEG. Nick Stewart has developed key relationships within TV, radio & press to give his clients across the board media profile.
NS&A is a small, intimate, bespoke, marketing and promotion company, which delivers a highly personal service to the artists that are on their roster.  It is where experience exists alongside youth and innovation.

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis

CEO

A highly experienced senior executive with a 25 year career in the commercial sectors of the music and entertainment industry at MTV Networks and Live Nation Entertainment building both businesses from fledgling entities to the global entities that they are now. As President of Live Nation Entertainment Europe he also oversaw the acquisition and development of music festivals, venues, promoting companies and entering new European markets.

Vinnie Kilduff

Vinnie Kilduff

Creator - Founder

Over the past three decades from U2 to Sinead O'Connor, The Waterboys to Clannad the name Vinnie Kilduff has long been subtly synonymous with the cutting edge of contemporary Irish music. (born August 10, 1960) is a Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, primarily known for his work with U2, The Waterboys, Clannad and Sinead O'Connor. He plays tin whistle, Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Harmonica, Bodhran and Flute. He is described as one of Ireland's best known contemporary tin whistle players.

U2: In 1981 Vinnie was asked by U2 to play uilleann pipes and bodhran on their album October and to guest with them at their concert in Slane Castle that year. In 1983 Vinnie rejoined U2 for promotional tour of the album War. In 2009 the U2 song "Tomorrow" with Vinnie playing the uilleann pipes was featured in It Might Get Loud, the Davis Guggenheim documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White.

The Waterboys: In 1988 Vinnie was invited to join the Waterboys for the recording of their Fisherman's Blues album. Vinnie played guitar and uilleann pipes as well as co-producing several tracks on the album. Vinnie continued to tour with the Waterboys between 1988 and 1990.

Clannad: In 1990 Vinnie joined Clannad for the recording of their album Anam. He continued to record and tour with the band throughout the 1990s. He featured on their 1996 album Lore, the 1998 Landmarks which received the 1999 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album and their 2005 release Live in Concert.

Sinead O'Connor: Vinnie played mandolin and low whistle on singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor's DVD and CD set Theology - Live at the Sugar Club, a recording of a live concert performance in The Sugar Club, Dublin on November 8, 2006.

Amber Osborne

Amber Osborne

Marketing Advisor

For the past 10+ years, Amber has helped businesses, products and individuals market their brand presence and achieve their goals. Diverse industry exposure ranging from startups to global brands such as Adobe, Audi and Lenovo. 

She has been the former CMO of a virtual reality enterprise software product and the former Co-Founder and CMO of a machine learning based social media software company. As well as the founder of social media marketing and personal branding agency, Miss Destructo. 

Ranked #2 in Forbes Top 50 Most Influential CMO's on Social Media in 2016, one of the Top 25 VR Influencers, Top Women In VR, and Top 30 Twitter's Most Influential Marketers.

Previous career background in community management, artist promotion and business development in the music and video game industries. 

Ita Moloney

Ita Moloney

Communications Director

Ita Moloney brings a wealth of project co-ordination experience from her busy and varied career which spans Ireland, the USA and Africa.

Ita has a strong background in medicine and healthcare, having originally trained and practised as a Pediatric and General Nurse (in Ireland and the USA), before moving to a management position with KCI medical, an innovative, global, US-based provider of innovative wound healing technologies, where she was responsible for sales, training and the introduction of the VAC system to Ireland.

Whilst living in San Francisco, she was offered a rare opportunity to travel and work in Zimbabwe, where she spent several months co-ordinating a wildlife conservation project, committed to safeguarding elephant stocks in the Gonarezhou National Park. In addition, she organized and maintained a log of animal stocks for endangered species such as kudu and sable antelope, managed a large-scale feeding project during the bad droughts of the early 1990s and held overall responsibility for the administration of the business across three locations in Zimbabwe.

Born into a musical family of four generations, Ita has a lifelong passion for music so it was probably just a matter of time before she decided to apply her professional medical background and business acumen to the world of music. Her expertise, along with her ability to engage with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, bring a unique perspective and fresh insight to the Parakeet team.

Ita says "As a qualified nurse, I have experienced first-hand the healing powers of music in people of all ages from infancy, childhood and adolescence to senior years. Music and the ability to play a musical instrument are proven to lift the spirit and lighten one's mood significantly. Parakeet is so uplifting, colourful and energetic and yet so simple, I feel really privileged to be part of this team."

Leah Bernini

Leah Bernini Cronin

PhD Ethnomusicologist

Leah is an ethnomusicologist, an accomplished Violin player, Musical Director and Music teacher.

She has been teaching Music, master classes, and has given cultural lectures to students of all ages and experience levels since 2003. For Parakeet, Leah has helped research, develop, and test the Parakeet Music system both in Ireland and the US. She holds an MA in Ethnomusicology (University of Limerick, 2011), an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance (University of Limerick, 2010) In addition she also holds a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Music and Music Performance.

Gerry Leonard

Gerry Leonard

Guitar

Gerry Leonard is an Irish lead guitarist and solo artist, known for his harmonic ambient guitar style and his work with David Bowie. He has lived and worked in Dublin, Copenhagen, and Manhattan. As part of the New York scene Gerry's distinctive ambient style has led to his working with many great artists over the years. A highlight was becoming music director / guitar player for David Bowie on his year long "Reality" world tour and DVD (2003/2004). Apart from Bowie's records, "Heathen" and "Reality" and the subsequent tours, he is also featured on the David Bowie’s record titled "The Next Day" and has two co writes with David on the album, "Boss of me" and "I'll take you there.

In 2016 Gerry was asked to put the Bowie band back together for a tribute to David at the 2016 Brit Awards. Awards.  "Everyone from the band came together in London from the four corners of the earth to play and celebrate our dear friend. We were able to get Lorde to sing for us and perform (Life on Mars)"

Further credits include recording, touring and being music director for artist such as Rufus Wainwright ("Want One" / "Want Two" / "Release the stars"), Laurie Anderson ("Bright red"), Duncan Sheik ("Humming" / "Phantom Moon" / "Daylight" / "White Limousine" / "Whisperhouse"), Roger Waters ("The Last Mimsey Soundtrack").

When not touring or recording with international artists, Gerry heads up his own project, Spooky Ghost. Under the name Spooky Ghost, Gerry has recorded two solo albums. The first recording simply called "Spooky Ghost" was primarily an ambient guitar record, made in his New York apartment in 1998. His second, "The Light Machine" (2002) has been described by David Bowie as "Quite the most beautiful and moving pieces of work I have possessed in a long time."

In film soundtracks his guitar playing is featured in "The Deep End" and "Bee Season" both scored by Peter Nashell and released on Fox Searchlight Pictures. He is featured on the Roger Waters end title song "Hello" written for "the Last Mimsy" on New Line Cinema. He also completed his first original score for an independent movie called "32A" released to festivals in 2008.

Piotr Sosiński

Piotr Sosiński

CTO

Software developer with 13 years of commercial experience. With a portfolio of corporate, e-commerce and user-centered web apps, Piotr enjoys building software from ground up in creative, intuitive and goal-oriented fashion. Highly motivated, eager for challenges and constantly ready to learn. A passionate gamer with a deep interest in video games industry but also a music enthusiast and an accomplished drummer.

Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson

Product Developer

With 30 years experience in Conceptualisation, preliminary and presentation product design, 3-D product rendering, Instrument making and design, packaging and Product marketing, CAD/CAE production and prototype product modeling.

Denis Carey

Denis Carey

Piano

Denis Carey is an Irish Musician, composer and arranger. He has performed and recorded with many well known artists nationally and internationally. His compositions have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of musicians including Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada, where he has played on many occasions and by the Scottish National orchestra.

Denis owns and manages the Peter Dee Academy of Music which is recognised as one of the leading music schools in the South of Ireland.
Regular concerts, workshops and master classes take place at the Academy throughout the year. Students have won numerous  scholarships and competitions, many going on to successful careers as music teachers and performers. Although examinations are an integral and important aspect of the study of music, they are not compulsory. The Academy encourages students and teachers to communicate by listening, participating and cooperating in music making with a real sense of fun. The individual needs,likes and goals of each student are fully taken into consideration when a course of study is undertaken.

Ralph Burke

Ralph Burke

R & D Engineer

Ralph has over thirty years experience in automation development and management. He is CEO and founder of Factory Automation Ltd. Ireland’s leading developer of state of the art manufacturing technology He has managed numerous projects in Ireland, Germany, the United States, Scotland, France, Austria, Finland, Mexico, Morocco, India and Uzbekistan. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of automation specialists and his client base includes a host of blue chip multi-national corporations.

Distilled Software

Distilled Software

Software Engineers

Colm Hally
Software Architect

Highly motivated, ambitious engineer with a knack for intuitive design solutions, self-learning and problem-solving. Entrepreneurial-minded and a natural leader. Prior experience in startups and Agile methodologies.

Confident, thorough and extremely versatile programmer with self-acquired proficiency in JavaScript, Java, PHP, C, Objective-C and C++. Talented at attentively taking an idea from initial concept to a working solution. Experienced at building both elegant mobile applications and powerful web services.

Darragh Kirwan
Software Engineer

Darragh has also worked as a Product Engineer and a Full stack engineer and scrum master with Hootsuite in Vancouver Canada.
He Co-founded a mobile software development startup while in college where he completed mobile and web application development.
He served his internship as an iOS developer in San Francisco with the Company Metacert -MetaCert iPad Browser | Safe iPad Browser with Parental Controls

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