Born in Ballinasloe, a west Ireland market town famous for its annual horse fair, Scannell went to Dublin at the tender age of 17 to attend college and feed his passion for music, books, film and television. Those years in Dublin led Scannell to all kinds of interests, from formative years researching The Late Late Show with Gay Byrne on RTE, running a Drum and Bass record label and club-night to editing Shenanigans, a collection of new Irish fiction. He has directed a plethora of music videos for acts including David Gray and The Frames. Media are avenues of expression and communication for Scannell and he has applied this through film, television, radio, print, Internet and the wireless web.
Last year Scannell decided that he wanted to focus on directing but rock and roll has managed to distract him slightly. Writing is still in the picture with scripts and bits and pieces floating around his hard-drive in different stages of readiness. Scannell would love to be able to just talk and listen for a living but has fallen in love with sleeper coaches and the open road!