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     Two Irish Immigrant musicians, The Black Donnellys, embark on a quest to set a Guinness World Record playing 60 shows in ALL 50 states in just 35 days! Racing against the clock, they examine the pursuit of the American Dream from an immigrant's perspective and how music connects us all. Will they make it? 


THIS IS MY HOME - A documentary feature film about two Irish immigrant musicians (The Black Donnellys) who embark on an adventure to set a Guinness World Record, playing 60 shows in all 50 US states in just 35 days. 

Along the way we focused our conversations with people from all of America on the pursuit of the 'American Dream' from an immigrants perspective, how music connects all people and travel across America. 

Get ready for an emotional ride that tours America in record time. Laughter, original music and heart fill this film from start to finish. Take a dive into Irish history and how immigrants today are making America a better place. It will leave you wanting more! 




The black donnellys are a highly regarded Irish band from Dublin. This currently Las Vegas based Guinness world record breaking band, are resident musicians at Ri’ Ra’ Irish pub, Mandalay Bay resort and casino, right on the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The band consist of award winning singer/songwriter Dave Rooney, and Guinness world record breaking guitarist Dave Browne. 

Since arriving in America just under five years ago the Black Donnellys have established a great fan base from all over the USA through their energetic live shows, The boys have written/recorded and shared a stage with some great Irish artists such as: 

  • Terry woods (The Pogues )
  • Ronnie Drew (The Dubliners )
  • Derek Warfield (Young Wolfe Tones )
  • George Murphy (The High Kings ) 
  • Liam Reilly (Bagatelle)
  • Christy Dignam (ASLAN) 

Members of renowned bands such as Santana, and Heart and a host of TV stars and celebrities have been known to join the Black Donnellys on stage at their residency gig in Las Vegas. 


Dave Browne currently holds the world record for marathon guitar playing knocking out songs and tunes for over 114 hours straight at The Temple Bar Dublin . 

2011 Dave Rooney was voted best Irish Singer/Songwriter of the year 2012. Dave was co-writer of the the critically acclaimed theatre play Cobblestone Sam and author of the original 17-song soundtrack. 

Dave has just finished writing the screenplay for the much anticipated feature film ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’, and has also written all music for the soundtrack, due for release in 2020. 


The band also penned the theme song for UFC 202 return fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz (Notorious).



Karl Nickoley, director of “This is My Home,” is far from a newcomer to the documentary and filmmaking worlds. For over a decade, he’s produced dozens of commercials, music videos, short films, feature films and immersive video and film. With deep experience in producing and financing, his company, Frequency Pictures, has been able to build up an impressive client list in a short time, while at the same time, initiating and funding Nickoley’s independent directorial projects. 

A Las Vegas-based creator, Nickoley has worked with clients across the country, taking on challenging projects and newer technologies, such as the 360 video experience he directed for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He’s worked with top clients, including AT&T, Ford, AMC, Gieco, AMC Network and Dr. Pepper, and has been recognized at numerous film festivals around the world, where his productions have received several “audience choice” awards. One client remarked, "If you are a marketer looking for someone to deliver a product that will impress—Karl is your guy". Another lauded his quality and engaging content. 


It’s Nickoley’s breadth of experience, he believes, that makes him a “producer’s director,” able to balance the requirements to craft an effective story with the pragmatism required under many circumstances. He works to create exceptional work, even under physical or budgetary limitations. He’s managed everything from small intimite productions to multi-million dollar productions and brought them in on time and on budget. He was clearly prepared for his next, and perhaps greatest challenge. 

“This is My Home” is Nickoley’s most ambitious film to date, with a myriad of challenges that would give any filmmaker pause. The documentary required shooting in all fifty states, interviewing over eighty subjects, and coordinating a production that demanded the director and his crew to cover thousands of miles in less than two months. Once again, Nickoley saw the project through to a successful finish. 

Karl graduated with honors from the Los Angeles Film School, and received a certification from Pepperdine University. He’s been producing and directing for eleven years. 

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