The Ghost Song

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Tom Galvin

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His love for his only daughter drives this ageing singer/songwriter back onto the streets to perform. But in a changing musical landscape, he has to do something radical to get noticed. Truly radical. But truly brilliant.


Biographical, Comedy, Drama, Family, Melodrama, Memoir, Mystery,Satire,Drama,Melodrama

Short Summary

Jake Green is an ageing songwriter whose love for his daughter drives him back to the streets to perform. Noticed by a veteran mogul he is duped into parting with his best song for an online talent show and must seek a way to find success . . . and retribution.

The protagonist, Jake, reaches the final of the talent show with millions watching. Teetering on the edge of success, he stuns the music world by blowing it and walking away, destroying the credibility of all involved. However, he has created a legacy to make millions for his beloved daughter.


Dublin, Ireland

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches,Rebellion Against 'The One',Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Jake Green

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Visionary, Charming, Engaging, Faithful, Funny, Heroic, Honorable, Romantic, Crazy, Decisive, Heartthrob, Aspiring, Beautiful, Gracious, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Educated,Aspiring,Charming,Sexy,Crazy,Decisive,Outspoken,Romantic,Educated,Honorable,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Katie (pretend partner/daughter)

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Blunt, Educated, Manipulative, Outspoken, Sexy, Sophisticated, Skillful, Beautiful, Confident, Decisive, Power-hungry, Sarcastic, Seductive,Funny,Adventurous,Aspiring,Outspoken,Decisive,Confident,Romantic,Sarcastic,Sophisticated,Unapologetic,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Brian Blake, promoter and manager

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Greedy, Insecure, Power-hungry, Decisive, Confident, Funny, Outspoken, Villainous, Badass, Leader, Lone Wolf, Sarcastic, Unapologetic, Blunt, Manipulative, Masculine, Narcissistic, Aggressive,Masculine,Villainous,Aggressive,Badass,Charming,Confident,Blunt,Power Hungry,Decisive,Outspoken,Skillful,Sarcastic,Leader,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Paul Smith, Jake's close friend

Age: 43

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Blunt, Decisive, Educated, Faithful, Gracious, Empathetic, Funny, Heroic, Selfless, Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

Jake Green was a hardworking songwriter from an age when people listened to their music on vinyl, on cassette tapes, on the radio and on each other’s guitars. Jake almost made it, back in those days. That was before the tragedy. The one that involved his beloved daughter and broke him like a ballad. So he did something drastic and quit. And it was down to Jake’s best buddy, Smithy, to bring him back years later to write and play and sing again . . . But it’s a different world now. Everything has changed. Except music. And people. They don’t change that much. But for Jake to make his music reach the right people he had to go and do something drastic all over again. Really drastic. But brilliant. Really, really brilliant. This is a story about Jake the singer and songwriter. But it is the story of thousands of Jakes and thousands of Janes, the ones you never get to hear about or the ones you get to hear about only briefly because ‘they never made it’. The music business is two worlds. There is the world of music and there is the world of business. And as Jake proves, you don’t always have to make it in both worlds to make it.

About The Author

Award-winning Irish journalist, writer and musician.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning,Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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