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Máirtín here, Cork is amazin' and I have a need to show you how great the town is, but I need your help to fund this DVD!
Máirtín here, Cork is amazin' and I have a need to show you how great the town is!  Please get yourself a copy of the DVD and walk with me through as I sing you around the Beautiful City!
Máirtín here, Cork is amazin' and I have a need to show you how great the town is!  Please get yourself a copy of the DVD and walk with me through as I sing you around the Beautiful City!
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In 2010, I released From Cork with Love as the Máirtín de Cógáin Project. It’s an album filled with songs, stories and tunes about Cork, the rebel county and the place of my youth. These songs always bring me back to Cork’s sights and sounds – the bustle of the City’s small back streets, the pastoral boreens of the country, the River Lee’s romantic allure, the Coal Quay and Grand Parade’s rustic charm, even the majesty of the castles of my ancestors in Carrigaline itself, it’s all there. Sure, many may know Cork, but it's not “my” Cork – this album and its concept was very much a tribute to my hometown. 

Máirtín backed by Cork City! Photo by Cillian Kelly.
Máirtín backed by Cork City! Photo by Cillian Kelly.

It is a concept that I soon began thinking would make a great video feature. I talked it over and others agreed with me, so I looked into how I might undertake and complete such a project. I eventually found Dublin-based Red Shoe Productions and spoke with them about making a multimedia video travelogue in which the places I sang about on my album would be given context, historical background, local perspective and picturesque video coverage. Known best for their work on Imeall, a weekly arts & culture series for Ireland’s TG4 television station, Red Shoe has extensive experience producing top quality arts and documentary programming. Their co-director (with whom I’ll be working) is Paschal Cassidy who has keen insight into music through his videography on the Fleadh Cheoil programs and Geantraí. They make a perfect partner for this project.

I am very excited about this project. My aim with this Kickstarter is to raise the necessary funds to produce this off-the-beaten-track video travelogue. I will be the audience's guide, taking them by the hand to the oft-overlooked magical places that will make any heart yearn for my county’s beauty and history. Together, we will tour the locations mentioned in the songs and find ourselves diverted into conversation with some of Cork’s true characters – her musicians, shopkeepers, barmaids and historians – and have a truly quintessential Irish experience, with all of it framed by the songs of From Cork With Love.

You lose a lot when you leave home; that’s the way it is with immigrants. But not only will this endeavor provide fascinating insight into Cork for both Irish citizens and the Diaspora alike, it will encourage Irish citizens, immigrants and those of Irish heritage to explore all that Ireland – and more specifically Cork – has to offer and maybe find something there that brings them back home.

Go raibh maith agat!

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    4 x 30minute bodhrán lessons over Skype! or if I am passing close by then they can be traded for in person lessons.
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    A SONG ABOUT YOU!

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    The Máirtín Music House Party!! Do you want me to invade your home? Jeepers, I will. I've been doing house parties/backyard parties for the last few years and they are MAGICAL CRAIC! Back this and ye shall receive one house party with a bodhrán-wielding gas man! Yes, I'll come and sing, tell stories and entertain you, your friends, family and neighbours for the evening... (scheduled between you and me...deliverable within the next 18 months, but hopefully sooner...pretty much the next time I hit your area. If you're in Alaska, Auckland or Aherla i'll GET THERE, i'll just have to make the time and fly over. no bother) - Check out “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_concert” to know what it's all about PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY BEFORE ORDERING!!!!!
    PLEASE NOTE: Estimated delivery is December for deliverables ONLY.
    ALSO you will receive a 15 minute lesson over Skype on 'How to make a Proper Cup of Tea!' accompanied by a song.
    2 pre release copies of The DVD! 2 copies of 'From Cork with Love', the album signed with whatever you want on them.
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    YOUR LOGO named as sponsor at beginning and end of film, displayed on the back of the DVD! packaging. Product Placement, tasteful or tacky, however you like it, you'll definitely see it!
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    MAIN SPONSOR!!!!
    YOUR LOGO LARGE and named as main sponsor on front and back of the DVD! packaging, Logo and named as main sponsor at beginning and end of film as well. Product Placement, tasteful or tacky, however you like it, you'll definitely see it! 10 copies of the DVD!! 10 copies of the CD From Cork with Love. PLUS 10 JEEPERS! t-shirts (Green or Blue). A unique 10 pack of blank postcards designed by Dan Neely of Máirtín in de West. A Thank you card and Love forever!

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