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.
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!
- (35 days)