This weekend last year, we were part of a very special project. In the run up to the marriage equality referendum of 2015, Cork Choir, Choral Con Fusion took it on themselves to compose, perform and promote a song for equality. The song was entitled “We Love The Same – A song for equality”. A few weeks beforehand, my brother Denis (being involved in the choir), asked if we could pitch a few ideas to them for a music video. So, my good friend Darragh Coakley put our heads together;
Grá againn mar an gcéanna #wlts
Shoot 1: Cork City
The park near Patrick’s Hill in Cork city was the perfect backdrop for some nice shots of the gang. The choir were all really busy the days and hours beforehand, preparing for the shoot and hand-cutting props in the form of letters “#wlts” in different colours. They were the perfect props for the shoot – and a bit of craic. That shoot was fun too because the elements were very unpredictable. An utterly freezing February morning, mixed with mad showers and blue skies in between. But, in fairness to everyone involved, a very worthwhile exercise and some lovely, natural footage as a result.
Later that morning, we moved onto Fitzgerald’s park. Choral Con Fusion made out a great schedule so that everyone had a chance to be involved on the day. Some new faces and even some K9 guests to boot. In all of the excitement though, it is worth noting that one of the choir members, poor Sarah, slipped and broke here leg after the shoot. She wore the war wounds well for the choir and even made an appearance later on to cheer the choir on in the stage shoots.
Shoot 2: The Big One: The Rory Gallagher Theatre, Cork Institute of Technology
Shoot 2 was arguably the more stressful but fulfilling day of the whole project. Beforehand, Darragh meticulously crafted a well scheduled shot list. This became our reference for the logistics of the whole shoot. The day started around 6am. Our hero of the day, Rupert MacCarthy-Morrogh provided lighting and other gear (including a seriously impressive jib) for the event. Between the gigs and the reels of it, we spent a good 12 hours on set. A tiring but rewarding day for all. By the end of it, everyone was well sick of the song, We All Love the Same.
The Results are In…..
“WeLoveTheSame” the debut single from Cork-based Choral Con Fusion LGBTS Choir is available now. The single aims to raise funds and awareness for marriage equality in Ireland and everywhere. On May 22nd, Ireland will vote on the Marriage Equality referendum, deciding whether or not same-sex couples can get legally married.
Choral Con Fusion L.G.B.T.S. inclusive choir – Cork’s inclusive choral group
Song composed by Karl Fradgley
Arranged by Sean Casey and Karl Fradgley
Directed, Shot, Edited and Produced by Shane Cronin (https://twitter.com/solasnua) and Darragh Coakley
Lighting Design, Dolly and Crane provide by Rupert MacCarthy-Morrogh (http://www.slr.ie/)
Soundtrack recorded by Duncan O Chleirig of Blackwater Studios (http://www.blackwaterstudios.ie)
Choral Con Fusion choir members:
Anders Fog Schollert, Ann O Riordan, Anne Crotty, Kathy O’Riordan, Clare Bradshaw, Cliona Kenny, Con Murphy, Conor Hickey, Damiano Tescaro, Denis Cronin, Edwin O’Callaghan, Elena Hostetler, Gerard Cummins, Helena Lefever, Hollifer Fogarty, Jean Louise McCarthy, John Paul Calnan, Jonathan Neville, June Hamill, Karl Fradgley, Letitia Hill, Lynn Dixon, Marian McCarthy, Marie BillaSista Gaigneux, Mary Phipps, Mohammed Saab, Paul Walsh, Regina Dwyer, Roisin Nolan, Roland Ayliffe, Sarah Donovan, Sean Casey, Tara O’Donovan, TJ O’Dwyer, Timms Quinlan, Tina O’Toole, Nicola Marie O Riordan, Sinead Halpin, Eugene Lame Alves, Joanne Murphy
Peter Andrews, Patrick Halpin, Richard Halpin (2.5 month old baby), Adam Lee, Dolores Quinlan, Elizabeth Quinlan, Bríd Walsh, Louise O’Dea, Ronnie Dorney, Matt Russell, Michael Russell, Pia Cronin
Choral Risers by Screenflex
Filmed at the Rory Gallagher Theatre, Cork Institute of Technology and various locations in and around Cork city, Ireland
Thanks to the Kevin Tuohy at the Arts office, CIT
Special thanks to Colum Cronin, Maria Murray