Irish Visit Inspires New Single ‘Come Home’
Musical Theatre Family create Inspirational Call to Come Home
In this, the year of the tourism led Gathering initiative, there has been a multitude of funding led events from local communities seeking to attract footfall into Ireland and generate much needed revenue for the country. The U.K. based Corcoran family bypassed the promotional formality and were instead inspired by what they describe as the mysticism of the Irish landscape and culture. With a lack of formal funding, the Corcorans have set about promoting Irish Tourism with a powerful creative musical composition entitled Come Home.
Drawn from a musical theatre background that has seen him take lead roles in the acclaimed productions Evita, Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar; Chris Corcoran, the former television director of dramas such as Brookside and Hollyoaks, returned from a family trip to Kenmare in County Kerry and created the lyrics to Come Home. Combining a theatrical flavour with a heavy influence on the Irish traditional, Chris then showcased Come Home to the owner of Kenmare’s musical haven, The Soundz of Muzic instrumental shop, and Kit Dunlop was so taken with it he decided to promote it on his newly established Soundz of Muzic record label.
Drawing the familial Corcoran talents into this musical project, he invited son Andrew to utilise the skills acquired through the musical direction of acclaimed theatre productions worldwide. Irish audiences will have encountered Andrew as part of the current hit tour of Hairspray that was a recent success at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. Andrew drew influence from the emotive Kerry landscape surrounding Tony O’Flaherty’s Sonas Recording Studios at the edge of the serene shores of Lough Guitane, and incorporated this essence into his prolific arrangement of Come Home.
Sister, Laura Marie, escaped the mischievous folds of her highly applauded Frisky and Mannish alter ego, to portray a stunning vocal that captures the lyricism and tone of the mystical, undefined attachment to all things Irish. A far cry from the outrageously enthusiastic success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and previously acclaimed Australian Tour, the musical theatre luminary was delighted to purvey her talent within a different genre. “I tried my best to give some sense of that pull of a distant homeland that I feel myself. All our lives are in music, but weirdly we had never worked together on anything before. We never stopped laughing, but at the same time we were all passionate about making the song the best it could be.”
Incorporating traditional Irish music sourced from the heart of Kerry, the authenticity of sound is derived from a true empathy for Ireland and its culture. Chris is delighted with the reaction so far from listeners worldwide. “We hope it reflects, not only the many colours and depths of a beautiful country, but that Ireland is deep within the soul of its many ‘children’, where ever they may be in the world.”