‘Music Gives Me a Reason’: A FILM celebrating 10 years of Music Generation Cork City
As part of our 10th Birthday celebrations, we wanted to find a way to capture and share all of the magic of MGCC. With programmes in over 40 centres around the city, and a wide range of events, we had a lot of ground to cover – and what better way to do this than through the power of film!
We worked with local film-maker Seán Downey to create this short film, working on location to capture a slice of the action. The title of the film ‘Music Gives Me a Reason’ takes inspiration from the amazing song of the same name which was also commissioned for our 10th Birthday celebration – for more info on the song, see here.
About film-maker Seán Downey:
Seán Downey first attended rap workshops with GMCBeats as a teen. Now he is a freelance filmmaker and producer of The Two Norries Podcast. Seán recently produced a video for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation with Garry McCarthy called ‘Leave No One Behind’ to mark Junior World Food Day 2022. Find out more about Seán’s work at https://linkfly.to/SwanIGuess
A Film in 4 Parts
At our 10th birthday event in the Everyman, we screened the film in parts, and in between each part, live performances took place on stage. It was an incredible evening! For more on that, see here.
We have now released the film online in 4 parts (see all 4 videos below and on youtube).
Scroll down below videos for full film credits (which are also included at the end of film part 4).
FILM Part 1 of 4
FILM Part 2 of 4
FILM Part 3 of 4
Film part 4 of 4
'Music Gives Me a Reason': A FILM celebrating 10 years of Music Generation Cork City Presented in partnership with The Kabin Studio, GMCBeats, Cork Academy of Music, Creative Tradition, Music Mash Up, The Hut Youth Project CDYS/Youth Work Ireland, Music in Community (MiC), Barrack Street Band and Cork Community Gamelan (with UCC) Seán Downey - Director, Filmmaker and Editor Aida Whooley – Concept Development, Production Manager and Interviewer Aoibheann Carey-Philpott - Archive Footage Coordinator and Interviewer Claire Layton - MGCC Production Support and Interviews Alex Brady – Film and Sound Editor Garry McCarthy – Assistance with Sound Editing Featuring Interviews with: Claire Layton, MGCC Music Development Officer Margaret O’Sullivan, Head of Quality, Support & Development, Music Generation Denis Barrett, Cork Learning City Coordinator, Chair of CCMEP Michelle Carew, Arts Officer, Cork City Council Patricia Harrington, CCMEP Executive Committee Brian Hennessy, Scoil ĺosagáin Denis Leamy, Chief Executive, Cork Education & Training Board Billy O’Callaghan, Chairman of Cork Barrack Street Band and Manager of Cork Academy of Music Joe Curtin, The Hut Youth Project CDYS Dr. Gráinne McHale, Director – SoundOUT Shauna McCullough, Music Generation Waterford Oisín McGill, Limerick School of Music Interviews with MGCC Musician-Educators Stephen Manning Gemma Coultis Clodagh Kearney Tom Mulcahy Jessie Cawley Joe Philpott Ben Janning Rory McGovern Garry McCarthy Caoimhe Barry Seán Downey MGCC Participants Julie O’Brien, Fairfield Fairhill Guitar Group Hassib Ullah Kaker, CCLSS Youthreach Centre Cillian McSweeney, Athrú Collective Katie Waters, Foróige Linkpoint UBU Knocknaheeny Emily O’Brien, Barrack Street Band, Greenmount N.S. MGCC Alumni Amy O’Callaghan Gavin Bracken, The Hut Youth Project CDYS Featured Schools & Centres Nagle Community College, Mahon (Cork Academy of Music) School of the Divine Child, Ballintemple (Music Mash Up) Fairfield Fairhill Community House (Cork Academy of Music) Scoil ĺosagáin, Farranree (Creative Tradition) Scoil Mhuire Fatima, North Mon Primary (Cork Academy of Music) CCLSS Youthreach Centre, Cork College of FET (Music in Community, MiC) Greenmount N.S. (Barrack Street Band) Foróige Linkpoint UBU, Knocknaheeny (Music Mash Up) The Hut Youth Project CDYS / Youth Work Ireland, Gurranabraher The Kabin Studio, Hollyhill (GMCBeats) Togher GNS (BANDCamp) St. Maries on the Hill (TradCamp Knocknaheeny Archive Footage) Mahon Youth Development Project UBU (Foróige, Music Mash Up) Archive Footage Seán Downey Alex Brady Wayne J. Forde Eddie Noonan, Frameworks Films Brian Oglanby Jan Hayes & James Sullivan Cormac O’Connor Damien Murphy, Limbo Media Garry McCarthy Joe Curtin Shauna McCullough Jessie Cawley MGCC Team ‘Ya Boy’ music video directed by Brendan Canty, Feel Good Lost. Full credits here: Kabin Crew - Ya Boy (Official Music Video) - YouTube Throwing Shapes film directed by Rosie Barrett, filmed by Albert Hooi Full credits here: https://musicgenerationcorkcity.com/throwing-shapes/ Misneach ‘No Worries’ music video directed by Rosie Barrett, filmed by Albert Hooi Full credits here: https://musicgenerationcorkcity.com/misneach/ Also featuring video clips from: Cork Rocks, Cork Opera House Fire & Water - Heatwave Photography Clare Keogh Darragh Kane RTÉ Television Clips ‘Elev8’, RTÉ 2, May 2014 RTÉ’s Nationwide Music ‘Touching the Ceiling’ Written and performed by Lil’ Jules aka Julia Varian In partnership with GMCBeats & The Hut CDYS ‘Happier Than Ever’ (Billie Eilish) performed by Eliot Gaule, Aoife O Brien, Nadia Owzcarek, Michaela Hilhorst and Lyneisha Gaule from Mahon Community Pop Academy (Cork Academy of Music) and Mahon Youth Development Project UBU (Foróige & Music Mash Up) ‘Lean on Me’ (Bill Withers) Remote collaboration (2020) by Mahon Community Pop Academy (Cork Academy of Music), The Hut Youth Project CDYS Youth Work Ireland 'Heatwave’ by Fire & Water ‘Valerie’ (The Zutons) Performed by Mahon Community Concert Band (Cork Academy of Music) ‘Danger Zone’ (Kenny Loggins, arr. Mike Story) and ‘The Final Countdown’ (Europe, arr. John Higgins) performed by BandCamp 2022 Conducted by Oisin McGill and Gemma Coultis In partnership with Barrack Street Band and Cork Academy of Music ‘Shake it Off’ (Taylor Swift) performed by young musicians from School of the Divine Child in partnership with Music Mash Up ‘Sacrifice’ (Elton John) Performed by Fairfield Fairhill Guitar Group (Cork Academy of Music) ‘It Runs Through Me’ (Tom Misch) Performed by Fairfield Fairhill Guitar Group (Cork Academy of Music) ‘The Rattlin Bog’ (traditional) performed by students from Scoil ĺosagáin and Scoil Mhuire Fatima (North Mon) In partnership with Creative Tradition and Cork Academy of Music ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ Performed by Scoil Mhuire Fatima (North Mon) In partnership with Cork Academy of Music & Creative Tradition ‘The Lonesome Boatman’ (The Fureys) Performance and new lyrics by Scoil Íosagáin In partnership with Creative Tradition & Music in Community MiC) Original Christmas song performed by Scoil Íosagáin In partnership with Creative Tradition ‘Perfect’ (Ed Sheeran) Performed by Scoil Íosagáin In partnership with Creative Tradition Traditional Irish music performed by the TradCamp Knocknaheeny Musician-Educator team and Karan Casey In partnership with Creative Tradition ‘The Island of Woods’ (Liz Carroll) A remote collaboration in partnership with Creative Tradition and Cork Academy of Music ‘Ride On’ (Jimmy McCarthy) Performed by students from CCLSS Youthreach Centre In partnership with Music in Community (MiC) ‘ترانه بسیار زیبای ایرانی’ (Make Your Heart Our Home) Performed by Hassib Ullah Kaker In partnership with Music in Community (MiC) ‘Trad Generation’ Written and performed by GMC, Dean O’Neill, Ryan-O and Pepsii Featuring Jessie Cawley and Aoife Granville Commissioned by Music Generation Cork City (2012) Produced by GMCBeats Workshops ‘Ballymun Lullaby’ Composed by Daragh O’Toole. Performed by combined choir of RTÉ Cór na nÓg, Ballymun Music Programme, Presentation Secondary School Choir, Ballyphehane and Maria Assumpta National School Girls’ Choir with DIT Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Brophy (Principal Conductor, RTÉ Concert Orchestra) ‘Chorcaí faoi Shuan’ (Cork Lullaby) Songs composed by Fiona Kelleher, with music arranged and composed by John O’Brien. Performed by children from Gaelscoil Mhachan and members of the Cork Opera House Voice Effect choir ‘Feel Alive’ by Alex Pacino Brady (Music featured over Throwing Shapes teaser) ‘Listen Up' Performed by young rappers & musicians from The Kabin Studio Summer Camp In partnership with GMCBeats ‘American Patrol’ performed by Amy, Sophie and Rebecca from Barrack Street Youth Band ‘Seven Nation Army’ (White Stripes) performed by Rebel Brass ‘Bold as Brass’ (composed by Jason Yarde) Performed by Bold as Brass Cork 2015 Celtic Air and March (arr. Michael Sweeney) Conducted by Oisin McGill Performed by GaelForce 2019 In partnership with Cork Academy of Music and Barrack Street Band 'Until I Found You’ (Stephen Sanchez) performed by Athrú Collective In partnership with Foróige Linkpoint UBU Knocknaheeny and Music Mash Up ‘Believe in Yourself’ Written and performed by Athrú Collective In partnership with Foróige Linkpoint UBU Knocknaheeny and Music Mash Up ‘I got that feeling’ (Danny Power) Performed by Danny Power, Julia Varian, Nicole Varian and Rory McGovern at The Hut Youth Project CDYS (Youth Work Ireland Cork) ‘Hit the Road Jack’ (Percy Mayfield / Ray Charles) Performed by musicians from The Hut Youth Project CDYS Youth Work Ireland ‘Hip Hop Saved my Life’ (instrumental) Rap verse written & performed by Gavin Bracken Original song written by Jamie Condron Track produced by Rory McGovern In partnership with GMCBeats ‘Ya Boy’ Written and performed by Kabin Crew In partnership with The Kabin Studio & GMCBeats ‘Optimism’ Written and performed by young musicians from The Kabin Studio and Donnchadh Hughes (harp) In partnership with Cruit Éireann / Harp Ireland and MGCC for Lá na Cruite / Harp Day 2021 'My Nephew Calvin'by Written & performed by Jamie ‘The King’ Forde In partnership with The Kabin Studio ‘No Worries’ Written and performed by Misneach In partnership with GMCBeats & The Kabin Studio Full credits for Misneach music videos are online here: https://musicgenerationcorkcity.com/misneach/ 'Good Life' By Darren Stewart aka MC Tiny Backing vocals by Cara Cullen Produced by GMCBeats and Rory McGovern at The Kabin Studio Film Acknowledgements With special thanks to each and every person who contributed to, or supported, the production of this film, including: Cork City Council – in particular Michelle Carew, Siobhán Clancy, Trish Murphy, Karen Fitzgerald and John Kenneally Quay Co-Op Crawford Art Gallery Cork ETB Bus Éireann - in particular Fiona Connolly and all at Capwell Garage Knocknaheeny Youth Centre Lisa O’Sullivan and Dónal at Fairfield Farranree Community Association Leah Hearne Kelly Boyle, UCC Aoife O'Brien Jessica Brooks Stout and to all of the young musicians, alumni, musician-educators, providers, principals, teachers, school staff, parents, families and youth workers To all of you that have supported Music Generation Cork City in any way, go raibh míle maith agaibh. Music Generation Cork City is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and The Department of Education, and locally in partnership with Cork ETB, Cork City Council, The HSE, MTU and UCC.