Cork based Spoken Word Artist and Poet, Stanley Notte has today (12 May 2021) released a unique piece of spoken word reflecting on living with the Covid-19 pandemic. His prose creation has a special twist, with familiar Cork language and delivered over a version of The Specials ‘ Ghost Town’ track. Completely created in Cork, an accompanying video includes the iconic Father Matthew statue as never seen before, incorporates remotely recorded video phone sequences of 22 Cork people, filmed at various Cork locations. The famous Jackie Lennox’s chipper also receives a homage in verse and visuals. The rich mix of haunting voices and music was created with support of singers Taly Murphy and Luna Olivia Avery. Originally imagined as a performance piece with four male voices in mind, Dave O’Connell of De Bunker Studios suggested Stanley perform the piece himself. Using video shot by Brendan Cotter and featuring drone photography by Kieran Walsh of Cobh News, the visuals feature family and friends capturing the essence of tough lockdown in Cork city.  Commenting on today’s release, Stanley said : ‘Since the pandemic started, I wanted to create something humorous around living with Covid-19 and try to lighten the heaviness it brought to our lives. Somehow the first anniversary, and the beginning of the end of lockdown, seemed the right time for this reflection. Cork and its rich language means a lot to me, and combining this piece of work with an overlay version of The Specials ‘Ghost Town’ matches the sense and mood beautifully. It’s ‘Cork Boi.’ It’s ‘Covid Boi.’’ Stanley added : ‘Creating and recording with all the restrictions presented additional challenges. Everyone’s commitment, remote recordings and strict adherence to guidelines really brought out Cork innovation at its best. The release includes a full audio and accompanying video of 4 mins 31 secs. The ‘Cork, Boi! Nothing But A Ghost Town’ video and audio will be available from 12th May 2021 on……


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