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€8,060 Raised

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204 Funders

A Song for Lily Mae

By Stephen Macken

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Hi, I'm Stephen Macken, a professional television cameraman and an amateur musical theatre performer with Galway Musical Society. I have brought together a chorus of over 200 voices (at the moment, it's growing daily) drawn mostly from the world of amateur musical theatre across the island of Ireland who are going to sing their hearts out for four year old Lily-Mae Morrison from Claregalway who is suffering from stage four Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer of the Nervous system. Joining this choir are Paddy Casey, Camille O'Sullivan, Mundy and John Spillane, Julie Feeney has added her support too along with Kila and Preacher's son, and there are others who will come on board as we get closer to the recording. Also supporting the project and lending their voices are West End performers, Aoife Mulholland, Killian Donnelly, Rob Vickers and Niall Sheehy.

We will have a band and orchestra comprising some of the best professional musicians in the country who are giving their time for free to be involved with this project.

The funds raised through FundIt.ie are to cover the costs associated with the recording; the venue, the recording engineers and their equipment, the lighting for the music video, the public liability insurance, acoustic curtains, buckets of coffee, in fact, everything that you could possibly imagine that you would need to record this song.

I initiated this project because Lily-Mae's Mum and Dad are my friends, because my two daughters go to the same ballet school as Lily-Mae and because, as a parent, I'm angry that there is a cancer that mostly affects children - infants, toddlers and the very young, those that have the most life to live and therefore the most to lose. I want to create as much noise about Neuroblastoma as possible and a Christmas number one will help create a lot of noise. When Lily-Mae's Mum told me her daughter had the disease I had to search for it on the internet, as I'm sure most of you will, and when you find it, you'll want to help out too, you'll want it so that people don't have to search for it, that people will know what it is so that when they're asked to support a search for treatments and a cure they'll say sure, I know what that is, of course I'll help.

I know that we can make this a Christmas number one. There are over 10,000 people on the island of Ireland who take part in musical theatre every year, from performers to musicians, from stage hands to front of house, and that network is what will make the difference. The singers and musicians are drawn from their ranks, we know each other and we support each other. With your help we can make this a reality.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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Special Limited Edition EP

The artwork for the Tiny Dancer Special FundIt Limited Edition EP is done and the track listing has been decided. It's going for duplication today and will be ready in time for the anniversary party on the 5th of October, in Monroe's Live, Galway. The track listing is as follows: 01 Tiny Dancer 02 Tiny Dancer - Radio Edit featuring Shane O'Reilly 03 Tiny Dancer - Radio Edit featuring Rob Vickers 04 Tiny Dancer - Backing Track 05 Tiny Dancer - Backing Track Radio Edit 06 The Gift by Brian Flanagan (thanks Brian) This is a limited edition run of only 250 and those 119 of you who earned your copy through FundIt will get yours in the post. If anyone else wants a copy from the remaining copies, they will be available on the night of the party and through myself or Paul Hayes, priced at €15. The price is based on the amount that the original FundIt funders paid for this particular reward. Thank you for your support and your patience.

The Recording

Hi everyone, Yesterday, thanks to your generous contributions and support, A Song for Lily-Mae was recorded in the Black Box. Including our ensemble, we had approximately 300 voices singing Tiny Dancer. The next phase is to try to add more professional voices to the mix in studio. This may not be feasible due to time and scheduling constraints but if we can work with the artists and agree a date that suits as many as possible and fits into our release schedule, we will do it. Steve

Congratulations!

Thanks to you, our project is fully funded but let's not stop there, there still are a few hours left to get friends and family on board as pledgers and to become a part of this amazing cause. Every cent that is raised above what is required to produce the single will go to the Sunni Mae Trust and towards Neuroblastoma research.

More voices...

Hi all, Briana Corrigan, formerly of The Beautiful South and Mary Coughlan will be singing with us on A Song for Lily-Mae. Don't forget, the closing date for TShirt orders is the 12th of September. http://www.asongforlilymae.org/buytshirts/

More voices...

Hi all, thank you so much for your contributions, we have now exceeded our target with two weeks remaining of our FundIt.ie campaign. We can now focus on raising funds that will ensure that all the proceeds from the sale of Tiny Dancer will go towards Lily-Mae and Neuroblastoma research and that all the costs associated with the single, not just the recording, are 100% financed by pledges like yours from FundIt.ie. I can also announce with great delight that Mary Black will be joining us for A Song for Lily-Mae. Stephen

TShirts

The official A Song for Lily-Mae TShirt is now available from the link below. http://www.asongforlilymae.org/buytshirts/

More artists join A Song for Lily-Mae

The Pale, The Reverse and UK indie folk band Naymedici will join us for A Song for Lily-Mae. Spread the word and don't forget to share this... http://www.fundit.ie/project/a-song-for-lily-mae

More artists commit to A Song for Lily-Mae

I'm delighted to announce that Liam Ó Maonlaí will be taking the key role of piano vocalist on Tiny Dancer and we will also be joined by Aoife Scott and Laura Sheeran. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements shortly. Steve

A new voice.

Declan O'Rourke has offered his support to the project and will be singing with us. Please spread the word and share this project.

funders (204)

There are 187 public funders of this project


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