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The Phoenix
A Tribute to 9/11

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Carl Corcoran and Art McGann collaborated to produce The Phoenix. Corcoran, a music industry professional, and McGann a master of words constructed a work of beauty to honor those lost on that tragic day. Corcoran who spent  20 years of his life in New York and considers it his home away from home met, mingled, associated and befriended many members of New York’s Police and Fire Deptartments. Corocran knew several Firemen and Police Officers who perished on 9/11 so this composition is a creation of personal emotion.

The song saw several iterations over its 20 years in existence…and last November, in anticipation of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, Ciaran Kelly, the musical director of Ardú dressed the song in these beautiful choral clothes.

The World Premiere recently of The Phoenix, performed as part of MusicTown 2021 Festival featuring Ardú and members of The Palestrina and St. Mary’s Cathedral Choirs, was the first step in the journey for The Phoenix, with obvious connections to Commemorations in September. The release date is August 13, 2021.

The song encapsulates the images of a tragic day, September 11, 2001 including ‘images’ of Fr. Mychal Judge OFM, Chaplin to FDNY and son of immigrants from Leitrim, while celebrating the resilient nature of mankind, and in particular America at this time. The lyric echoes the words of Emma Lazarus on the plaque of the Statue of Liberty…”Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses’. The music reflects the spirit of strength and defiance of the aftermath rather than the shock of the day – hence the title The Phoenix. Ciarán Kelly’s beautiful arrangement captures the essence of the songwriters’ endeavours.

Carl Corcoran visits the Memorial Garden dedicated to Fr. Mychal Judge in Keshcarrigan, County Leitrim.

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