An evening of song takes place in Old St. Mary’s Church in Clonmel on Friday, November 23rd for Mimi’s Concert – Tiny Dancer by A Song for Lily Mae. Lily Mae Morrison from Clare-Galway is a 4 year-old recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The research into this fatal disease has thus far been poorly funded and despite the fact that it is killing once healthy children there is no cure. Lily Mae is the daughter of Leighton Morrison, a dancer and Judith Sibley, a choreographer and she wants to be a ballerina when she grows up. Her parents want her to survive.
In his fundraising campaign her uncle Paul set up the Sunni Mae Trust. All money raised in the trust fund goes directly to assist her medical expenses and to research for Neuroblastoma. To assist in this mammoth project Stephen Macken from Galway co-ordinated the recording of “Tiny Dancer by a Song for Lily Mae”. The recording took place in September with a celebrity line-up of Mary Black, Mundy, Adela and the Meanits, Gavin James, Conor Quinn from RTE’s talent programme The Voice, Rob Vickers who played Jean Vajean in London’s West End Hit musical Les Miserables, Paddy Casey, Mary Couglan, Tom Dunne from Something Happens and Newstalk and The Brennan sisters. They were joined by a chorus of over 250 choral singers of which Mimi Lane and her mother Schira from Clonmel were included.
Mimi was so touched by the little girl and her plight when she turned up in the studio with her parents on the day of the recording that she decided to help the Sunni Mae trust with her own concert in Clonmel. Mimi feels that “not only will the concert help to raise funds directly for the Trust but it will also raise awareness of the single, which hopefully will hit the top of the charts after its release on November 23rd. The more people we can reach about the recording the higher the chance we have of keeping it in the number one slot for Christmas and bettering Lily-Mae’s chances of survival, hence the logo on the poster for my concert”.
Mimi, who won many vocal competitions both locally and nationally last season has gathered the troops of some of the finest renowned and up and coming voices in the southeast for a night of song to mark the release of the single. Included in the line-up are seasoned Bass Derek Ryan from Tipperary; Bernie Lonergan, no stranger to Clonmel audiences as she treaded the boards of The White Memorial for many years; Glenn Murphy, the overall winner of the Best Singer and Best Performer Categories for his portrayal of Jean Vajean in South Eastern Youth Theatre Group’s production of Les Miserables; and Mathew Williams from Clonmel who is head, neck and tales in UCC’s new Musical Society and also the recipient of an AIMS nomination for Carrick-on- Suir Musical Society’s production of Sweeney Todd where he played Tobias in 2010.
Also performing are Lauren Cardiff and Holly Ryan from Waterford. Two singer songwriters, Conor Clancy from Waterford and Ause Braike from Clonmel, will perform some of their original material on November 23rd. Toby Kane, son of Conor and Heather, Fethard Road, Clonmel will also join the line-up as will the newly-formed Soprano Duo Schuzan.
Suzanne Buttimer will hold the helm at the piano as she plays accompanist to this night of music, which will include hits from musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and some lovely vocal pieces such as Nella Fantasia (Gabriel’s Oboe) and Barbara Streisand’s hit ‘The Way We Were’ to name but a few. Suzanne teaches music in the Ursuline Convent Thurles and Loreto Clonmel and has accompanist experience reaching as far as the great music halls of Poland. The compere will be Clonmel’s Mr. Showbiz Liam Molumby who will no doubt keep the entertainment ticking smoothly.
Tickets are €15 for adults, €12 for under 18s and are available from Marian’s, Clonmel on 052-6123813.