Cork, Boi! Nothing But A Ghost Town’ by Stan Notte Creations Cobh News Exclusive Release

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Cork, Boi! Nothing But A Ghost Town’ by Stan Notte Creations
Cobh News Exclusive Release


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

For further information : Stanley Notte – Email – Phone +353 872812958

Stanley Notte is an internationally acknowledged writer, poet and spoken word artist from Cork.

He has represented Ireland at EU International Arts Festivals, including Festival Literário da Madeira (Portugal) and Festival Salerno Letteratura (Italy).

Stanley performed in the UK for the Twin Cities cultural exchange between Cork and Coventry in 2017

He is well known on the Irish festival circuit, and has provided support to Stephen James-Smith and Linton Kwesi-Johnson Irish tours.

In 2019 Stanley toured Ireland with ‘The Truth Is…’ , a self penned show that explored his journey with depression via film, visual art, music and poetry.

As a mental health advocate Stanley has appeared on RTE TV, Today FM, Cork Prison and ‘The Changing Man’ TedX event.

Stanley has had poetry films screened at Cork Indie Film Festival, The Rabbit Heart Festival and The Dublin Bowie Festival.

He has been acknowledged and awarded in the Doolin Writer’s Video Competition for his poetry film Mrs Xavier.

His work has appeared widely in print and on radio, as well as featuring in Lagan Online’s Poetry Day Ireland MixTape and, most recently, the Cork Community Art Link St Patrick’s Day 2021 Poetry Project.

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