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Mum and daughter make music videos for charity

Blackrock native Mary McCaugue and her daughter Emma Sophia Ryan have both made music videos for charity.

Three-year old Emma Sophia has already become something of an internet star since presenting her own weekly show on YouTube every Wednesday afternoon.

Her parent decided to make a video of the talented tot singing in their Kinsale home and raise funds for Barnardos.

'The song 'Somewhere Out There' really resonated with us during these times and Emma loves it too, so she learned it and we recorded her singing it,' explains Mary, who accompanies Emma Sophia on pianp. 'We thought it was quite moving and decided to make a video to accompany it.

She explains that the video tells the story of a child missing seeing her grandparents, something so many people can identify with today. 'In the instrumental break, we incorporated Covid19 related footage, which is quite impactful. There is a message of hope at the end of the song.'

'Once we had made the video, we decided to put it up on YouTube and to create a Go Fund Me campaign for Barnardos, as there are so many children and families in Ireland who are in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment,' she continues.

The video has attracted over 2,300 views on Youtube and they have raised over €800 of their €1000 target.

Meanwhile, Mary who plays with violin and piano with the crossover group Affiniti, says they wanted 'to create something uplifting and came up with the idea of inviting singers living in some of the countries most impacted by Covid19 to join us in creating a remote recording and video to the song 'When You Believe'. '

'It's sung in English, French, Spanish, German and Chinese and sends out a powerful message of unity and togetherness,' she says.

The recording also features fellow Affiniti members Emer Barry, soprano, and harpist Aisling Ennis, along with London-based Mary-Jess Leaverland, who won the Chinese version of X-Factor; Brendan Collins, baritone, representing Italy; Spanish tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado; Irish opera singer Sean Loftus, who lives in Berlin and French soprano Melissa Petit.

'We see it as a song without borders and decided to link it with the charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (doctors without borders) as =, our singer Emer's brother is a doctor working with MSF,' says Mary.

The video can be viewed on YouTube and they have set up a page on Just Giving to those who want to make a donation to MSF.

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