Irish singers Simon Casey and Rachel Goode perform spellbinding duet of ‘Moulin Rouge’ classic
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Irish singers Simon Casey and Rachel Goode perform spellbinding duet of ‘Moulin Rouge’ classic

IRISH SINGERS Simon Casey and Rachel Goode have found a special way to lift spirits during lockdown with a magical rendition of the hit song “Come What May”. 

With the coronavirus pandemic closing theatres and concert venues across Ireland and much of the watching world, entertainers have been forced to go online and get creative. 

That’s certainly the case of Goode and Casey who, though the power of the internet, were able to team up for a duet of the song made famous in the Baz Luhrmann film musical Moulin Rouge!

The blend of Casey’s powerful voice with Goode, a classical Soprano in her own right, makes for a special combination and one that gives the familiar track a newfound resonance in these unique times. 

An uplifting and spellbinding version of a familiar, the results have proven popular with fans online, amassing more than 103,000 views on Facebook in the space of a few short days.

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A platinum-selling artist and performer already familiar to millions across Ireland, Casey built his reputation on his stunning live performances and this is no different. 

Goode, meanwhile, demonstrates why she is a rising star on the Emerald Isle, having previous caught the eye earlier this year with her emotive version of U2’s One which was performed at the funeral of legendary Irish radio host Larry Gogan. 

Commenting on the online reaction to the song, Casey thanked everyone for their kind words.

"Rachel and myself are blown away by the comments and the reaction to this beautiful duet," he told fans online.

Originally composed by David Baerwald and Kevin Gilbert, "Come What May" was originally intended for use in Luhrmann’s earlier film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet but ended up as the love theme in his 2001 follow-up Moulin Rouge! where it was performed by Ewan mcGregor and Nicole Kidman.