Saturday 20 October 2018

Maria Doyle Kennedy and Villagers contribute to Christmas album in aid of Pieta House

Maria Doyle Kennedy
Maria Doyle Kennedy
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Some of Ireland's most talented musicians and singers have come together to record a Christmas album in aid of Pieta House.

Villagers and Maria Doyle Kennedy are among the well-known names to lend their voices to 'A Co-Present Christmas', which was released on Friday.

The 15-track album includes covers of classic tracks from the likes of The Pretenders and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, as well as some old Christmas favourites and two original songs.

The album was created by digital radio show, The Co-Present, which helps promote up-and-coming Irish music and often features prominent Irish musicians.

"I wanted to do something charitable with it being Christmas," said Co-Present producer and presenter Dwayne Woods.

"I also wanted to involve an eclectic mix of Irish artists to highlight the level of talent within Ireland at present.

"I'm very proud and very happy with everyone's effort, the finished product is amazing."

Pieta House, a suicide prevention charity, extended their thanks to the album producers and performers.

"To everyone involved with the album, we extend our gratitude, that you have given your time and energy to help those who need our services and to know that you are changing lives," a spokesperson said.

"This album, from the first note to the last chorus, signifies a great hope. Pieta House strives for an Ireland where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance."

The album, which will officially launch in Dublin this Saturday, can be digitally downloaded here and the CD can be purchased in several specialist music shops, including Tower Dublin, Steamboat Records in Limerick and Plugd in Cork.

Track listings

Hvmmingbyrd – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Villagers – White Christmas

Montauk Hotel – 2000 Miles

Elephant – River

Session Motts – Oh No It’s Xmas!

Jack O’Rourke ft: Graham White – The Power Of Love

Maria Doyle Kennedy – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Cloud Castle Lake – Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Lemoncello – Walking In The Air

I Have A Tribe – I Have A Tribe Christmas Song

Ailbhe Reddy – Stay Another Day

Tanjier – Merry Christmas Everybody

Columbia Mills – Blue Christmas

Junior Brother – Oh Holy Night

Marlene Enright – Auld Lang Syne

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