Controversial Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (right) has recruited a new backing band to help her perform at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards next month.
The 'Nothing Compares 2 U' hitmaker has hooked up with Dublin indie-funk outfit Republic Of Loose after meeting their bearded lead singer Mick Pyro at the recording of a tribute single to Ronnie Drew last week.
The unlikely pair apparently hit it off and have now decided to perform a version of the old Curtis Mayfield song 'We People Who Are Darker Than Blue' at the big Irish awards ceremony in the RDS on February 15.
The song was featured on Sinead's last album and after hearing Mick sing on the Drew tribute song 'The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew' she immediately decided to ask him to duet with her on it at the Meteors.
And this week it will also be officially announced that re-formed Irish boy band Boyzone will also be performing live at the event.
They will join their manager Louis Walsh's other two top acts -- Westlife and Shayne Ward -- at the bash.
Sinead faces an uphill battle to win the Best Female Singer category at the awards.
She is up against Andrea Corr, Dolores O'Riordan, Roisin Murphy, Cathy Davey and actress/singer Maria Doyle Kennedy in the section.