The Late Late Show launches charity album with music from Christy Moore, Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding and more
RTE's The Late Late Show and Universal Music Ireland today launch a brand new double-album including 21 unique performances from the show, to raise money for St Vincent de Paul.
Just in time for Christmas, RTE will release a double-sided album titled As seen on The Late Late Show, featuring more than 40 Irish and international acts.
The charity album also includes one-off live tracks drawn directly from the last ten years of the TV show including: Walking on Cars and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Speeding Cars; Christy Moore singing Delirium Tremen’; Damien Rice featuring the Dublin Gospel Choir performing Trusty & True; Midge Ure with a solo version of Vienna and Gavin James with Bitter Pill.
One of the highlights of the album is the absolute one-off, never to be repeated version of Big Tom’s Four Roads featuring the man himself singing alongside the cream of Irish country music including: Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Philomena Begley, Sandy Kelly, The Three Amigos, Mike Denver, Dominic Kirwan and TR Dallas to name just a few.
The second CD features some of the biggest acts in the world who have appeared on The Late Late Show in the last ten years including U2, Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Josh Groban, The Script, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Ed Sheeran’s as Gaeilge version of his hit Thinking Out Loud.
For digital buyers, the album will feature a specially commissioned Christmas track – Finbar Furey, RTÉ Cor na nÓg and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra have teamed up on a unique version of the classic “Little Drummer Boy”. The track will also be released as a charity single in December, in time for the festive season.
The CD will be available in all good record shops and available for digital download from Friday, November 11.
The Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy said: “Ever since Gay first stepped onto The Late Late Show set so many moons ago and right through Pat’s time at the helm, continuing to the present day, music has been a regular and critical part of the show’s equation. We have had the good fortune to welcome some of the best musicians that this country and, indeed, the world has to offer."
"We hope this album reflects The Late Late Show’s rich musical heritage. The St Vincent de Paul is an incredibly impressive charity and a very worthy cause and I hope this album will help them in their work”.
All artists and labels involved are joining RTÉ in donating their profits from the sale of the album to St Vincent de Paul.
SVP National President Geoff Meagher said: "This CD provides a very unique opportunity for people to help SVP provide support for those in need in communities throughout the country. SVP members visit thousands of individuals and families in their home environments to help those who need financial and emotional support at difficult times in their lives.
Unfortunately for many people visited today, their living environments are not their homes but hotels and B&Bs. The generosity of the Irish people is essential for this work. The funds raised will benefit and make a real difference to so many in need”.