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Fingal band, Delorentos

Fingal band, Delorentos

Fingal band, Delorentos

Fingal band Delorentos are part of a new Irish Supergroup of artists who have joined forces to release a song and raise money for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for charity-run nursing homes.

The song - a cover version of Bill Withers' classic 'Lean on Me' not only features Delorentos but also includes The Frank & Walters, Jerry Fish, Marlene Enright, Cherym, Craig Walker, Columbia Mills, John Spillane, Paul Frots, Hamsandwich, Roe, Dylan Howe, Mundy, Jack O'Rourke, The Pale, Relish and The Riptide Movement.

The idea was initiated by the owner of Hot Press/IMRO-award winning venue Mike the Pies Aiden O'Connor and Paul Linehan of The Frank & Walters.

Together they brought together some of the most popular names in Irish music to record the track and a unique Zoom video which has now been released.

And despite the challenges of remote recording due to the COVID19 lockdown, Aiden and Paul managed to gather the vocal talents from various locations (including Power of Dreams' Craig Walker in Berlin), to piece together a fantastic version of the classic tune.

'When I heard that a local Nursing Home Aras Mhuire weren't receiving any PPE because they're a charity I thought I might be able to do something through music,' explained Aiden.

'I started texting around and got a great response. Paul Linehan was one of the first to respond but he made it more professional.

'A month later we have the finished product, with 15 bands/artists involved. Paul put the track together, mixed by Ber Quinn, mastered by Richard Dowling.#

And speaking to Fingal Independent, Delorentos singer, guitarist and pianist Ronan Yourell, said the band were delighted to have been asked to participate in the venture.

'The cause was the primary reason for us to get involved and the ability to have an impact and make a difference,' Ronan, who features on the song, said.

His fellow bandmates Kieran McGuinness, Nial Conlon and Ross McCormick were involved in other ways in helping to make the recording of the song possible.

'There are so many initiatives going on at the moment, from people running for charity to soloing a football so as a musician it's great to be part of an initiative like this.

'And with people socially distancing and isolating, it didn't prove too difficult with modern technology to get all 15 acts together -digitally - to perform and record the song.

'It was a case of people contributing their parts remotely,' he explained. 'Thankfully I have a little recording studio set up at home so I was able to send the file of the recording of my part and then we got together on a big Zoom call and sang all our parts together,' he added.

Several nurses are also featured on the track and Ronan said he was delighted to be able to thank the frontline workers.

The track is available to purchase on i-Tunes and on other platforms.

Fingal Independent