SONG TO HEAL A BROKEN LAND – NHS TRIBUTE FOR COVID 19 REHABILITATION FUNDRAISER
A host of local musicians have collaborated to sing an emotive rendition of The Adventures’ hit single Broken Land, re-written by the band’s lead guitarist Pat Gribben, to thank the NHS. The fundraising single will simultaneously help to raise money for life-changing research at Queen’s University for survivors of COVID-19.
Produced and edited by Cormac O’Kane from Red Box Studios in Belfast, the ‘Band
Aid’ style video features 26 artists including Brian, Terry Sharpe, front man of The Adventures, Peter Corry, Brian Houston, Derek Ryan, Duke Special, Jim Brown and Cliona Hagan, all of whom recorded their message of hope in isolation from their own home. Local NHS nurses, who have worked tirelessly and selflessly on the front line, also appear on the video which is set to go viral.
Brian says; "I had no hesitation getting involved in this project as not only is it a small gesture to say thank you to the NHS, but I've been close friends with The Adventures for over 30 years. The band is from West Belfast too and we started cutting our teeth in the music scene around the same time. Broken Land is undoubtedly one of my favourite songs from the 80s and I feel humbled to be involved in this worth-while fundraising campaign."
Pat Gribben is encouraging everyone to ‘like’ and ‘share’ the video on their social media platforms: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project, in particular Cormac O’Kane from Red Box and Petra Ellis. Our health is our wealth and the NHS are the guardians. All who work there are the best, we can never be thankful enough. Our hope is that this small musical gesture can make a difference. Please give whatever you can to help raise money for our nominated charity. https://www.qub.ac.uk/alumni/healthisbrokenland/
Musicians lend their voice to Stay At Home message
Some of Ireland’s leading musicians have banded together on a new track reminding people how important it is to stay at home during the corona virus outbreak.
Nathan Carter is joined on the track by an all-star line-up including Brian Kennedy, Johnny Logan, Chloe Agnew, Tommy Fleming and Sean Keane. The song has been put together in record time by the artists, who have each recorded lines in their own living rooms and home studios.
Used to a life busy life on the road, Nathan has never spent so much time at home. While spending more time than ever in Fermanagh, the singer decided to do what he could to help.
“The idea for this track actually came after reading an article from Father Brian D’Arcy, where he mentioned that someone should really write a song for this time. I was sitting at home with plenty of time on my hands and I thought, I could do that !
“With the help of my manager and co-writer John Farry, we put the lyrics together pretty quickly. The key thing we wanted to get across was how important it is to stay at home to keep ourselves and those we love safe. Like everyone else, we miss gigs, concerts and parties, meeting up with friends and family but right now, we have to sacrifice those things. If we all do it, we can get everyone back to music and dancing so much quicker.
“Once we got the words and music down, I mentioned it to a few friends in the industry and the offers to get involved came flooding in. We really are all in this together and to have such an eclectic mix of talent on there is incredible. I’m honoured to be named alongside them and can’t thank Brian, Johnny, Chloe, Tommy and Sean enough for giving their time and talent so freely to this project.”
The track entitled #StayAtHomeStayAlive is accompanied by a video featuring a glimpse into the artists in their homes, as well as some of the brave frontline staff working tirelessly to keep us all safe. Like all of us, the musicians on this track are staying at home in solidarity with all those doctors, nurses and frontline staff who can’t.
“We are all in awe of the work people are doing to keep us safe, so it was so important to include them in the video. While the rest of us are safe at home, they go to work for us. Soon, we hope to sing and perform again for them and everyone else, but in the meantime, stay safe and stay home
Photos from Brian's debut
at Carnegie Hall,
Brian is joining Clare FM to host a new Life, Love and Happiness show. The programme, which has been in the development stages for months, will be exclusive to Clare FM and its sister Station Tipp FM. Click on the above link for full details.
Reading The Future Brian has a short story called "There was Only So Much One House Could Take" published in the book Reading the Future:
New writing from Ireland celebrating 250 years of Hodges Figgis.
Brian will read his short story at Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson Street, Dublin on Thursday 23rd August at 6pm. All are very welcome. Click on the above link for full details.
Out Friday 24th Nov on download and Friday 1st Dec on C
Brian has recorded his first ever collection of his most beloved Christmas songs and the results are stunning.
'Christmassy' includes Brian’s unique versions of classic Christmas songs like 'Silent Night/ Oiche Chuin', 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and 'In the Bleak Midwinter'. He has also put his original stamp on more recent festive favourites like the haunting 'River' by Joni Mitchell and a tribute to the late George Michael with 'Last Christmas'.
He also revisits an old friendship in Kirsty MacColl with 'Fairytale of New York', and he couldn’t resist Slade’s 'Merry Christmas Everybody'. There’s even an original song written with Brendan Murphy [The 4 of us] called 'Christmas Morning'. Available now on iTunes
Brian announces the upcoming release of his latest double CD & DVD set all recorded live at Vicar Street, Dublin. Click on the link or photo for full details. The Essential Collection This double CD gives a selection of Brian's back catalogue which has been newly recorded and many with new arrangements.
Available now to download from itunes, on sale in shops across Ireland plus available on Spotify and
Newstalk with Pat Kenny
launches the Eason Book Club
The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk 106-108 FM partners with the Eason Book Club to help select their Book of the Month every month. On the first Monday of each month, Pat and his panel which is made up of Brian Kennedy, former Fianna Fáil TD and author Mary O’Rourke, pick the Eason Book of the Month from a shortlist of four books compiled by Eason Book Buyer Stephen Boylan.
In the last week of every month the panel will return to discuss the book on air and engage in a lively debate on the characters and themes of the chosen book.
Previous podcasts of the Book Club reviews are available on the Newstalk website click here for details.
Brian at Radio 2 with Sir Terry Wogan
On Sunday 8th June Brian performed live on Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio 2. To catch up with the interview and live session click here www.bbc.co.uk
On November 7th 2013, legendary Singer, Painter, Writer, Musician Joni Mitchell celebrated her 70th Birthday. With an incredible global career spanning over 40 years, she is considered one of greatest musical geniuses of her generation.
To celebrate this milestone birthday, Brian firstly released his version of her beautiful song “River” and then his tribute album “A Love Letter to Joni” released on November 29th 2013.
Click on the image for full details
'A Love Letter To Joni is available now
on CD and for download fromiTunes.
Listen facilities are on the above Soundcloud link
'A LOVE LETTER TO JONI'
RELEASE DATE: 29th November 2013 CATALOGUE NUMBER: BKCD002
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