A Co-Present Christmas is a compilation of Christmas songs put together by Dwayne Woods who hosts the Irish music radio show The Co-Present on Dublin Digital Radio.
The 15-track compilation will donate all proceeds to Pieta House , and features songs from Villagers (White Christmas), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Have Yourself A Merry Christmas), Ailbhe Reddy (Stay Another Day), Jack O’Rourke & Graham White (The Power Of Love), Columbia Mills (Blue Christmas), Marlene Enright (Auld LAng Synge) and I Have A Tribe doing his own Christmas song.
The compilation is available on Bandcamp for purchase and CDs will be available from December 8th at Tower Dublin (Dublin), Classified Records (Dundalk), Steamboat Records (Limerick), Plugd (Cork), OMG at Zhivago (Galway) and Record Room (Sligo).
A live launch is happening on Saturday December 9th at Drop Dead Twice, Francis Street, Dublin 8 where we will sell physical copies of the album and see performances from contributing artists, Session Motts, Junior Brother, Columbia Mills, I Have A Tribe, Tanjier and more. Tickets for the live event cost €10.00 and are available from Dice Ireland via the event page.
A Co-Present Christmas Tracklisting:
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
“Christmas is a time of year when friends and family come together and enjoy each others company. Unfortunately, for some, it is a time of remembrance for those we have lost and for others a time of loneliness and sadness. We at Pieta House are trying every day to break the cycle of suicide and self-harm and to comfort those who have lost a loved one.
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 Pieta House strives for an Ireland where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Finally 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.” Pieta House.
This project is sponsored by Herbert Place Studios and Yangaroo Music Ireland and Atlas Language School. All media inquiries to Dwayne Woods : [email protected]
The actor (Orphan Black, Redwater, The Conjuring 2, Sing Street), writer, filmmaker (she’s just completed her own film A Different Kind of Day) and musician Maria Doyle Kennedy returns to the latter with a new song ‘Pride’ to trail the release of a as-yet untitled album due later this year.
The song has an expansive acoustic folk vibe to it with Doyle Kennedy addressing the judgement of love between two people. She says of the track:
“The idea that two people find love with each other and want to celebrate and share that, I can never understand why there would be an objection to more joy in the world. Why some folks feel that they need to sit in judgement of others and that they may prescribe how others should love and live. I believe that the freedom to declare and celebrate your love with your chosen partner (as long as it’s their choice too!) is a human right”.
The song will be released on June 10th 2017 via Mermaid Records.
Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Maria Doyle Kennedy, Gavin Glass, Ollie Cole, and Ian Doyle (The Man Whom) will perform at The Set Theatre, Kilkenny on April 26 to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
The gig proceeds, at €25 per person, will go towards in aid of Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International. Tickets available from Set Theatre direct. Doors 7.30pm. More guests to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Thursday March 30 at 10am.
On April 26, 1986, the world’s largest nuclear disaster, Chernobyl occurred. 31 years on, it continues to affect millions of people all over the world, most of them children.
Adi Roche began working on Chernobyl in the immediate aftermath of the accident and founded Chernobyl Children International (CCI) in 1991. CCI develop programmes that restore hope, alleviate suffering and protect current and future generations in the Chernobyl regions.
Programmes include summer Rest and Recuperation to Ireland, de-institutionalisation, building and reconstruction, independent living and cardiac care.
A night for Chernobyl to mark the 31st anniversary will raise funds for Vesnova Orphanage and this summers rest and recuperation programme for Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children’s International.
Paul Noonan will take a break from Bell X1 with a new project called Printer Clips, an album of duets with Joan as Policewoman, Martha Wainwright, Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Julia Stone, Amy Milan, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison & Maria Doyle Kennedy.
The songs were recorded in hallways, basements & bedrooms in Montreal, New York, Dublin & London. They’ll get their live premiere at The National Concert Hall on 24th May. The live show will feature Paul with Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh. Music will be streamed online soon.