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Things Are Gonna Change' - A new track by Boy George featuring Dr Brian Kennedy
Boy George presents a 13 track dub album called 'This Is What I DUB Volume 1' featuring guest appearances from George Clinton, Sinead O'Connor, Dennis Bovell, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Brian.
The stunning track featuring Brian called 'Things Are Gonna Change' is available to download now across various platforms: Apple Music
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
Songs 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.