18 February 2008
Ballad of Ronnie Drew to raise funds for Irish Cancer Society
As previously reported a host of Ireland's finest singers and musicians have produced a tribute to Ronnie Drew, one of the great voices of modern Irish music.
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" is by U2, Kila, The Dubliners and "A Band of Bowsies" - the Bowsies include Christy Moore, Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey, Andrea Corr, Sinead O'Connor and Moya Brennan.
Available in Ireland only "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" will be released on digital download from February 22nd and a CD single will follow on February 29th.
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" was written by Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead) with Bono, The Edge and Simon Carmody and has been described as "a fitting tribute" to Ronnie Drew, who topped the Irish Charts with The Dubliners 'Seven Drunken Nights' in 1967.
Ronnie Drew chose the Irish Cancer Society to be the recipient of all profits from this track. The Irish Cancer Society, is dedicated to eliminating cancer and improving the lives of those living with cancer.
Bono speaking at the time of the recording said "Ronnie is like the King of Ireland, and we are his subjects."
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew",
A tribute - recorded at Windmill Lane, January 14th and 15th, 2008.
U2 (Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jnr)
The Dubliners (Barney McKenna, Eamonn Campbell, John Sheahan, Patsy Watchorn) Kila (Dee Armstrong, Eoin Dillon, Brian Hogan, Lance Hogan, Colm O Snodaigh, Ronan O Snodaigh, Rossa O Snodaigh)
A Band of Bowsies:
Christy Moore, Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey, Andrea Corr, Sinead O'Connor, Moya Brennan, Glen Hansard
Chorus in alphabetical order:
Billy McGuinness, Brian Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher, Chris de Burgh, Christy Dignam, Duke Special, Eleanor McEvoy, Eleanor Shanley, Gavin Friday, Iona Green, Jack L, Jerry Fish, Joe Elliott, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Mik Pyro, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Paul Brady and Ronan Keating
More on the Irish Cancer Society here.