A SONG written by a Limerick group has struck a chord with US presidential election voters and sparked a bitter music industry row.
Limerick group Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys who penned and recorded There’s No One as Irish as Barack O’Bama are outraged with Irish singer Shay Black who has added some verses for his rendition of the song on YouTube.
US-based Shay Black denies hijacking the song, which he said was now causing a shift in key swing states due to the growing audience it is reaching on You Tube, where 350,000 have seen it. “For whatever reason, the song has tapped into a vein that is actually becoming a vibrant political movement among white Irish folk who may have found it difficult to vote for a black man.”
But brothers Ger, Brian and Donnacha Corrigan from Castletroy, who make up Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys are not impressed by Shay Black’s use of their composition.
Ger Corrigan claims Shay Black has hijacked the song, claiming a co-writing credit and failing to acknowledge their authorship of the original.
Shay Black denies this.
Ger Corrigan said yesterday: “It is very simple, he sent me an email in June asking if he could add some verses for a band camp he was holding. It was then posted on YouTube as it if was written entirely by him, a claim repeated on his own website and by bloggers and national media. He never gave us any credit. We demanded he take it down but he refused. This is a complete hijacking. If I add two verses to Hey Jude, it doesn’t mean I wrote it. To say we are not impressed is an understatement. This is pure opportunism.”
Shay Black insists he has given the Limerick brothers fair credit and refuses to remove it from YouTube.
He said: “I have always acknowledged that they wrote the original version, and have tried to cooperate with the Corrigan brothers in making that fact clear. Removing the song from YouTube now would remove all the links that people are forwarding. For whatever reason, the song has tapped into a vein that is actually becoming a vibrant political movement amongst white Irish folk who may have found it difficult to vote for a black man. I have been told that this song is the cause of a paradigm shift that could actually tip the balance in swing states in the election.”
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