Christmas album to raise Awareness

 Declan O'Rourke, Bill O'Herlihy, John Murray and Cathy Davey at the launch of 'A Murray Christmas 2'.

A star-studded line-up of Ireland’s musical greats has teamed up with the John Murray Show once again to raise funds for Aware with a festive album, A Murray Christmas 2.

The original album A Murray Christmas was released in 2012 and raised €24,000 for Aware, a charity which helps sufferers of depression and mental illness.

This time round the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is joined on the album by Damien Dempsey, Walking on Cars, Mick Flannery and Lisa Hannigan, to name a few, performing Christmas classics such as “Stop the Cavalry”, “O Holy Night” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”.

RTÉ Radio 1 presenter John Murray, himself a sufferer of depression, said: “I’m delighted to be involved in such a creative project with some of Ireland’s finest musical talent.

“This album is for a great cause too, Aware does amazing work for people with depression.

“There’s hardly a family in Ireland that hasn’t been touched by mental illness, as I know only too well. It is so important for people to have the support they need in tough times.”

The album was launched yesterday by Bill O’Herlihy, joined by contributors Declan O’Rourke, Cathy Davey and Michael Harding. All the musical pieces were originally broadcast on the John Murray Show and aim to bring the spirit of an Irish Christmas to life.

There are also poetry readings from Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, writer Michael Harding and Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech. Other musical contributors include Cathy Davey, Eimear Quinn, The Riptide Movement, Máirtín O’Connor, Zoe Conway, and Donal Lunny.

“This project helps to shine a spotlight on the vital services that Aware provides and reminds us all of the power of words and music to help us feel connected,” clinical director of Aware Dr Claire Hayes said.

A Murray Christmas 2 is available in record stores and bookshops, on iTunes and the rte.ie shop, and is priced at €9.99.


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