Ir­ish Stars Come Out For Christ­mas

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There’s an avalanche of sea­sonal tunes and al­bums vy­ing for space in Ir­ish sacks and stock­ings this Yule!

One of our faves is A Co-Present Christ­mas, which finds the likes of Vil­lagers, Mon­tauk Ho­tel, Ses­sion Motts, Maria Doyle

Kennedy and I Have A Tribe singing their hearts out for Pi­eta House. Bag your­self a copy from the­co­p­re­­ al­bum/a-co-present-christ­mas-3 for a ten­ner.

‘Fairy­tale Of New York’, ‘Last Christ­mas’ and ‘Merry Christ­mas Ev­ery­body’ are among the chest­nuts be­ing given that spe­cial Brian Kennedy treat­ment on Christ­massy, which gets a live air­ing on De­cem­ber 11 in St. Ann’s Church, Dublin.

One of the other songs he’s cov­ered, ‘River’, also fea­tures on Mark Fee­hily’s Christ­mas al­bum, which re­veals him to be an Otis Red­ding and Mariah Carey fan as well.

Ryan Sheri­dan has come up with a brand new tune, ‘Frozen In Time’, which finds him shacked up in a large studio with Pretty Lit­tle Choirs.

Red Em­pire raise aware­ness and much needed funds for In­ner City Help­ing Home­less – hit vol­un­teer­ing@ich­ up if you’d like to help – with ‘A Dublin Christ­mas’.

Don Mescall, the Lim­er­ick pen­ner of hits for Ras­cal Flatts, Back­street Boys, Geri Hal­li­well and Richie Havens, weighs in with ‘The Hour Be­fore Christ­mas’, which to­tally tears at the heart­strings.

Of some­what older vin­tage and qual­i­fy­ing as Ir­ish un­der the grand­par­ent rule is The Bea­tles’ The Christ­mas Records, a gor­geous 7” vinyl box-set that drops on De­cem­ber 15.

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