‘It could be something very special’ - Mickey Harte

A contemporary Irish folk ballad penned by a talented trio of composers for ‘The Gathering’ describes everything that is great about Ireland and reaches out to the thousands of Irish people who have emigrated to every corner of the globe, according to singer/songwriter, Mickey Harte.

A contemporary Irish folk ballad penned by a talented trio of composers for ‘The Gathering’ describes everything that is great about Ireland and reaches out to the thousands of Irish people who have emigrated to every corner of the globe, according to singer/songwriter, Mickey Harte.

The former Eurovision song contest competitor who was originally asked to act as an ambassador on behalf of ‘The Gathering’ hopes that the song may be played on an international stage where it might work towards alleviating people’s yearning for home.

“We spent from September to January working on it and going back to it quiet often, so I am very happy with it. I think that the sentiment is right. I think that it could be something very special,” he said.

Irish ballad singer, Paul Brady and Irish born songwriter and producer, John Condrun have added their immense talent to the work.

“It would be nice if it became something more than Donegal and it would be associated with being Irish. The sentiments are right at the moment in terms of where we are economically and that is what a song should do - they should address that particular point in history,” he said.

All three artists met in Dublin around September time and what was supposed to be a jamming session turned into a song-writing session. “It all happened very naturally, we were off and we hooked up and when we had something done, we said this might suit ‘The Gathering.’ It just felt that it was right for that occasion, for that purpose,” he said.

All three composers were very conscious that they did not want to write a song that ‘begged people to Ireland’ but rather epitomised everything that makes Ireland great. “I suppose it explains why we are proud to be Irish. It says we’re here and come back if you can. We have something special in Ireland. We have a heritage that is very unique to us, we have a magnificent culture and there is something very spiritual about Ireland,” he said.

At present the artists are deciding on a working title for the song.

This weekend will see Rory Gallagher fly in from Lanzarote and John Condrun fly in from the States for the pre-production phase which will take place in Tommy McLaughlin’s recording studio in Termon.

“It is a small team doing the pre-production and then on Monday performers and vocalists will gather on Monday,” he said.