ARTS AND FEATURES SPORT — 17 September 2013

Gavin (right of centre) with his Reels bandmates

By David Hennessy

Gavin Hayes, of The Reels, has recorded a cover of Avicii’s Wake Me Up in support of Mayo’s footballers in this Sunday’s All-Ireland football final. Entitled Home to Mayo, the dance hit’s new lyrics have a Mayo flavour, now going: “So wake me up when it’s all over
Mayo Men shoulder to Shoulder
All this time i’ve been waiting for Sam to come
Home to mayo again”.

Ahead of last year’s final defeat to Donegal, Gavin was one of a group of London-Irish musicians that also included The BibleCode Sundays and members of The Long Notes, who recorded Up Mayo, a cover of Flo-Rida’s Whistle with new Mayo themed words. It was this experience that prompted Gavin to once again lend his musical and vocal support to The Heather County.

Gavin, whose father comes from Claremorris, told The Irish World: “I’ve seen so many videos and the support for Mayo has been so good that I just thought I would jump on the bandwagon myself and get something out there really. It took me about ten minutes to jig around a few of the words and stuff. I just recorded it on my iPhone and then stuck it up on YouTube and posted it on Facebook and after about an hour, there were shares and shares and it had gone up to 1,000 views. It just took off.”

Although it was quickly put together, Gavin’s composition has now amassed over 10,000 views already: “I put it up as a bit of a laugh really but it’s quite amusing that it’s got so many views. It’s just down to the popularity of the Mayo team this year, I guess.”

The Ginger Melodeon Experience, which included Gavin, last year recorded Up Mayo in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. Gavin hasn’t attached this new track to any charity as he never anticipated it getting such attention. However, people can still donate by viewing the original track, Up Mayo on YouTube and following the links to donate:

Asked if Mayo can go one better than last year, Gavin answers: “I really hope they do. I think they probably will do it. I think this is probably the strongest team that they’ve had in quite a while so fingers crossed.”

Gavin’s band The Reels will be playing Gerry Mac’s in Greenford on Sunday where the audience can expect a special night if Mayo’s footballers manage to land their first Sam Maguire since 1951: “I’m not looking forward to it if they don’t win, let’s put it that way. It’s gonna be a good day but hopefully it will be made all the better by a Mayo win.”

You can view The Ginger Melodeon Experience’s Up Mayo here:

 

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