Charity single launched in memory of Christy Kissane


The cream of London’s Irish musicians launched their annual Christmas charity single last week, this year choosing to dedicate it to the British Heart Foundation.

It is in memory of the late Christy Kissane, whose death in October proved a loss for many due to his tireless work within the community.

The Ginger Melodeon Experience, organised by Enda Mulloy and Ronan McManus of the BibleCode Sundays, for the past five years has nominated a charity for a collaborative single to benefit.

Last week they launched the official video to their cover version of Bittersweet Symphony, complete with each artist walking down the street just as Richard Ashcroft did in the original video, in The Shawl, South Harrow, where the BibleCodes have a resident Monday evening slot.

Ginger Melodeon Experience this year consists of 17 different vocalists and 13 musicians and was sponsored by rail construction company Pod-trak.

The single is released as a free download, with listeners encouraged to donate as much as they can afford to the nominated charity.

Enda Mulloy says it is a great way of getting London’s biggest Irish acts together for a good cause ‘for a bit of craic’ and raise money for charities that have affected those close to them.

Visit their JustGiving page here to donate: DONATE – Ginger Melodeon Experience

Also featured on the recording are the Monday Club, Darren Nash & Paul Murray, Slim Attraction, Hungry Grass, The Reels, The Craicheads, Contraband, Keltic Fire, Lorraine O’Reilly, Barry Mee, Brian Kelly, Chris O’Malley and Joe Kiloughry.

British Heart Foundation – where your money goes:

  • £10 will pay for all the test-tubes, glassware, pipette tips and gloves a busy team of scientists will use in a day.
  • £15 a month for a year could help fund a full day’s BHF Heart Nursing Care. In this time a Heart Nurse could care for up to six patients to help them manage their condition and prevent further hospital re-admissions.
  • £30 pays for a Heartstart schools training pack which provides teachers with a specialised Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills package to teach children what to do in a life-threatening emergency.
  • £140 you could help fund a cardiac nurse working on the our Heart Helpline for a day.
  • £200 you could help fund one of our young scientists for a whole day.

Photos: Lucia Butler


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