A host of top Irish artists are bringing out a charity album to raise funds for the homeless crisis.
The first single ‘Homeward Bound’, has just been released which sees homeless singing group the High Hopes Choir team up with Bono, Gary Lightbody, Cathy Davey, Villagers, Loah, Roisin O, Join Me In The Pines, Little Green Cars, Saint Sister and Colm Mac Con Iomaire.
David Gray, Damien Dempsey, James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan are just some of the other stars featured on the album called Street Lights.
All profits from single and record sales will be donated to the Peter McVerry Trust, Simon Community Ireland and Focus Ireland.
The three charities have agreed that all funds raised will go directly to rehoming and rehousing services.
Sinead Troy of the Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (IASCA), who managed the project, said the album came about after a meeting with singer Luka Bloom and homeless activist Keith Troy.
She told Dublin Live: “We all felt really strongly about it and I said, ‘I feel like we should go big or go home’.”
“When we asked, nobody hesitated. Everyone was like, ‘I’m in’.”
“Everyone did it for free so we got access to all these amazing professionals and everything pulled together magnificently.”
The album comes out this Friday and is available from Golden Discs, whom she said have done stellar work to help promote the album.
Sinead said: “They’ve been brilliant, they really want to stand up for our homeless citizens.”
You can pre-order Street lights now for €15 through the golden discs website.
To donate €4 to the Street Lights Project text street lights to 50300 (Focus Ireland, Simon Community and Peter McVerry Trust between them will receive a minimum of €3.60.
Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278)
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