Eric Clapton (right) and Van Morrison have teamed up for anti-Lockdown Single ‘Stand and Deliver’
Music legends Van Morrison and Eric Clapton have announced a new single, “Stand and Deliver,” in support of Morrison’s Save Live Music campaign. The blues track was written by Morrison and is performed by Clapton
Proceeds from “Stand and Deliver” will go to the Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which helps musicians facing difficulties as a result of the coronavirus and resulting lockdown measures
Clapton — the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — called the dearth of live events due to lockdown restrictions “deeply upsetting.”
To cheer us up in these straitened times, Kodaline have conjured a charming and sweet tale of an unemployed elf to go with their new Christmas single, which can be found on the deluxe reissue of their album One Day At A Time.
Director Lee Holmes said:
“The track is essentially about drowning your sorrows in a pub at Christmas and I loved how the band had put their own stamp on the traditional Christmas song.
“So for the video I wanted to create that Christmas feel but with a twist, playing on the idea that Santa’s elves are like seasonal workers who live among normal people during the year, until Christmas comes. And in these uncertain times it makes sense that their job security is in the balance, just like the rest of us.
“Kodaline have such a great track record for music videos so it was a privilege to get to work with them and create a video for their alternative Christmas vision.”
Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, reader Lovely Hurling bigs up 1990s Dublin shoegazing supremos In Motion, who were led by ace tunesmith Alan Kelly (vocals and guitar), Alan O’Boyle (guitar), Liam Ryan (drums) and John Duff (bass).
“This is the epitome of floppy fringed, jangly, shoegazing that was me in the early ’90s. Now the fringe is long gone, there are only rattles instead of jangles and I can’t see my shoes anymore. Their album The Language of Everyday Life is a forgotten gem.”
Zimbabwe-born, Kildare-raised singer Shiv (top) excites with this lush neo-soul ballad from her debut EP Me 2 Me, out on December 4.
The video was shot in the French capital by Santiago Sanchez and directed by Shiv.
“It’s about the moment I finally realised that holding onto whatever was inside me wasn’t helping, that in releasing my deepest self and being comfortable with what that meant, I could finally let go of the fear that had embedded itself in my relationship with myself and my creative process.”
Continuing our series of underrated Irish music since 1960, reader Lovely Hurling sounds the fanfare for 1980s New Wave acolytes Auto Da Fé, who formed in Holland and were led by former Steeleye Span singer Gay Woods and keyboardist Trevor Knight.
November, November was their debut single released in 1982 and produced by one Phil Lynott.
Lovely Hurling writes:
“Not alone does Gay Woods have one of the sweetest voices ever committed to vinyl, I think they have one of the coolest Irish band names.”
Fontaines DC sugar coat very little on this record, as Grian's drawl shares his vulnerable, boyish observations with dark comedy. At times brutal it’s a portrait of burnout; but just before we’re about to settle under the covers they remind us – there’s hope yet. pic.twitter.com/BB390Mn1gB