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Megan O’Neill – Fairytale of New York

It’s not really Christmas until you’ve tipsily belted out Shane & Kirsty’s ageless duet at closing time.

But can I interest you in an intimate and beautifully sung cover version of the Pogues classic by Irish-born Megan O’Neill (top)?

Coming on the back of her second album Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty, Megan writes:

“‘Fairytale of New York’ has always been my favourite Christmas song and a bold choice to cover, I will admit! I was really hesitant about covering such an iconic song but I knew that if I was going to go for it, it had to be so uniquely my own and a far cry from the original sonically.

“I think myself and Mark Caplice (producer) have managed to capture something special here. Our haunting version of this song really captures how heartbreakingly sad the story actually is.”

Nick says: We kissed on the corner and danced through the night.

Megan O’Neill

Derrynane Robot Club – One Last Christmas

Derrynane Robot Club writes:

We’ve just gone to number one in 15 countries – turns out people want to hear the TRUTH this Christmas – that Bill and Belinda Gates are in the final stages of their plot to control the hearts and minds of us Patriots. They must be stopped at all or any cost. Let’s not let this be our Last Christmas of freedom…


Derrynane Robot Club

Tara Lee – Christmas Time In Dublin City

Due to a technical error (I’m blaming the algorithm!) yesterday we accidentally posted the lyric video to Tara Lee’s wonderful new single Christmas Time In Dublin City instead of the official video. Sorry.

Belatedly, here it is (above) in all its glory.

Nick Says: Go Tara!

Tara Lee

Yesterday: Yule May Like This

Tara Lee – Christmas Time In Dublin City

A sort of homecoming.

Dublin-born actress and singer/songwriter Tara Lee (top) wows with her emotional ode to returning emigrants who make the journey home at Yuletide.

A star of telly’s Eastenders and The Fall, Tara comes from a musical family and wrote this seasonal power ballad on a midnight flight from London.

Tara says:

“It’s a dream of home, and of all of the faces that I haven’t been able to see this year. It’s a love letter to Dublin, to Ireland, and it’s for everyone who’s a little homesick at the moment, wherever home is to them.”

Nick says: Tara Loora.

Tara Lee

The Screaming Orphans – Song We Used To Sing

Happy Christmas from the Diver sisters (top) of Bundoran [County Donegal].

Joan, Grainne, Angela and Marie Therese have teamed up with ace songwriter John Spillane for this poignant stroll down memory lane.

The video features old photos and videos submitted by the band’s fans and friends reflecting on memories of time spent together.

The single is available from December 11. A llive stream concert on the band’s Facebook page takes place on Saturday.

Nick says: The stars of the county Donegal.

The Screaming Orphans

Hudson Taylor – How I Know It’s Christmas

They’re the kings of the castle.

That’s Kilkenny Castle where the singing siblings Harry and Alfie performed their sprightly Christmas single with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a host of local choirs.

Broadcast last year on Christmas Eve, the live version features alongside the original studio version and a sparse piano version recorded during lockdown on their new 3-track single.

Fun fact: How I Know It’s Christmas was the most Shazamed song in Ireland on Christmas day last year.

Nick says: Taylor made.

Hudson Taylor

Kodaline – This Must Be Christmas

What a brilliant video.

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.”

Nick says: Tinseltown in the reindeer.


Columbia Mills My Last Christmas In Dublin

One more time with feeling.

As the festive season ends today on the Feast of the Epiphany aka Little Christmas aka Three Kings Day aka Nollaig na mBan, we conclude our seasonal musical offerings with this powerful performance by Columbia Mills singer Fiachra Tracey (top in pic above).

Shorn of all the tinsel and glitter, the reality of being homeless on the streets of the capital at Christmas is evoked with a strong sense of empathy. The video was filmed by Pete Kingston.

Columbia Mills release their second album CCTV later this year and they headline Dublin’s Button Factory on April 24.

Nick says: Help the homeless, folks.

Columbia Mills

Susan Quirke Winter’s Here

Cold enough for ya?

Capturing the chill of the Yule is this new video by Susan Quirke (top), who also records as Susie Q.

Originally from County Limerick and now based in Lahinch, County Clare, Susan has enlisted a who’s who of the Irish music scene to play on this atmospheric ballad, including Frames fiddler Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Lir‘s Colm Quearney, Justin Carroll, Rob Malone and Graham Hopkins.

With the winter solstice at hand, this is being billed as a seasonal balm for the soul.

Nick says: Throw another log on the fire.

Susan Quirke