Limerick brothers hope to release Christmas hit

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

FORGET Mariah Carey or The Wombles, two brothers from Lisnagry are hoping their new Christmas single can eclipse those classic tunes.

FORGET Mariah Carey or The Wombles, two brothers from Lisnagry are hoping their new Christmas single can eclipse those classic tunes.

Santa Claus is Rockin’, an upbeat Christmas single written by Glen Shire and recorded in Dublin’s prestigious Windmill Lane studios by his brother Simon, executive producer of the ambitious project, aims to raise funds for children’s charity Barnardos.

Former solicitor Simon built some up impressive connections with Windmill Lane - where U2 have recorded many of their hits - while studying sound engineering there last year.

Through that connection he managed to propel the project from the drawing board to completion, assembling a list of musicians and producers who have worked with the biggest names in music, from Van Morrison, The Corrs, Genesis to Imelda May.

“This all started about ten years ago, my brother and I always wanted to write a Christmas song,” explained Simon.

“We are both very interested in music, always have been. We talked about it every year and it just didn’t happen but the opportunity arose last year because I was doing some work in Windmill and we got to know the owner and director really well.

“It went from there and when you have Windmill behind you, you have access to the best musicians in Ireland.

“I put together a dream team of musicians who have worked with some amazing people - an impressive cast,” he added.

The single got its official launch in Windmill Lane on Friday and will be released on iTunes early next week, with the physical CD to be available for sale in Savins - exclusive Limerick agents - from after December 3.

New Yorker Bradley Gillis takes lead vocals on the tune, assisted by the Piccolo Lasso choir, ranging in age from 8-15 years of age.

“It is a rock song, with a jazz flavour,” explained Simon.

“We hope from preliminary reviews that the song will be a hit in Ireland, the UK and internationally and we therefore wish to fly the flag high for Limerick and Ireland and somewhat follow in the footsteps of the Fairytale of New York and other major Christmas hits,” he explained.

“There has not been an original, fresh hit since Mariah Carey in 1994 and we would therefore welcome and encourage active support by Limerick and Munster people,” he added.

All of the proceeds from the song will go towards leading children’s charity Barnardos.

“I was moved by their advertising campaigns in recent years and, having met with a number of potential charity partners for this project, I was very impressed with their ethos, charitable objects and strategies,” explained Simon of the decision.

A music video was also made as the song was being recorded and the director, Maurice Linnane, has worked on documentaries for the Foo Fighters, U2 and the Cranberries.