Star support for album to raise funds for charity

Sat, Nov 17, 2012, 00:00

A host of Irish stars have come together to produce a new Christmas album in aid of mental health charity Aware.

A Murray Christmas, produced by RTÉ radio’s The John Murray Show, features an award-winning collaboration between Sinéad O’Connor, Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas, and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

The album – which includes both songs and “inspirational readings” – was launched yesterday morning by former RTÉ news anchor Anne Doyle on a special John Murray Show live from Eason bookshop in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin.

The photograph shows Murray with singer John Spillane, former newsreader Anne Doyle, who launched the CD on behalf of Aware, and singer Luan Parle.

O’Connor, who has struggled with depression and bipolar disorder, said last night that Christmas could be a “particularly difficult” time for people – “even those who may not be having a difficult time generally”.

The first single from the album will be released on December 1st and sees O’Connor and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra team up with O’Reilly to perform When a Child is Born.