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More Haiti benefits

Yes, I know, every second gig at the moment seems to be a Haiti benefit gig and you have to hope that audience fatigue is not about to set in. Many of those I’ve spoken to in the live gig …

Thu, Feb 4, 2010, 10:47

   

Yes, I know, every second gig at the moment seems to be a Haiti benefit gig and you have to hope that audience fatigue is not about to set in. Many of those I’ve spoken to in the live gig business over the last few days have questioned if those putting on the gigs actually know what they’ve taken on, especially at a time of year when ticket sales for many shows are quite sluggish. Nevertheless, the gigs are still happening so if you can, support them.

The latest one to be announced has Cathy Davey (who should have a new album out this year), Julie Feeney, Villagers, The Chapters, The Chakras and many more to be announced playing Dublin’s Vicar Street on February 11. Tickets are €20 each and all cash raised goes to Trocaire’s Earthquake Appeal. The gig will also try to raise awareness about the Drop Haiti’s Debt campaign. The country owes some US$890 million to the International Monetary Fund and other creditors to pay off national debts ran up in the past and the campaign is lobbying for this debt to be dropped to allow the country to be rebuilt.

Mavericks for Haiti: finally, a charity single which might actually be some cop. Shane MacGowan has rounded up Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Chrissie Hynde, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, Johnny Depp and Mick Jones to record a cover of Screamin Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You”. The single will be released later this month, with all money raised going to Concern Worldwide. It’s going to be a hoot. And speaking of hoots: if you haven’t read Will Hodgkinson’s off-the-wall account of a mad night out with MacGowan in Tipperary for a recent issue of Mojo magazine, read it here. Maybe we should start a campaign to get Tom Creagh into Dail Eireann alongside Michael Lowry and Mattie McGrath?