39 Irish female singers and musicians joined forces to create a socially-distanced music video in aid of Safe Ireland. The likes of Wyvern Lingo, Imelda May and Una Healy came together to perform a beautiful rendition of The Cranberries' timeless track 'Dreams', written by the late Dolores O'Riordain.
The single features some of the most exciting talent the Irish music industry has to offer. RuthAnne was responsible for the idea and getting the ball rolling on the project. She gained a phenomenal amount of support from other female artists. By the time it came to fruition, RuthAnne had 38 other singers and musicians joining her.
I’m very proud to be a part of this. I love Dreams. I loved Dolores O Riordan. But mostly I love when we all come together to positively change issues that need changing. One united voice against the physical and mental atrocity that is domestic abuse.
— Imelda May (@ImeldaOfficial) June 15, 2020
The brilliant ensemble came about after a recent statistic was released by gardaí indicating a rise of 25% in domestic violence calls in recent months. The supergroup was formed in an effort to raise awareness about this difficult issue that many Irish people may be facing, particularly at this time.
The video was superbly edited by Kevin Cassidy and his team at Document Films. It shows the various artists singing in front of camera, in their different homes. Some of the artists play keyboard, bass, violin, guitar and drums.
Safe Ireland is an organisation aimed at providing support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. The organisation's mission is to end domestic violence and make Ireland the safest country in the world for women and children.
All funds raised by the single will go to Safe Ireland. You can also donate €4 by texting SAFE to 50300. The charity's helpline is 0766805278.
The full list of artists are Ailbhe Reddy, Aimée Áine Cahill, Allie Sherlock, Caroline Corr, Elaine Mai, Emma Langford, Erica Cody, Eve Belle, Faye O'Rourke, Fia Moon, Imelda May, Laoise, Lilla Vargen, Lisa Hannigan, Loah, Lyra, Melina Malone, Moya Brennan, Niamh Farrell, Orla Gartland, Pillow Queens, Roe, Róisín O, Ruthanne, Saint Sister, Sibéal, Soulé, Stephanie Rainey, Tolu Makay, Una Healy, Wyvern Lingo, and musicians Aoife Dennedy, Louize Carroll, Lucia McPartland, Maria O'Connor, Maria Ryan, Sarah Lynch, and Theodora Byrne.