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Cork woman sings for Simon

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 4:49pm

A Cork songwriter has penned a charity single in aid of Cork’s homeless population.

Clare O’Riordan will launch her single ‘On the Streets’ this Friday 9 November in aid of Cork Simon Community, with the proceeds from the single to go towards the charity.

O’Riordan will also host a fundraising gig at An Spailpín Fánach on 24 November, the funds from which will go to the organisation.

Speaking about why she decided to write the song, O’Riordan said homelessness has always been a subject close to her heart.

“I remember when I was a child listening to ‘Streets of London’ by Ralph McTell, and it was one of those moments where I really visualised the characters on the streets,” she said.

“A few years ago I saw an old man on the streets of Cork and I just started wondering what his story was. I wrote the song while thinking about that and that even if he told me his story, he’d never be able to tell me everything. So that’s what the song is about, it’s almost a meditation on what this man would have to say to me.”

O’Riordan says she has always been a fan of music, constantly making up her own songs as a child. She started playing piano aged seven and attended the Montfort College of Performing Arts in Cork.

“Homelessness is a huge issue, you know, there’s 40 or 50 people dying on our streets every year in Ireland alone,” she said. “But it’s a global issue too. It’s something that’s almost third world, seeing someone actually on the streets. I have an admiration for people who are suffering and are battling on even though their lives are so tough.

“I think there is a lot of empathy out there, people doing great work, but I think there’s an awful lot more to be done. I think it’s all about reminding people that these people are there, and to recognise them and not treat them like they’re not there at all.”

O’Riordan, who will release her second album ‘Outside’ early next year, said: “Capturing the energy and passion of a live performance and broadening my musical sound was central to my approach. Like ‘On the Streets’, the songs can be haunting yet joyous, intense yet playful, passionate yet sensuous. They are songs that examine the polar opposites of life with cinematic clarity and beauty.”

‘On The Streets’ is available in digital format from iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon and from the website on Friday 9 November.

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