Simply Folk host Ruth Smith writes for Culture about her latest project, Friends For HOPE, a charity project created with her husband, fiddler (and We Banjo 3 member) Fergal Scahill. 

In a couple of weeks, Fergal and I will be heading to Kolkata (Calcutta) in India to volunteer for a month with The Hope Foundation; a charity that works with street children born into extreme poverty.

As part of our fundraising effort, I’m delighted to share this album we’ve made with a group of wonderful friends, musicians & singers.

This live album features performances from the likes of Luka Bloom, SÍOMHA, Eleanor Shanley & John Feeley, The Whileaways, Sean Keane & Pat Coyne, Eileen Ivers, Charlie McGettigan, Matthew Noone & Tommy Hayes, AnTara, Oisin Leech of The Lost Brothers and The Evertides.

We spent a lovely couple of weeks driving around the country singing and playing with these exceptionally talented and generous people. 

The tracks were mixed and mastered by Frank Marchand in Annapolis, MD. Massive thanks must go to every single person who gave of their time and talent for this project.

Most importantly ALL proceeds go directly to The Hope Foundation. We hope you enjoy the record!

Get your copy of Friends For HOPE here, and find out more about The Hope Foundation here.