A host of Irish musicians have joined forces to create a single and album to generate funds for a trio of Irish homeless charities.
The Street Lights collective have come together to record a version of Simon and Garfunkel's classic single Homeward Bound - the single features performances from a host of artists, including Bono, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, Villagers, The High Hopes Choir, Cathy Davey, Loah, Roisin O, Join Me In The Pines, Saint Sister and Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Listen to the track below:
Peter McVerry Trust, Simon Community Ireland and Focus Ireland will be the recipients of all profits from the recording, which they have agreed will go directly to rehoming and rehousing on a national level.
An eponymous Street Lights compilation album will be released on Friday 7 December, featuring songs from Bell X1, Snow Patrol, Saint Sister, Richard Hawley with Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom, Villagers, Stephen James Smith, David Gray, The Frames, Lisa O'Neill, Glenn & Ronan and Celtic Woman.
Speaking about their involvement in the project, Annmarie Brennan of Dublin Simon Community said: "With the support of everyone involved, this will have a life changing impact to the lives of vulnerable people living in unimaginable circumstances. The funds raised will enable us to continue delivering more permanent homes, ensuring that people never have to face the uncertainty and anxiety of homelessness again."
Homeward Bound by Street Lights is available across all digital platforms now, and is followed by the release of the full Street Lights album in December. People can also text street lights to 50300 if they would like to donate €4 to the Street Lights Project.