Singer Mundy has released Dark Long Enough, his first new music in five years and the track will be performed as part of Ireland in Music, RTÉ's upcoming celebration of Irish music and Ireland itself.   

The show, which will be which be broadcast on Tuesday, December 29th at 8pm on RTÉ One, is the first of a series of musical experiences brought to you by TradFest 2021.

Ireland In Music celebrates Ireland’s natural heritage and culture, specifically our music and musicians, with leading Irish musicians filmed playing live during lockdown in some of Ireland’s most iconic locations. 

Birr man Mundy’s version of Galway Girl is the biggest selling download in Irish history with over one million copies sold, while every summer his hit song July becomes a radio favourite.

"Ireland in Music have definitely given me a wonderful distraction during a pretty testing time on planet earth!" 

Now, Dark Long Enough opens up a new chapter for the singer.

Mundy says he wrote Dark Long Enough a few Autumns ago. He had, "A moment of realisation that life’s too short." and asked himself, "Did I make enough of the summer just gone? Am I prepared for the winter? This song is designed to make you take nothing for granted and to dance and to sing when you can." 

In the new song, he sings about his memories of his childhood in Birr, including saving turf for the long winter ahead. 

"I haven't been this excited in a long time. It all seems very natural and organic. I’m a private optimist and don’t like to spoil things by speaking too soon."

"This is me talking about bringing in the turf at the end of Summer. A thing I did hesitantly," he says. "It’s a gruelling but rewarding process to keep your house warm in the winter. It’s basically flammable mud that gets dried out before it’s dry enough to be burned as fuel. It’s probably why I moved to the city in hindsight!" 

The track was recorded live for Ireland In Music at Newbridge House in Fingal and will feature in Ireland In Music a one-off TV special this Christmas and the album of the same name. 

80% of proceeds from the TV show and album will go to the participating artists, including The Stunning, Denise Chaila, and Saint Sister, as they struggle to make a living during the pandemic.

It’s a project Mundy is delighted to be a part of it. "I haven’t been this excited in a long time. It all seems very natural and organic. I’m a private optimist and don’t like to spoil things by speaking too soon.

"Genuinely this feels like a great project and I have a great feeling about the song and its wingspan. Ireland in Music have definitely given me a wonderful distraction during a pretty testing time on planet earth!" 

Ireland In Music project is produced by TradFest in association with Born Optimistic, The Temple Bar Company, RTÉ, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Dublin, Fingal, Meath and Westmeath. 

It also marks the first of many moments which TradFest 2021 will bring to audiences in various ways in the coming months.