Johnny Logan and the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) have teamed up to remake the 1987 classic hit Driving Home for Christmas to raise funds for the Parkinson's Association of Ireland and the ICO's free education programmes.
The three-time Eurovision winner recorded the new version of Chris Rea's hit single at the ICO studio at the University of Limerick. It was produced and arranged by Jimmy Smyth, formerly of the Irish rock band The Bogey Boys, and directed by ICO's Katherine Hunka.
As well as raising funds for the Parkinson's Association of Ireland, the single will support ICO's inclusive music education programme, Sing out with Strings, which provides free weekly music education classes to over 300 children in schools across Limerick, and its work with the Irish Chamber Orchestra Youth Orchestra (ICOYO).
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Logan said: "I'm delighted to work with the ICO on this terrific song. My great friend songwriter Shay Healy wrote my first Eurovision winner What's Another Year back in 1980.
"His battle with Parkinson's Disease was inspirational for many dealing with the same struggles. Though we lost Shay last April, it's great to know this collaboration can help the Trojan work being done with Parkinson's Association of Ireland.
"I have seen the transformative impact of ICO's work on the lives of children and young people in need of support in their Sing out with Strings and ICOYO initiatives, which is why I am so proud to be launching this single today."
The artwork for the single was designed by artist Robert Ballagh and while the original painting will be auctioned, 78 limited edition, signed copies of the artwork cover, which is LP-size, will also go on sale as part of the initiative.
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