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McGinty and Carlin represent Derry

A track recorded to celebrate Derry/Londonderry’s year as the UK’s capital of culture is set for a worldwide release.

Damian McGinty

Damian McGinty

Former Celtic Thunder singer, Damian McGinty teamed up with Celtic Woman star Mairead Carlin to record the single ‘Let the River Run’.

The song was written by Carly Simon and the American singer was delighted with McGinty and Carlin’s version. McGinty who was born in Derry said it was a ‘very proud moment’ to represent his home city.

Simon said: “I just played it and cried my eyes out and I’m still crying. It’s absolutely stunningly wonderful. Thank you for doing me proud.”

Simon’s record company, Irish Records will release the song in a joint venture with Walled City Records.

McGinty and Carlin performed the song with Simon at a Gala event in Beverly Hills, California in front of VIPs such as Hillary Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Jane Fonda, Diane Lane, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen earlier this month.

Carlin said: “Singing Let The River Run with Carly is something I will never forget.”

The single will be accompanied by a video that features some of the highlights and events from the city’s year as UK Capital of Culture. These include the Fleadh, the Walled City Tattoo, Lumiere, The Return of Colmcille and Radio One’s Big Weekend.

The single will be available from midnight on 20th January. Check out the video below.


Written by Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling.
His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.
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