What do the Lost Brothers, Wham, Michael Jackson and S Club 7 all have in common? Well, they have all released a charity Christmas single.
In the case of the Losties, they are just about to complete this rite of passage, with the release date for their folk ballad “St Christopher” set to hit the shops on November 30.
The Omagh half of the Lost Brothers, Mark McCausland, said the duo are delighted to be releasing this “cosmic Christmas ballad” in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust which supports young homeless people in Dublin.
Written and recorded in the group’s spiritual home of Liverpool, where Mark and Oisin Leech first started playing music together, the single was produced by Domino recording artist Bill Ryder-Jones (former lead guitarist, The Coral) at Elevator Studios.
The song features special guest Drew McConnell from Babyshambles, Fionn Regan on bass guitar and Bill himself on piano.
St Christopher, inspired by the patron saint of travellers, is a single that is close to the travelling duo’s hearts. The Lost Brothers chose to release this Christmas song in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust in honour of those making long journeys to and from their homes. In fact, this song was written by The Lost Brothers on a cold night train home to Liverpool.
In addition, their version of the old timeless classic ‘Moon River’ was recorded in Portland Oregon at Type Foundry Studios, and produced by Adam Selzer (M Ward producer and band member).
It’s a song that has become a staple repertoire piece for The Lost Brothers. They even sang it while on their recent American tour in 2012. When they passed through Cincinnati, they were comforted by the legacy of the late, great Andy William’s who would sing Moon River at the end of his TV show each evening.
Mark said, “We’d like to dedicate this recording to his memory: “We’ll carry on singing that song Andy.”
Apart from the launch of the single, Mark said they have a couple of weeks off before a few festive performances, when undoubtedly St Christopher and Moon River will be on their set-list.
However, if you don’t get a chance to see them perform the charity single live, who can have a look at it on YouTube
You can get your own copy of the Lost Brothers single and albums on vinyl, CD from most record shops or download from the band’s official website – www.thelostbrothersband.com. It can also be downloaded from iTunes.