Bono to participate in celebration of Kavanagh

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2022-08-12)

Announced today, Bono will participate in a celebration of author Patrick Kavanagh. The double disc release will feature Bono reading Kavanagh’s “On Raglan Road”, which will be released on September 23, 2022 on Claddagh Records. Patrick Kavanagh released an album of poems in 1964 on Claddagh Records. This album re-releases that 1964 album with an additional disc of guests reading Kavanagh’s poems. Bono is the first artist on the new material, reading “On Raglan Road”. The poems are set to music recorded by Cormac Butler.

“On Raglan Road”, the poem that Bono is performing, was made famous when released by The Dubliners on their 1972 album Hometown! and earlier as a B-Side to “Scorn Not His Simplicity”. The poem had originally been published in The Irish Press in 1946 under Kavanagh’s original title “Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away”. The song has been covered by Van Morrison, Ed Sheeran, Sinead O’Connor and many others. This is the first time Bono has covered the song for a release.

The album release is being done through Claddagh Records, which released the album initially in 1964. The album will be available as a double CD set, or a double vinyl set. The album will be released on September 23, 2022. The album will include a booklet of the poetry featured on the album.

The press release states, “Originally released on Claddagh Records in 1964, the double album also features the only recording of the revered Irish poet reading his most celebrated poems. Now remastered and reimagined this new two-part album features the original recordings and Kavanagh’s poetry read by Bono, Hozier, Imelda May, Liam Neeson, Jessie Buckley, Aidan Gillen, Lisa McGee, Lisa Hannigan, President Michael D. Higgins, Evanna Lynch, Sharon Corr, Kathleen Watkins, Christy Moore, Rachael Blackmoreand Aisling Beaset to a truly wonderful music composition.

The music on this record is recorded by Cormac Butler, producer extraordinaire, songwriter and mix engineer of Faction Records. Cormac has an extensive and wide-ranging discography from All Tvvins to James Vincent McMorrow to Sorcha Richardson to The Academic to Gavin James and The Coronas.

The physical formats of this album include a booklet containing all the poetry one will hear on the album. The vinyl format of this release contains two unique vinyl sleeves. The first hosts a printed collage of sketches of all the celebrated readers around Patrick Kavanagh, with Kavanagh himself visible through the gold-foil cut-out square on the cover itself. The second vinyl sleeve is an exact replica of the original 1964 release.”

Pre-Orders via Claddagh Records:

As we get more information on this release we will be updated our discography entry for the release.

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