The Pogues ‘Fairytale Of New York’ To Be Released As Charity 7” Vinyl Single
Following the sad passing of The Pogues talisman, Shane MacGowan’s family, friends and the band themselves are releasing the Christmas classic Fairytale Of New York as a 7” single with all profits from sales going to Dublin Simon Community – a charity loved and supported by Shane and his widow Victoria Mary Clarke.
And to celebrate the man himself, they are backing the campaign to get the track to No 1 this Christmas. Amazingly, Fairytale Of New York has never topped the charts, despite being one of the most beloved of all festive songs. When originally released in 1987 it hit a chart high of No 2, and was held off the top spot by the Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind.
In a recent interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Victoria Mary Clarke said, “It would be nice, wouldn’t it? It should be the Christmas number one. It absolutely should.”
Emma Kilkenny, Head of Fundraising & Communications at Dublin Simon Community said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to The Pogues and Shane McGowan’s family for their generosity in creating such a special legacy for Dublin Simon Community with this release. Music is an emotional and visceral gift that can lift spirits and bring hope to people at their lowest point.
“We share the truly magical memory of Shane’s performance at the very special Christmas Busk recorded in St Patrick’s Cathedral during Covid lockdown. The Christmas Eve Busk is a beating heart at the core of Dublin Simon’s fundraising and Shane was always a very welcome and truly amazing addition to this special event.”
The 7’ single will come with Fairytale Of New York on the A-side with an instrumental version of the track on the B-side. The vinyl can be pre-ordered here. £6/€6.90 from the sale of each product will be donated to Dublin Simon Community.