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Local musicians support Lough Swilly RNLI 17.11.20

LOCAL Inishowen musicians, SwillySound, have recorded a song by Phil Coulter in aid of Lough Swilly RNLI.
The powerful song ‘Shores of the Swilly’, written by the multi-award winning songwriter and pianist, is a haunting lament that will strike a chord with all who have loved and lost. Brilliant in its simplicity and deeply personal to all involved, it holds many moments of a happy childhood and tragic loss. Phil Coulter lost his sister Cyd and brother Brian in separate incidents on Lough Swilly.
In the early stages of lockdown, singer Maria Fitzpatrick approached pianist Louise Doherty with the idea of recording one of her father’s favourite songs ‘Shores of the Swilly’ as a fundraiser for the Lough Swilly RNLI. The project quickly developed when they were joined by percussionist Gary Raymond, who recorded the song in his Gleneely studio, followed by Mick McGrath who contributed the haunting whistle playing to the track. It began to grow into a real community project.
SwillySound recording ‘Shores of the Swilly’ by Phil Coulter.
Please support Lough
Swilly RNLI at www.gofundme.com .
A local Buncrana man and friend of the group, John Cutliffe, (now living in Myanmar in SE Asia) stepped in and offered to master the track. Inish Media came on board and created the stunning video that accompanies the track. Tank and Skinny’s restaurant provided socially distanced rehearsal space, the location for the video shoot (and endless coffee) and local tour company Reel Irish Music Tours contributed to the CD production. Local artist Gillian Burke volunteered and did the CD design work. Offers came thick and fast for transport, photographs, archived videos and the project came to life.
The RNLI is a charity which saves lives at sea, and is totally reliant on donations from the public for its operations. Lough Swilly RNLI based at Ned’s Point and Buncrana Pier opened in 1988, spearheaded by Pat and Kate Heaney, who worked tirelessly with many others to help prevent further loss of life in the water. To date, Lough Swilly RNLI have launched 675 times, rescued 775 people and saved 57 lives. We are privileged to have these brave men and women, who selflessly risk their lives in all weather and atrocious conditions, to save the lives of others.

Please support your local lifeboat at www.gofundme.com/shoresoftheswilly . Every single donation, large or small, will go directly to Lough Swilly RNLI and help them continue their invaluable work on our seas.
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