Boher based national school teacher, Emer Dunne, releases her new single, 'Daisy', on Friday, march 26, sales from the proceeds of which will go towards raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
Taken from her album, 'Hourglass', Emer stated that the single's release date coincides with Daffodil Day, the main annual fundraising initiative hosted by the Irish Cancer Society which has been detrimentally impacted by Covid-19.
“I didn’t set out to record a song for charity. I was just working on this album with my producer, Bill Shanley, and the way things progressed this past year the release was delayed. The date was then set for March 26 and when a friend mentioned to me this was also Daffodil Day, I decided that during these difficult times perhaps I can give something back.
"Everyone knows someone who has had to suffer at the evil hands of cancer. On a personal note, I have three aunties and an uncle who all suffered from cancer and my mother is currently battling this illness. I have watched her bravery over the past few months and observed first-hand the fantastic work and support given by the Irish Cancer Society," Emer reflected.
Emer grew up in County Laois and then moved to Dublin where she studied primary teaching before moving more into her music career. Emer is currently job-sharing as a teacher in order to have time to work on her music.
“This year I am teaching part time in a lovely school, St Ciaran’s Primary School in Boher, Ballycumber. The children and staff are wonderful. Job sharing is great because I put everything into my teaching the days I am in school and on the days out I focus on my music career, so it is a nice balance," Emer continued.
You may have seen Emer recently on ‘Today’ with Daithi and Sinead on RTE One Television where she gave an interview and beautiful vocal performance and she has received fantastic feedback.
“The presenters and production team on the show were very complimentary and the support from people has been incredible. There was a wonderful response via phone, texts and on my social media. I’m now hoping that people will get behind me in the same way as I launch my new single and endeavour to raise money at the same time for a very worthy cause," Emer stated.
Emer has also been busy making a music video for the single.
“We weren’t able to complete our originally planned video with actors and location so we had to script something basic that could be filmed at a safe distance with just one camera & in a short space of time. I hope people will enjoy it," Emer enthused.
Daisy is a positive uplifting song where the singer is reminding ‘Daisy’ that all people don’t view the world in the same way and, as the lyrics state, “people don’t think like you do and some don’t think at all.”
The song was produced by Bill Shanley and recorded between Dublin and London with an array of talented musicians. Artwork for the single and album was provided by Brian O' Mahoney.
The track went on presale on Friday, March 12, so it is available to purchase now. ‘Daisy’ is only €1.29 to purchase on iTunes and other digital platforms.
Purchasing the song will help the Irish Cancer Society and something that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
For information on the song and where to purchase please visit www.emerdunne.com You can also Follow Emer @emerdunnesinger on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.