When leading musician and Preda advocate Damien Dempsey proposed the idea of a nationwide song competition for primary and secondary school students not even he realised the passion for music and justice that exists among the youth of Ireland. When he heard the winning song by a young Galway songwriter, he was blown away by the sincerity and emotion of the writing.
Róisín Seoighe, a 16 year old Transition Year student in Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin, Carraroe won the competition with her own “Freedom Song” which was inspired by the plight of the children being rescued by Preda in the Philippines. Her song, which was written in both Irish and English, was produced by Willow Sea Studios with the video directed by Kamil Krolak of “Fifty People One Question Galway” fame.
“Freedom Song” is now released on iTunes and Róisín has asked that all proceeds from the single be donated to Preda to help feed, educate, and give the rescued children a second chance at childhood.
Fr Shay Cullen, charity founder, described the song as an “emotive and evocative masterpiece”. On first hearing Róisín’s Freedom Song, Damien Dempsey admitted to being overcome with emotion feeling that this young songwriter truly connected with the plight of the children Preda rescue.
No doubt “Damo” will check out her song “Bog Amach” which is her unique take on “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift when he joins Róisín and her class for a few songs in Carraroe in the New Year!
Why not support the first bilingual Christmas charity single and help make this Christmas about the children! It costs just €4.10 per day to feed, educate, house and care for one child rescued by Preda – four downloads can go a long way. Checkout Roisin Seoighe Freedom Song just launched on YouTube!
Please ‘Like’ the song and YouTube video on Facebook, tweet it, download it and get Freedom Song into the charts this Christmas!