IMRO today presented Dara Quilty and Ronan Nolan of Apella with an IMRO Number 1 Award in recognition of the album ‘1963′ , which reached No.1 on the Independent Irish Album Chart following its release in April.
The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts in Ireland.
Pre-orders for the physical release of ‘1963’ launched in January via apellamusic.com with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this album going directly to The Marie Keating Foundation specifically to help fund the outstanding support services they provide to women affected by Breast Cancer.
Thoughtfully named after the birth year of his mother, ‘1963’ is an incredibly personal record from frontman Dara Quilty, who has teamed up with The Marie Keating Foundation.
Dara said of the album, “Everything about the release of this record is full of ‘the unexpected’. When we were recording this album we never in a million years expected it was going to be released in the circumstances it which it all occurred.
We never expected it would be released in the middle of a global pandemic. We never expected we would be donating the proceeds to the Marie Keating Foundation and truthfully; we never expected to actually top the charts.
I know they say life is full of the unexpected but I mean wow. We are eternally grateful to fans, friends and family.
We hope the message for all women and men living with Cancer is heard. Support is available. Support is vital. The doctors will show you the science. You must reach out and use support services.
The Apella donation will be going The Marie Keating Foundation to assist fund their “Positive Living Group”, which is crucial for so many women who are living their lives to the fullest with Breast Cancer. You’re not alone and you can do this. My thanks to Linda, Jennifer and Helen for the love and support they gave my family. To my Mom Roisin, the kindest person I have ever known. We all love you.
Finally, a special thank you to Joe Egan of The Nutshed Studio in Clara, Co. Offaly for everything. An extraordinarily talented producer, musician and true friend. Thank you.”
100% of the proceeds from sales of the physical album went directly to The Marie Keating Foundation’s Positive Living support group, Survive and Thrive programme, BRCA awareness and support programme and School’s Cancer Awareness Programme raising €10,410 of much needed funds.
If you would like to make a donation to The Marie Keating Foundation you can do so here: https://www.mariekeating.ie/how-you-can-help-us/donate-money/