Award-winning songwriters Niall Teague and Padraic Joyce will release their new single ‘West for Christmas’ on all digital platforms this Friday 10th of December.
Fresh from gigs supporting Sharon Shannon and John Spillane Niall and Padraic were recently announced as winners of the Oireachtas Irish language song-writing contest.
This festive season sees them turn their storytelling skills to the tale of a man trying to make it home to his family in Galway on Christmas Eve after a long absence on the streets of a faraway city.
The song was inspired by a chance meeting with an Irishman in Manchester who hadn’t been home in over forty years, yet still wondered about his family at home in the West of Ireland. The song imagines him finally making the journey home.
Niall States…“West for Christmas was sitting on the shelf for the last three years, it wasn’t until Padraic disclosed to me that he had told radio presenters we had a new song to release and send them that we really had to get our skates on!”
The song features Lazslo Pastor on double bass and Paul McClure on bodhrán and was recorded at Paddy Jordan’s Recording Studio, Labane, County Galway. The song will be released in both Irish and English.