A CHARITY single recorded by Northern Ireland’s biggest names in punk has notched up £1600 in just three months.From left: Buck Murdock (The Defects), Natasha Walsh (Ulster Cancer Fund For Children), Gary Fahy (Punkerama Records) and Greg Cowan (The Outcasts).
Over 30 musicians and singers took time out of their gigging schedule to record their part of punk classic A Merry Jingle for the Punkerama All Stars Christmas Song.Also appearing on the single is Godfather of Punk and Good Vibrations record shop owner Terri Hooley. The song, first released in 1979 by Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott’s band The Greedies, originally stepped into the top 40 of the UK charts.
Over 30 years later, the iconic song that included other members of Thin Lizzy and Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols raised much needed cash for the Ulster Cancer Fund for Children.From left: front row Billy Riot (Hardcase), Geordie Walker (Protex & Shock Treatment 21), Natasha Walsh (Ulster Cancer Fund For Children), Jamie Fahy McLear (Punkerama Records), Gary Fahy (Punkerama Records), Steven Donnelly (VX); back row Buck Murdock (The Defects), Terri Hooley (Good Vibrations Records) and Greg Cowan (The Outcasts).
The 2013 version of the song included members from iconic and popular punk bands such as The Defects, The Outcasts, Runnin’ Riot, Protex, Hard Case, Paranoid Visions, The Sabrejets, Doghouse, Buck Eejit, Stop! Stop! Start Again, Shock Treatment 21, Stage B, Pocket Billiards and VX.
The recording was the brain-child of local record label owner Gary Fahy of Punkerama Records.
Father of six, soon to be seven, Gary revealed: “I knew I wanted to do something for charity this year and it was a no brainer that it would be punk.Gary Fahy from Punkerama Records with his daughter singer/songwriter Jaime Fahy
“Over the last year I had been ill and I still am, I was diagnosed with haemocromotosis a condition that is created by an iron overload in the blood stream which can cause tiredness, arthritis and pain in the joints among other things.
“I was sitting at home dwelling on my illness and playing with my youngest daughter Nina and realised how lucky I was. She was laughing and playing and I realised at that moment that I took things for granted. My wife, my kids and breathing.
“I realised that other parents aren’t as lucky as me and that’s when I thought it was time to do something.”
The single, which has now generated £1600 for the charity through single sales and a benefit concert, was recorded at Doghouse Studios by Buck Murdock, lead singer of legendary Belfast punk band The Defects.
He said: “After everything Gary has done for the industry there was no way anyone would turn him down and with such a great charity behind it he was more than happy to get involved. Everyone raised a fantastic amount of money and it went to a great cause.”
By Tina Calder ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk
Pictures by Colin McMaster