On Saturday 20 June, almost 20 Irish Eurovision personalities from yesteryear will come together to help raise money for frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. Ireland’s Lockdown Eurovision Fundraiser aims to raise €5,000 for the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) to help provide health workers with PPE.
Ireland’s Lockdown Eurovision Fundraiser
One of the project organisers Mick Lynch tells wiwibloggs:
“Like every other place on this planet, we’ve all been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another, and our front line staff have been the real heroes. That’s why we’re raising funds for our frontline workers, and would love everyone worldwide to tune in and watch this programme.”
The one-hour event will showcase previously unseen material from Irish Eurovision artists, including performances of classic Eurovision hits. Lynch tells us: “One collaboration hasn’t been performed in over 40 years, another is a first-time duet between a mother and son, and another is an exclusive new full performance of a winning Eurovision song.”
Lynch also says that the performers will tell some anecdotes about their time at Eurovision: “almost everyone has a little story to tell.”
The trailer promises appearances from Eurovision greats including Dana, who won for Ireland with “All Kinds of Everything” in 1970. Other Irish representatives including Marc Roberts, Mickey Joe Harte and Eamonn Toal are set to appear.
Secret Garden, who won with “Nocturne” for Norway in 1995, will also feature. The duo’s violinist and vocalist Fionnuala Sherry was born and raised in Ireland.
All money raised from Ireland’s Lockdown Eurovision Fundraiser will go directly to HSE. See the event’s GoFundMe page for more information. Europe, start donating now!
You can watch the full show on YouTube on Saturday 20 June at 20:00 IST.
Ireland’s Lockdown Eurovision Fundraiser line-up
A total of 18 personalities are featured in the trailer. In order of appearance, they are:
- Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden “Nocturne” (1995 winner for Norway)
- Marc Roberts “Mysterious Woman” (1997)
- June Cunningham of Luv Bug “You Can Count On Me” (1986)
- Eamonn Toal “Millenium Of Love” (2000)
- Dana “All Kinds Of Everything” (1970 winner)
- Paul Lyttle composer of “Cross Your Heart” (1974)
- Maxi “Do I Dream” (1973) and “Horoscopes” with Sheeba (1981)
- Jimmy Walsh composer of “In Your Eyes” (1993 winner)
- Alma Carroll of The Swarbriggs Plus Two “It’s Nice To Be In Love Again” (1977)
- Mickey Joe Harte “We’ve Got The World” (2003)
- The Swarbriggs “That’s What Friends Are For” (1975) and “It’s Nice To Be In Love Again” (1977)
- Sandy Kelly of The Duskeys “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” (1982)
- Marty Whelan — RTÉ Eurovision commentator
- Rolf Løvland of Secret Garden “Nocturne” (1995 winner for Norway)
- Rowland Soper composer of “Come Back To Stay”(1966)
- Kim Jackson “Could It Be That I’m In Love” (1991)
- Cathal Dunne “Happy Man” (1979)
- Phil Coulter composer of “Puppet On A String” (1967 winner for the UK), “Congratulations” (1968 for the UK) and “Toi” (1975 for Luxembourg)
Ireland’s Lockdown Eurovision Fundraiser is one of many alternative Eurovision shows to take place this year. In May, British comedian Tom Taylor hosted the Isolation Song Contest. Mel Giedroyc, Måns Zelmerlöw and many others took part to help raise more than £38,000 for various UK charities.
We also held our own Wiwi Jam At Home which featured over 50 acts from across the world of Eurovision — including Dana and Ireland’s 2020 singer Lesley Roy.
Will you be tuning into Ireland’s Lockdown Eurovision Fundraiser? Who are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments.