A GROUP of Irish female artists have come together to record a special cover of The Cranberries’ hit Dreams in aid of Safe Ireland, a charity helping women and children living in crisis.
There has been a 25% rise in the number of domestic violence calls made to the An Garda Síochana in Ireland since the Covid-19 pandemic began, according to Safe Ireland.
Eager to help raise essential funding for the charity, the group, who have named themselves Irish Women In Harmony, has come together to record a track made famous by the haunting vocals of the late, great Dolores O’Riordan.
Irish musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Imelda May and Una Healy are joined by Northern Irish artists including Lilla Vargen, ROE and folk duo Saint Sister for the charity track.
The project was brainchild of Dublin singer-songwriter RuthAnne.
"There are so many amazing trailblazers and emerging female artists and musicians in Ireland,” she said.
"In what sometimes seems like a male dominated industry in this country, we feel like it’s important to inspire the young girls of today by showcasing all of the incredible women in Irish music.
"More importantly, we wanted to come together as the Irish Women in Harmony to raise awareness and funds for a charity close to all of our hearts, Safe Ireland, who support domestic abuse victims and survivors.
"During lockdown the rates of reported abuse have risen by a frightening 25% and we want to help in whatever way we can. We are covering an iconic song, "Dreams" by The Cranberries.
"Dolores was an influence and inspiration to all of us so we wanted to pay homage to her. Having all of us coming together, women supporting women is exactly what’s needed and we hope this movement spreads far and wide and inspires others."
All proceeds made from the release of Irish Women in Harmony’s cover of Dreams by The Cranberries will go directly to Safe Ireland.