Waterford bands collaborate to record Springteen's 'The River', a charity single to raise money for the Fishermens’ families effected by a tragic boating accident. Now available on iTunes - see below.

Charity SingleThe fishing village of Dunmore East suffered a devastating loss to their community last month. Three brothers drowned when their 19ft fishing boat capsized off the coast of Waterford. Paul, Kenny and Shane Bolger left Passage East in their vessel the “ Dean Leanne” at around 12pm to set their lobster pots, between Dunmore and Tramore. The alarm was raised around 5pm that evening when the experienced fishermen failed to return to port. The Irish Coast Guard then launched a major search operation. The first casualty was discovered in the water at around 6 pm. The remaining two men were recovered by one of the lifeboat crews shortly after. Although the Bolgers vessel was equipped with an electronic position radio beacon that should have activated once it submerged in water, it did not activate as the boat did not capsize.  

A charity fund has been established in the wake of this tragedy. The Bolgers Brothers Charity fund aims to raise money through many events all over the country. Waterford based band the Unusual Suspects along with collaborations from members of Kodakid, Propeller Palms, and Solar Taxi are putting together a recording of Bruce Springsteens 'The River' to raise money. Ed O'Neil and Connor Cleare from the Unusual Suspects both grew up in Passage where the tragedy occurred. The Bolger Brothers tragedy fund board of directors approached the band to do the single. 

In speaking about getting on board with the idea Ed Oneil said “It's a really small community and myself and Connor grew up there so we wanted to give something back. We wanted to do what ever we can to help”. The Unusual Suspects is a 8 piece band with 4 guests from other bands contributing to the track. Ed is producing most of the recording of Bruce Spingsteen's 'The River' himself. 

“The charity committee are funding the project and chose 'The River' because the middle brother was a big Springsteen fan. The tragedy really was a huge blow to the community because they had young children” Ed said. All proceeds from this single will go towards the families of the fishermen until September 1st. Proceeds raised for the next four weeks after that will go towards another fishing tragedy that occurred in Waterford. All proceeds will then go towards the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at the families request. People can buy the single on iTunes here.

“The target is €250,000 and we are just one of the 100 fundraising projects at the moment”. The single will be made available for download on iTunes on Friday the 26th of July and will be given a large push over local radio that weekend. The following weekend it will receive national radio support. The band took time out of their busy schedule to record the charity number “ We are an extremely busy band and pretty much gigging 5 nights a week in the summer. So we had to move some stuff around in order to get time to record this.”

The single was recorded in Temple Lane Recording Studios in Temple Bar, Dublin. “The Lads in Temple Lane have been great in helping us get everything organised”. For more information on the Bolgers Brothers Tragedy and upcoming events check out their Facebook Page here.

by Jonnie @Bandpages