At 1pm on Friday, 100 musicians will gather in Today FM studios to stage a live performance of U2’s ‘One’, to officially mark the launch of the stations ‘Whole Lotta Live’ album.
The album is in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and in memory of Tony Fenton who passed away in March of this year.
This morning Ian Dempsey announced details of the live performance, which they claim is an Irish radio first. The 100 strong group will feature some well known faces of Irish music as well as a selection of Today FM listeners from around the country. More details to be announced later this week.
‘Whole Lotta Live’ is a compilation album of 30 tracks recorded at the station over the years by Irish and International acts. The album goes on sale on Friday, 27th November on double CD and download and all proceeds from the sales of the album will go to The Irish Cancer Society via Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign.
The sessions featured include recordings from the likes of Hozier, Bell X1, Ellie Goulding, Kodaline and Lisa Hannigan and were collaborated over the years on top Today FM shows from The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show to Paul McLoone and of course the late Tony Fenton.
The album was produced by Tony’s friend and former producer Pamela Blake and her husband, Gavin, Today FM sound engineer. Speaking about the album, Pamela said: “Tony was a genuine, soulful lover of music. He supported all of the artists on this record and relished having bands and singers live in studio for a chat and a song or two. You could hear the excitement in his voice over the radio when he was about to witness a live performance – and we’ll never forget that grin and sparkle in his eye of pure enjoyment and love for his work”.
Since 2010, Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign has raised over €8 million for The Irish Cancer Society, thanks to the generosity and spirit of the listeners.