Proceeds from the seven-inch vinyl will benefit the Dublin Simon Community, an organization fighting homelessness, which the late singer supported
The Pogues are re-releasing their drunken Christmas classic, “Fairytale of New York,” on seven-inch vinyl, with proceeds benefiting a charity long supported by late frontman Shane MacGowan.
The new seven-inch model is available for pre order now, and £6 (about $7.50) from every sale will be donated to the Dublin Simon Community, which works to end and prevent homelessness. MacGowan performed frequently at the Dublin Simon Community's annual Christmas Eve Busk—and in fact his last public performance before his death occurred at the 2021 event.
“Music is an emotional and visceral gift that can lift spirits and bring hope to people at their lowest point,” said Emma Kilkenny, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Dublin Simon Community. “We share the truly magical memory of Shane’s performance in the Christmas Busk special recorded at St Patrick’s Cathedral during the Covid lockdown. The Christmas Eve Busk is a beating heart at the heart of Dublin fundraising Simon and Shane have always been a very welcome and truly incredible addition to this special event.”
MacGowan died of complications from pneumonia on November 30, aged 65. The musician's funeral took place at St Mary's Church of the Rosary in Nenagh, Ireland, on December 8, with thousands of fans turning out to pay their respects, while inside mourners included Nick Cave, Bob Geldof and President of Ireland Michael D .Higgins.
The funeral featured several musical performances, including Cave's cover of the Pogues song “A Rainy Night in Soho”; Cait O'Riordan and John Francis Flynn's version of the traditional “I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day” (which the Pogues recorded in 1985); and Glen Hansard and Lisa O’Neill’s version of “Fairytale of New York.”
After the funeral, a private wake was held at a nearby pub that MacGowan liked to frequent. And, according to a new report from The Independent, it was MacGowan who posthumously paid the bill. One attendee told the newspaper: “I know the pub they go to for their meal after €10,000 has already been handed over the counter for free beer – it was Shane's last order.”