November 7, 2006

“The Cake Sale” (featuring Josh Ritter, Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice, The Thrills, and more)

Well, here’s something tasty.

Excellent Irish musicians team up for a good cause with the upcoming release of The Cake Sale — a band featuring a loose and expansive collective of musicians and writers who have combined to create a 9-song CD of the same name on Oxfam Records. All profits will go to support Oxfam Ireland’s Make Trade Fair campaign and their overseas program work.

Songs on the album have been written by Dave Geraghty and Paul Noonan (both of Bell X1), Bono’s favorite Emm Gryner [link], Glen Hansard (of The Frames), Ollie Cole (of Irish band Turn), Damien Rice, Irish indies The Thrills and Australian-born Irish songwriter Matt Lunson [link].

Lead vocalists for the project include Lisa Hannigan (who has worked extensively with Damien Rice and should release a solo album as soon as she is able), Nina Persson (of The Cardigans), Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol), the lovely Irish singer Gemma Hayes, Glen Hansard, Josh Ritter, Conor Deasy (The Thrills) and Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy). A host of other luminaries fill the roles of musicians.

That’s a top notch compilation lineup if I ever saw one! You can stream audio from all nine of the songs here, or on their MySpace page. Be their friend. Buy their record. It’s a GOOD cause. The Cake Sale was just released in Ireland last week, and apparently those of us not on the Emerald Isle can buy it online through Road Records.

Here’s just one of the great songs:
Last Leaf (Lisa Hannigan on vocals) – The Cake Sale
(re-upped 11/11/06)


  • Thanks for the wonderful song, Heather. I couldn’t agree with you more about Lisa Hannigan needing to release a solo album… It’s gotta happen (right?), and I can’t wait!

    jason — November 8, 2006 @ 8:43 am

  • Thank you! Your blog rocks! Great taste in music. :)

    Heather — November 8, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

  • it’s an amazing album. ‘last leaf’ is probably my favourite track on it. brian from bell x1, who put it all together, did a webchat today and said that he hopes to have a worldwide release in the new year.

    lisa will be performing with damien on the tonight show with jay leno tonight and they’ll be on KCRW’s morning becomes eclectic tomorrow

    emmett — November 9, 2006 @ 10:40 am

  • thanks for the notice emmett!

    heather — November 9, 2006 @ 11:20 am

  • delicious Lisa tunes = :)

    supergurg — November 10, 2006 @ 1:14 am

  • I’ve been trying to download this song for a day or two from your blog, now it says your bandwidth is exceeded. Please make it available if you get a chance, I would love to hear it.



    KulPop — November 10, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

  • Okay, this tune has been re-upped too.

    heather — November 11, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

  • * i hear the album is temporarily out of stock.

    jane. — November 11, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

  • thanks jane – on the one hand, good news! that means sales are going well. on the other hand that means i’ll have to wait longer to get it . . .


    heather — November 11, 2006 @ 4:19 pm

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