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Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter calls Lisheen song an early Christmas present

Thursday, 18th December, 2014 9:11am
Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter calls Lisheen song an early Christmas present

RENOWNED American singer songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter gave a great thrill to the kids of Lisheen National School this week, when she re-tweeted a link to their video.

The kids recently recorded her song 'Come Darkness, Come Light' for their Christmas CD and recorded a professional video to go along with it, which is on YouTube.

And this week, the singer who penned the beautiful song, re-tweeted a link to it, with the message: 'Best early xmas gift...children of Lisheen Nat’l School (West Cork) performing Come Darkness, Come Light'

Chapin Carpenter is a five-time Grammy Award winner, and the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, and while she is probably best known for songs such as ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’ and ‘Down At The Twist and Shout’ – it’s her deeper, more contemplative music that really sees her shine through as an artist. ‘The Moon and St Christopher’ was made famous by our own Mary Black.

Her recognition of the Lisheen children is just the latest boost for the kids from the small rural school outside Skibbereen, who also appeared on RTÉ's Nationwide recently.

The pupils recorded the CD of Christmas Carols to raise money for the Cancer Connect charity. The movie tells the story of the day of recording in the local church.

The CD can be purchased on www.lisheenns.ie.

Watch the gorgeous video here, which adds a real feelgood element to Christmas Week.