SKIBBEREEN soul singing sensation Brian Deady has spent Christmases apart from his family and knows what it feels like.
That’s why, in an incredible gesture of generosity, he’s offering to fly someone home, from anywhere in the globe, to be with their loved ones for the festive season.
To win, you have to tag someone on his Facebook page, who you think should come ‘home for Christmas’ and explain why.
Brian, who shot to fame with infectious tunes like Clap Your Hands and Eloise, has just released his new Christmas single Come Home.
He actually wrote it a few years ago, but with a lot of parallels to Christmas, he got it finished and put it out a few weeks ago.
‘A lot of people haven’t been home for a long time for whatever reason and the song is all about that, a longing for being home and going back to the place you are from,’ said Brian. He added that it just ‘made sense’ to him to make the offer of a flight which he’ll be paying for himself.
The musician splits his time between West Cork (he is currently living in Courtmacsherry) and Spain and says they each represent different aspects of home. But he says coming back here always does something for him and he draws something from it.
He’ll be spending Christmas with him mum in Douglas: ‘God forbid I’d go anywhere else!’ he joked.
He says he has grown to be a fan of Christmas having done away with some of what he called its more cynical aspects.
‘It’s about finding things in it that are important for you and for me that’s being home and enjoying the simple things. I’d be the worst in the world for buying presents and you would have seen me on Pana late on Christmas Eve shopping but now it’s more about the simple aspects. I go to my mum’s on Christmas Eve and go home and then spend Christmas Day with her. I’d probably just go for a run as well to justify all the food!’
Brian isn’t long back from Memphis where he recorded his new album (as yet unnamed) due out in early Spring. There’ll be a chance to see him over Christmas when he performs an intimate gig in The Kino in Cork city on December 29th.
In the meantime, he’s encouraging people to enter the competition. See @BrianDeadyMusic on Facebook for more.