Artists ‘light’ up Stormont

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody pictured with David C. Clements, The Wonder Villians, Silhouette and Soak.
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody pictured with David C. Clements, The Wonder Villians, Silhouette and Soak.

Some of Derry’s leading musical talents have combined their efforts to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust.

‘This Is All I Ask Of You’ was written by the new musical collective who are playing under the name of Gary Lightbody and The Assembly.

Derry singers Soak, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol fame and The Wonder Villians collaborated with David C. Clements and Silhouette on the project which was first aired at Stormont in support of the internationally-renowned TED (speak) live speaker event.

Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody said: “I was terrified, but I’ve been a massive fan of the TED website for years.

“It’s awesome watching really intelligent people speaking about subjects that are very dear to them.

“I wasn’t quite sure what I could add to the mix so I decided the best thing we could do was to write a song with a bunch of bright Northern Ireland talent. I was very happy to get my dream team of Soak, David C. Clements and the Wonder Villains and Silhouette.”

The theme was imagining the kind of future people in NI and beyond could have together as a society, almost 15 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

He added: “I wanted to highlight the great depth of talent in Northern Ireland, the music scene here means so much to me and I’ve been involved in it, playing in bands, working with other bands for many years. I know the scene and I know how extraordinary it is and I want to use every opportunity to show the rest of the world that’s the case.”

The event looks likely to be the singer’s only foray into the world of politics as he begins work on a new Snow Patrol album this month.

n ‘This Is All I Ask Of You’ is available to download from www.snowpatrol.com now