Patrick to launch debut single in memory of his sister

Patrick McDonagh is now a student at BIMM in Manchester.
Patrick McDonagh is now a student at BIMM in Manchester.
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A Derry singer-songwriter will this weekend launch his debut single in memory of his little sister.

All proceeds from Patrick McDonagh’s self-penned ballad ‘Got Some Fight’ will go towards the Jamie’s Journie and Angel Wishes NI charity.

The new single by Patrick McDonagh in memory of his sister Leona, with all proceeds going to Angel Wishes.

The new single by Patrick McDonagh in memory of his sister Leona, with all proceeds going to Angel Wishes.

The launch will take place this Sunday, September 27, at Pitchers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Culmore as part of Jamie’s Journie’s ‘Best Foot Forward Event’.

Patrick (19), (pictured) is just about to start his studies at the prestigious British and Ireland Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Manchester, after securing a coveted place there earlier this year.

The talented teenager has already been making a name for himself locally as a talented songwriter and performer after taking the plunge into the world of live gigs earlier this year.

He said he is “excited but nervous” to be launching his first single.

Patrick McDonagh performing live.

Patrick McDonagh performing live.

Speaking about the song he said: “The song is dedicated to my sister Leona Fox. She died of heart problems when she was just one day old. It would have been her 18th birthday in May.

“The first song I was bringing out was always going to be for her.”

Patrick is accompannied on the record by local musicians Johnny Harkin and James Curran on guitars, and the song was recorded at the Nerve Centre.

“I would describe the song as very emotional. It is not just about Leona, but more a song for the kids going through cancer and their parents, and I want to the song to do well both for the charity and because it is for Leona.”

Patrick said that the children battling cancer and their families were a definite inspiration.

The song will be available on i-Tunes, Google Play and all main digital outlets from next Monday. Patrick said he wanted to thank his family, Trisha Harkin from Angle Wishes, Gaye Kerr, and Glenn Rosborough who produced the song at the Nerve Centre.

Patrick is a former pupil of St Therese’s Primary School in Lenamore, Oakgrove College, St Peter’s Boys School and St Joseph’s High School. He has also undertaken a Level 3 Music Performance course at the North West Regional College.

Patrick started writing songs at the age of 15 but has only started performing earlier this year with his good friend and fellow talented singer Edel Bowen. As well as performing as Patrick and Edel, he has also undertaken a number of solo gigs at various venues in Derry.