Carlin and McGinty to release ‘Let the River Run’ - thanks to Carly Simon

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‘Let The River Run’, the anthem of the City of Culture year, is being released worldwide as a single by Carly Simon’s record company Iris Records.

The single, by Mairead Carlin and Damian McGinty is being release in a joint venture between Walled City Records and Iris.

The accompanying video will feature many of the highlights of the City of Culture year including Lumiere, Radio One’s Big Weekend, the Fleadh, the Walled City Tattoo, The Return of Colmcille and Other Voices.

‘Let The River Run’, produced by Frank Gallagher, was performed by the two Derry singers at the opening Sons and Daughters concert at The Venue last January. The Oscar-winning song was originally performed by Carly Simon and she was so impressed by Gallagher’s production that she invited Glee star Damian and Mairead from Celtic Woman to perform with her at a gala event in Beverly Hills earlier this year.

“I just played it and cried my eyes out and I’m still crying,” Simon said. “It’s absolutely stunningly wonderful. Thank you for doing me proud. It was so special to have Mairead and Damian here. They have made the song famous in Derry and it has now become a theme song for Derry, and I thank them so much for that.”

Damian McGinty said: “It’s a very proud moment to represent Derry on a large worldwide scale, showing the world how incredible our city is.”

Maired Carlin said: “Singing ‘Let The River Run’ with Carly is something I will never forget.”

McGinty and Carlin’s version of the song was first heard in Derry~Londonderry last New Year’s Eve as the soundtrack to the fireworks display held to herald the start of the city’s reign as the first UK City of Culture. The song was also featured in the ‘Silver Cities Rise’ promotional video and television advertising campaign.

Frank Gallagher said: “We were delighted when Carly Simon reacted so positively to our version of her great song. ‘Let The River Run’ has become synonymous with the success of the City of Culture year and it is very fitting that a year after it was first heard, it is to be released as a single at the start of 2014.”

The single is available for download on itunes at midnight Jan 20, 2014.