A mouldering copy of The Big Issue, sitting at the bottom of a large pile of magazines or papers, dating from years before. And yet, when musicians and other entertainers attempt to do something for charity, they are met with derision and criticism.
While characters such as Bono and Bob Geldof have their critics and some have questioned the merit of their methods, their efforts are every bit as valid as our purchase of a copy of The Big Issue so that we can, for a time, feel immune to the horrible sense of undeserved fortune we get when we pass one of its vendors.
It would be extremely churlish, then, to review The Cake Sale (all profits from which go to Oxfam Ireland's Make Trade Fair campaign) in anything but the most glowing of terms; it is a commendable effort by a large group of musicians who genuinely want to help.
The musicians in question - Dave Geraghty, Lisa Hannigan, Paul Noonan, Josh Ritter, Emm Gryner, Nina Persson, Gary Lightbody, Glen Hansard, Gemma Hayes, Ollie Cole, Conor Deasy, Damien Rice, Matt Lunson, and Neil Hannon - would deserve great credit whether the album was one of the great purely commercial/artistic works or a piece of hastily thrown together dreck; the motivation – and indeed the end result – would still be the same. 'Last Leaf', 'Some Surprise', 'All the Way Down', 'Aliens' and 'Too Many People' could all sit easily on any album by these artists.
With all this Lisa drama going on, I had a strange feeling Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol might have played a part in it (you can see my earlier posts in the "Lisa Hannigan Quit? Then we quickly went over to Lisa and I put my hand on her arm and asked if we can talk to her. And I started right away with OMG we weren’t even able to be on the computer today and a friend told us what happened today.
" thread where you’ll find my utter distate for this man). After the show Honey and I were like lets go home, then when we headed outside we were like let’s just pass by the exit and see if anyone is waiting. Honey and I sort of tag teamed her in the fact that when I would finish talking honey would continue.
The Irish supergroup, who are following in the footsteps of U2, invited Lisa to play with them on their recent UK tour and Gary and Lisa grew very close.
No explanation was given for the sudden split but it appears that Lisa gave up working with Damien to go on tour with Snow Patrol.
Lisa had dated Rice who has also been romantically linked with Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger.
On a normal release, this would be a cause for some criticism.
But on The Cake Sale it is more important to note that Deasy, Noonan, Ritter et al took the time to contribute fresh compositions and original recordings.
As a result Lisa will not be appearing at any of the upcoming live shows.