A Christmas with special meaning - how Superstorm Sandy was defied by Irish music


“These are places where I have friends and relatives. These are places that people are ignoring. We want to help them on the night.”

So as she focuses on launching the album Daly is also focusing on getting her own life back on track after the storm. Although one job is taxing enough, two is really pushing it. But she doesn’t complain.

“To tell you the truth I don’t know how I’m doing it. We’re safe, we’re in our apartment together with our two cats, and the album is a labor of love for me. Life can’t stand still,” she offers.

“Some people I know are flipping out after the storm and they need help. I think you just have to go on.”

Daly adds that she feels she owes something to the Irish and Irish American artists she has worked with on Together for Christmas because they have all been working on its final lineup for the past year and a half or so. 

“I feel like I owe it to everyone who put time and energy into it to get it out there. It’s great exposure for newer Irish and Irish American artists and it’s worthwhile for the more established acts too.”

The cover and the interior sleeves come with a witty little bit of Irish nostalgia that you’ll be hard pressed to resist. Think fake silver Christmas trees, festive stockings and huge fake grins on over excited kids. 

Yes, that is a Six Million Dollar Man being displayed proudly by one Irish child of the 1970s. Along with motorbike stunt daredevil Evil Kenevil, every house in Ireland bought one of them in that decade. 

It’s images like that that connect one Irish Christmas and one Irish family to another in a way that ultimately connects them all. It’s why Daly started the entire project, and it’s a proof of why it will be such a success this holiday season. It’s a perfect blend of nostalgia and fun.

“I asked the artists as well as my friends and family if they had any pictures of themselves in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. This is what they came back with and I have to say it’s the perfect accompaniment to the album,” she says.

For more information on the CD, which is released by Cosmic Trigger Records, visit www.togetherforchristmas.com, or call 1-800-714-3272. The CD also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account, and is available on iTunes.