Worst Irish Song of 2008.

Goes to “The ballad of Ronnie Drew”. I can’t quite believe this amusical dirge has been released. As I’m not from Dubin I don’t have to worship Ronnie Drew like he’s some kind of saint. It’s certainly sad that the man is unwell but I don’t understand how a collection of such allegedly talented artists managed to record such a dire song with its incoherent mutterings from Shane McGowan, more shouting from my namesake Damien Dempsey and Bono’s new orleans gospel chorus. Those whoops have never seemed so out of place.
As for the Late Late Show performance. Pat the plank hosted a dub musical love-in without rhyme or reason. When I heard Bonio suggest that Ronnie was up there with Pavorotti in his singing ability I reached for the remote. He’s a very average singer with a distinctive voice. No Luke Kelly either.
I know I’ve somehow “missed the point” but if Daniel O’ Donnel had put out this rubbish Bonio and chums (Sinead O’ Connor for F&(K’s SAKE!) would be rightly slagging him but it seems the capital’s musical elite think they’re immune from criticism.