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Posted By: GUEST,Philippa
12-Dec-07 - 07:19 AM
Thread Name: Obit: songwriter/playwright Sam Starrett
Subject: Obit: Sam Starrett memorial CD
I'm sure I read in Mudcat forum about Sam Starrett's death, but I haven't been able to locate the old thread. Here is the latest news from the Derry Journal

CD tribute to Sam Starrett

'Goodnight Kiss', a collection of songs written by the late Sam Starrett, will be launched by his friends and family at The Junction, Bishop Street,[Derry, N Ireland] this Thursday [13 Dec 2007].

'Goodnight Kiss' is a labour of love in remembrance of Sam Starrett - playwright, composer, and musician - who died earlier this year. Compiled by his partner Tracey McRory and his good friend and fellow musician Richard Laird, along with many other musicians, singers and writers who had the joy and pleasure of Sam's friendship, this collection is both a tribute to Sam's memory and a reflection of the light which he brought into so many lives.

The seven songs on the CD include two which have never been released before. Also featured is the beautiful and well known 'John Condon'.

'Goodnight Kiss', the title track of the CD sang by Eilidh Patterson, was inspired by one of Sam's great passions in life, the plight of the ordinary soldierfrom Ireland in World War One. It's a song about the famous Christmas Truce in 1914 when both German and British soldiers climbed out of their trenches and met each other in no-mans land. During this short truce, the Goodnight Kiss - the last sniper shot of the day, was not heard.

'Dancing on the water' is a happy song performed by a group of people all of whom had the privilege of working with Sam.

The launch starts at 1pm and is open to the public. The producers would also like to invite all of Sam's friends, acquaintances and admirers along to the event.

'Goodnight Kiss' will retail at £7.99 and all proceeds will go to WHSCT Altnagelvin Cancer Care. CD's will be available at the launch and afterwards in the following places; Holywell Trust, Spar at Drumahoe, YMCA, The Junction. If you can help to promote and sell any CD's please contact Tracey @ Holywell Trust 028 71 261941.