Jolly "The Rocky Road To Dublin" inspired two different teams to create Ireland's Euro 2012 anthem.
The song by Shane MacGowan, The Aftermath & Friends competes with another re-make of the famous Dubliners' song by Ray D'Arcy listeners and Irish football team which also was released on Friday May 4. A pure coincidence it is, because Mullingar band The Aftermath say they had the same idea months ago.
"This is a rockier version of 'The Road to Poland'," says Johnny Cronin. He adds: "It's a comedy song. Ours is more of a 'Lisdoonvarna / The Craic Was Ninety In The Isle of Man' version. Even Gallagher's pub in Drumlish gets a mention."
"We were playing pool in Gallagher's Bar, Drumlish, and Jean Genie by David Bowie came on the Jukebox and Shane started singing Rocky Road to Dublin over the drums and bass. That was the inspiration. We knew where to take it from. There got the bass and drums down. The song is going to have good Bowie/Trad feel!"
To make their own – rockier – version of Ireland's Euro 2012 anthem the Cronin brothers, Shane MacGowan and his friend Tom Creagh penned new topical but comical lyrics to the tune of the cheerful folk song. To record it they have joined forces with some of the biggest names in Irish rock and trad. Along with Shane MacGowan, Johnny & Mick Cronin and The Aftermath band the song features Tom Creagh, Rachel Ray, Joe Rooney, Mike McGoldrick, Matt McManamon Sean Gavaghan, Duncan Paterson, Kieran O Malley, Chris O Malley, Ciarann Cronin, Paddy Flannery, Frank Byrne and Marie Therese.
Mixed by top Irish engineer Ger McDonnell, mastered in Abbey Road in London, Shane MacGowan, The Aftermath and Friends track 'The Rockier Road to Poland' is out on Live Transmission Records and available for download from Amazon now.