Queer Artists Collaborate On The Co-Present's Charity Christmas Album

Session Motts, Ailbhe Reddy, Villagers and Jack O'Rourke have teamed up with Co-Presents to bring you a wonderful christmas album with all proceeds going to Pieta House.

Single cover artwork for queer artists Session Motts song Shit it's Christmas

LGBT+ artists Session Motts, Ailbhe Reddy, Villagers and Jack O’Rourke have all contributed to a Christmas album with all proceeds going to charity.

Christmas is a time of year when friends and family come together and enjoy each others company. Unfortunately, for some, it is a time of remembrance for those we have lost and for others a time of loneliness and sadness. Pieta House is trying every day to break the cycle of suicide and self-harm and to comfort those who have lost a loved one.

The album is produced by the presenter and sound engineer of the Co-Presents show on Dublin Digital Radio, Dwayne Woods and Gav Hennessy who are both members of the LGBT+ community.


Image of Ailbhe Reddy perfoming in headline show at St Pancras Old Church in London
Ailbhe Reddy perfoming in headline show at St Pancras Old Church in London


Pietta House made a statement thanking all involved: “This album, from the first note to the last chorus, signifies a great hope. Pieta House strives for an Ireland where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Finally to everyone involved with the album we extend our gratitude, that you have given your time and energy to help those who need our services and to know that you are changing lives.”

It also features contributions from Maria Doyle Kennedy, Columbia Mills, I Have A Tribe, Elephant and many more (see track listing below). “A Co-Present Christmas” sees covers of classic tracks from The Pretenders, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Joni Mitchell as well as some old Christmas favourites and two original songs.

All proceeds from the album and live events will be donated to Pieta House Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre (freephone – 1800 247 247).


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Where To Buy The Album

The album is available for download now via Bandcamp  for €10

Physical copies of the album are available from the following record shops nationwide and will also cost €10

Tower Dublin (Dublin)
Classified Records (Dundalk)
Steamboat Records (Limerick)
Plugd (Cork)
OMG at Zhivago (Galway)
Record Room (Sligo)

The album premiered digitally via Nialler9 last Friday, and a live launch is happening this Saturday, December 9th at Drop Dead Twice, Francis Street, Dublin 8 where they will sell physical copies of the album and you can see performances from contributing artists, Session Motts, Junior Brother, Columbia Mills, I Have A Tribe, Tanjier and more.

Tickets for the live event cost €10.00 and are available from Dice Ireland via the event page.

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