New collectable An Post stamps honour four of the many Irish artists who have graced stages Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and lots more big venues around the world and will help other musicians hit hard by the pandemic.
Singer songwriters, Christy Moore, Hozier, Lisa Hannigan and Sinead O’Connor are celebrated on a new collection from Ireland's postal service.
Designed by Dublin-based Shaughn McGrath Creative, the colourful large format stamps are available in a booklet of four national stamps (€4.40), at all post offices, while stocks last.
A donation will be made for every stamp booklet sold to the Irish Music Industry Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, created to assist Irish music creators experiencing financial need.
To mark the launch of the new stamps, music fans across Ireland and the world are invited to a virtual ‘festival’ of unique performances by the featured singer songwriters in Dublin’s GPO at 8pm on Thursday, July 15 at anpost.com/festival. The virtual gig can also be viewed for the next four weeks.
In addition to outstanding performances by Lisa Hannigan, Hozier and Christy Moore, Spoken Word artist Natalya O’Flaherty performs ‘3 Babies’, written by Sinead O Connor, in the 40 minute show, produced by Fuel.
Speaking during his performance in the GPO courtyard, Hozier said: “To be on an Irish stamp is such an honour and in such incredible company too.” He explained how he coped iwth Covid-19 Lockdowns.
"By re-connecting with the sense of local community, people around me, walking, swimming in the sea, applying a sense of gratefulness to what I could engage with and what I could achieve, and I hope to take a lot of that with me,” he said.
Also speaking at the GPO before performing in the main Post Office hall Christy Moore said he wished his grandparents were around to see him on a stamp and performing in the GPO.
“To be invited here to sing is one of the great privileges of my working life.” Describing how he got through the Pandemic, he said: “It’s been difficult, we never really appreciated how well off we all were, in the work that we to do. There are good sides, I’ve had a full year at home which is something I’ve never had before. We won’t forget it in a hurry, this year that we’ve had,” he said.
Lisa Hannigan said she couldn’t believe that she’d really be on a stamp and that it meant so much during this really tough time.
“I’ve been getting on and doing what I can and hopefully, ploughing some fields and making them productive for future times. Part of the rhythm of your life, like the seasonality of it, writing and touring. Touring is nourishing and it fills you up to go and write songs. I’ve missed that part of the cycle for a year now,” she said.
The new stamps are among the largest format stamps ever issued by An Post. “Big stamps for big names, quite fitting for these giants of the Singer Songwriter world”, a spokesperson said. “We expect strong interest in them from fans of the artists and of music in general, all over the world. We hope they will help spread a little joy at home and abroad.”
The new stamps and a special First Day Cover envelope are available at all post offices and online at www.anpost.com/artists.
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