When Ronan Met Burt
A long time fan of Burt’s staggering back catalogue, Ronan was thrilled to work with one of his all-time musical heroes on this very special collaboration. The Irish superstar first contacted Burtin 2010; he was ecstatic when the iconic composer and producer agreed for them to work together.
Backed by a full orchestra, the result was a spectacular album recorded by the duo earlt in 2011. All the tracks featured are classics composed by Burt over the course of his impressive fifty year career and include instantly recognisable hits such as ‘Walk On By’, ‘The Look Of Love’, ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ and ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’. All the tracks were recorded live with a full orchestra, ensuring that the grandeur and stature of these timeless classics was captured and conserved.
“It has been a dream come true to work with Burt on this album,” Ronan says of the collaboration. “I grew up listening to his songs and the tracks we’ve chosen to record for the album are simply some of the greatest pop masterpieces ever written, so it was an honour to sing them alongside the man himself.”
Speaking about the recording session Ronan said,
‘It was one of the hardest sessions I’ve done. It’s hard enough trying to do justice to such legendary tunes but to record them with the man himself was another level of pressure’.
Burt said of the process,
‘To do these songs with a different slant and approach on them made it very interesting for me. And too be able to work with Ronan and expose these songs to maybe a younger audience as well as my fan base. Then to be able to record it in the legendary Capitol recording studio – full orchestra live. Quite a trip we were on Ronan.’
‘When Ronan Met Burt’ is Ronan’s seventh solo album in the UK and is his first solo release in this country since ‘Winter Songs’.
Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Songs for my Mother, Ronan releases the perfect companion to the festive period. Winter Songs features new single ‘Stay’, classics like ‘Little Drummer Boy’, and new Ronan tracks ‘Scars’ and ‘It’s Only Christmas’.
The first single to be taken from Winter Songs is ‘Stay’, a moving ballad about misplaced love, while covers of timeless tracks by Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell find themselves rubbing shoulders with winter classics like ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. This is a stunning selection of seasonal songs with production credits courtesy of Steve Lipson, who’s also worked with none other than Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and the Pet Shop Boys.
Songs For My Mother
Recorded in memory of his late mother, this is perhaps Ronan’s most personal album to date and scored him yet another international Number One. Here you’ll find traditional Irish folk songs rubbing shoulders with beautiful versions of the Cyndi Lauper classic ‘Time After Time’, Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’.
A personally-selected collection of wonderfully evocative songs that Ronan remembers from his own childhood, Songs For My Mother also includes a brand new re-working of the fan-favourite ‘This Is Your Song’, a track Ronan wrote for both of his parents. The album was produced by Stephen Lipson, who has also worked with the likes of Will Young, the Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox.