The Ballad of Ronnie Drew

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"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
Single by U2, The Dubliners, Kíla, and A Band of Bowsies
B-side Easy and Slow [1]
Released 19 February 2008
Format CD, download
Recorded 2008 in Windmill Lane
Genre Irish folk, rock
Length 4:52
Label Universal Music
Writer(s) Robert Hunter, Bono, The Edge and Simon Carmody
Producer(s) John Reynolds
U2 chronology
"Window in the Skies"
(2007)
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
(with The Dubliners, Kíla, A Band of Bowsies)
(2008)
"Get on Your Boots"
(2009)
Audio sample
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Music video
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" at U2.com

"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" is a single by U2, The Dubliners, Kíla, and "A Band of Bowsies".[2] The single was recorded as a charitable project, with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society - owing to Ronnie Drew's cancer condition.[3] It was recorded at Windmill Lane on 14 and 15 January 2008. "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" is available as a CD in Ireland only. Ronnie Drew died a few months after the release of the single in August 2008.

Glen Hansard's vocals on the record were recorded over the telephone, and not in person, as he was in the United States of America for the 80th Academy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist(s) Length
1. "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"   Robert Hunter, Bono, The Edge and Simon Carmody U2, The Dubliners, Kíla, and A Band of Bowsies 4:52
2. "Easy and Slow"   Traditional Ronnie Drew 3:06
Total length:
7:58

Contributing artists[edit]

Chart information[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
Irish Singles Chart[4] 1

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Mercy" by Duffy
Irish Singles Chart number one single
6 March 2008 - 13 March 2008
Succeeded by
"Mercy" by Duffy