The Cake Sale

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The Cake Sale
LabelsOxfam Ireland
Associated actsBell X1, Nina Persson, The Divine Comedy, The Frames, Snow Patrol, David Geraghty, The Thrills, Turn

The Cake Sale are a collective of mostly Irish musical artists including Swedish singer/songwriter Nina Persson of The Cardigans and Australian musician Nick Seymour of Crowded House.

The collective was formed by Brian Crosby formerly of Bell X1. They came together in 2006 to release a self-titled album called The Cake Sale. The album was produced to raise money for the charity Oxfam Ireland and the Ireland Make Trade Fair campaign. It was released on 3 November 2006 in Ireland. The album was so successful that it was given an international release the following year; it was released on 10 September 2007 in the United Kingdom and on 16 October 2007 in the United States by the American indie label Yep Roc Records, which is based in North Carolina.

Album details[edit]

The album, The Cake Sale was recorded by a group of Irish and international musicians who were organised by Crosby in 2006 to raise funds for the charity Oxfam Ireland's Make Trade Fair campaign.[1] Proceeds are added to the charity's “unrestricted fund” to support projects in ten African countries, countries such as Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Sudan.[1] Crosby has said that the album's success “completely exceeded expectations”, with the artists initially hoping it would go gold just to cover their costs.[1] All the publishing royalties raised by the album benefit Oxfam as well, an unusual occurrence for a charity album.[1] Worldwide rights were negotiated and a label, Oxfam Publishing, was established to administer the royalties.[1] Oxfam Ireland had little experience in such dealings and left it to the musicians to negotiate the project.[1] Crosby says the album's success has raised the charity's profile and high sales at home led to it being released digitally in the United Kingdom on 10 September and in the United States on Yep Roc Records on 16 October 2007.[1]

International success[edit]

The song "Some Surprise", a duet between singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan and Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody which was written by Bell X1 frontman Paul Noonan, featured on an episode of the popular prime time U.S. medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy after which it was made available to download on iTunes.[2][3] The song was also performed live by the duo for the first and only time at the 2008 Meteor Awards.[4][5] It is the fourth track on The Cake Sale album.


Contributing artists in the collective included:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sweet charity as Cake Sale goes global". The Irish Times. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  2. ^ "The Cake Sale's "Some Surprise" featured this week on Grey's Anatomy". Yep Roc Records. 2007-11-20. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  3. ^ "Grey's Anatomy gets an Irish flavour". RTÉ. 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  4. ^ "Gary Lightbody Surprise". BBC Northern Ireland. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  5. ^ "Watch Meteor Ireland Music Awards on RTÉ.ie". RTÉ. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2009-03-14.

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