The Ballad of Ronnie Drew

"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 January 2008, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
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"
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
(with The Dubliners, Kíla, A Band of Bowsies)
"Get On Your Boots"
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"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

1."The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"  Robert Hunter, Bono, the Edge and Simon CarmodyU2, The Dubliners, Kíla, and A Band of Bowsies4:52
2."Easy and Slow"  TraditionalRonnie Drew3:06
Total length:7:58

Contributing artists

Chart information

Chart (2008) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 1


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