Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Tweeps who came to the Westin for the recording 27 Nov 2011

This is a list in the order of people arriving to the Westin Hotel, Dublin for the recording of the #twitterxmassingle:

Bob Cullen
Fiona Balfe
Robert Heaven
Christopher Edwards
Ciara Cullen
Saoirse Sparkes [can't read Twitter ID - DM to correct]
Diane Magee [dm Twitter id please]
John [Holles Street]
Cora Clarke
Susan McInerney
Dean Leacy
Moira Murphy
Dr Rhona Mahony {Holles Street}
Maura Donohoe
Cathy Allen
Alex Seery Peter Mark
Jillian Godsil
Bill Hughes
Debbie O'Donnell
Nicole Bermingham
Tony Breen

If there are some we have missed please let us know but these are all the people who signed in on Sunday 27 November.


Thank You

I can't fit everyone in here and I don't want to start listing individuals in case I miss someone. There are groups and individuals who have to be thanked so here goes:

Musical Director:
Ian Callanan @icallanan who made the tweet come alive in a real single. Without his talent and patience last Sunday would not have created an amazing record. To Paul who came along and did all the recording and the technical stuff.

Song Credits:

Song Title: Winter Song
Composers - Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
Artist - TwitterXMasSingle
Label - Holles Street Neonatal Unit

Executive Producer - Brenda Drumm
Producer - Ian Callanan
Arranged by Ian Callanan

Anne Cullen - Piano
Paddy Kiernan - Bass
Ian Callanan - Synthesizer and Programming
Darragh Ó Héiligh - Bodhrán, Whistles and Uilleann Pipes
Guitar - David Byrne
Violin - Christopher Edwards
Viola - Nicola Bermingham
Cello - Róisín Magee

Instrumentation recorded at Ian Callanan Studios (
Engineered by Ian Callanan
Choir and Soloists recorded at The Westin Hotel, Dublin on Sunday 27th November 2011
Engineered by Paul Keegan (
Choir Director - Ian Callanan
Mixed by Paul Keegan at Retreat Recording Studio (

Setting and backgrounds:
To the wonderful people at the Westin Hotel in Dublin. Thanks for the amazing venue - the Banking Hall is incredible. Thanks for looking after us so well and for arranging for the room to be dressed so beautifully.

To Tom Clements of RPDLTD who made us banners and backdrops. They really made the event feel real and they added a touch of colour and professionalism to the room. Thank you.

To Fran at Made in Hollywood for adding so much fun to the day. He created some amazing styrofoam pieces of Twitter words and birds and they were great props for the pics and the video. One of them ended up on the Luas. Thanks Fran.

Styling and Make-Up
To the amazing guys from Peter Mark style club Cathal Keaveney and Darren who gave up their Sunday to come along and to the very talented make up artists especially Majella Carmody who added a touch of glamour to the girls on the day.

To the choir and the soloists. You were truly amazing and we have a professional, polished piece thanks to your amazing talents.

Hair, make up artists and others
Bairbre Power Irish Independent 
LA Make Up   
Zoe Clark 
Tracey Dunne 
stephanie king 
Deirdre O'Reilly 
Laura Kay 
Kenny Oyedipe 
Daphne Costa Lopes
Ciara Kerins 
Melissa Waters 
Majella Carmody 
Julie Sheridan 
Joyce Porto  
kate feighan 
Amanda O’Dwyer 
Susan Maxwell
Susan McInerney

Random Irish Photos
David Ferrie 
Shane Murphy 
Emily Gallagher 

Media & PR
Caroline Kennedy, Kennedy PR

Santa Hats
Tom Moloney Joke Shop

Names will be added as we are reminded who we have left out.


Update on the eve of the launch of #twitterxmassingle

It has been a rollercoaster of a fortnight since I first tweeted the idea to do a Christmas single on Twitter. The song was recorded last Sunday in Dublin and it sounds amazing. We had somewhere between 100 and 140 characters from all over Ireland and all over Twitter who came together to record with some very talented soloists and musicians.

The song will be launched tomorrow at 2pm in the Westin Hotel in Dublin who have been amazing to us. We are launching it in the Banking Hall which is a stunning venue.

The song is Winter Song or Twinter Song as some of us have nick named it and it sounds sublime. We have a wonderful choir who just gel so well together and the solo performances are stunning.

The song will be available for download from all the usual places and spaces online and I hope that you buy it to support the Neonatal Unit in Holles Street, the National Maternity Street.

The other incredible news is that we are tipped to be the Christmas number one in Ireland. Not bad for a little late night tweet.

More updates tomorrow post launch.

Thanks for being with us on this journey.