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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.

"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
Single by U2, The Dubliners, Kíla and A Band of Bowsies
B-sideEasy and Slow [1]
Released19 February 2008
FormatCD, download
RecordedJanuary 2008, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
GenreIrish folk, rock
LabelUniversal Music
Producer(s)John Reynolds
U2 singles chronology
"Window in the Skies"
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
"Get On Your Boots"
Audio sample
Music video
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" at

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 listingEdit

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 artistsEdit

Chart informationEdit

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


  1. ^ 7digital website: The Ballad of Ronnie Drew Archived 20 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Here's to you, Ronnie Drew". U2. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. ^ Irish Cancer Society - Irish Musicians Pen Song for Ronnie Drew Archived 27 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Chart Track: Week 10, 2008". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 June 2014.