Fermanagh musician Sinéad Quinn wows Royal Albert Hall with duo Boy George

Fermanagh musician Sinéad Quinn said performing Fairytale of New York with Boy George at London’s Royal Albert Hall last week was “one of the best things” she’s ever done.

Originally from Irvinestown but currently living in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Sinéad is best known as a contestant for the first series of the British television series Fame Academy in 2002, where she was a finalist.

She then signed a recording contract, released an album and released a UK No.2 single with “I Can’t Break Down” in February 2003.

Last Wednesday afternoon (December 14), Sinéad received an unexpected phone call asking if there was any chance that she could go to the Royal Albert Hall that evening, to perform Fairytale of New York with Boy George .

The event was Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s Christmas Compendium of Reason, a sold-out science and music variety show.

“They said they needed someone who would ‘come in and nail this song.’ I was their wife, ”Sinéad told The Impartial Reporter this week.

“There are a few guys in the band and they needed a singer to sing with Boy George. Marc Almond was also on the concert and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

“So I got a call at 4.30pm while I was making dinner for the kids, wondering if there was any chance I could go down to the Royal Albert Hall. So I tried a dozen babysitters, lit the fire, cooked dinner for the kids, then I was on the train, and at 9pm, I was singing Fairytale of New York with Boy George.

“That’s how weird,” she said, laughing.

Calling the experience “brilliant,” Sinead explained that she only met Boy George five minutes before pairing him up on stage.

“He was adorable. I met him about five minutes before continuing. The production manager introduced me to him and I said “hello George” and he said “oh hello, I recognize you, where do I recognize you from? And I said, “Crime Watch UK”. He was laughing out loud and said, “Okay, we’re friends, come to you”.

“Outside we went to sing it and we had a lot of fun,” she said.

An annual event, the Christmas Compendium of Reason hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince is an exhilarating collision of science, music, comedy and wonder with proceeds benefiting various charities.

Describing the sold-out experience as “very special,” Sinéad added, “Boy George did three songs, so he and I ended the night with Fairytale of New York. It was magical in this place and with a legend like Boy George.

“It was very special, it’s definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done,” she told this newspaper.

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