Ashford man releases song in aid of Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal

Ashford resident Shay Anthony Lea has released a song in aid of the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

The song “Bohdana’s Prayer” is being launched on Bandcamp as a charity release with all proceeds being donated to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.  The track is accompanied by a video with enthralling hand-drawn animation.  Bohdana is a traditional girl’s name in Ukraine and translates as ‘gift of God’.

Speaking prior to the release Shay Anthony said:

‘I was quite upset by the events that were unfolding day by day in Ukraine before and after Christmas 2021. I was so shocked when the conflict began on 24th February 2022 and was moved to write ‘Bohdana’s Prayer’ to somehow express my deep sadness at these events.  

Bohdana is a young girl who is sheltering in a makeshift bunker with her mother, sister and grandparents. Her father is not with them, we can guess why.  The bombs continue to fall around them, and the song mirrors her upset, her fears and total shock and confusion at what is going on in her country. Her prayer is for an end to fighting and a longing for peace. The words cause us to empathise with her and with her we too hope for a return to normality, to her country and her home. We share her heartbreak for all the people who have suffered, including her own family.  The song translates the global, universal struggle against conflict and suffering into the personal. At the song’s end we are drawn to join with the many voices, and especially the joined hands, affirming their right to peace and to freedom.’ 

To download the track visit

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