Olly Murs releasing album for Republican prisoners after Féile gig

Olly Murs will donate the proceeds of a new album to the families of Republican prisoners, it has emerged.

The English singer-songwriter claims he was inspired to do so after performing in Falls Park as part of the Féile an Phobail 30th anniversary celebrations.

The 34-year-old enjoyed his stay in West Belfast so much that he stayed on for Sunday night’s Wolfe Tones gig.

At one point he was spotted in the crowd draped in an Irish Tricolour and chanting ‘Ooh ah uppa ‘Ra’.

Now the former X-Factor contestant has promised to ease the burden on the families of Republican prisoners that be believes have been ‘unlawfully interned’.

Murs hopes the album will raise awareness about, ‘The continued use of unjust powers by the British government to revoke a person’s licence without producing any evidence of wrongdoing which is an affront to human rights and natural justice’.

The Essex-born crooner says the new album will be a reworking of some of his biggest hits but with a ‘socialist republican vibe’.

Tracks on the new album will include:

The Troubles- maker,

Heart Skips a Punishment Beating,

Republican Army of Two,

Marching Seasons,

Stevie Nolan Knows,

And

Up (the Ra)

The move comes after American rapper and producer will.i.am has announced plans to collaborate with the Gertrude Star Flute Band on a new album under the pseudonym Prince will.i.am of Orange.

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