US singer-songwriter Carly Simon said she 'cried her eyes out' when she heard her 1988 song Let The River Run being sung as the anthem of Derry City of Culture.
The song was first performed by Derry singers Mairead Carlin and Damien McGinty at the Sons and Daughters concert in The Venue last January, and has since gained the status of the city's unoffical anthem. Musical director Frank Gallagher, who worked on the original performance, said the song is now to be released.
Miss Simon originally penned the song in the 1980s and it brought her an Oscar as best original song in the movie 'Working Girl' with Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver in 1989.
The song is to be released worldwide tomorrow by Miss Simon's record company Iris Records together with a video extensively featuring highlights of City of Culture year including Lumiere, Return of Colmcille and the Fleadh.