'The Man Who Stayed Alive'
- a legacy solo album by Christy Dignam
For more than three decades, Christy Dignam and his band Aslan have shared dizzy highs, crushing lows and several near-death experiences to emerge as one of Ireland’s best-loved entertainers.
It was during the Pandemic of 2020 that Christy reached out to his friend Don Mescall (songwriter / producer) and started discussing the possibility of recording a legacy solo album. Don had previously worked with Aslan as the writer of the number one song ‘Too Late for Hallelujah’ and the top five single ‘Catch Your Fall’. It was from Christy’s long established and often turbulent career that Don drew inspiration from for the creation of these songs.
Together, Christy and Don with the help of former MD of EMI Ireland, Willie Kavanagh started putting together a collection of songs that personally expressed where Christy felt he was in his life. The album was written and recorded predominantly at Don’s ‘Quivvy Church Studio’ in Cavan, but quite a few of the vocals were recorded in Christy’s kitchen at his home in Dublin, when he was well enough to record in between chemotherapy sessions which he is currently receiving for a terminal illness.