boygenius and Ye Vagabonds Honour Sinéad O'Connor with "The Parting Glass" Charity Single

New addition to the Phoebe Bridgers Christmas covers canon just dropped

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 17, 2023

After turning looks at this year's GQ Men of the Year party in London earlier this week (and advocating for trans rights in their speech, following an introductory toast by Dan Levy), boygenius — the supergroup of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, if you've spent 2023 nestled in the cozy underbelly of a rock — have joined forces with Irish folk duo Ye Vagabonds for a cover of the traditional hymn, "The Parting Glass," famously once recorded by the late Sinéad O'Connor.

Proceeds from the charity single will go toward the Aisling Project, an after-school intervention for children and youth growing up in a disadvantaged area of Dublin, as chosen by the Sinéad O'Connor Estate. 

"We are absolutely thrilled that boygenius have chosen to give proceeds from the release to Aisling Project," the nonprofit's Mícheál Clear said in a statement. "It's an absolute privilege to be associated with the stunningly beautiful homage to Sinead O'Connor and we can't possibly thank boygenius enough."

According to press materials, yes, this does indeed count as the 2023 instalment in Bridgers's series of annual fucked up holiday song covers. Last year, she recorded a rendition of the Handsome Family's "So Much Wine," following previous recordings of Tom Waits's "The Day After Tomorrow," Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December," Simon & Garfunkel's "7 O'Clock News / Silent Night" in collaboration with Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger, McCarthy Trenching's "Christmas Song" with Jackson Browne and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

In addition to being an exquisite tribute to O'Connor's legacy following her tragic death in July, it's kind of the perfect send-off for the banner year of boygenius. Goodnight, and joy be with you all.


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