Musical tribute to Liam Miller goes viral

Musical tribute to Liam Miller goes viral
Liam Miller in action for Celtic. singer Myles Gaffney has written a song in tribute to him. Photo by Phil Cole

A SONG written especially for Liam Miller by a Knocknaheeny-based songwriter has gone viral with 47,000 views on Facebook just two days after being posted.

Well-known bard Myles Gaffney wrote the song following the tragic death of Miller in February due to cancer.

Myles, who only took up songwriting four years ago, first came to prominence on the Cork music scene when his song about Roy Keane entitled ‘Keano’ went viral and was downloaded over 13,000 times.

Despite being a Liverpool fan, Myles wrote the song about the former Manchester United and Cobh Ramblers player years after the Mayfield man arranged for Myles to see a Manchester United v Liverpool clash at Old Trafford following the death of his mother.

His latest song, 'Steady Boy Liam Miller', was played on Virgin Media One ahead of the tribute match organised for Miller at Pairc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday and football fans have flocked to Myles' Facebook page to hear it. 

It is also proving popular on Spotify and Youtube, Myles said: "Writing a song for Liam Miller wasn't on my mind but it was suggested to me a few times after Liam's passing. I decided I would take on the task. The song concentrates on Liam's career and life. It refers to the age of 16 when Liam got his break with a call-up to the Irish under-16 team by Brian Kerr.

“The song was written in 20 minutes and recorded and finished in two hours. It was recorded with my music partner Kealan Keeny and Colin Noone.

"It was just one of those songs that just came to me very quickly. I wrote it on a tin whistle and not a string instrument. It was my first time writing a song to a whistle. 

“When the song was complete I made contact with Mark McNulty, Cork City goalkeeper. I explained to Mark that the song had to remain under wraps and what I was going to tell him was to be kept in confidence which he truly obliged.

“I explained I needed Liam's wife Clare and parents Bridie and Billy hear this song and I needed their permission to go public. Mark arranged for me to speak with Bridie Miller. The song was sent and I got an overwhelming reply from the Miller family. I was delighted that they were so joyed by the piece,” he added.

The song was also played at the gala dinner at City Hall following the match which featured a host of football superstars such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Robbie Keane.

“I was over the moon the song got so much appreciation. It's a nice feeling when your work is appreciated at such a level and in such a manner,” Myles added.

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