- 01 Sep 21
The Aslan member was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2013.
For over three decades, Christy Dignam and Aslan have been internationally renowned as some of Ireland's best-loved entertainers. As a band, they have shared extreme highs and crushing lows – not to mention several near-death experiences – and enjoyed a long and enthralling career.
But during the pandemic in 2020, when most of the world was halted at a standstill, Dignam reached out to his friend, songwriter and producer Don Mescall, to discuss the possibility of recording a legacy solo album.
Don had worked with Aslan before, as the writer of the number one song ‘Too Late for Hallelujah’ and the top five single ‘Catch Your Fall’, and he was more than happy to help, drawing inspiration for the songs from Dignam's established and at times turbulent career.
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, the album is called The Man Who Stayed Alive.
The title most likely references Dignam's 2013 cancer diagnosis, for which he has undergone aggressive chemotherapy treatments throughout lockdown.
Today they are sharing the music video for 'High,' as single taken from the album. Some 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.
Watch the video below.