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The Priests' biggest ambition to sing with Lady Gaga

By Nick Bramhill

It may sound like an unlikely musical collaboration and the ultimate clash of styles - but Northern Ireland's singing clergymen The Priests have revealed they want to perform with Lady Gaga.

The multi-platinum selling trio - brothers Fr Eugene and Fr Martin O'Hagan from Londonderry and Fr David Delargy from Ballymena - said their biggest musical ambition is to belt out hymns with the racy New York pop icon, insisting it would be a "wonderful meeting of minds".

Fr Eugene said: "Lady Gaga is a fantastic artist and performer. She's very unpredictable.

"Music opens a world of possibilities and if we ever got the chance to sing with her I hope we would do so harmoniously.

"She's a fantastic musician and we respect her greatly."

Crooning sibling Fr Martin admitted he was entranced by the 30-year-old Perfect Illusion hit-maker the first time he heard her sing.

He said: "She did something from The Sound of Music and that was pretty much the first thing I ever heard. I was so intrigued. I thought, 'Oh my goodness, she is capable of singing so wonderfully'. I think it would be a wonderful meeting of minds if we got the opportunity."

The classical music sensations, who are all full-time clergymen, also revealed that moves are still under way to make a Hollywood movie about their lives.

Progress on the film, which will be called Raising The Roof, has been slow since it was first announced almost five years ago.

But in an interview with The Catholic Universe, Fr Martin admitted fans could be waiting some time before the project - which has yet to attract a major production company - reaches the silver screen.

He said: "Raising The Roof is a distinct possibility, but you know how pipelines can be? They can be extremely long.

"And at the moment, it's somewhere in the pipeline."

Meanwhile, the talented trio - whose first album in 2008 sold more than three million copies, making it the fastest-selling classical debut of all time - will release their fourth studio album next month. They will also take temporary leave of their parishes in November for a string of live dates, which will include US performances, and two concerts in Londonderry and Belfast shortly before Christmas.

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