Take me down to St Joe’s


“Take me down to St Joe’s” is the bluesy new single from the iconic Rhythm and Blues band The Mysterious Wheels – a song specially written to raise funds for St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.


“Take me down to St Joe’s”, with lead vocals by ex-Pogues drummer Andrew Ranken, is a reflection of life and its near misses, brought to life with Andrew’s trademark gravelly voice.

Andrew suffers from COPD, and was inspired to write the lyrics after a Pulmonary Rehab class at Homerton Hospital, at which a nurse from St Joseph’s Hospice gave a talk about the incredible work they do for the community.

Joe Korner, pianist with the band, came up with the melody, and they decided to offer the song to the Hospice as a charity recording to help raise funds and raise awareness of the wide range of services St Joseph’s has to offer.

Capturing the tranquil atmosphere of the Hospice’s gardens, the song features the melodious accompaniment of an outstanding trumpet piece by special guest Dan Gale-Hayes and soulful vocals from Nikki Akinjinmi.

Besides Andrew, The Mysterious Wheels is composed of brothers Joe and Simon Korner, Patmo Sheeran, and Lou Salvoni who have been playing gigs around London for many years.

Joint Chief Executive Tony McLean remarked, “It is an absolute honour to have a song written about St Joseph’s Hospice by such a talented group as The Mysterious Wheels and we truly hope that everyone downloads the song and helps us in our mission to raise money for the Hospice. The song has perfectly captured the peace and serenity one feels while sitting in the Hospice garden, far away from the hustle and bustle of life in Hackney, which is as it should be.”