Two titans of Scottish rock, Travis and Del Amitri, have come together to release a Christmas charity single, with all proceeds going to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland.
Travis has given a festive makeover to one of Del Amitri’s most successful songs, ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. The single, which will be available for download pre-order from iTunes on 24 November, features sleigh bells and Fran Healy‘s soothing vocals.
The track will also feature on an album of Del Amitri covers, a brainchild of the band’s fan-base.
Through a social media campaign led by fans, and a personal blessing from Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, a host of famous Scottish musicians and song-writers have collaborated to support the cause. Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue, Julie Fowlis and Tom McRae have all provided songs for the album; ‘Pasted Beyond Recognition’, named after lyrics from Del Amitri song ‘Surface Of The Moon’.
Fran Healy from Travis, said: “Nothing Ever Happens is a perfect song which is as relevant today as it was when it was written. I feel honoured to have been allowed to give it a shot. It’s never going to be as good as the original but it’s a decent effort. We hope it helps sell the CD.”
‘Pasted Beyond Recognition’ will be officially launched at a special celebration of music on Saturday 17 December 2016 at the Òran Mór in Glasgow with host Hardeep Singh Kohli. Justin Currie will be treating gig-goers to Del Amitri’s classics and will be joined by Tom McRae, Withered Hand, Blue Rose Code, Ranagri, Zervas & Pepper, Jill Jackson of Speedway and Kris Dollimore, who will all be performing their cover versions from the album. All proceeds from the event and album sales will also be donated to SBH Scotland.
Deborah Roe, Director of Fundraising for SBH Scotland, said: “We are grateful to the Del Amitri fans, Travis, Justin Currie and all of the fantastic musicians who have all generously come together to collaborate on this release. As a charity that is almost solely self-funded, the money and awareness raised will make a huge difference to the lives of those across Scotland affected by these lifelong, complex conditions. The launch gig will be the perfect end to our 50th anniversary celebrations.”
Tickets for the album launch gig are £25 and are available now from the Òran Mór website: http://oran-mor.co.uk
Fans can keep up to date with the latest news on the Del Amitri Fans Facebook Page www.facebook.com/delamitrifans and on Twitter by following @delamitrinews.
Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie visited Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland’s HQ in Cumbernauld to announce his unique auction prize for this year’s Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards.
The “Roll to me” singer has agreed to compose, produce and record a single for the winner which will also be framed as a keepsake for the highest bidder. As part of the prize, the charity will own the rights to the song, meaning any money made from the music will go directly to specialist charity, SBH Scotland.
The Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards due to be held at the Glasgow City Hotel on Sunday 8 May, showcases the range and quality of Scotland’s entertainment industry. SBH Scotland is the official charity partner for the annual awards and all money raised on the night by the nominees will go towards the services it provides to families across Scotland.
Justin was inspired to donate the personal prize after he heard about the charity and spent time with SBH Scotland’s service users at one of its bi-weekly play schemes, singing and playing with the children at an “Under the Sea” themed session.
Justin Currie said: “I know one of the families who are supported by Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. They are consistently singing the praises of the charity and the work they do to make their everyday lives that much easier.
“I wanted to provide a prize that would get people talking as well as hopefully raise a lot of money. I will spend time with the winner getting to know them, so the song will be something truly personal to them.”