'Doddie's Dream' Single Released

Blazin’ Fiddles and The Scottish Folk Orchestra featuring Nicola Benedetti release charity single for Doddie.

A star-studded line-up of some of the most revered musicians on the international folk scene, alongside classical violinist Nicola Benedetti, have teamed up to release a charity video and single in aid of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. 

Released on Friday 12 March 2021 and featuring a host of famous faces, the track entitled ‘Doddie’s Dream’ was composed by renowned Blazin’ Fiddles member and BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Bruce MacGregor, and recorded remotely in different locations throughout Scotland, Ireland and America.

Led by Scottish supergroup Blazin’ Fiddles, the musical scrum entitled Blazin’ Fiddles and the Scottish Folk Orchestra features an array of special guests, including Grammy Award-winning Nicola Benedetti who records exclusively for Decca Classics, Irish accordion legend Sharon Shannon and American Dobro master Jerry Douglas.

Doddie Weir, OBE said: “What a beautiful piece of music – it really is special, and I am so humbled to think these world class and brilliantly talented musicians have all been part of this. I’d like to thank everyone involved and of course especially Bruce, he’s a better fiddler than rugby player! If ever we needed some uplifting music, it is now, and my old teammate Stewart Campbell has produced a fantastic film to accompany the music. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!”

Whilst taking part in the challenge, Bruce MacGregor decided he would write and record a track with fellow musicians in a bid to raise more money for the charity, he said: “I was lucky enough to play a bit of rugby and even managed to squeeze into a squad with Doddie at student level. I have been so inspired by the big man’s approach to dealing with this disease, he’s incredible. So, whilst cycling out by Loch Ness last month as part of Doddie Aid, I had this idea of doing a charity single with a whole host of fellow musicians playing along with me and the Blazers. The tune has a real positive lift to it and hopefully it fits in with that amazing collective spirit that was on display during Doddie Aid in January.  All sales of the track are going to Doddie’s Charity so I hope everyone gets behind it and we can raise as much money as possible for this brilliant cause.”

Nicola Benedetti said: “It is a total honour to perform with such an incredible line up of folk musicians and for such an important cause. All the proceeds will go to Doddie’s Charity which helps fellow sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease and funds much needed research into this cruel illness. I hope everyone enjoys our wee tune and helps us to raise awareness of MND.”

Joining the prestigious line-up is revered songstress Julie Fowlis, highly acclaimed composer and fiddle player Duncan Chisholm, fiddle and accordion duo Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, musician and composer Donald Shaw, BBC Take the Floor Presenter and member of Mànran Gary Innes, Megan Henderson, Ewan Robertson and James Lindsay of Breabach, Skerryvore’s Martin Gillespie and Scott Wood, BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad winner Ali Levack, piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie, fiddle and cello duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Iain Sandilands on percussion, harp and fiddle duo Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid Henderson, Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty on fiddle and cittern, multi-award winning concertinist Mohsen Amini, member of Treacherous Orchestra and Session A9 Adam Sutherland and Scots fiddle maestro Paul Anderson. 

You can get the song on Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify here


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