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Charity plea inspires rock group’s foodbank fundraiser

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​Band records version of Dougie MacLean's Caledonia.

The powerful testimony of a charity chief has inspired a Scottish rock band to record a single to help fund foodbanks.

Loaves and Fishes chair Denis Curran caused a sensation when he spelt out the human consequences of poverty before a Holyrood committee.

In particular, he touched on foodbanks, saying their use was “not just growing but exploding”, telling MSPs that people were being penalised for being poor and that “the heart of the matter is that people are starving.”

His testimony became a social media phenomena – and one of the thousands who saw it was Ross Henderson, the guitarist of The Libations.

The 37 year old said: “My brother Martin and I watched Dennis Curran, chairman of Glasgow charity Loaves and Fishes, tell a Holyrood committee about the desperate food bank situation in no uncertain terms.

“It was so shocking we thought we should do anything we can.”

They quickly assembled some musicians and recorded their version of the Dougie MacLean classic Caledonia, which was also played at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Henderson said: “We hadn’t met the piano or fiddle player before, so the Youtube video we recorded is within an hour of being introduced, but it turned out fantastically.

“A lot of people haven’t heard the term foodbank and don’t realise there are people relying on others to feed them.”

You can download the single for 79p on iTunes and from Amazon.


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