Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Highland Heroes Ready for Hampden Chart Success

“Torridon and The Staggies” getting ready to sing their way to Hampden 

Ross County supporters are getting ready to lend their vocal support to a potential chart topper! Having already played their way to the top into next month’s Active Nation Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United at Hampden Park, supporters of the Dingwall based football club – and Scotland’s most northerly professional team – have the chance on Tuesday 27th of April to be heard on the official club song.

The track is an adaptation of The Proclaimers, “I’m On My Way” and is going to be recorded live on Tuesday at The Ironworks by popular Highland band Torridon.

Kenny Smith of Torridon explained, "It’s been in the pipeline to record a Ross County song for a while now, and beating Celtic in the semi-final has offered the perfect inspiration. Having been at Hampden when Runrig recorded Loch Lomond with the Tartan Army, we felt it was so important to have the Ross County fans provide backing vocals on such a rousing song."

Kenny then made contact with The Proclaimers to get their approval, the club gave their support and he then booked The Ironworks, live music venue in Inverness for the night.

He continues, “It will be a free gig at The Ironworks and we’re hoping as many Staggies will come in with strips, scarves and semi final flags and sing the roof off the place!” We’ve made some changes to the words to make the song theirs but they’ll quickly get the hang of it we’re sure. It is hoped that the track will be released as Torridon & The Staggies!”

“We’re On Our Way” as the new version will be called, will hopefully be released exclusively on iTunes on the 10th of May and it is hoped that every fan heading to Hampden (and indeed a few neutrals) will buy a copy – if they did it could easily chart in the UK Top Twenty!

All those involved are working around the clock to get the single online in time for Cup Final with the track being mixed during the night after the gig and then sent to top Scottish record company The Music Kitchen in Edinburgh. Former Bay City Roller, Stuart Wood from the Edinburgh record label explained, “With such a short period of time to the release date, we’ll all just have to pull out the stops in the hope that we can get the track online in plenty of time so unfortunately if an all nighter is required then it’ll have to be!”

Torridon and Ross County were also both keen that any proceeds from the single would go to a good cause and they quickly decided that the charity to benefit would be Highland Disability Sport, an organisation focussed on providing opportunities for less-abled sportspersons across The Highlands.

Charlie Munro from Highland Disability Sport was delighted with the news, “Like the rest of the Highland population, we were delighted when Ross County got to the final but it’s even better news now that we may benefit from the release of the single. It’s great for us that Torridon and the football club have recognised what we’re trying to achieve in The Highlands. We can’t way to hear the final version!”

Ross County themselves are just taking it in their stride it would seem!

Douglas Fairley, Commercial Executive at the club explained, “The interest generated by the Final is simply fantastic, the Club has been absolutely inundated with offers, people and businesses desperate to be involved, not surprising really as this could be a once in a lifetime experience for the Highlands. Kenny and Matthew have been indirectly involved with Ross County for a number of years and when they approached us with this concept we were delighted to give it our approval, it could be a great weekend with a Cup Final and a Top Forty Chart Hit the following day!”

The Ironworks in Inverness will be able to hold up to 600 Staggies on Tuesday night and while there are likely to be tickets on the door the organisers recommend visiting for up to date information on reserving tickets

For Further Information Contact

Ian McCaig | Plan B

Office: 01292 521404

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