Hello! If you are reading this you are likely a supporter of our campaign to create a pro independence album of Scottish songs in Alasdair Gray’s honour, and to hold an event for him at the Òran Mór. Since you are all shareholders in this enterprise, you deserve an update on how things are going. Here goes:
We are now down to final details: I have a first master from our sound engineer, and it’s brilliant! Really, it features the best of present day Scottish music in all of its guises, today, in 2016. I am immensely pleased by it, and I think you will be too. Today I finished a final credits spreadsheet. We are still waiting for two tracks. We’ll be sending out download codes in the first week of November, barring anything unforeseen.
We aren’t there yet. The funds we’ve raised so far will cover album production costs, the cost of perks etc. But we haven’t yet managed to guarantee the event. We — you and me and all of us — still have work to do!
The Òran Mór, Scotland’s largest public artwork and the canvas for Alasdair Gray’s ‘Sistine Chapel ceiling for the Scottish Working Class’ is an expensive venue. To do justice to Alasdair Gray and to our musicians, we need to light the murals and bring in a full sound system. Like most things that are really worth doing, this is going to cost.
Some interesting people see the value in this. Billy Bragg wanted to sing a few songs, but for contractual reasons to do with an event he has in Edinburgh in November, he couldn’t. I have been in touch with some of the artists on the album, and many are more than willing to come in and perform. Putting together a great musical programme for this event won’t be difficult — if we can raise the money to do it.
Many of you already have a seat reserved at ‘An Evening for Alasdair Gray’, which we would like to stage on November 29th, the day before St Andrew’s Day.
The Alasdair Gray Musical Scholarship Trust
We will be seeding this financial vehicle with £500 already raised. That’s guaranteed. We have also applied to two charitable trusts for further funding. Both trusts are chaired by staunch ‘Yes’ supporters. We are confident that one or perhaps both of them will top up this fund. The thing is, we won’t know if our applications have been successful until mid November. We are therefore hopeful that we’ll have some interesting announcements to make about these awards at the event. It’s worth adding that when the Alasdair Gray Musical Scholarship Trust has been successfully created through our shared efforts, a third charitable trust (this one a household name in Scotland) has expressed an interest in continuing to contribute to it on an ongoing basis.
We have a handful of days left to make our Indiegogo funding goal of £8500. If we can make that, we can do the event. It’s time everyone, to pull out all the stops. Let’s make it happen. Thank you everyone. See you on November 29th at the Òran Mór.