A host of Scottish music legends are set to appear at a benefit show for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.
Members of The Bluebells, Altered Images’ Claire Grogan, Love and Money’s James Grant, and Graheme Skinner out of Hipsway are among the big names who will be introduced by Sanjeev Kholi at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall for Sandfest 2018.
The event has taken place annually at the Village Hall in Sandford, near Strathaven, for the past ten years and is the brainchild of Douglas MacIntyre, head of record label Creeping Bent, and partner Katy Lironi, best known as vocalist of mid-90s act The Secret Goldfish, and previously a member of the Fizzbombs.
MacIntyre will himself perform as part of the ‘house band’, the Sandford City Rockers, comprised up of musicians from Aztec Camera, Del Amitri and Bourgie Bourgie. The event
“I’ve known the artists performing at Sandfest since the early 1980s,” says MacIntyre, whose band at that time were Article 58. “I met groups like The Bluebells (Ken McCluskey), Jazzateers (Grahame Skinner), Altered Images (Clare Grogan), Justin Currie (Del Amitri), and Friends Again (James Grant) as they were signed by record labels and started releasing albums.”
The musicians giving up their time in March have been involved in raising money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland for the past ten years at the smaller-scale events at the hall in Sandford.
The concert will also feature ‘support’ from Ups and Downs Theatre Group’s Choir 21, made up of children and young adults with Down’s syndrome, and their siblings.
Sandfest 2018 tickets are on sale now.