‘Everyday Heroes’ features all of the members of Skerryvore, Innes Scott of Peat and Diesel, BBC Take the Floor Presenter and member of Mànran Gary Innes, Robert Robertson of Tide Lines, Harry Richards of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skipinnish’s Angus MacPhail and Rory Grindlay, Ian Smith and Seonaidh Macintyre from fellow Tiree band Trail West, Mhairi Marwick of Fat Suit, alongside political aide and journalist Alastair Campbell.
Martin Gillespie said: “I’ve written ‘Everyday Heroes’ to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of NHS staff, volunteers and key workers who are risking so much to fight COVID-19 and keep us all safe.
“Music is a source of comfort during difficult times and I hope this emotional, uplifting tune will raise a few smiles. All proceeds will go to the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and we would ask everyone to give it a listen and support this worthy cause.
“The response and support from other musicians and special guests has been fantastic. Everyone worked so hard to turn the track around in a matter of days and I’m grateful to all of them for collaborating with us on this fundraiser.
“Hopefully when we are through this crisis, we can perform the track for NHS staff in person, but for now we hope they enjoy this tune written in their honour.” The track was arranged, mixed and mastered by Scott Wood of Skerryvore and Mhairi Marwick – it will be released on Tyree Records.
Scott created a guide track from his home studio, Oak Ridge Studios, which was sent to the contributors so they could record their parts, with artists jumping at the chance to get behind the cause.
All proceeds from any digital downloads will also go to the charity fund.