A HOST of Scottish acts are set to perform their own versions of classic Christmas hits as part of a festive charity fundraiser.
The Christmas Effect, a joint venture between all-girl band Teen Canteen and record label Last Night From Glasgow (LNFG), will feature the likes of Eugene Kelly, Mt. Doubt, Randolph’s Leap and Emme Woods.
It all takes place at Glasgow’s Mono on December 11, with a variety of ticket options starting at £10.
Ian Smith, co-founder of Last Night from Glasgow, said: “Twice in the past year Teen Canteen have run charity concerts called The Girl Effect.
“Carla Easton from the band and I hatched the idea of redoing it with a Christmas theme and came up with the ambitious idea that we could record it and release it as a final album before Christmas.”
All the proceeds from the event will be split between two charities, with the bands and venue charging nothing for their services.
Teen Canteen have already raised thousands for Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA), Scotland’s leading organisation working towards the prevention of domestic abuse, through previous events and have chosen to support them once again.
The event will also raise money for the Scottish Refugee Council (SRC).
“In the current climate, SRC seemed like a very admirable and festive spirited cause,” says Ian.
“The money will be split down the middle and every penny received will be given to the charities.”
All of the participants appear to be up for the challenge, with the event’s Facebook page teasing that one act will even tackle the epic seasonal classic Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by The Darkness.
“Four of the acts are on our label and they couldn’t really say no when we asked them to come and do a Christmas song!” jokes Ian.
“No matter how much of a scrooge you are, there’s always at least one Christmas song that you love.
“All the other acts have been involved in previous events so there’s quite a good little community that exists.”
Ticket holders are in for a night of singalong classics and well-known festive tunes, and there will likely be a good few Christmas jumpers on display.
But anyone hoping for a reggae version of Mariah Carey or a heavy metal Wham could be disappointed.
“Interestingly because we’re releasing it everything has to be recognisable, which is the funny thing about doing cover versions,” says Ian.
“No-one’s going to turn up and do a hip-hop version of Slade because it won’t pass the royalties requirements!”
The show is being recorded and the label plans to have it all mastered and available as a digital download just in time for Christmas.
The songs will be also available on iTunes and Spotify.
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Pauline Diamond Salim from the SRC said: “2016 has been another really difficult year with more people than ever forced to flee their homes in search of safety.
“It’s hard to find things to celebrate this year but the way people in Scotland have responded to the crisis facing refugees – the generosity, the warm welcome shown to people in need – is definitely worth celebrating.
“We are so grateful to Teen Canteen and Last Night From Glasgow for raising funds for us and standing in solidarity with refugees. The money raised on the night will go towards our work supporting refugee families as they rebuild their lives here in Scotland.”
A spokesperson for SWA said: “We’re thrilled that Teen Canteen and Last Night From Glasgow have chosen to raise funds for Scottish Women’s Aid and we are grateful for their ongoing support for challenging and changing attitudes towards domestic abuse in Scotland.
“Everyone has the right to live their lives free from fear and abuse, and all money raised from this exciting night will support our work creating a Scotland that does not tolerate domestic abuse, and a society where women and their children are safe.”
The Christmas Effect, Sunday 11th December, Mono, Glasgow