Skerryvore’s Martin Gillespie has revealed his delight at NHS charity single Everyday Heroes hitting top spot in the iTunes charts.
The piper, who teamed up with a host of Scottish musicians for the fundraiser, hopes the public will continue to get behind the track, after it hit number one within 12 hours of being released.
Martin said: “The response to ‘Everyday Heroes’ has been fantastic, it’s been so humbling to see so many people downloading the single, watching the video and doing their little bit to support the hundreds of thousands of NHS staff, volunteers and key workers risking so much to fight Covid-19.
“It’s not every day you top the charts and it goes to show the respect we all hold for the NHS and the power of music during difficult times.
“We hope people have found some comfort listening to the track and can enjoy it knowing that all proceeds are going to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.”
The special video and single in aid of NHS workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis was launched last Thursday, coinciding with the now weekly Clap for Carers tribute.
Featuring around 20 names across the Scottish music scene, as well as some well-known faces, the track entitled ‘Everyday Heroes’ was composed by Martin and recorded remotely in different locations during the ongoing lockdown.
Martin added: “We hope people continue to support the campaign and tell all their friends about it so we can fundraise as much as possible.
“We’re also calling on the musical community to come together to play the track at this Thursday’s Clap for Carers. We would love to see people out on their doorstep and hear the tune ringing out in honour of all those keeping us safe just now.”
The video is available on YouTube where there is a donate option for viewers, with all proceeds going towards the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
It features musicians from Skerryvore, Tide Lines, Peat and Diesel and Mànran, alongside figures including Alastair Campbell.
Martin, whose tour work has been curtailed by Covid-19 for the foreseeable future, was inspired to write the tune in response to the bravery and commitment of frontline NHS staff and thousands of volunteers and key workers risking their lives to fight the virus.
The track was arranged, mixed and mastered by Scott Wood of Skerryvore and Mhairi Wood and released on Tyree Records in one just one week.
The track is available to buy, stream and download on all major platforms. All proceeds from digital downloads go to the charity fund.
You can donate to the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal at: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHSCharitiesCOVID19
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