A SONG about Manchester terror attack victim Eilidh MacLeod is being released by a contemporary Celtic music band to raise funds for a permanent memorial.
Skipinnish has announced the 14-year-old’s death was the inspiration behind Wishing Well, first released in December.
The musicians first felt they did not want to give away the detail of the song’s origin, but have now decided to put out a rearranged version to raise funds for Team Eilidh after support from the teenager’s family.
***NEW RELEASE***This Saturday we are releasing a new version of our song, Wishing Well. The song was written about the tragic loss of Eilidh MacLeod from Barra in the Manchester Bombing last year. We released the song originally in December, but it didn’t feel right at that time to make the background of it known. However, over the last few months having met with Eilidh’s parents we decided with encouragement from them, to make the origins of the song known to the public. Following from that and to help with fundraising for a permanent memorial to Eilidh on Barra, we got together with Malcolm Jones who arranged and produced the original track, and created a new version of the song. It will be released as a download single at midnight this coming Saturday in the lead up to the first anniversary of this tragedy. Here is a small flavour of it including a new verse. This Friday in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh we are performing the new version for the first time along with Inveraray and District Pipe Band and Cruinn.Pre-orders can be made on this link and you will automatically receive the song as soon as it goes live at midnight. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id1383298866?app=itunesAll proceeds from the download sales will go to the Team Eilidh Fund. There is not much income from downloads but if enough folk buy the track for 99p it will hopefully add up and help this bright, young and talented piper and Highland Dancer be remembered. Thanks to Malcolm Jones for giving of his time and talent to bring this new version together. Please like and share.
Posted by Skipinnish on Tuesday, 15 May 2018
In a statement, the band said: “The song was written about the tragic loss of Eilidh MacLeod from Barra in the Manchester Bombing last year.
“We released the song originally in December, but it didn’t feel right at that time to make the background of it known.
“However, over the last few months having met with Eilidh’s parents we decided with encouragement from them, to make the origins of the song known to the public.”
Eilidh and her friend Laura MacIntyre, both from Barra, were at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester when the bomb went off on May 22 last year.
Both were reported missing, before it was realised the 14-year-old was among the 22 dead while Laura had suffered serious injuries.
Team Eilidh is a fundraiser working to get enough money to install a permanent memorial on Barra to the tragic teenager.
All proceeds from the release will go towards the campaign, the band said.