Blazin’ Fiddles calls for support to get Doddie’s Dream to Number 1
Blazin' Fiddles aim to take Doddie, and the fight against MND, to Number 1 this Christmas.
A star-studded line-up of some of the most revered musicians on the international folk scene, alongside classical violinist Nicola Benedetti, teamed up last year to release a charity video and single in aid of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
The single, which reached Number 9 in the official charts in March 2021 will be re-released at 9am on Friday 9 December.
Bruce MacGregor who wrote “Doddie’s Dream” explained “When Doddie passed away my phone was flooded with messages from people asking about re-releasing the single as a tribute to the man and his incredible battle with MND. So, we’re going to give it one big heave and see what we can do to try to get it into the Top 40 for Christmas.”
The anthemic melody, which has been belted out across venues throughout the UK on recent Blazin’ Fiddles gigs, will come with an additional acoustic version. “The other version is a bit more reflective and poignant, almost hymn like.”
Whilst taking part in Doddie Aid, Bruce MacGregor decided he would write and record a track with fellow musicians in a bid to raise more money for the charity, he said in 2021: “I was lucky enough to play a bit of rugby and even managed to squeeze into a squad with Doddie at student level. I have been so inspired by the big man’s approach to dealing with this disease, he’s incredible. So, whilst cycling out by Loch Ness as part of Doddie Aid, I had this idea of doing a charity single with a whole host of fellow musicians playing along with me and the Blazers.
“The tune has a real positive lift to it and hopefully it fits in with that amazing collective spirit that was on display during Doddie Aid in January. All sales of the track are going to Doddie’s Charity so I hope everyone gets behind it and we can raise as much money as possible for this brilliant cause.”
Nicola Benedetti said: “It is a total honour to perform with such an incredible line up of folk musicians and for such an important cause. All the proceeds will go to Doddie’s Charity which helps fellow sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease and funds much needed research into this cruel illness. I hope everyone enjoys our wee tune and helps us to raise awareness of MND.”