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Bands voice support with Christmas songbook

Published: 12 November 2016

Bands voice support with Christmas songbook

‘Home for the Holidays: A Christmas Songbook’ will be launched at a mini festival at Edinburgh’s Summerhall with live music across two stages on 16 and 17 December. Withered Hand, Broken Records, Ballboy, Meursault and Spook School are among those on the bill with acoustic sets from artists including Savage Mansion, the Little Kicks and Book Group.

Supported by live music night Nothing Ever Happens Here, we have persuaded top acts to donate their talents to a songbook comprising of lyrics and chords to a set of original songs, which comes with access to an exclusive download of all the tracks. The collection is also the first time that Frightened Rabbit’s track ‘Cheap Gold’ will be available for fans to buy.

Keith Bartholomew, our Senior Digital Officer has helped organise the songbook and its launch. He said:

“The songbook provides a great opportunity for bands to help support our work – and the perfect Christmas gift for music fans that also helps raise vital funds to ensure no-one faces bad housing or homelessness alone.

“For the launch gig we’re working with Nothing Ever Happens Here at Summerhall, and Graeme Anderson of the band Book Group – building on the success of the Gimme Shelter festival shows that he organised a few years ago.”

Graeme Brown, our Director, said:

“It’s not easy to celebrate Christmas when we know so many people in Scotland are suffering the misery of homelessness and bad housing. However it does make me optimistic when we ask people to share their talents to help and they deliver. I want to thank the musicians who have contributed to the songbook and wish them all the best for the launch.”

Tickets for the launch are on sale now from Summerhall at The Songbook will go on sale on the night and be available from our online shop from then on. Profits from the event and the sale of the book will help us provide advice and support to people affected by bad housing and homelessness through our website, free, national helpline and community hubs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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