The Big Song Relay en route as Glasgow 2014 fast approaches

Commonwealth Music Baton   By Anne Austin

 

As the end of the Queen’s Baton Relay and the beginning of Glasgow 2014 is just around the corner, The Wee G takes a look at the musical baton that is sure to be part of this Commonwealth Game’s legacy.

BBC Radio Scotland‘s Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton has helped the music organisation Hands Up For Trad launch the specially commissioned song Here’s To All Our Common Wealth. The song has been belted out by choirs along the Queen’s Baton Relay route.

Listen to the track below:

Over one hundred choirs across Scotland joined The Big Song Relay, passing the song from choir to choir along some of the route. Written by Phil CunninghamAlison Burns and Findlay NapierHere’s To All Our Common Wealth, captures Scotland’s identity and has been adapted to suit every group’s style from rock to jazz, whether it is in Scots, English or Gaelic.

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Singer Robyn Stapleton said:

“Alison Burns from Hands up For Trad has led the project since she and some others came up with the idea. Back in February I won BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year which was organised by Hands Up For Trad. They are an amazing organisation and they approached me prior to the Relay beginning and asked if I would sing this commissioned song and we took it from there.”

The heartfelt number is certain to become a national favourite as well as further afield.Commonwealth Music Baton

Stapleton added:

“It is great that the song is touching people. It carries a sense of Scottish tradition and to know that people have been moved by it is wonderful.”

Find out more about Robyn Stapleton’s work at www.robynstapleton.com and catch her at the following venues:

BBC Quay Festival (20th July)

Wickerman Festival (25th of July)

Innerleithen Music Festival (16th August)

Kircudbright Tattoo (23rd August)

RNLI Park Fest (23rd August)

Portpatrick Folk Festival (6th September)

Jura Music Festival (27th September)

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