Tom Walker and Red Hot Chilli Pipers release charity single
Written by News on 14th February 2019
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have breathed new life into Glasgow-born singer Tom Walker’s hit single “Leave A Light On” in a bid to raise money for Nordoff Robbins.
The group performed alongside Tom in a busking session on Buchanan Street in January before videos of the re-imagined track went viral.
Following the response to the original performance, the artists performed together before Scotland took on Italy in the Six Nations at Murrayfield – a stadium which holds over 67,000 people.
All proceeds from the new release will go to the charity which provides music therapy throughout the country. Nordoff Robbins aims to help everyone from those with disabilities to those with mental health issues through use of ‘life-changing music’.
The charity was formed by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins after years of developing their own music therapy, a process which they began in 1958.
In 1970, the first therapy service was set up in South London, and since then the organisation has grown into the UK’s largest music therapy charity.
Piper Harry Richards hopes the single can boost the awareness of the charity and the use of music to treat illnesses such as mental health conditions.
He said: “Tom is an ambassador for mental health awareness, so hopefully it also helps to break down the barriers and the stigma that we seem to have nowadays.
“If it allows more people to speak out and talk to others, then that would be the ultimate goal.”
The Scottish group, formed in 2002, have come to the attention of many in the last few years with their ‘bagrock’ style covers of well-known songs, including a version of Avicii’s Wake Me Up which broke into the iTunes top 40.
As well as generating funds and attention for the charity, Harry believes a modern-twist on the traditional instrument can increase the popularity of the pipes: “It pulls on the heartstrings of so many people so to see its popularity to increase would mean a lot.
“Also, if it helps to inspire the younger generation to pick up and start learning the pipes then there’s not much more we can ask for.”