The Fratellis have announced a special digital download of one of their best known albums will help a charity set up in memory of Stirling teenager.
The edition of the band’s album Half Drunk Under a Full Moon - which will include their live cover of Baccara’s Yes Sir, I Can Boogie - will benefit the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund.
The generous trio and their label Cooking Vinyl will donate 100 per cent of their income from the Charity Boogie Bundle to the charity plus The Tartan Army Children’s Charity and Soccer Aid.
It includes their current album, which is already in the charts, and the live version performed on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio breakfast show of the Baccara disco hit which became a Scotland anthem when the team clinched a place at this year’s Euros.
Frontman Jon Fratelli said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction to our cover of Boogie so it’s great to be able to combine this live recording with our new album to generate much-needed funds for these three great charities.”
Stirling girl Eilidh - described by friends and family as a “shining example and spectacular person, selfless, strong, positive and funny with an amazing understanding of the world” – lost her fight for life on March 25, 2010, nine days before her 16th birthday.
While battling a rare cancer, Eilidh and her family, from St Ninians, had spent quality time at respite home Calum’s Cabin on the Isle of Bute and, while thinking of how they could honour her wish that they help others, parents Gordon and Nicole felt creating a similar holiday home nearer Stirling would offer other young cancer patients and their families the same benefits.
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The dream has now almost been realised, with the new building at Munnieston Farm at Thornhill set to be completed and hopes of the first families enjoying it very soon, however around £50,000 has to be raised every year to keep it running.
The Fratellis have been stalwart supporters of the charity from the off, having headlined the “For the Love of Eilidh” series of concerts in Stirling, one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers.
Eilidh’s dad Gordon Brown said: “We are so honoured to be involved with this project. Jon Fratelli is a patron for our charity and without him, Baz and Mince we would not have been able to build our respite home for children living with cancer.
“They are the best guys and the best band. We love them.”
■To buy the Boogie Bundle album go to www.thefratellis.com