‘Speyside Sessions’ – Charity album launch


Charity music album ‘The Speyside Sessions’ goes on sale today (Friday 15th June) with performances by Scottish Holywood star Kevin McKidd and leading musicians from the north of Scotland.

Westminster SNP Leader Angus Robertson MP sang backing vocals on the collection of traditional Scottish music which is raising funds for Save the Children.

Speaking about the charity recording made in his Moray constituency Mr Robertson said:

“The Speyside Sessions is a great collection of Scottish music and will hopefully raise significant funds for Save the Children.  Kevin McKidd and everyone involved in the project deserve a lot of praise in making the album come about.

“The songs and melodies are performed by some of the best musicians from the north of Scotland and it was great fun being a part of the recordings.”

Kevin McKidd, who comes from Elgin in Moray, said:

“This musical project is a great fundraiser for Save the Children.  It involved a lot of people including Angus Robertson, who came up with the name ‘Speyside Session’ and sung backing vocals on the album. He introduced some excellent musicians to the project and helped before and during the recordings.

“The Speyside Sessions brought together fantastic people, it was great fun and is a tremendous showcase for music in Moray.

“We are hoping to raise funds for Save the Children so I would encourage people to buy the album through Amazon or the iTunes store.”


The Speyside Sessions were recorded in the Moray constituency of Angus Robertson MP at the beginning of 2012

A group of musicians led by actor Kevin McKidd (“Brave”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Rome”, “Trainspotting”) and best friend James D. Reid, recorded the album in house on the banks of the River Spey in Moray.

Over the course of one intense week, with a diverse cast of players and vocalists, which included many old friends, they recorded over two dozen traditional Scottish folk songs.

It was recorded under the guidance of producing/composing partners Nick Lloyd-Webber & James D. Reid (“The Little Prince”). The album was engineered and co-produced by Bryan Tolland, a former member of Scottish alternative rock band, Del Amitri.

More information included a film narrated by Ewan Mcgregor is available on: www.thespeysidesessions.com