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Whole Lotta Roadies

by Whole Lotta Roadies

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The Fruit Tree Foundation is delighted to announce the creation of a brand-new unique album, ‘Whole Lotta Roadies’, put together by some of Scotland’s most loved musical artists and their crew. The project is the idea of Rod Jones of Idlewild, who saw first-hand the devastating effect the pandemic was having on all aspects of live shows, and in particular, those who rely on live events for a living, many now facing the prospect of an entire year of cancelled bookings.

On the line-up for this one-off recorded extravaganza are Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Twin Atlantic, Arab Strap, The Proclaimers, KT Tunstall, Fatherson, Emma Pollock, Honeyblood, Kathryn Joseph, The Rezillos, The Xcerts, and Idlewild.

Rod, who also founded The Fruit Tree Foundation, said:

“The devastating impact Covid 19 has had on the music industry is well documented and few are far more affected than Live Crew. On speaking to members of our touring crew I realised how they were falling through the cracks in government funding and with no gigs and tours upcoming the outlook for them was bleak. I wanted to try and find a way to support them and the wider Scottish Live Crew industry. Knowing how many crew members are also very talented musicians in their own right I thought it would be fitting for them to showcase this by covering songs of the bands they have been working with over the years, and releasing an album of this to create a hardship fund and also awareness of their situation. The support from bands and for this project has been amazing and with singers from each one singing on the cover versions we hope to create a really special album to celebrate and support the people behind the shows that we all love to play and go to, without them the music industry and artists would be lost.”

Richie Dempsey, live sound engineer for Idlewild and Emma Pollock said:

“This is an exciting project, aimed at raising funds and awareness for Scottish crew that are involved with these bands. The UK government might not care about us, but the bands and the band's fans do.”


released December 18, 2020

Participating Roadies

Colin Mccallum - Bass
Gavin Slater - Guitar
Kenny MacLeod - Guitar and Bass
Allen Johnson - Drums
Kelly Kyle - Trumpet
Steve Morrison - Drums
Fraser Fulton - Guitar and Bass
Stevie Christie - Keys
Richie Dempsey - Drums
Paul Gibson - Guitar
Shona Marshall - Guitar
Bobby Heatlie - Keys
Mark Shade - Guitar
Allan Stewart - Guitar
Paul Winton - Bass
Neil Reynolds - Drums and Bass
Steven Selby - Guitar
Paul Gibson - Guitar, Bass, Keys
Paul Docherty - Guitar
Tristan John - Keys
Mandy Clarke - Bass
Ben Seal - Keys
Luciano Rossi - Keys


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Whole Lotta Roadies Edinburgh, UK

Members of Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Twin Atlantic, The Proclaimers, Arab Strap, Idlewild, Kathryn Joseph, KT Tunstall, Fatherson, Emma Pollock, Honeyblood and The Xcerts to record a unique album alongside their crew.

All funds raised will be distributed via The Fruit Tree Foundation and a specialist board.
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