Top Musicians in Scotland Band Together for Haiti

Benefit events for Haiti will be held in Edinburgh on February 7 and March 7, 2010.

A fundraising concert set up by bands in Edinburgh is hoping to raise more than £10,000 to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. The benefit concert at the Queen’s Hall will feature some of the best-known local musicians. The “Edinburgh Bands Together for Haiti” concert is being held on March 7 at 6:30pm (tickets are on sale now).

The concert has been set up by local singer and music promoter Liz MacEwan, who said she was originally planning a smaller event but had been overwhelmed by the amount of people looking to take part and support it. Performing alongside Liz and the Blind Lemons will be another well-known local musician, Tam White, a Scottish blues legend who also gained huge recognition from his appearance in Braveheart. Other local groups taking part include Nobby Clark, of Bay City Rollers fame, as well as Safehouse, Soulussion, The Rattlers (featuring Davy Sloane), and Senegalese samba band SambaSene.

The Traverse Theatre has also organized a fundraiser, which will see performances from comedian Craig Hill, playwright David Greig, singer Clare Knight, and DJ Grandma Staflasch. The “Benefit for Haiti Event” is being held on February 7, at 7:00pm.

John Cunningham, director of fundraising at Mercy Corps, said, “This event promises to be a fantastic evening for a great cause. It’s wonderful to see Edinburgh’s music community come together like this.”

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