Trainspotting star hits right note with charity single

Scots actor Kevin McKidd hopes to raise money for The Trussell Trust and Help Musicians UK.

Superstar: Trainspotting and Grey's Anatomy actor Kevin McKidd.
Superstar: Trainspotting and Grey's Anatomy actor Kevin McKidd.

Trainspotting and Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd is leading a musical effort to raise money for two charities.

The Elgin-born actor, along with Northern Irish singer Mairead Carlin, are lead vocalists on the single Leave A Light On.

It is aimed at raising money for The Trussell Trust, which runs food banks across the UK, as well as Help Musicians UK.

The single was composed and produced by James D. Reid, arranged and produced by Carlin’s husband Ronan Scolard, and was released on Monday with a JustGiving fundraising page.

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It is a reunion of the Speyside Sessions, which hit the top of iTune’s World Music Charts in six different countries in 2012.

Hitting the right note: The single was released on Monday.

McKidd said it had been a great experience.

He added: “James has done a great job with writing Leave A Light On. 

“He and Ronan had an uphill struggle to mix and produce this song with all the quarantine restrictions and everyone being apart. But they did it brilliantly.

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“When we got Mairead on board, she suggested that we help raise money for Help Musicians UK. Another brilliant idea. 

“She has been amazing to collaborate with and so talented. We are so lucky to have her on this single.

“If ever there was a time that we need music, it’s now. 

“I am very proud of the track and it has been a real honour to sing with Mairead and all of the old Speyside bunch again.”

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