Councillor turns crooner for charity

SINGING may not be his strong point but one crooning councillor says he’s ready to take his sound to the ears of Fife.

Levenmouth’s Councillor Andrew Rodger put the finishing touches on his seven-track debut album this week which features hits such as ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love’ and ‘My Way’.

Cllr Andrew Rodger puts the finishing touches on his debut album

Cllr Andrew Rodger puts the finishing touches on his debut album

Cllr Rodger decided to step up to the microphone after friends clubbed together to buy him a day in a recording studio for his 60th birthday.

He said: “I have always wanted to try and make a CD but I knew I would have to practise and practise and also try and remember the words of all the songs.”

After a second session in the recording studio Cllr Rodger has wrapped up his album and now plans to sell it to raise money for a cause close to his heart – the Victoria Hospice in Kirkcaldy.

He is appealing for sponsors to help cover the estimated £600 cost of producing the CD so every single penny raised from sales can go to the hospice.

Cllr Rodger, who admits singing is not his ‘strong point’, thanked local singer songwriter Janey Kirk for her support and staff at the Glenrothes-based recording studio S9FIFTY for their patience in helping to make the CD a reality.

He added: “I know I will get a lot of stick from my fellow councillors and family, but as long as they buy one I’ll handle the aggro.

“On a serious note, cancer has touched two members of my family and my late wife who had the very best of care from the hospice in Kirkcaldy.

“The nurses, doctors, volunteers and support staff do a fantastic job and deserve all the support we can give them.

“If I can do a little bit to keep the hospice movement going through the support of the public it will have been all worth while.”

As well as ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ the album features ‘He’ll Have To Go’ by Jim Reeves, ‘Something Stupid’, by Frank and Nancy Sinatra, ‘For The Good Times’ by Perry Como, ‘No Matter What’ by Boyzone, and ‘The Wedding’ by Julia Rogers.

If you would like to help sponsor Andrew Rodger’s album email andy.sandy51@googlemail.com or phone 07866075223.