Drawing on song for charity funds

Nicholas Russell
Nicholas Russell

The record boss and manager of former Fife band Draw is donating sales of a previously unreleased track to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Nicholas Russell, who is co-owner and managing director of Balbirnie House Hotel in Markinch, is releasing Draw’s cover of American rock band Love’s sing ‘Alone Again Or’

The single is being released on iTunes with proceeds being donated to CHAS, which runs hospices including Rachel House in Kinross.

It is the only charity in Scotland to provide hospice services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

Draw recorded the cover of the track in 2003, which featured on Love’s critically acclaimed album ‘Forever Changes.’

Mr Russell said he was delighted to be releasing the single and that it was supporting CHAS.

He said: “A reason behind releasing this never-before-heard single was to firstly show appreciation for the extraordinary talent of Draw, which had a relatively short, but very exciting career within the music industry.

“The song was one of Love’s biggest hits from the 1967 album, and we recorded it as a tribute and a very humble show of respect to the legendary Arthur Lee, whom the band had the honour of supporting on UK tour for three weeks.

“I am really excited to be able to share this unique and exceptional track, which is an absolute gem from the archive. Not even the band themselves ever heard the final mastered version.”

He said he’s chosen to donate the proceeds to CHAS as they have been one of Balbirnie House’s chosen charity partners for a number of years.

He added: “The hotel now works annually with some 125 charities and organisations, and we have always done our best to support good causes but now is the time that we are asking for a little something back, and I encourage everyone to please dig deep and spend that 79p to help raise awareness of this fantastic song, as well as contributing positively to CHAS’s great work.”

Mr Russell set up the independent label Empire Records Scotland 15 years ago specifically to help support and promote Draw. The group was established in 1999 and during their four year career played to crowds of up to 20,000 at venues around the UK, from The Path Tavern in Kirkcaldy to London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Ali Kerr, regional fundraising manager for CHAS said: “A huge thank you to Nicholas - it’s a great way to support CHAS and raise money.”