St Andrews concert set to rock for mine disaster appeal

Poster for Pike River disaster fund concert.
Poster for Pike River disaster fund concert.
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A charity concert has been lined up in St Andrews in support of a campaign to aid the recovery of the bodies of the 29 men who lost their lives in last year’s New Zealand mining disaster.

Among the victims were 25-year-old Malcolm Campbell, from St Andrews, and Pete Rodger (40), of Perth, and their family and friends are helping promote the fund raising concert on November 12.

Topping the bill in the Younger Hall, St Andrews University, is the popular Celtic rock band, Cal, who will be joined by support acts.

All proceeds will go towards the Pike River Miners’ Recovery Fund and tickets can be obtained by telephoning 01334 840827 or 07730047144.

One of the organisers said: ”The concert is sure to be a moving, but also very positive affirmation of the men’s lives.”

Progress to recover the bodies of those who died when a series of explosions ripped through the coal mine last November is continuing.

CAL were formed in the latter months of 2010 by Michael Callaghan and Largoward man David Lindsay who were later joined by Graham Brown and piper Ross Munro.

The band have their own Scottish/celtic rock sound, style and songs with influences such as Runrig and Wolfstone and all members are passionate in their strong, intense love of two things, music and their homeland Scotland.

David, the band’s drummer, knew Malcolm Campbell well and told the Citizen: ‘‘I can remember when the news first reached me.

‘‘It was something which had happened so geographically far away, but it quickly became very close to home for me and, I think, the whole of our local community. The people’s concern and willingness to help has sparked a number of fundraising events throughout the past 11 months, mainly by Malcolm’s family and friends. They have just kept giving and giving.

‘‘Anyone who knew Malcolm would tell you how much he loved music and his Scottish roots and culture. Whether he was partying at home in Scotland, or on the other side of the world, you could be pretty sure you’d find him in a kilt, belting out a Proclaimers song somewhere!

‘‘It’s coming up for a year now since the disaster and we thought it appropriate to do this concert to raise as much as we possibly can for the 29 families who are still waiting for their loved ones to come home.’’