Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP, was at yesterday’s [6th February] launch of the new vocal version of the famous Scottish instrumental tune, Highland Cathedral.
The new version has been recorded by members of the Scotland rugby squad and features captain Kelly Brown on lead vocals, with team-mates Euan Murray, Henry Pyrgos and Matt Scott and schoolchildren from Aberdeenshire.
The song will get its first public airing at Murrayfield on Saturday, ahead of the RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy and is tipped to enter the charts next week – especially if they win.
Speaking after attending the song’s preview launch at Edinburgh’s Music Kitchen Jamie McGrigor MSP says: ‘I consider myself privileged to have been asked to attend the launch of this brilliant new vocal version Highland Cathedral. It was an inspiring experience and I commend all those who have been involved.
‘Highland Cathedral is a wonderfully uplifting Highland tune and at last two clever men, Chris Thomson and Simon Paterson-Brown, have produced lyrics which are good enough to suit it and make it into an anthem which will unite Scottish rugby fans behind their team and drive our players over the line to renewed success.
As a Highlands & Islands MSP I am delighted that the second line contains the words ‘Highlands and Islands’ as my region is such an integral part of Scotland.
‘The song will unite Scottish fans from the north to the south and uplift both fans and players, young and old, to celebrate the wonderful game of rugby and cheer on their Scottish team.’
And fingers crossed for the game on Saturday.