A SELECTION of new acts have been announced for a concert in aid of fundraising for war-torn Ukraine.
Eddi Reader, Dougie MacLean, Blazin’ Fiddles and The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band are the latest acts to sign up to the Concert for Ukraine in Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday 20th April.
Makar Kathleen Jamie will also give one of the first public readings of the collective poem Our Waking Breath – a Poem-Letter from Scotland to Ukraine, created from single lines submitted by the public.
The concert has already raised over £15,000 for the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Anyone who wishes to attend is urged to act fast as the concert is expected to sell out.
Perthshire based poet Jim Mackintosh who is organising the event along with Horsecross Arts, Alan McKinnon, Dave MacFarlane and Graeme Roger said: “I’m humbled at the response from the Scottish creative community.
“When we came up with the idea to do the concert, everyone we asked who could possibly rearrange their lives to be able to perform said yes.
“Once word spread among artists, we were actively contacted by several top names who wanted to get involved.
“The concert is obviously going to be full of emotion, but we do want people to come along and enjoy themselves and feel proud that they are doing something, albeit a small thing, to help the people of Ukraine.
“And if people can’t make it but still want to show their support, they can still donate to the appeal through the Concert for Ukraine webpage.”
Concert for Ukraine is meant a display of solidarity through the coming together of artists from Scotland’s traditional music scene with poetry and Ukrainian song to show support and raise funds for the people of Ukraine.
All the performers and their technical support have donated their services and Horsecross Arts has waived the hire fee for Perth Concert Hall.
The Concert for Ukraine will take place on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30 pm in the Perth Concert Hall with tickets going on sale Wednesday, March 23rd at 10 am.
Tickets cost £25 with all net proceeds from the event being donated directly to the DEC and Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.