Ten out of ten for Three out of Four’s new fundraising video

A band of young Borderers have put together a poignant cover of Pink Floyd’s hit ‘Wish You Were Here’ to raise funds for a local charity.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 1:44 pm
Three out of Four, the band of youngsters who have produced a cover version of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here for a local charity. Photograph: Zoe Meadows.

Three out of Four recorded the emotionally-charged hit from the band’s seminal Dark Side Of The Moon album in their own front rooms, and are hoping to raise £500 for Oliver’s Trust, a charity which aims to provide a home setting close to the Borders General Hospital so that families with children who are undergoing difficult or extended treatment can spend more time with them.

The band, which comprises Gordon-based duo, 18-year-old lead singer and rhythm guitarist Sam Johnston and lead guitarist Ryan Hutchison, also 18, Earlston’s Max Foggin, 16, on drums and 15-year-old Sarah Archibald from Duns on bass.

And for the accompanying video, the youngsters have asked a small army of family and friends, including top Borders wheelchair racer Sammy Kinghorn, to hold up hand-written banners showing what they were missing because of the coronavirus lockdown.

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Sam said the band has had its own troubles in getting started with the restrictions in place, with all this year’s planned performances at Tweedlove, the Braw Lads Gathering, Edinburgh Meadows, Marooned, Summer Daze, Tempest Octoberfest, MacArts and Stowed Out all being cancelled.

He said: “We only really got together last summer, with Sarah coming on board earlier this year, so we’ve been trying a few things out over the internet, but it’s not easy.

“Thankfully, with the restrictions being relaxed, we’ve been able to meet up in gardens to practise.

“We’re also trying to sort out our first gig.

The band’s friends and family held up messages to show what they’ve missed.

“We’re hoping the Marooned Festival in Galashiels will take place soon, and we’re also looking at a drive-in festival in Lothian, which sounds like a lot of fun.

“We are also writing our own songs, and we released a five-song EP last year, called Divide.”

The charity he’s chosen to raise money for is run by friends of his family, Sean and Natalie Wright, who set it up in their son Oliver’s name after he sadly lost his battle aged six months to Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a rare cancer which affects one in two million.

Sam’s mum Kirstin, a friend of the Wrights, said: “Sean and Natalie wanted to spend as much time with Oliver as they could and have set up the trust in the hope of making this a possibility for future families facing the same hardships.

The band’s friends and family held up messages to show what they’ve missed.

“The band is astoundingly talented and they have done a great job with the video.”

Sam added: “It’s an important thing to raise money for.

“We’re very pleased with how the fundraising has gone so far ... we’ve made £160 of our £500 target ... so we’re just trying to keep it going.”