Frank Turner and Tim Burgess among line-up for online festival in memory of Selkirk singer-songwriter Scott Hutchison

Alternative rock big names including Frank Turner and Tim Burgess are taking part in an online festival in memory of Borders singer-songwriter Scott Hutchison next month.

Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performing in August 2010 in Woodford, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performing in August 2010 in Woodford, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Called Tiny Gigs, it’s being streamed live onSaturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, to help make up for the cancellation of this year’s summer music festivals due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

All proceeds will go to Tiny Changes, the mental health charity set up by his Selkirk-based family last year in memory of the Frightened Rabbit frontman following his death in May 2018 at the age of 36.

Festival performances can be viewed via www.facebook.com/TinyChanges

Frank Turner playing in 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)

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    A spokesperson for the charity said: “Music has the ability to connect people and build community, something that’s at the heart of everything we do.

    “We are a community of tiny change-makers working together to make young minds feel better.

    “We know this is the time many of you are preparing for a summer spent in fields with friends watching bands you love.

    “With this in mind, we came up with Tiny Gigs, a Tiny Changes fundraiser which will keep us connected through our love of music, allowing us to enjoy emerging, diverse and well-known talent from the comfort of our own homes.

    “We will be using the event to highlight the important work other children and young person charities in Scotland are undertaking right now, many of whom we have supported with our emergency Covid-19 fund.”

    Grant Hutchison, Scott’s brother and Frightened Rabbit bandmate, as well as being a founding trustee of the charity, named after a line in the group’s 2008 song Head Rolls Off, added: “At a time when so many of us might be feeling disconnected and isolated from the world, let’s all get together in a virtual field and enjoy some togetherness with a bunch of amazing musicians.

    “Instead of feeling like we’re missing out on seeing friends, going to gigs and singing along together, let’s make the most of being able to sit and watch a music festival from our own couch in our pants.

    “What started as a wee idea after seeing a bunch of artists perform for folk online has been turned into a reality by a few wonderful folk at Tiny Changes.

    “Join in, sing along and then, at the end of the night, you don’t need to fumble around in the dark looking for your tent.”

    Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/tinychangessco

    Besides Turner, formerly of Million Dead and Mongol Horde, and Charlatans singer Burgess, the festival’s line-up features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Matt Maltese, Naomi Munn, Broken Chanter, Carla Easton, Man of Moon, Aoife Nessa Frances, Bill Ryder-Jones, Finn and the Jacques, Paix, Heir of the Cursed, Matilda Mann, Loel Campbell, Cloth and the Staves.

    For further details, go to tinychanges.com