Rod Stewart backs Bearsden musician’s Song For Scotland

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Legendary rocker Rod Stewart has given his backing to a new song for Scotland which was written by a Bearsden musician.

Support is also growing on a Facebook page which was set up to promote it - which has now attracted 773 likes since it was set up by the songwriter Ken Morton of Switchback Road, Bearsden.

Talented guitarist Ken (58) has high hopes that his Song For Scotland will become the country’s new anthem - performed by Scottish singing sensation Brenda Cochrane.

He wrote the song in 1999 as an entry for a competition to find a new Scottish anthem and he used the imagery of Scottish flags, the iconic Saltire and Lion Rampant, in the first lines that he wrote.

Ken gave up working on the anthem four times that year due to other commitments, but he resolved to finish it.

He submitted his song for the competition, but sadly a short list of 20 songs was never put to public vote and A Song for Scotland was never performed in public.

Disheartened by the unexpected turn of events Ken put the song in a bottom drawer, where it lay forgotten for 12 years, apart from every Hogmanay when he’d get out his guitar and sing it for friends and family.

However, reminded of the famous story of Robert the Bruce and the spider, Ken was determined to try again.

Ken said: “I put the song in the bin, but woke up in the middle of the night and got it back out again.

“It demanded to be finished - it wouldn’t let me give it up.

“Now Rod Stewart has heard it and he described it as “stirring stuff” in an e-mail to me. I’m hugely encouraged by this!

“A Song For Scotland is also being tried out by a superb bagpipes player and I hope to have a recording on Facebook soon.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve had so many likes from people all over the world.”

Ken has since approached Brenda Cochrane, known as ‘The Voice’ to sing the song.

She agreed and they sent a demo CD to the First Minister Alex Salmond earlier this year?

He replied positively and gave a copy to Event Scotland, who co-ordinate Homecoming Scotland and are organising the Glasgow Commonwealth games.