SOME of Scotland’s most popular musicians are set to take part in a special livestream event to raise money for a new charity initiative called Masks for Scotland. ‘For The Love Of Scotland’ will be hosted by Edith Bowman on Wednesday 22nd April and aims to provide crucial PPE for frontline workers around the country.

With a vast array of Scottish talent set to appear, musicians confirmed to take part include KT Tunstall, Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) and Sam McTrusty (Twin Atlantic) alongside famous names like Ian Rankin, Jack Lowden, James McAvoy, Jean Johansson, Martin Compston, Ncuti Gatwa, Peter Capaldi, Peter Mullan, Richard Rankin and Sam Heughan. More names are still be announced.

The evening will include music, literature, poetry and chats with Scotland’s favourite stars, as well as stories from the public about the incredible community spirit seen across Scotland during lockdown. The stars will join forces with fans to give thanks to the frontline workers with one aim: to raise vital funds for Masks for Scotland.

Creator and host Edith Bowman said, “As the weeks have been passing, more and more I’ve been working out how I can do something to help. After a friend drew my attention to an amazing event in Wales last week, with a number of well-known Welsh faces, I thought, “I Ought To Do That!” I wanted to create an event that had a purpose, was a way of saying thank you to all those selfless people putting themselves in danger to help others and celebrate this extraordinary community spirit that we are seeing. Jo at Masks For Scotland had just been in touch to ask for my support, the work that she and her mum Jill are doing is wonderful, so it felt like the perfect fit. For the Love Of Scotland will be three hours of people coming together through music, prose, comedy, conversation and thanks, featuring both plenty of well-known faces and members of the public. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am to all the people who are helping us out and giving up their time. Now we just have to do it!”

The Masks for Scotland crowdfunding initiative was founded by Professor Jill Belch of the University of Dundee, in response to the urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for community frontline medical teams across Scotland. 100% of the money raised will fund the provision of PPE for key workers.

Professor Jill Belch said, “The Medical Teams who protect us must be protected too. We know that the bigger the viral load, the worse the disease. Day in, day out, these teams are exposed to very high viral loads. We must help save their lives, the lives of their families and their patients by providing correct PPE. This fund raiser will save lives – thank you so very much to all who donate.”

Edith Bowman will host the livestream on Gigs In Scotland’s social channels from 6pm – 9pm on Wednesday 22nd April. Viewers can tune into the stream on the Gigs in Scotland Facebook or YouTube.