Talking in advance of his charity gig at the Carnegie Hall on 7 June, popular Dunfermline musician George Murray (above) says, ‘To move a mountain you start with the stones’. With tickets for the gig selling well and an album ready for release, George is delighted about just how far his Eastwood project has come.
Tragically, George and his friend and fellow musician Stuart Henderson (below) both lost their beautiful wives, Nicola and Ruth to cancer. ‘I had the idea to go into the studio with a few songs and see if I could document the last few years in music. We thought we could raise some money for charity too.’
George and Stuart were joined by Liam Saunders, Ali Ferguson, Gil Allan, Eliot Murray and Billy Hunter to form Eastwood and together they have created Try My Best, an album of which they are all exceptionally proud.
‘I’ve been blessed in having the best people driving this project forward. Every member of the band has contributed in more ways than I could ever imagine. And of course Nicola and Ruth‘s strength and courage have been an inspiration. We have been guided every step of the way and Stuart and I are grateful for that loving direction.’
The response to the gig on 7 June has been excellent so far and there is still time to buy tickets from the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline or from https://uk.patronbase.com/_OnFife/Productions
The album is available for digital download at eastwood41.bandcamp.com and will be released on CD soon. All proceeds from music sales and gig money will go towards the Nicola Murray foundation and to Sarcoma UK on behalf of Ruth Henderson.
Says George, ‘I would like you to listen to this collection of songs with a tear and a smile and if any of them give some kind of comfort then I’m a happy man.’
Photographs by Kevin McCollum.
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