Edinburgh bands play gig for Teenage Cancer Trust

By Lisa Toner

Edinburgh guitarist Rory Fitzsimmons has set up a live music event in the city to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust as a tribute to his 18-year-old brother Jamie.

Jamie has been receiving treatment from the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Sick Children’s Hospital for four years and big brother Rory wants to give him “a night he will never forget.”

Rory (left) and his brother Jamie

Rory said: “Jamie has been a patient at the Sick Kids unit since he was 14. We want to raise funds to help TCT, it’s a fantastic organisation who work to make the lives of teenagers with cancer more comfortable and normal.”

The gig named “One More for the Road” will be held at Studio 24 on Thursday. Local bands Still Whisky and The Black Jack Blues Band are on the bill alongside Rory’s own band, hard rock five-piece, Black Cherokee.

Black Cherokee have also written a song dedicated to Jamie, a rock ballad aptly named ‘Brother.’ Rory said: “All of the guys in the band put what they could into the song. It just came together perfectly as we all know Jamie.”

Black Cherokee

The track is due to be released as a fundraising single and all proceeds will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Louise Stirton, Teenage Cancer Trust’s fundraising executive for the East of Scotland said: “We’re honoured that Rory and Jamie are hosting this gig for us, they are a really inspiring pair. It’s going to be a great night and everyone should grab a ticket and come and join us!”

The money raised at Thursday’s event will help the teenage cancer charity raise the £1.6m needed for a new unit at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital for young people between 17 and 24 years and for a unit at the new children’s hospital due to open in 2013 for ages 13 to 16 years. Teenage Cancer Trust also have plans to recruit more specialised clinical staff to provide the best care and support for young people.

Tickets for One More for the Road on Thursday 27th January at Studio 24, Carlton Road are £5 and are available at the venue door or from Ripping Records or Has Beans Café.

Copies of Black Cherokee’s ‘Brother’ will also be on sale after the gig.

Find out more about Black Cherokee at www.myspace.com/blackcherokeeband.