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The search begins for Scotland’s greatest song

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In a bid to celebrate the country’s musical heritage, a search is being launched to find “Scotland’s greatest song”. Glasgow based; Audio Frontier have received funding from a UK government fund to run the project.

The campaign will run shows across Scottish radio stations such as Forth 2, Clyde 2 and Tay 2 leading to a vote on St Andrews day.

Audio Frontier is part of the Glasgow-based Galactic Media Group, and is best known for their weekly Football Daft podcast show.

The shows will play some of the best songs the country has produced from listener suggestions. With predicted candidates including Simple Minds, Lulu, The Proclaimers, Annie Lennox, Travis, Franz Ferdinand, Paolo Nutini and Calvin Harris.

Music industry experts, artists and radio presenters will narrow down the songs to a shortlist of ten.

Once a shortlist has been produced mini documentaries on each song will then be broadcast over the weeks running up to St Andrew’s Day. Listeners will be able to vote for their favourite ahead of a one-hour special on November 30.

John McInally, senior audio producer with Audio Frontier, said: “Scotland has always been at the forefront of science and innovation with inventions such as the television, the telephone and penicillin.

“An area however that is often overlooked is our rich musical heritage.

“We want to highlight just what brilliant songs this nation has provided the world within this series of shows and mini-documentaries.

“We’re delighted the UK Government’s Audio Content Fund has made this possible and can’t wait to start working with Bauer and hearing the suggestions from listeners.”

Feature image credit: The Scotsman

Film Media and Journalism student at the University of Stirling. Film and comment editor at Brig Newspaper. Edinburgh / Stirling

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