Dalriada re-forms rock band to launch lockdown album

3173 collective re-form band in a bid to raise money for charity, Nordoff Robbins

Jonathan Stapleton
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Dalriada's Neil Copeland - the band took a bit of a back burner for trustee work but we reformed during lockdown
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Dalriada's Neil Copeland - the band took a bit of a back burner for trustee work but we reformed during lockdown

A collective of musicians from 3173 Group – the umbrella firm which includes Dalriada Trustees, Spence & Partners and Mantle Services – have re-formed their band, RunGMP, to launch an album, Subterranean Lockdown Blues.

The band first formed to play at Mallow Street Rocks in 2013 but got back together during lockdown.

Musicians from the company's offices across the UK, including Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds, submitted individual performances via an app called Garage Band. The tracks were then produced to re-create classic hits such as Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man, John Lennon's Imagine and Neil Young's Heart of Gold.

The album is now available to download on major streaming websites such as Apple Music, Spotify, and Deezer.

All proceeds from streaming or downloading the album will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, a charity dedicated to investigating the impact that music therapy can have for those affected by life-limiting illness, isolation or disability.

Since releasing its first single of the album, Sound of Silence, which features up-and-coming singer/songwriter Amy Baillie, the track has appeared on local radio stations Celtic Music Radio and River Radio. The song was even featured as the first track on BBC Radio Scotland's Upload feature, showcasing local musicians in lockdown.

Professional pension trustee and musician Mike Crowe said: "We got the band back together in 2020 as a collective to allow everyone to come together creatively and have a chance to participate in recording songs they liked. Everything has been done remotely with no two musicians recording at the same time or in the same place."

Neil Copeland, the professional trustee who is a founding member of RunGMP, added: "After a sell-out performance at Mallow Street Rocks in 2013 the band took a bit of a back burner for trustee board meetings and actual GMP equalisation work.

"With everyone stuck at home during lockdown we wanted to give the band a new source of life and invited everyone in the company to take part."

The band included: Angela Burns, consulting actuary at Spence & Partners; Neil Copeland, professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees; Ian Craig, formerly a pension consultant at Spence & Partners; Mike Crowe, professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees; Mikey Crowe; Graeme Cunningham, professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees; Serena Gardner, business support assistant at 3173 Group; Viki Getty, learning and development partner at 3173 Group; Jo Harris, professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees; Adrian Kennett, director at Dalriada Trustees; Cara Murdock, business support at Dalriada Trustees; Brian Pacer, pension administrator for irregular schemes at Dalriada Trustees; and Gabi Watt, senior pensions administrator at Spence & Partners.

Credits for the new album include:

Intro

Guitars/Keyboards/Drum Machine Programming : Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Guitars: Neil Copeland (Belfast)

Live Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

The Island

Vocals: Graeme Cunningham (Glasgow)

Guitar/Keyboards: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Guitar: Neil Copeland (Belfast)

Bass Guitar: Ian Craig (Glasgow)

Drum Machine Programming: Mike Crowe

 

Nutbush City Limits

Vocals: Viki Getty (Glasgow)

Guitars/Bass/Keyboards: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

Heart of Gold

Vocals: Brian Pacer (Belfast)

Guitar: Serena Gardner (Glasgow)

Guitar/Bass:  Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

Imagine

Vocals: Angela Burns (Glasgow)

Keyboards/Bass: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

Son of a Preacher Man

Vocals: Gabi Watt (Glasgow)

Backing Vocals: Cara Murdock (Belfast)

Guitars/Keyboards: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Bass: Andy Stears

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

Supersonic

Vocals: Adrian Kennett (Bristol)

Guitar/Keyboards: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Guitar: Neil Copeland (Belfast)

Guitar: Serena Gardner (Glasgow)

Bass: Ian Craig (Glasgow)

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

When September Ends

Vocals: Graeme Cunningham (Glasgow)

Guitar/Keyboards: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Guitar: Neil Copeland (Belfast)

Bass: Mike Selby (Glasgow)

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

Bad Guy

Vocals: Viki Getty (Glasgow)/Gabi Watt (Glasgow)

Guitar/Keyboard/Backing vocals: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Bass: Andy Stears

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

Baby One More Time

Vocals: Brian Pacer (Belfast)

Backing vocals: Amy Baillie

Guitar: Neil Copeland (Belfast)

Guitar: Jo Harris (Leeds)

Guitar: Serena Gardner (Glasgow)

Bass: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

Feeling Good

Vocals:  Viki Getty (Glasgow)

Guitar: Neil Copeland (Belfast)

Guitar: Serena Gardner (Glasgow)

Bass/Keyboards: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

Drums: Mikey Crowe

 

The Sound of Silence (RunGMP feat. Amy Baillie)

Vocals: Amy Baillie

Keyboards/Guitar/Backing Vocals: Mike Crowe (Glasgow)

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