In this past season, fans will have noticed an update to the Rovers’ anthem played at each home game, as the classic Geordie Munro was given a modern makeover. Many people from within the club and local community came together to record the hit, in the hopes of raising spirits as well as some money for good causes.
The new version of the old favourite was recorded last summer at the studios of Adam Smith College in Glenrothes with assistance from the students and staff. The idea was dreamt up by Raith fan, Gavin Quinn, after a conversation with fellow Rovers supporter and popular local musician, Dennis Alexander, who sings on the track.
Gavin explained, “Dennis and myself decided that a good way to raise money for the club, along with two charities that I support – the Children’s Ward at Victoria Hospital and healthcare provider C.H.A.S. – would be to record an updated version of Geordie Munro. We had a few meetings to discuss the best way to do it and Dennis, in conjunction with Adam Wheldon who was a student at the college, came up with a few different versions. After that, we went into the studios and put the song together.”
As well as Dennis Alexander, the song also features the singing talents of Andy Chung, Peter Livingston, Rick Steele and Jocelyn and Jackie Storrar.
Some well-known faces were also happy to help out. Former referee, John Rowbotham, was on hand to sing on the chorus, along with Councillor and Raith fan, Judy Hamilton, and also Marilyn Livingston. The players were represented by Scott McBride, while director Tom Phillips and fan director Dave Wann were also involved, along with the website match reporter, John Mainland.
The singers were accompanied by three members of the Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band plus David Bruce on bass guitar and James Coutts on the accordion.
Speaking after the recording, Gavin said, “We had a great time and would like to thank everyone who helped out, as well as to everyone connected with the college for their great support. We know it won’t make it to number one but we did it for fun and, most importantly, to raise funds for some great causes.”
The song is still available to download. You can purchase it either on Amazon.co.uk (includes a 30-sec preview) or iTunes for just 79p. All proceeds go to the Children’s Ward at Victoria Hospital, C.H.A.S and Raith Rovers.
Thanks to everyone that organised and took part in the recording, and the fans that have bought the song so far.