Media Release: The curtain goes up on The Big Gig

SOME of Scotland’s best-known musician and comedians will take to the stage in Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom as The Big Gig launches this year’s Cash for Kids campaign.

Hosted by Clyde’s own Dean Park – and backed by some legendary names from the Scottish music industry, including Jim Diamond, Midge Ure, Marti Pellow and Gallagher & Lyle – the evening of entertainment will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for music and comedy fans to see their idols like never before while helping vulnerable children across Glasgow and the West.

The Gathering – a consortium of musicians including Garry John Kane, bass guitarist for The Proclaimers, Brian McFie, guitarist with the The Big Dish, & Marianne Faithfull, Greg Kane of Hue & Cry and Tommy Cunningham of Wet Wet Wet – will also perform.

Comedians taking the stage include Janey Godley, Teddy, Rab Brown, Caroline Robertson, Barry McDonald, Martin McCoy, Graeme Thomas, Jim Park and Martin Bearne.

The Big Gig was the idea of former Wet Wet Wet drummer, Tommy Cunningham, who was inspired to put together a one off event after performing at the Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 Cash for Kids lunches last December.

He said: “For over 30 years, Cash for Kids has been making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children. I really wanted to do something special to launch the 2011 campaign. It’s such a special appeal that when you pick up the phone and ask people to be involved with Cash for Kids they’re always happy to be involved.

“Given that we have iconic Scottish artists involved it seemed logical to host the event at the Barrowland Ballroom which is renowned as one of Glasgow’s most legendary music venues. Nothing would keep me from being on that stage with so many brilliant artists doing their bit for an incredible charity.

“As comedy is the new rock n roll it is fantastic that so many comedians are also joining the line up including Janey Godley and Scottish Variety Award Winner 2011 Teddy. It certainly will be a night to remember!”

Sharon Taylor, charity manager of Cash for Kids, said: “We are thrilled that so many artists are giving their time to launch our appeal at this unique event.

“With one in four children living in poverty across Glasgow and the West and the current economic climate driving a rise in grant applications we need to do all we can to meet the needs of children who really need our help.

“Cash for Kids has therefore decided to raise funds all year round to meet this demand. The Big Gig will be a great night for a great cause.”

There are still a few seats left from £30 and tickets can be bought by calling Tickets Scotland on 0844 415 5221 or online at or Ticket Soup on 0844 395 4000 –

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