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Elgin-born Grey's Anatomy star to play at charity gig

By Leanne Murray

KEVIN McKidd is set to return to Scotland for a night of fundraising to support a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer.

The Elgin-born actor will join fiddle maestro Paul Anderson as well as other stars for an all-star musical variety show in Aberdeen next month to help raise money for a local charity.

Paul has been receiving cancer treatment after being diagnosed with high grade non-hodgkin lymphoma in September last year.

The money from the musical evening will go towards the Friends of the Anchor Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which supported Paul in his recovery.

Paul and Kevin worked together for the Trainspotting star's Speyside Sessions album, a collection of Scottish folk music, in 2012.

Paul and his wife Shona Donaldson with Kevin McKidd
Paul and his wife Shona Donaldson with Kevin McKidd

Mr Anderson said: “When I was diagnosed last September I had to cancel some of my plans and it really bothered me letting people down, although everyone was brilliant, and really supportive.

“So, after that I said I wanted to carry on regardless and that’s what I’ve done.

“I could not have been happier with the treatment and the attitudes of staff at the Anchor unit, so decided to organise a concert as a way of thanking them.

“What I didn’t want to do was dwell on being ill. I have felt tired, and sometimes the last thing I have felt like doing is going and playing a concert, but once I start it gives me a noticeable lift, both in spirits and energy. The music certainly seems to help invigorate me.

“It has been helpful keeping busy and music has been a big help to me at this time. We have a great line-up, a really interesting line-up, and I really appreciate all the performers giving their time to support me in doing this.”

Joining the two men on stage will be filmmaker Richard Jobson and River City actor Iain Robertson as well as Scottish band Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw, Bruce McGregor from Blazin’ Fiddles and Paul’s wife Shona Donaldson, a Bothy Ballad champion of champions.

Paul, who lives in Tarland in Aberdeenshire, has already raised £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief from a head shave before he lost his hair to chemotherapy.

The night, which is set to take Scottish music to the forefront is happening at the Aberdeen Music Hall on Friday, May 3.

Tickets are priced at £22.50 each and are available here.

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