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Local artists raise over £1k at music gig in Inverness for Mikeysline

By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Michael MacGillivray raised over £1k for Mikeysline.
Michael MacGillivray raised over £1k for Mikeysline.

An Inverness musician raised over £1k after he brought other local artists together in order to raise as much money and awareness for the Mikeysline.

Local musician, Michael MacGillivray (33), from Inverness, is an avid supporter of the mental health charity, Mikeysline, and in aid of raising awareness, he did what he knows best by hosting a gig to fundraise for the cause.

At the weekend Michael, known to perform under the name MACGILLI, hosted an event aimed to bring a range of local musicians together and raise funds for Mikeysline.

The group had a ‘fantastic’ turnout’ as over 80 people turned up to support the cause.

When talking about the event, Michael said: “The event was a huge success, not only did it give myself, Craig Robertson and The Wispsz the opportunity to play to a new audience in a new venue but it gave people the chance to contribute to a cause that's so so important to the people in the Highlands and afar.

Michael has been playing music since he was 16-years-old and now writes ‘very unique instrumental’ songs that hold a ‘celtic-like feel throughout each piece’. The musician has since grown a love for playing live music as he believes it ‘always brings people together in a positive setting which is most important’ for him.

This event proved to perform exactly that, as the musicians were able to perform in front of thousands at Upstairs Inverness.

Michael MacGillivray (33), from Inverness.
Michael MacGillivray (33), from Inverness.

When talking about his favourite part of the event, Michael said: “One of my best friends Lewis Llewellyn and I wrote a song a few weeks before the gig so I got to share the stage with him for this song with me on the guitar and Lewis on the Pan Drum.
”Another favourite moment was during the build up section to my song 'Chapters' I announced to the audience what it was that was raised and made them aware of the difference they have made in that evening.”

Michael was delighted with the turnout of the event and plans to continue fundraising for Mikeysline and charities alike.

He said: “Next I'll be recording new music with Steve Bull which will be complemented by another video shot by Sean Stuart.
”There are a few gigs lined up in the summer, one of them being a Scottish festival but that's all I can say on that at the moment.”

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