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  • Kevin's on song with charity single for Celtic FC Foundation's Appeal

    Kevin's on song with charity single for Celtic FC Foundation's Appeal

    By: Newsroom Staff on 04 Nov, 2017 16:59

  • CELTIC FC Foundation’s 2017 Christmas Appeal is now gathering momentum, and we’re delighted to confirm that Kevin Miles has released his charity single ‘Celtic, My Heart & My Soul’ and nominated the Appeal to benefit from the proceeds. It is now available to download.

    The East Kilbride-based musician and lifelong Celtic fan spoke to us about the origins of the song and his excitement at playing a part in this year’s Christmas Appeal.

    Kevin said: “The song is my attempt to describe how much of a privilege it has been, to be brought up as a part of the Celtic family. It takes you on a journey through the Club’s uninterrupted history and is dedicated to those individuals who live and breathe Celtic. The ones who bleed green, white and gold.

    “My earliest memory of Celtic was being in my Gran and Pap’s watching VHS tapes about some of the Club’s greats, with my brother. I'd only maybe have been seven-years-old then, and my first match followed not long after.

    “The link between Celtic and music probably came in the 1997/98 season, at the Coca Cola Cup final against Dundee United. After the game, they played Oasis - Roll With It, and every single Celtic fan belted it from the top of their lungs.  They could have played anything that day and it wouldn't have mattered, because the euphoria was unreal.”

    Kevin was previously a vocalist with Glasgow band Yashin for eight years and, due to touring commitments had been unable to attend games for a number of years. However, the group disbanded in 2016, which gave him an opportunity to rekindle his love for Celtic Park and Kevin has since renewed his season ticket along with his father and brother.

    Kevin’s love for both Celtic and music has led to him writing the song ‘Celtic, My Heart & My Soul’ and he believes that dedicating the proceeds of its sales to Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal provides the perfect opportunity for him to do his bit for the Foundation.

    Kevin said: “I saw what people were doing last season - sponsored cycles, sleep-outs at Celtic Park, the Malawi project, and I decided I wanted to be involved. There is no better feeling than being at Celtic Park and hearing a new song start to spread through the stands until 60,000 are singing it.

    “Once the song was written I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, I wanted every penny to go to Celtic FC Foundation, to assist in the great work that they do to help families in poverty.

    “It feels amazing to play a part in the 2017 Christmas Appeal. In my previous work experiences I have witnessed first-hand the financial struggle that some families have to endure, especially in the lead-up to Christmas. 

    “I think it's incredible that 130 years on, the Club stands by the principles set out by Brother Walfrid and continue to provide for those in need. This is how it feels to be Celtic.”

    Celtic, My Heart & My Soul will be featured as next week’s ‘iTunesTrack of the Week for Scotland’ and is available to download via the following download sites:

    iTunesAmazonGoogle Play

    All proceeds from the sales of the song will be donated to Celtic FC Foundation’s 2017 Christmas Appeal.

    Through the campaign we want to help around 300 local families facing poverty, to provide a meal on the table and gifts for the kids. We want to bring the magic of Christmas to those homes. We are also looking to help vulnerable local pensioners to ease the financial burden at a challenging time of year plus a number of other local charities who support those experiencing homelessness or other disadvantage.

    But we can’t do this without you. The generosity and compassion of the club’s support is unsurpassed, and Celtic FC Foundation is requesting the support of Celtic fans once again for an Appeal which proudly follows in the footsteps of Brother Walfrid, providing comfort to those on our doorstep.

    So together, let’s Share the Spirit of Celtic this Christmas.

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