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Dad picks up drumsticks to create charity single in memory of music fan Sam, who died aged five

Sam with his dad Graeme.
Sam with his dad Graeme.

After five-year-old Sam Dorrance died in 2016, his devastated dad stopped playing music.

Sam died after a 10-month battle with medulloblastoma, the most common high grade type of brain tumour known to affect children.

A charity – Super Sam’s Fund – was set up in his name to help raise funds and awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity.

To date, through many different events and drives over the past four years, Super Sam’s Fund has raised more than £165,000.

Friends of Sam’s father Graeme Dorrance, who lives in Stonehaven, eventually persuaded him to get out the house and join in a jam session to regain his passion for the hobby.

That jam session eventually led to the formation of a band, Super Moody Tuesday.

Sam and his father shared a love of music

To honour Sam’s love of music, a special event had been planned for April to support the charity, but it was put on hold due to lockdown.

The band instead decided to cover ABBA’s SOS to raise money in Sam’s name. Their version of the classic track was recorded at D-Range in Aberdeen.

The video was shot and edited during lockdown with Mr Dorrance in Stonehaven, and fellow bandmembers Richard Carter in Kingswells and Dave Calder in Thurso.

The band in the studio

The cover and music video will be released on YouTube on Monday.

Mr Dorrance said: “I’ve played the drums in the odd band for years on and off but never sang lead properly.

“I remember standing in the studio doing the vocals, alone in a room facing a microphone whilst holding the words. I had no idea what I was supposed to do.

“So I thought of Sam, he was a quiet boy but when he was singing and performing he gave it everything. I took his example.”

Sam with his dad Graeme at Cycle for Sam. Sam passed away weeks after the fundraising event

He added: “Sam loved music, he was always singing or grabbing an instrument.

“We would often get asked to his show, normally in the living room. He sang in the shower all the time. One day in the car, he wouldn’t get out of the car until he finished his song.

“I’ve always loved music, I’ve always had inspirations and favourite artists, but nobody had a bigger musical impact on me than Sam.”

The single SOS by Super Moody Tuesday is scheduled for release on all major online platforms on Monday.

Click here to listen to the track.

All proceeds will go directly to Super Sam’s Fund at The Brain Tumour Charity.

To make a donation click here.

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