Fright­ened Rab­bit star ner­vous over re­union

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By BRIAN FER­GU­SON

Fright­ened Rab­bit star Grant Hutchi­son has re­vealed his “more ner­vous” about play­ing a gig with­out his brother than any other in his life.

The cel­e­brated in­die-rock band’s ap­pear­ance at the Sleep in the Park fundraiser in Glas­gow will be their first since singer Scott Hutchi­son’s body was found near South Queens­ferry in Ed­in­burgh nearly two days after he was re­ported miss­ing in May.

The Selkirk band – who have hinted that they will play fur­ther gigs next year – played the first Sleep in the Park in Ed­in­burgh’s Princes Street Gar­dens last De­cem­ber and had signed up for the ex­panded event and de­cided to hon­our the book­ing as a trib­ute to the singer.

Grant Hutchi­son said: “It seemed like the right thing to do, and like a nat­u­ral thing to do – to make a pos­i­tive thing out of some­thing that per­son­ally was a very tragic event – to be able to help two char­i­ties and two causes, and also to play with peo­ple that are good friends.

“I don’t think it’s some­thing I can re­ally pre­pare for. It’s go­ing to be highly emo­tional, but I think the set­ting for it, both phys­i­cally and the fact that it’s a char­ity event for So­cial Bite, means it’s a pos­i­tive way to do that for the first time. I think I’ll be more ner­vous than I’ve ever been for a Fright­ened Rab­bit gig be­fore. It’ll be strange.”

Grant Hutchi­son took part in the Great Scot­tish Run in the sum­mer in mem­ory of his brother and to raise awar­ness of men­tal health is­sues.

He added: “All of us are deal­ing with Scott’s death on a per­sonal level. It’s been seven months, that’s a very short time. We do have some­thing planned which was meant to hap­pen this year which we’ll hope­fully an­nounce at the start of the year.”

Scott Hutchi­son had spo­ken openly about men­tal health prob­lems and his bat­tles with de­pres­sion be­fore van­ish­ing after check­ing out of a ho­tel in the early hours of 9 May.

In a state­ment after his body was found, Scott Hutchi­son’s fam­ily said he “wore his heart on his sleeve, and that was ev­i­dent in the lyrics of his mu­sic and the con­tent of many of his so­cial me­dia posts.

“He was pas­sion­ate, ar­tic­u­late and charis­matic, as well as be­ing one of the fun­ni­est and kind­est peo­ple we knew.

“Friends and fam­ily would all agree he had a bril­liant sense of hu­mour.”

Grant Hutchi­son says the show will be highly emo­tional

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