Are you inspired by looking after your mental health and wellbeing?

Do you have a talent for writing song lyrics or musical phrases?

Would you like to be part of a song writing project for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in May 2019?

If so we need you!

The theme of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in May 2019 is


May 2019 will also be the first anniversary of the death of local singer / musician Scott Hutchison, of the Selkirk band

Frightened Rabbit.

For the festival, we would like to create a beautiful tribute to Scott Hutchison in recognition of his suffering with mental health issues and the legacy he left of hope and kindness – and of the importance of connecting with those around you.

On Friday 17th May 2019 we are hoping to create a ‘Song Wave’ throughout the Scottish Borders (and beyond!) that connects our local communities, young and old, by singing a new song that we work together to produce and perform.

The new song is intended to be a response to one of Scott’s Frightened Rabbit songs The Loneliness and the Scream. Could you help us to produce a new song – one that reaches out a hand, that glues the community together?

We are hoping the new song, curated and arranged by Clare Watson, voice coach and singing tutor , will be performed by individuals, groups, choirs and schools all over the Borders with organised and pop-up performances posted on social media using #SongWave ,and  also included on the next Sound Cycle album. Any donations raised at performances will be given to the newly established Scott Hutchison Fund, a new mental health charity in memory of Scott.

Here is a description of what Clare Watson is planning with Song Wave 2019:

I am looking for words, ideas and musical phrases. These don’t need to be complete, just something that comes up when you listen to Frightened Rabbit’s The Loneliness and the Scream. Something else to think about is what it means to be connected and that can be in any sense.

I will use all contributions to get me started on composing the music and writing the lyrics. Some of the contributions may be recognisable and others not but they will all be part of the process.I will be writing a melody and two harmonies. These will be acappella. I will record each of these and they will then be available, along with the lyrics, on the Sound Cycle website for people to learn.

The Song Wave Project wants to get the Borders singing on 17th May and we will be encouraging as many people and groups as possible to learn the song. It can be sung a cappella or people can add instruments if they wish. They can also sing it in their preferred genre and leave out one or both harmonies.

We are planning to create a wave of song across the Borders. Maybe starting at 9am in the West and ending at the coast in the evening. We hope you will join us.

Clare Watson

If you would like to contribute, please send any snippets of  lyrics, phone recordings ,or videos  “The Loneliness and the Scream” has  inspired to:




please send these by by Friday 1st February 2019

The Loneliness and the Scream

Frightened Rabbit

Can you hear the road from this place?
Can you hear footsteps, voices?

Can you see the blood on my sleeve?
I have fallen in the forest
Did you hear me?

In the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to prove to everyone that I exist
in the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to bring the blood to the front of my face again

Am I here?
Of course I am, yes
All I need is a hand
to drag me out again

It wasn’t me, I didn’t dig this ditch
I was walking for weeks
before I fell in

To the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to prove to everyone that I exist
in the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to fill a thousand black balloons with air

We fall down, find God
just to lose it again
glue the community together
we were hammering it

I fell down, found love