WinterStorm Charity Single Released

WinterStorm Release “It’s A Long Way to the Top” for charity

Top Scottish rock event release AC/DC cover featuring Troon BB’s Pipe Band! 

Troon | Ayrshire | Scotland

The organisers of WinterStorm Rock Festival have today, St Andrews Day, the 30th of November, released their first ever charity single comprising of the AC/DC number “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll)” and a B side with the Montrose classic Bad Motor Scooter.

The studio version single (live version video below) is available for download from 30th November on all the usual platforms and all proceeds are going to go to two mental health charities.

The AC/DC track is famous for the then lead singer Bon Scott playing the bagpipes on the track and the first thing that event organisers did was contact the 1st Troon Boys Brigade Pipe Band to see whether they would get involved.

Band leader Chris Bone jumped at the idea and a last month Jack Cowan, Jamie Anderson, Mark Roberts, Callum Thomson, Jim Jameson and Chris himself went into the studios in Hillington and laid down their track. It has been mixed with the rest of the vocals, guitars and drums and will be released worldwide next week.

Ian McCaig from WinterStorm explained the background,

“Since we first launched WinterStorm we have tried to ensure that there was a strong charitable and community theme running right through the spine of the event. The RNLI have been doing the cloakroom since it started and that will raise a four-figure sum for them this year; we have our second WinterStorm Beach Clean on the Saturday of the event in association with the Friends of Troon Beach with music fans shaking their hangovers on the front. We work closely with the Ayr and Kilmarnock college campuses and this year will have student working both back stage and running the catering operation.

So it seemed a logical progression to expand the charity side of Winter Storm and in conjunction with Chris Glen (Sensational Alex Harvey Band), Doogie White (Rainbow and Michael Schenker Group) and Paul Mcmanus (GUN) we selected the two tracks and invited other artistes to add their guitars and vocals. It was logical that we got the Troon BBs Pipe Band in their too!”

The result is a superb two track digital single that will be available to purchase online with all proceeds being split between the dementia-based charity “Playlist For Life” and the See Me project aimed at reducing the stigma of mental health in youths.

Ian McCaig outlined the reasons for choosing the mental health charities,

“WinterStorm is a music event that crosses the generations both on the stage and in the audience. We have bands with artistes into their seventies playing alongside young groups still barely out heir teens. The crowd is made up of folk who grew up in the Apollo in Glasgow or The Pavilion in Ayr in the seventies and eighties but also attracts a strong younger audience too.

It made sense therefore to split the proceeds between the dementia charity Playlist for Life which assists care workers in using music to stimulate memories and brain activity and See Me who are working in communities across Scotland in assisting youths with mental health issues.”

WinterStorm recorded a video during the sold-out weekend event which takes place in Troon on the 23rd to 25th of November at The Concert Hall to help get the track played online and you can hear it now ahead of its release by visiting

The single is available on all main channels from the 30th of November so get online and buy it – it may even chart - but the main aim is to raise funds for these two charities and whilst all the channels generate different revenues we estimate that more than 60p from every single will go towards the charity.

There are no administration fees of any sort being applied by WinterStorm and all the studios, recording artistes and the producer have all given their time free of charge. 

Drummer, Paul McManus of Glasgow band GUN, who has had many chart successes over the years, hopes for another on with this track.

“I’ve heard the final version and love it. It features not only the three of us but the young guys from up and coming Anchor Lane and classic guitar from Zal Cleminson and Bernie Torme. It’s been superbly produced in Germany by Rolf Munkes and locally we have to thank the guys at Morsecode Studios in Glasgow for all their support too. It’s for a great cause so get on social media share the news and buy it from Amazon, Google, iTunes, Spotify and more!”

All the direct links are listed below.

More About The Charities

Playlist For Life


WinterStorm Rock Weekender
Ayrshire Business Hub
46 Bank Street
KA12 0LP

Tel: 01294 233713

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