Glasgow tribute for Arbroath teenager

AN ARBROATH musician is putting on a tribute charity concert in Glasgow city centre in honour of his late cousin.

Dean Darkie, who is currently studying music at the University of Western Scotland in Ayr, has put together a special concert at Pivo Pivo on March 15 in memory of his cousin Michael Cadman.

Michael, a student in sound production at Perth College, passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 17.

In December Dean and his band ‘Rebs and the Imaginary Friends’ recorded and released the charity single ‘Lily Pond’ to raise money for ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’ which helps raise awareness of the condition and promote free heart screenings for young people.

The gig at Pivo Pivo reunites many acts who shared the stage at the single launch in the Basement Coffee House, Ayr in December.

Little Fire, Luther the Bhear, Seagull and the Horse People as well as Dean’s own band ‘Rebs and the Imaginary Friends’ are performing once more in aid of CRY.

Dean said: “At the initial launch night we raised £215 for Cardiac Risk in the Young. CRY do a lot of great work to raise awareness and to introduce free heart screenings for young people.

“It’s a really important cause and I’m so grateful to all the artists who have participated so far.”

The track ‘Lily Pond’ was written shortly after Michael’s death in 2007 and is based on a children’s story related to Dean by his grandmother.

He said: “The story of the water bug’s transformation into a dragonfly really struck a chord with my family at the time.

“The story describes a dragonfly nymph who’s time comes to metamorphose. When he tries to tell his nymph friends about what’s happened to him he finds he can no longer go under water.

“I think the story was first published as a children’s book by Doris Stickney in the 1980s but no one’s sure where we heard it first.”

He added: “The Lily Pond story helped my family through a hard time and inspired me to write the song. I hope it can inspire people the way the original story inspired me. I’m aiming for the Pivo Pivo gig to raise even more money than the launch.

“It’s going to be another night of great music in aid of CRY.”

Pivo Pivo can be found at 15 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, completing the bill is rising star Anna Sweeney and critically acclaimed indie-folksters Rose Parade.

Doors open at 7.30 p.m. and entry is £5 and includes a special three track CD by ‘Rebs and the Imaginary Friends’, featuring a stripped back piano and vocals rendition of ‘Lily Pond’.

All money raised will go to CRY, for more information visit and the single ‘Lily Pond’ can be downloaded at