Friday 1st December 2017

A Scottish song writer with a passion for Scottish football has chosen Dumbarton as his latest team to write a club anthem for.

Neil Grant, who now lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, writes songs about clubs that he admires from afar, and the Sons are the latest club to have a song written, produced and recorded.

The 41-year-old moved to Sweden six years ago after falling in love with the country during a weekend break, and has also written club songs that are played before matches at Ross County, St Johnstone, Cowdenbeath and Elgin.

Grant works as a regulatory information manager, but has always had a love for music and plays in the psychobilly band ‘Test Pilots’.

He said: “I’ve been playing, touring and recording music for 15 years. We play in festivals across Europe, and in the UK in London and Nottingham.”

But what is about Dumbarton that made a Hearts supporting man from the Black Isle who lives in Sweden spend three months writing, producing and recording a song?

He added: “I love the logo and the thing with the elephant, as well as The Rock and the stadium.

“They do really well and don’t get the credit they deserve.

“It started with me singing melodies into my phone, then a lot of research.

“I am very satisfied with the result – it’s catchy sing-a-long style song, tailor-made for the terraces with carefully-researched lyrics spanning the club’s history.”

The upbeat song refers to Dumbarton’s past glories in Scottish football, as well as being one of Scotland’s oldest clubs.

He said: “I’m proud to say that my hard work over the last few years has turned me into Scottish football’s most commonly-used anthem-writer with four Scottish clubs now playing my anthems during matchdays.

“A huge honour!”

Down at The Rock – Neil Grant

Jack Crawford

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