Scottish Daily Record  April 06, 2009

By Joanne Curran

Rocker The Edge has pledged his support to a fundraiser in honour of late Big Country singer Stuart Adamson.

The U2 star has donated one of his prized guitars to a charity auction being held by Adamson's family.

It's in aid of the Children's Hospice Association Scotland and the youth set-up at Adamson's beloved Dunfermline Football Club.

And the gift from The Edge — a longtime friend of fellow guitarist Adamson, who died in Hawaii in 2001, aged 43 — will boost the fundraiser by £8000. His Gibson Epiphone guitar is expected to fetch at least that when it is auctioned on eBay.

Its sale will come after Saturday's main auction and tribute to Adamson, when murals of him, created by local schoolkids, will be unveiled at Dunfermline' s home ground.

Adamson, who achieved international fame with The Skids and Big Country, would have been 51 on Saturday.

Dunfermline, nicknamed the Pars, and their fans are also involved in the event. Adamson's musician daughter Kirsten, lead singer The Gillyflowers, got in touch with The Edge.

She said: "I couldn't believe it when the guitar turned up. It's pretty cool.

"The Edge has signed it and has used it for a few gigs. My dad really had a lot of respect for The Edge and U2, so this is just a fantastic tribute." The Edge had one condition, though — that some money raised goes a charity he co-founded to help musicians struggling in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Adamson's son Callum added: "My dad would have been extremely honoured by this gesture. He was a working class man with a burning ambition to become a successful musician.

"His devotion to the Pars was, at times, as strong as the urge to make music." Dunfermline supporter Colin Gourlay said: "For some time, there's been a strong desire to permanently express the affection and respect we all have for Stuart.

"Many wish to honour his memory and articulate the high esteem in which Stuart's legacy is held among us." Adamson had been suffering personal problems in the months before his suicide in a Honolulu hotel room.

© Scottish Daily Record, 2009.

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