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Housemates hope they are on song
Midge Ure
Midge Ure is one of the eight songwriters in the house
Eight top songwriters have been locked away at a secret location in Dumfries and Galloway for a week with the mission to compose new songs.

The musicians, who include Idlewild's Roddy Woomble and the man behind Band Aid, Midge Ure, are writing songs as part of the annual Burnsong project.

The songs created will be first performed at a special gig in the Brigend Theatre, Dumfries, on Saturday.

Former Ultravox frontman Ure said he was "very excited" by the project.

Famine relief

Other inmates in the Songhouse are: Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, Jo Mango, Nuala Kennedy and Louise Quinn, L-Marie and Found's Ziggy Campbell.

Ure, with Bob Geldof, wrote the massive hit "Do they know it's Christmas?" in 1984 which raised millions for famine relief in Ethiopia.

He said: "As someone who understands the difference that just one song can make to people's lives, I'm very excited by the prospect of going into the Songhouse and collaborating with other top Scottish songwriters and then performing the songs live.

"After all, I will be curating the next Songhouse and I need to know exactly what I'm letting everyone in for."

Last year Karine Polwart, King Creosote and ex-Squeeze singer Chris Difford were among the Songhouse inmates.

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