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Rare Camera Obscura tape to raise funds for cancer charity

Rare Camera Obscura tape to raise funds for cancer charity

The tragic passing of Camera Obscura's vocalist and keyboard player Carey Lander left a hole in the heart of Scotland's music scene.

But one generous fan is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Lander's chosen charity Sarcoma UK by auctioning off a rare piece of the Glasgow band's memorabilia.

Produced in 1997, the rare demo tape features five tracks including Park and Ride, Your Sound and Autumn Tides, with the sleeve taken from an old band photograph snapped in Spain.

It is thought that no more than 10 or 20 of the cassettes were made.

With the auction closing later today, eBay user 'pastelboy' has received over £470 in bids for the rare item.

The user posted: "This homemade demo was given to me in around October 1997 (before the release of the group’s first single) by David Skirving who was then a singer and guitarist in the group.

"I don't know how many were made or how many survive but I don't think there will be many more.

"I'm selling it to raise funds for Sarcoma UK after Carey Lander, the group's keyboard player, tragically succumbed to the disease just over a week ago - 100% of the proceeds will go to Carey's chosen charity, Sarcoma UK.

"I played it yesterday for the first time in many years and it played through without issue and it sounded just as lovely as I remembered."

  (eBay user pastelboy)
via STV via STV

The auction comes two weeks after Lander passed away from a rare form of bone cancer, Osteosarcoma, which was diagnosed in 2011.

She spent the past year fighting the return of the aggressive disease and raising thousands for her charity through an online crowdfunding page, which has since hit almost £80,000.

Lander wrote on the page: "Sadly, my illness is here tripping me up again and I feel like it's time to tell people a bit more about it and see if I can raise a bit of cash to help others in a similar situation."

Camera Obscura keyboardist dies of cancer after raising £60k for charity

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