Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

Tennent’s Golden Can: Amy Macdonald is a Golden girl | UK | News

The musician celebrated her 32nd birthday today by picking up Tennent’s Golden Can and thanked the Wellpark Brewery for the beer which sponsored the nation’s biggest music festival and inspired her to pick up a guitar as a teenager. She joined fellow rockers Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand and Biffy Clyro as Scots who have raised the bar at home and beyond. Other cultural icons who have received the accolade in the past include author Irvine Welsh, actors Karen Gillan and Martin Compston and comic book mogul Mark Millar.

Outlander star Sam Heughan, the 2018 Scottish rugby union team and footballers James McFadden and Andy Robertson have also been awarded with the Golden Can.

The This Is The Life singer, who has sold more than six million albums, including two UK No1s, said: “It’s a real honour to be given a Golden Can, and join such a brilliant line up of fellow recipients.

“The big red T has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of my most formative musical experiences was seeing Travis headline T In The Park. I learned to play the guitar off the back of that.

“T In The Park was a rite of passage, and even though I was involved as a singer, T has been an important part of my life.”

Amy added she usually gave her awards to her parents but has a few on display, with the Golden Can now among them.

She added: “I feel honoured to be given any award, but the Tennent’s can will have pride of place. When I saw Martin Compston got one, I was jealous, so I was thrilled when Tennent’s wanted to give me one.”

Alan McGarrie, group brand director for Tennent’s, said: “Amy is a classic example of how Tennent’s has played a key part in shaping the cultural landscape on Scotland.

“Inspired by our association with live music as a teenager, she has gone on to become one of Scotland’s most successful musical exports.”

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