Multi-platinum Scottish singer-songwriter Nathans Evans has recorded an inspiring rendition of ‘Flower of Scotland’ ahead of his country’s huge Euro 2020 clash with England.
The Scots are at their first international tournament in 23 years and the match against England at Wembley has been one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures of the whole competition since the group was originally made way back in November 2019.
Scotland lost their opening game against Czech Republic as a result of two Patrik Schick goals on what was an emotional occasion at Hampden Park in front of nearly 10,000 fans. But fan will hope the nerves have settled and against England there is always motivation to cause an upset.
A former postal worker from Airdrie, near Glasgow, Nathan Evans initially gained worldwide fame as a TikTok sensation, covering sea shanties.
His rendition of 19th century song ‘Wellerman’ went viral on the platform and ‘Wellerman 220 KID & Billen Ted Remix’ is the UK’s biggest selling domestic single of the year so far in 2021.
It went to number one in 10 different countries, racked up half a billion streams and is this year’s biggest global hit from a UK artist. Nathan is even the first Scottish artist to have a debut single reach #1 in the UK chart since 2007. The last was 2007 X-Factor winner Leon Jackson.
Sure to have the hairs on the back of every Scotland fan’s neck standing up, Nathan’s rendition is unmistakable in his instantly recognisable voice and style.
The song was originally written in 1967 and was adopted as Scotland’s anthem for international football matches in the 1990s. It is always extra poignant ahead of clashes with England as the lyrics reference the historic Scottish victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.