Meerkats play starring role in city musician’s song dedicated to them

Chris Agnew with meerkats on Portobello beach at the recording of the music video
Chris Agnew with meerkats on Portobello beach at the recording of the music video
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THEY are among the most well-known animals in the world – mainly thanks to their role selling cheap car insurance.

Now one city musician is hoping his song dedicated to meerkats will help him realise his dream of writing a hit record.

Professional bass player and songwriter Chris Agnew has spent years touring the UK both as a session musician and a performer in his own right.

He enlisted the help of 20 friends last week to record a video for his latest project – a song dedicated to the distinctive, loveable animals – at Portobello beach.

They donned special meerkat masks and hastily learned a dance routine to go with the quirky tune.

Chris is keeping the lyrics to his song under wraps until it’s released – so there’s no telling what Aleksandr will make of it.

The 36-year-old, who lives near Easter Road, said: “I’ve played with so many serious musicians, and I thought it might be fun to do something else.

“People would maybe say it’s not the most credible thing I’ve done, but that’s not what it’s about.

“We’ve got a wee dance to go with it and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”

The musician, who has played at Glastonbury and T in the Park, will release the song in the next few weeks in tandem with the video.

“Meerkats are popular just now and I think it’s a catchy pop song,” said the father-of-one, who is the son of Nazareth member Pete Agnew.

“There’s a few I’ve got just now like that, it’s a bit different to what I’ve done in the past.

“I suppose it’s a bit like the Macarena except for meerkats.”

City musician Norval Barclay, 41, was one of those who attended.

He said: “Chris is a great, hard-working guy and I hope this pays off for him. The day itself was great fun and wearing the mask posed a few challenges none of us had thought of. Even people who were walking past wanted to get involved.”