BELLE HAPPY!

So who got a loaf of bread from Gruff Rhys? Or a song from Stuart Murdoch?...

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN’s online auction of talents has closed, and the band are thought to have raised in the region of £3,000.

While the final figures and statistics about the bidding are yet to be tallied up, early indications that the talent which received the most bids was frontman Stuart Murdoch’s offer to write a song with someone. As yet, his prospective co-songwriter has not been identified.

A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM that the highest bidders are now being contacted by the online managers of the auction, QXL. He added: “The congratulations emails have been sent out and we will start putting people together soon. We should know in the next couple of days how much we’ve raised altogether.”

Among the talents being auctioned were Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals baking a loaf of bread and Bis offering use of their recording studio and the production skills of Sci-Fi Steven and John Disco for a day.

The three Scottish charities which will benefit from the auction are Key Housing, which provides support and accommodation for adults with learning difficulties, Lodging House Mission, a Christian charity which offers social support, education and care for homeless people, and Calton Athletic drugs rehabilitation group.

In other Belle And Sebastian-related news, Isobel Campbell’s band The Gentle Waves play two nights at London The Spitz on December 1 and 2, while Stuart Murdoch has lent vocals to a song on the forthcoming album by Future Pilot AKA. ‘Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea’ is out in January, and he sings on

‘Om Namah Shivaya’. The band also appear on the Jeepster charity Christmas covers record, singing ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’. Proceeds from the album will go to The Big Issue Foundation.