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Ruairidh Anderson, 35, is a singer-songwriter from Surrey who is releasing songs about the Olympic host boroughs every week until the Olympic Games.

“I have just completed five songs on Hackney. I want to tell historical, factual tales with an artistic licence – to give historical tales a real twist. One of my songs is about an American Indian sprinter. He was shipped across to the UK to run here, and broke the world 10-mile record on an old Hackney Wick racecourse. It was such a spectacle – thousands of people were watching. I wanted to bring a fantastic historical tale back to life and of course it’s timed perfectly with the upcoming Olympics.

“I have always been a musician, but this project is an exciting niche that I have fallen into. It started back in 2010 when I began releasing a song and an accompanying video about east London history every week. This led nicely onto an Olympic project and I am currently writing a song about the five London Olympic boroughs bringing local events to life.

“It is all about London this year and that is why the project works so well. Weekly songs have really become my thing – they present the city in such a unique way. I hope that people can watch my videos in the future and it will explain history in an innovative way to a younger generation.

“Since being invited as a guest performer on BBC Robert Elms show and the BBC Radio New Year’s Eve special, I have been made aware that I am the only artist writing and performing songs about London in what is London’s year on the world stage, which is so exciting.”

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