AMY Macdonald has backed a school pipe band’s fundraising bid to perform in New York.

The singer-songwriter, who has sold over 12 million records worldwide, donated £100 to North Lanarkshire Schools’ pipe bands who are hoping to attend the Tartan Day Parade.

She also retweeted the fundraising video to her 126,000 followers on Twitter.

Ross Cowan, Pipe Major, said: “We are really grateful to Amy and everyone else who has shown such generous support to our appeal – everyone is really excited about the trip and with all the positive messages we’ve received.”

The total cost of the trip is estimated at around £80,000 and the council has agreed to underwrite any funding shortfall.

Ross Cowan, Pipe Major, said: “It’s incredible to think we’ll be taking part in the Tartan Day Parade in New York in just a few weeks - what an unbelievable experience it will be for all our talented and dedicated pupils.”