After dealing with depression for the last 25 years, an Irvine musician has reflected on her own experiences to record a single marking 10 years since the death of Amy Winehouse.

Kate Reid’s song Caroline explores feelings of loneliness and despair, as well as the futility of using alcohol to numb the pain they cause.

The song was written by David McSweeney, who fronted the Glasgow-based band Surround for 20 years, shortly after Winehouse passed away in 2011.

The iconic vocalist struggled with substance abuse in the years leading up to her death.

Kate said: “Caroline talks about feeling alone, even when you’re surrounded by other people and the dark clouds that can obscure even the sunniest soul at times.

“It also explores how alcohol can seem like a good solution to take the edge off those desperate feelings, but in the long run it really doesn’t help.

“Having dealt with depression in its many guises for the last 25 years, it is a song I really knew I could sing.”

Kate recorded a slower version of the tune in 2011, giving it a fresher, more upbeat sound in 2017.

She was joined by her sister, Hazel Reid, who provided backing vocals on the track.

The single also features Angus Lyon on accordion and piano and Anna Massie on guitars.

She added: “The songs were recorded a few years ago but I wanted to hold off on the release until they were just right and the anniversary of Amy’s death seemed like fitting and poignant timing.

“I hope people remember the sheer brilliance of her live performances and the depth of her voice, she really sang from her soul.”

Caroline will be available to stream and download on all digital platforms from July 23.