Dashing MOBO appearance for Angus piper

Craig Weir with 2016 MOBO Awards show hosts Melvin Odoom (left) and Rickie Williams outside the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
Craig Weir with 2016 MOBO Awards show hosts Melvin Odoom (left) and Rickie Williams outside the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Angus VIP piper Craig Weir had to make a dash across Glasgow city centre last Friday night – so he could play in the MOBO Awards TV show as well as his band’s UK tour.

Craig (23), from Carnoustie, was set to play the opening date of the first UK tour for his celtic rock band Gleadhraich at the Hard Rock Café in Glasgow when he got a call from the organisers of the MOBO Awards asking if he could play in it too!

The plan was for him to start the show at the SSE Hydro by playing ‘Scotland The Brave’ outside while hosts Rickie Williams and Melvin Odoom welcomed viewers on ITV2 and then play again after the first ad break. Naturally, he said yes and was seen by millions of viewers all over the UK.

But as the show started at 8pm it meant he had to dash away straight after performing – so he could get to the Hard Rock Café in the city in time to play with Gleadhraich on the first date of their UK tour.

Thankfully, all went well - Craig wasn’t delayed between gigs and the band got a great reception, as did their guest, singer Little Fire. Gleadhraich then went on to Inverness, where they played the second tour date at Hootananny Inverness on Saturday night. The third and final date is Hootananny Brixton on November 19.

It wasn’t the first time Craig has been part of the MOBO Awards. When the show was last at the Hydro in October 2013, he gave the stars and VIPs a traditional Scots welcome backstage by piping them into the pre-party reception.

Speaking about his role in the MOBOs and his cross-city dash, Craig said: “It was a hectic but amazing night in Glasgow. The opportunity to play once again at the MOBOs was brilliant and to go out on TV in front of 2 million people was a big privilege. As I was walking on I even got a quick word with Craig David.”

“After playing at the Hydro, I had to shoot round to the Hard Rock Cafe for the start of the Gleadhraich tour. It was a great night there and our set went down well with the crowd who came to see us.”

For more info about Craig Weir, Gleadhraich, their UK tour and new EP Definition, go to their website at www.gleadhraich.com