German destination for piper Craig

**FREE FOR MEDIA USE WITH PICTURE CREDIT** Craig Weir of Carnoustie celtic rock band Gleadhraich piping at their hometown headline gig at Dundee Rep Theatre on October 11 2013.
**FREE FOR MEDIA USE WITH PICTURE CREDIT** Craig Weir of Carnoustie celtic rock band Gleadhraich piping at their hometown headline gig at Dundee Rep Theatre on October 11 2013.

Piper, Craig Weir, is set to head to Germany this week to perform at a variety of events.

Craig, who is the frontman of celtic rock band, Gleadhraich, and received the Young Scot Award for The Arts, is heading to Bavaria to share our national instrument from November 28 to December 2.

On Saturday, Craig will be performing as a guest of the Ochsenfurt Youth Orchestra, before performing at the famous Wurzburg Christmas market. Craig is rounding off the trip with a visit to the Matthais- Grunewald Gymnasium (a secondary school in Wurzburg) where he will give a presentation on the bagpipes and Scottish culture to coincide with St Andrews Day. He will also attend lunch with Mayor Adolf Bauer of Wurzburg during the visit.

Craig has previously performed abroad on various occasions including in Switzerland, Belgium and China but he is especially looking forward to visiting Germany for the first time.

Craig said: “I am really looking forward to my first visit to Germany. I met a variety of people from Wurzburg when visited Dundee as part of a Twinning visit in August and I am looking forward to receiving a traditional German welcome over there. It will be great to play with the Ochsenfurt Youth Orchestra and visit the Matthais-Grunewald school. It’s an honour to have been asked to have lunch with Mayor Bauer too. I hope that I can build some connections across there so that we can take Gleadhraich over there in the not too distant future.”

This visit to Germany comes hot on the heels of another big year for Craig and Gleadhraich with a variety of major performances throughout the year including for Andy Murray, the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and most recently the BAFA Scotland Awards. Gleadhraich’s EP, Pipe Dreams, and subsequent single, Skirling Ska, are available on iTunes now.