Gleadhraich are taking a bite out of the Big Apple

Craig playing the world premiere of The Immigrant's Lament, commissioned by the Clan Currie Society, on Ellis Island.
Craig playing the world premiere of The Immigrant's Lament, commissioned by the Clan Currie Society, on Ellis Island.

A group of Carnoustie Celtic rockers are flying the flag for Scotland this week in New York City as part of their annual Tartan Week extravaganza.

As we write, Gleadhraich are in the Big Apple with a busy schedule which has seen them pegged as the top Scottish band at NYC Tartan Week’s official after-party.

Comprising of bagpiper Craig Weir, guitarist Ross White, bassist Graeme Ritchie and drummer Paul Weir, they are number two on the bill at BB King Blues Club & Grill tomorrow (Saturday), just behind Canadian group The Glengarry Bhoys.

In the run up to the big event Gleadhraich were on the bill for The Highland Divas concert at The Cutting Room last night (Thursday) and will follow that this afternoon (Friday) with an acoustic set at Beer Authority NYC.

Craig Weir, who has played NYC Tartan Week before as a solo piper, said that he and the band are excited at the opportunity to play as a group at one of the biggest celebrations of Scottish heritage in the world.

He said: “It’s pretty unbelievable actually. Ross would describe BB King as one of his biggest inspirations, and we have such a big role at the after party, it’s all incredible!

“It’s virtually seven years to the day since we formed the band so this just goes to show how much of a success our musical journey has been.”

Each year tens of thousands of people flock to New York City for Tartan Week to celebrate Scotland’s links with America.