Gleadhraich glad to help with fund-raising event

Angus Provost, Councillor Helen Oswald with Angus cultural ambassadors Gleadhraich at their EP private launch at The Dibble Tree Theatre, Carnoustie
Angus Provost, Councillor Helen Oswald with Angus cultural ambassadors Gleadhraich at their EP private launch at The Dibble Tree Theatre, Carnoustie

Carnoustie’s own celtic rockers Gleadhraich are back to their roots next month for a special fund-raising concert in aid of vulnerable young Rwandans.

‘An Evening With Gleadhraich and Rwandan Dream’ is taking place at the Carnoustie High School Theatre on October 2 and marks the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

This concert marks Gleadhraich’s first public concert in their hometown for over two years and a return to their former high school.

Rwandan Dream consists of Iain Stewart, general secretary of the Edinburgh Interfaith Association, and Jean Paul Samputu, a Kora-winning musician from Rwanda.

The concert is being put on to raise funds for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village and to give young people the opportunity to have the opportunity to get involved in music 20 years on from the Genocide. Fittingly, the concert date of October 2 is the International Day of Non Violence.

Speaking about the concert, Craig Weir of Gleadhraich said: “We are very excited about performing in Carnoustie and hope that the local community will turn out to see and hear us perform.

“It’s great that we have managed to bring Rwandan Dream across to perform on the evening too.

“We hope that we can raise enough money to give young people rich musical opportunities in Rwanda. Jean Paul is a remarkable man who lost his whole family to the Genocide so we hope that he feels that we are doing it’s 20th Anniversary justice on October 2. I am sure it will be an emotional experience for him.”

The event comes hot on the heels of the band’s most successful year to date, which has included appearing at festivals in England and Wales, support spots with Chris Slade (ex AC/DC) and Skerryvore as well as the release of their debut EP, ‘Pipe Dreams’, and their most recent Commonwealth inspired single, ‘Skirling Ska’, both of which are available on iTunes and Amazon now.

Tickets for ‘An Evening with Gleadhraich and Rwandan Dream’ are available from the Fobel Shop in Carnoustie, from Jim Bell at Carnoustie High School or by contacting Gleadhraich.