Gleadhraich keep on trucking

Wendy and Gary Devlin of David Murray Transport (centre) with Gleadhraich and the kit they've sponsored. Band members are (from left) Graeme Ritchie (bass), Paul Weir (drums), Craig Weir (bagpipes & vocals), Ross White (guitar & vocals). Pic: ASM Media & PR.
Wendy and Gary Devlin of David Murray Transport (centre) with Gleadhraich and the kit they've sponsored. Band members are (from left) Graeme Ritchie (bass), Paul Weir (drums), Craig Weir (bagpipes & vocals), Ross White (guitar & vocals). Pic: ASM Media & PR.

Carnoustie celtic rockers Gleadhraich will be ‘like a rolling stone’ after signing a sponsorship deal with hauliers David Murray Transport.

The haulage firm based on the outskirts of Carnoustie, has agreed to pay for the development of the band’s website by CLM Creative as well as having the band’s branding on Craig Weir’s bagpipe bag cover, Paul Weir’s drum skin, casual polo shirts and waistcoats after meeting the band.

It’s also set to spread the word about Gleadhraich far and wide from the end of the year when one of its newest trailers will have a giant photo of the band put on it.

The deal continues the cultural legacy of company founder, the late David Murray, who played a major role in promoting bagpipe music locally.

He was instrumental in the founding of Carnoustie and District Pipe Band and actively supported the teaching of traditional Scottish music and instruments to local children.

Mr Murray’s daughter Wendy Devlin, a director at the firm, said: “David Murray Transport is very proud of its Scottish heritage — shown in the fleet livery of tartan banding with Scottish warriors and pipers — and meeting Gleadhraich has given us the opportunity to support these local lads as well as pipe music in general and extend the legacy of David’s influence on the pipes and Scottish culture.

“Gleadhraich have many exciting ideas, their enthusiasm is enlivening and their unique sound is inspirational.

“They really are going places and we are delighted to sponsor such a group of hardworking and dedicated lads.”

Gleadhraich’s frontman and piper, Craig said: “We are proud to have the support of such a prominent national company based in Carnoustie, where we formed at high school.

“This deal will hopefully allow the band, and its brand, to continue to grow and develop.”

This year has been a very successful one for the band, comprising piper Craig Weir, guitarist Ross White, bassist Graeme Ritchie and drummer Paul Weir.

They most recently played at Dundee’s Christmas lights switch-on and as support to ex-AC/DC drummer Chris Slade at Bonfest and wee commissioned by Angus Council to write a tune, ‘Skirling Ska’ in honour of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.