Gleadhraich play first Scottish gig at Stramu

Gleadhraich on stage in Germany.
Gleadhraich on stage in Germany.

A Carnoustie celtic rock band has become the first Scottish act to play one of Europe’s biggest street music festivals.

At the weekend Gleadhraich was in Germany for a whistlestop tour which included a gig at the Stramu Festival in Wurzburg on Saturday.

Craig Weir, piper and frontman for the band, said: “It’s apparently one of the biggest street music festivals in all of Europe and we were the first ever Scottish band to play it.

“Over 1000 bands apply to play the festival each year and only 60 are chosen, we got in the back door and also got one of the top spots in the festival.

“The organisers told us that we attracted one of the biggest crowds the festival has seen in its 12-year history. There were over 1000 people there to see us.”

They also played at the Ochsenfest in Ochsenfurt on the Friday and on Sunday were in Giebelstadt for a charity gig with the Giebelstadt Wind Band and the Ochsenfurt Youth Orchestra in aid of the refugee crisis.

They were joined on their tour by friends of the band and unofficial Gleadhraich members the Barrack Brothers, Ewan and Kerr, on saxophone and accordion, and champion trombonist Jordan Robertson.

It was a fantastic experience according to Craig. He said: “The gigs were amazing, the people welcomed us with open arms and the response was nothing short of incredible. Saturday night, the audience was ridiculous.

“A crowd from Dundee had travelled to see us and another group had driven through Italy from Venice to see us. We were just so blown away by the response on all three shows, but Saturday night was incredible.

“For us to be the first Scottish band to play the Stramu Festival was fantastic.

“The boys always play with high energy, whatever the size of the crowd is like, but the audience was so amazing that I’ve never seen them so pumped before.”

Craig added that even several days after the event, the band are still taking calls from German media outlets wanting to speak to them about their appearance, but that the best part was how welcoming and accepting the people were.

He said: “People just wanted to come and talk to use and express their gratitude for coming to play and share our music with them.”