Award-winning Carnoustie celtic rock band Gleadhraich proved their hearts are as big as their sound on Saturday by launching their new EP a family charity’s annual fundraising concert.
The band, who were Angus Cultural Ambassadors in 2014, were the headline act for Home-Start Dundee’s 6th Annual Charity Night at the Starlight Showroom, and used the event to officially launch their new EP, Definition.
Its six tracks include The Immigrant’s Lament, the tune piper Craig Weir was commissioned to compose and play for the Clan Currie Society at Ellis Island, New York, during last year’s Tartan Week. It was played for the first time with a string section.
The others are Face Palm, Never Gonna Give You Up, Rock Me Mama, Join the Dots and Livin’ La Vida Loda - a fan favourite at gigs. The band played them all for the charity gig as well as others from their repertoire in a full set.
It is not the first time the band have supported the charity – they have played its Charity Night each year from the beginning as Fiona Weir, mum of the band’s brothers Craig and Paul, works for it and their sister Rachel volunteers for the family charity. Home-Start Dundee trains volunteers to help families with young children deal with the challenges they face.
The event raised a total of £700 for the charity and Home-Start Dundee Senior Co-ordinator Alison Kettles said: “This concert raises much needed funds to support families at our weekly Family Group and we’re absolutely delighted Gleadhraich chose the Home-Start Charity Night to launch their new EP.
“Over the past six years we’ve been so lucky that the band have continued to support our charity. We’ve been part of their journey from the early days and have seen them flourish to the much-acclaimed band they are now.”
Band leader and piper, Craig Weir, said: “It was a great night for us because we not only had another great hometown crowd but were also able to continue to raise money for this great family charity and raise awareness of the essential work it does.
“We’re really proud of ‘Definition’ because we feel this is our best work and defines our sound more than our previous releases.”
Gleadhraich start their first UK tour to promote the EP in November. It kicks off at the Hard Rock Café in Glasgow on November 4 before moving on to Hootananny Inverness the next night, Hootananny Brixton November 19 and finishing in Liverpool on the November 20.
It came about after the band were talent-spotted at Hootananny Inverness by Steve Robertson from Twenty Ten Management in February.
For more info about Gleadhraich, go to their website at www.gleadhraich.com Home-Start Dundee’s website is at https://www.home-start.org.uk/home-start-dundee