Carnoustie’s very own celtic rockers Gleadhraich are riding high after a successful week of gigging and good news.
Earlier this week the Guide & Gazette revealed that the band, piper Craig Weir, guitarist Ross White, bassist Graeme Ritchie and drummer Paul Weir would be supporting former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro in Montrose on February 14.
Craig said: “It’s quite exciting for us. Firstly to get our first gig for 2015 announced but also to have the opportunity to be supporting a Scottish music legend. We’re really looking forward to it.”
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Last weekend Gleadhraich were at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, and even appeared on BBC Wales and had a brush with infamy in between sets on the S4C television stage.
Craig explained: “Basically the BBC were kicking about and they asked if we would be available to do a bit of filming, so we turned up and they didn’t have any electricity so it had to be a solo pipe thing.
“We played a couple of tunes for BBC 2 Wales and then was asked to do 30 seconds of teaching with Wynne Evans.
“I didn’t even realise at the time that he was the Go Compare man, it was only afterwards once he had disappeared.
“He was pretty rubbish at playing the pipes and didn’t really get much of a sound out of them. But we had a bit of a laugh and it was good fun.
“It would be pretty scary hearing the Go Compare tune on the bagpipes, maybe not worth putting into our repertoire!”
According to Craig though the Welsh audience loved their blend of Scots music and rock. He said: “The response we got was phenomenal and the tent that we played in was absolutely rammed.
“At first we weren’t too sure on how we would fit in but they just seemed to lap it up and it was great fun, we really enjoyed it.”
Next on the agenda for Gleadhraich is the release of their special Glasgow 2014 tribute ‘Skirling Ska’ which should be available in time for the Commonwealth Games.