Carnoustie Celtic rockers Gleadhraich are feeling the musical magic next week when they make their radio debut on one of Britain’s top breakfast shows.
On Monday the boys, Craig Weir, Ross White, Graeme Ritchie and Paul Weir will take to the airwaves on ‘Foxy in the Morning’ on radio station Magic.
As part of a competition to win a weekend in Edinburgh VisitScotland is running with the radio station listeners will have to identify classic rock and pop tracks that have had the special Gleadhraich treatment and been adapted for a bagpipe, electric guitar combo.
The band were approached by one of the station’s producers after she heard them online while searching for a contemporary rock band with a distinctly Scottish sound.
They pre-recorded the tracks, which include some from their debut EP ‘Pipe Dreams’, at the studios of sister Bauer Media Group station Tay FM last month as a dates clash meant they couldn’t appear live. Piper Craig and electric guitarist Ross were also interviewed by Neil Fox for a feature slot this week.
Their tracks will be heard by almost 2.9 million listeners across the UK on the station’s DAB digital radio frequency as well as the 709,000 Londoners who make Fox’s show the top commercial breakfast show in the capital.
Speaking about their radio big break, band frontman and piper, Craig said: “To be asked to play on the most listened-to breakfast show in London is a massive coup for us and we couldn’t be more grateful.
“Having listened to him for years, chatting to Neil was pretty surreal for us but he took a real interest in the band and even managed to pronounce our name correctly! We also had fun explaining to him how we formed at Carnoustie High.
“We hope we can convert more people round the UK to our sound and specifically the use of the pipes in rock music, which is our mission. We obviously hope this will also boost sales of our EP, which is available on iTunes and Amazon.”