The new EP from Carnoustie’s own celtic rockers, Gleadhraich, is once again helping to redefine clever modern Scottish music.
Entitled ‘Definition’ the EP contains six tracks - three original ones interspersed with three re-imaginings of popular songs.
Gleadhraich, is made up of Craig Weir, pipes; Paul Weir, drums; Ross White, lead guitar; and Graeme Ritchie, bass.
‘Face Palm’ opens proceedings and is young and vibrant, punky with a touch of ska making it a good tune to dance to. The guitar solos are intricate, with the occasional hint of the Pixies thrown in for good measure.
The Rick Rolling continues as ‘Face Palm’ is followed by ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, after all, who doesn’t love a bit of Rick Astley? And Gleadhraich pay fitting homage to 80s pop icon with a Scottish twist.
‘Rock Me Mama’ is a really powerful piece of bluesy Americana that was also recently covered by Nathan Carter. The combination of accordion and bagpipes adds a homely air that really brings out the heart of the track.
‘Join The Dots’ is a mash-up of three wee tunes, including two traditional pieces and a brand new one co-written by Craig Weir and well-known Scottish composer Ross Ainslie. It kicks off with a real martial air and develops into a driving beat, the whole thing has a modern feel but with an obvious traditional lineage.
Capping off the covers is ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’, which is funky and fun, swapping Ricky Martin out for a set of bagpipes is not sacrilege but a really cool twist, and also possibly an improvement.
The ‘Immigrant’s Lament’ is another piece by Craig that he was commissioned to write for Tartan day on Ellis Island, New York in 2015. It harbours a touch of sorrow but this is tempered by a rising hopefulness and strength, a tribute to those starting again.
Craig said: “We’re delighted to be releasing Definition and feel that it really defines our diverse sound more than any of our previous records. We are really proud of this one and hope that people enjoy listening to it.
“We chose those covers really because they are popular pieces which worked well on the bagpipes. They are both renowned for being quite cheesy pieces but we’ve reworked them in our unique way and we hope that we’ve done them justice.”
Home Start Dundee, in partnership with Gleadhraich, will hold a charity gig in the Starlight Showrooms tomorrow night (Saturday) and this will double as the launch platform for ‘Definition’.