Award-winning Carnoustie Celtic rockers Gleadhraich are finally fulfilling the advice of a Scottish music icon with the release of their first EP next week.
On April 7 the band will release the four-track ‘Pipe Dreams’ on iTunes and on limited edition CD, and it features their mash-up of ‘My Generation’ and ‘You Really Got Me’ which Dougie Maclean, the songwriter behind ‘Caledonia’ has described as “genius”.
Gleadhraich is made up of Craig Weir on bagpipes, brother Paul Weir on drums, Ross White on electric guitar and Graeme Ritchie on bass, and last year they were named Angus Ambassadors for culture.
According to Craig the record is the result of fan pressure. He explained: “There’s been a real demand for it from our fans for some time. We decided it was the right time to do it and hopefully it’ll be the first of many releases.”
‘Pipe Dreams’ mixes their own material ‘California Calling’ and ‘Unite The Clans’ with mash-ups of ‘Teenage Kicks’ and ‘One Way Or Another’ and the aforementioned reworking of ‘My Generation’ and ‘You Really Got Me’.
Craig added: “That one is a medley of the classic pieces by The Who and The Kinks, a live favourite for both us and our fans, as well as Dougie Maclean. It fuses different genres together using the bagpipes and rock instruments in a new way designed to appeal to young people.”
Gleadhraich will be supporting Her Majesty The Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations in Montrose on June 28.