Last night (Thursday) was a special one for award-winning Carnoustie celtic rock band Gleadhraich - as they moved up a musical league and made two major announcements.
Not only did they play their first major festival – the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - but they also announced their first UK tour and the details of their third EP.
The band, who were Angus Cultural Ambassadors in 2014, were invited to play the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage at the festival, near Inverness, after being talent-spotted at Hootananny Inverness by Steve Robertson from Twenty Ten Management in February.
Better still, he offered them a four-date UK tour 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 November 20, venue to be confirmed.
Before then, the band are set to launch their new EP at their Dundee gig in aid of Home Start Dundee on September 10. Titled ‘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. The others are ‘Face Palm’, ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, ‘Rock Me Mama’, ‘Join the Dots’ and ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ - a fan favourite at gigs.
Speaking about the special night and major announcements, Craig Weir said: “We’ve played Hootananny in Inverness a few times and every time it’s been packed out. Steve Robertson was so pleased with the response he offered us a slot at the festival.
“This is huge for the band because it’s the biggest festival we’ve played to date. It’s not every day bands like us get the opportunity to play at major mainstream music festivals. Hopefully it will be the start of the band securing bookings at more major festivals.
“We really enjoyed it and we enjoyed soaking up the special atmosphere we’ve heard about here. We’re also looking forward to hanging around and listening to headliners like The Darkness and Madness.
“We’re delighted to also be announcing the release of the band’s new EP, ‘Definition’, which we just completed recording in Dundee on Wednesday. We feel we’ve spent a lot of time defining our sound with this one and the title fits our efforts.
“It’s a massive privilege for us to be able to go on tour across the UK for the first time in support of the EP. It’s something we’re really excited about and hopefully people across the UK will come out and see our show.”
The latest triple celebration for the band follows on from what’s already been a special year – after they played on the same bill as Stevie McCrorie and The Fratellis in a charity gig in January and got ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Jai McDowall and Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir to play surprise guest spots at their sell-out show at the Starlight Showroom, Dundee, in March.
Alan’s involvement came about through the VIP piping talents of band leader Craig Weir. He piped on the Bay City Roller’s reunion tour last Christmas and joined them again for their slot at T In the Park last month where he was also asked to play at a private function for mega-DJ Calvin Harris! Craig and his brother, Paul, also played for Arnold Schwarzenegger at an Edinburgh business event in January.
For more info about Gleadhraich, go to their website at www.gleadhraich.com