There was a great atmosphere in The Rep last week for the headline gig of arguably the top celtic rock band in Angus.
Carnoustie-based Gleadhraich, or ‘loud noise’ as it translates from the Gaelic, were top of the bill at the Dundee venue on Friday night.
They are piper and frontman Craig Weir, his brother Paul on drums, cousin Ross White on electric guitar and Graeme Ritchie on bass.
The Rep gig was a culmination of three years of perfecting their very particular brand of celtic fusion rock and the audience was heavily salted with long-standing fans, friends and family which made for a fantastic buzz.
Supporting Gleadhraich were R Vocal, a very polished vocal group with a nice line in harmonies and some great belting numbers.
Next up were Dundee band Courtney’s Chain who really got the feet tapping with their own tunes and the lead singer’s rich, husky, Debbie Harry style.
The main event really fired off in style with a medley of ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ by the Ramones and ‘I Fought The Law’ by The Clash.
The lads really showed how accomplished they have become, effortlessly moving from AC/DC one tune to Carly Rae Jepson or ‘Loch Lomond’ the next.
Where their strength lies is in the ability to tie this disparate set list together, so that Katy Perry doesn’t sound out of place alongside the Undertones and ‘Auld Lang Syne’, and in fact creates something really quite unique.
The good thing about a showcase like this is that it also allows the band to explore away from just being ‘a band with bagpipes’.
Ross White’s ‘Fields of Athenry’ and ‘Caledonia’ and the whole band together for the Bay City Rollers shows they can sing too, and very well at that.
It has been an exciting time for the band who were also shortlisted last week for an award in the culture category of the Angus Ambassador Awards.
Craig commented: “We are completely humbled but delighted to have made the shortlist. We’d like to thank everyone close to us for their support in getting us this far.”
Speaking after the gig, Craig said: “It was a great response we got there actually, a great crowd came down to see us, and hopefully everybody went away having enjoyed themselves. We certainly have.
“A gig like tonight is always going to be special, it’s the first time we’ve played a headline gig in one of the main venues in Dundee.”
It might have been their first Dundee headliner but they have amassed an impressive series of appearances in the last couple of years.
They have played in front of thousands at Independence rallies in Edinburgh last year and earlier this year had a slot at the 2013 Scottish Golf Awards supporting Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowell on tour.
It probably hasn’t been said before but the bagpipes really do lend themselves to a bit of punk rock and it is quite fantastic to see just how versatile that instrument can be, but on top of that the gig at The Rep proved that Gleadhraich are no one trick pony and are truly very accomplished musicians in their own right.
For more information about the band and forthcoming concerts search for Gleadhraich on Facebook. A post-gig interview is on online now at www.arbroathherald.co.uk