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With the Bay City Rollers prior to going onstage

With the Bay City Rollers prior to going onstage

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Piper Craig Weir left a lasting impression on one artist at this year’s T in the Park, following a performance with the Bay City Rollers.

Craig had been asked back by the band to play at the festival in Strathallan, performing in the King Tut’s Wah Wah tent on Saturday.

Onstage in King Tut's Wah Wah Tent at T in the Park

Onstage in King Tut's Wah Wah Tent at T in the Park

Discussing the opportunity to play at Scotland’s biggest music festival, Craig said: “It was great to be asked back to play Loch Lomond again with the Bay City Rollers having played on their reunion tour in December. It was great to play in a packed out King Tut’s tent and see once again how much the band means to a lot of people.”

It was following the performance in King Tut’s that Craig was targeted by Calvin Harris’ management team for a performance. Calvin was headlining the main stage on Saturday night at the festival.

Craig said: “I arrived back in the Artist’s Village with the Rollers and went into their cabin to get changed. Their manager came in and told me I’d have to get changed because Calvin’s people wanted to talk to me. As it turned out Calvin had arranged for 50 of his friends to have his mate’s stag party backstage at T in the Park.

“They had designed their backstage tent as an exact replica of The Queen of the South Bar in Dumfries.

Craig with Calvin Harris at the after party which was his friend's stag do.

Craig with Calvin Harris at the after party which was his friend's stag do.

“I had to play Flower of Scotland and Scotland the Brave and Calvin and the guys seemed to really enjoy it.

“It was made even better by being able to join the party and the fact that his team arranged a private car back to my door. It was an incredible night really!”

The appearance at T in the Park marks another milestone in an already fantastic year for Craig and his band, Gleadhraich.

Craig explained “It’s been a great year and in the last month or so I’ve played in Cyprus, Iceland and Germany. I’m off to Canada next to coach the Montreal Pipes and Drums but I am back to play with the Gleadhraich guys at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.”

Gleadhraich play the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival on August 4 on a bill that includes The Darkness, Two Door Cinema Club and Madness.