Craig says ‘hasta la vista’ to another superstar packed week

VIP piper Craig Weir (right) and his brother Paul meet Arnold Schwarzenegger at the EICC last Wednesday night after playing him into his event.
VIP piper Craig Weir (right) and his brother Paul meet Arnold Schwarzenegger at the EICC last Wednesday night after playing him into his event.

An Angus piper has been rubbing shoulders with not one, not two, but three sets of celebrities as he spent another week playing at VIP events.

Craig Weir (22) began his four-day run on Wednesday night at the EICC in Edinburgh, where ‘The Governator’ was putting in a rare UK appearance at business event ‘An Experience with’ Arnold Schwarzenegger’. Craig piped him in while his brother Paul (18) drummed. Afterwards both go to meet the movie star and grab a selfie with him.

VIP piper Craig Weir (right) with Pete Doherty of The Libertines after playing his band on-stage to their SSE Hydro gig.

VIP piper Craig Weir (right) with Pete Doherty of The Libertines after playing his band on-stage to their SSE Hydro gig.

Craig said: “The opportunity to welcome Arnold to Scotland for the first time was incredible and very surreal. He was very kind to us and was excited to hear the bagpipes played live in Scotland.”

Paul said: “It was a real honour to play such a big name into Scotland. A real proud moment and something I’ll never forget.”

But there was no rest for Craig as the following night he was off to renew his acquaintance with Pete Doherty’s band The Libertines, with whom he’s played before. This time it was at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow and he joined them onstage to play ‘Flower of Scotland’ as they walked on stage. He also had a chat and some pictures backstage afterwards.

Of that gig, Craig says: “It was amazing to play once more with my music heroes, The Libertines. The crowd response to it was amazing. Being fellow local boys, the support band, The View, said they particularly enjoyed it. The band were very welcoming once again and it was a great evening.”

Gleadhraich (left) play with their brass section, The Barack brothers and Jordan Robertson, at the For The Love Of Eilidh IV charity concert on Saturday in aid of The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund.

Gleadhraich (left) play with their brass section, The Barack brothers and Jordan Robertson, at the For The Love Of Eilidh IV charity concert on Saturday in aid of The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund.

Finally, Craig’s celtic rock band Gleadhraich travelled to the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, to provide support on the For The Love Of Eilidh IV charity concert on Saturday in aid of The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund, which is building a respite holiday home for young people and their families fighting cancer.

Also on the bill were Fife’s The Voice winner Stevie McCrorie, The Fratellis and the cast of BBC Scotland comedy Still Game. Craig and his band met the stars afterwards.

Craig said: “It was great to be involved in For the Love of Eilidh IV concert in Stirling. The band received a great response and to play before Stevie McCrorie and The Fratellis was a great opportunity for us.”

Fellow Gleadhraich bandmember Ross White added: “The For the Love of Eilidh IV concert was a great mix of entertainment and the audience really enjoyed it, I’m really happy we were able to help raise lots of money for the fund.”

Gleadhraich and their brass section, The Barack brothers and Jordan Robertson, with Jon Fratelli after the For The Love Of Eilidh IV charity concert.

Gleadhraich and their brass section, The Barack brothers and Jordan Robertson, with Jon Fratelli after the For The Love Of Eilidh IV charity concert.

Speaking about his triple-starred week, Craig said: “I’ve met with and played for a lot of big names in the last few years, but this week has been extra special because of the short space of time these gigs have occurred in. It’s provided a stunning start to 2016 for me and my band.”

Craig’s latest brush with the stars follows on closely after playing six dates with the Bay City Rollers before and after Christmas. Each night at Glasgow’s Barrowland, Manchester’s O2 Apollo and the Eventim Apollo in London he played a guest spot on Loch Lomond

Gleadhraich and their brass section, The Barack brothers and Jordan Robertson, with 2015 The Voice winner Stevie McCrorie after the For The Love Of Eilidh IV charity concert.

Gleadhraich and their brass section, The Barack brothers and Jordan Robertson, with 2015 The Voice winner Stevie McCrorie after the For The Love Of Eilidh IV charity concert.