Angus’ Cultural Ambassadors Celtic rock band Gleadhraich, will play at this weekend’s Her Majesty the Queen’s Baton Relay event in Montrose.
Provost of Angus Helen Oswald last met Gleadhraich at the launch of their EP and expressed her delight that the award winning band would be playing at Angus’ end of day celebrations for the Baton Relay.
Gleadhraich will play live, early evening on Saturday (28 June) at the free open-air Queen’s Baton Relay party at Montrose Sports Centre; heralding the start of the countdown to the Commonwealth Games shooting event at Barry Buddon from July 25 to 29.
The band will debut a new piece, to mark Angus’ contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Legacy called ‘Skirling Ska’, which is a ska-infused tune featuring their friends Jordan Robertson on trombone, Ewan Barrack on saxophone and Kerr Barrack on djembe, to give it a real Commonwealth family of nations feel.
Front man piper/guitarist/vocalist Craig Weir said: “It’s something totally different to anything we’ve done before and we are looking forward to playing it on Saturday for the crowds. Before then, we are heading into Seagate recording studios to record the piece for release in July.”
Craig’s lively personality came across as the band wowed the Provost of Angus and its audience at the launch of their debut EP ‘Pipe Dreams’ included popular tracks ‘My Generation’ and ‘You Really Got Me’.
Provost of Angus Helen Oswald said: “Music is an extremely important part of the heritage of Angus and it’s always good to hear of new talent rising to stardom. They gave excellent performances at the EP launch event and at the Angus Ambassador Awards evening.
“As Cultural Ambassadors for Angus it’s very fitting that the band will play at the Baton Relay event for the Commonwealth Games. As they play their music around the UK we look forward to hearing of their progress.”
The band has had an extremely successful year with performances across the country. Their energetic music is written by the band leader Craig who is also a piper, guitarist and vocalist; student friend Ross White plays electric guitar; Graeme Ritchie is on base and the drummer (who is also Craig’s brother) is Paul Weir. Their youth and dynamism is projected in their music with an energetically modern take on pipe music.
“The band started when we were asked to support a Highland Dancer and we got such a great response that we decided to keep going,” said Craig.
“The Angus Ambassador award did a fair bit towards raising our profile,” Craig continued. “We got great publicity from it and we’ve been invited to play at more events so it really helped us. As well as Angus and Scotland, we’ve got more gigs in England and Wales, including one where we are on the same bill as Status Quo.”