The young musicians behind probably the top Celtic rock band in Angus will play their biggest ‘home’ gig to date tonight (Friday).
Gleadhraich, which consists of Carnoustie brothers Craig (20) and Paul Weir (16), their cousin Ross White (21) and friend Graeme Ritchie (21), are looking forward to headlining at the Dundee Repertory Theatre.
Bagpiper and frontman Craig said: “You can expect something you’ve never heard before. This is an opportunity to showcase how far we’ve come. It’s grown and grown to a point that we never really expected. For us to be headlining the Rep at our age is really quite exciting, I don’t imagine too many other bands have managed that at our age.”
It has been an eventful year for the group who recently played at the Independence Rally in Edinburgh and supported Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall on tour.
Craig said: “There’s been a number of different things that opened us up to new audiences and Friday at the Rep will be a celebration of that.”
Gleadhraich was born three years ago for a fund-raising show in aid of the charity Level8 and Craig admits things have gone much further than expected.
He said: “It certainly wasn’t what we expected in 2010 when we formed in high school for a show. We didn’t have any intention of continuing as a band but when we came off stage we decided we couldn’t not go on because of the response. The first couple of gigs were very small, the first was in a nursing home and the second was in the Legion in Arbroath. In hindsight they were both horrendous but we really enjoyed them.”
The lads have also recently been nominated for an Angus Ambassadors Award in the culture section. Craig said: “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.”