CELTIC rock band Gleadhraich are delighted to announce "we’ll be back" at Hootananny this weekend after playing to some new celebrity fans, including The Terminator himself, film star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The award-winning Angus band made their Hootananny’s debut in November, since when they have had a busy few months and found themselves mingling with some famous faces.
Gleadhraich played a major slot at Montrose Folk Festival before frontman Craig Weir joined ’70s chart toppers Bay City Rollers on their Shang-a-Lang-a-Xmas UK Reunion tour taking in four nights at the legendary Glasgow Barrowlands before playing Manchester’s O2 Apollo and London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
The New Year found Craig and brother Paul, Gleadhraich’s drummer, playing to welcome Arnold Schwarzenegger to Scotland and Craig joined another revived rock band, The Libertines, on stage at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.
Gleadhraich also played support slots for Scottish band The Fratellis and the 2015 winner of BBC talent show The Voice, former Kirkcaldy fireman Stevie McCrori, them topped off January with a Burns Supper performance in Paris, their first ever French concert.
"It’s been an incredible time for us, one that’s difficult to put into words," Craig said.
"It’s been a privilege to play these kind of events and hopefully they will continue for us as 2016 progresses.
"We are confident that our return to Hoots will be another memorable occasion and hope that people turn out in their numbers to see us again.
"When we played in November, the show was absolutely carnage. Since then we’ve got a number of new pieces to throw into the set and a huge announcement to be made on stage on Saturday night. We’re hoping to have another wild night in the Highlands!"
• Gleadhraich perform at Hootananny’s Ceilidh Bar, Church Street, Inverness on Saturday February 20.