Published: 20/11/2015 11:35 - Updated: 23/11/2015 10:35

Gleadhraich hope to make a good first impression


AWARD-WINNING Angus Celtic rock band, Gleadhraich, are looking forward to making their live debut in Inverness at Hootananny this weekend (Saturday 21st November).

"It’s a long overdue appearance in the capital of the Highlands," frontman and piper Craig Weir said.

"We are hoping the crowds turn out in their numbers for what we are hoping will be a great show."

Gleadhraich formed in 2010 as students at Carnoustie High School, performing one track together at a charity concert for Level 8 Projects. The response and the buzz the band got from playing together was so great that the band decided to make it a permanent thing.

Weir and his bandmates Ross White (guitar/vocals), Paul Weir (percussion) and Graeme Ritchie (bass guitar), were awarded the Angus Cultural Ambassadors Award in November 2013 and as a result went on to release their debut EP, Pipe Dreams, the following April.

Having performed across the UK as well as made recent appearances in Germany and with upcoming shows in France, the band will be playing their first in support of their latest EP, Where We’re From.

The band has performed alongside acts such as Donnie Munro, Skerryvore and Twin Atlantic, with upcoming slots supporting Peatbog Faeries and The Fratellis in the pipeline. Collectively the band’s members have performed with acts such as Queen, Kaiser Chiefs and The Libertines.

"We’ve heard great things about Hootananny and the crowds in Inverness," Weir added.

"We can’t wait to bring the kilts up to the Highlands and tear up the place with our own brand of Celtic rock."

• Gleadhraich play Hootananny on Saturday 21st November starting at 9.30PM. Entry is free.

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