Angus Cultural Ambassadors to perform at relay celebration

Angus Provost, Councillor Helen Oswald with Angus cultural ambassadors Gleadhraich at their EP private launch at The Dibble Tree Theatre, Carnoustie

Angus Provost, Councillor Helen Oswald with Angus cultural ambassadors Gleadhraich at their EP private launch at The Dibble Tree Theatre, Carnoustie

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Angus’ Cultural Ambassadors Celtic rock band Gleadhraich, will play at this weekend’s Queens Baton Relay event in Angus.

Angus Provost, Helen Oswald, has 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 (June 28) 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’, it’s a ska-infused tune which features their friends Jordan Robertson (trombone), Ewan Barrack (saxophone) and Kerr Barrack (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 and its audience at the launch of their debut EP ‘Pipe Dreams’ included popular tracks ‘My Generation’ and ‘You Really Got Me’.

Mrs 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.”