Scottish bands continue to be given chance to play in front of tens of thousands of fans
Following on from the success of the ‘Scotland’s Playlist’ initiative during the Autumn Nations Series we are delighted to announce ‘it’s back’ for the Guinness Six Nations.
During the Autumn three bands were given the opportunity to take to the stage pre match to warm up the crowd; Inverclyde duo The Laurettes and Edinburgh bands Daytime TV and Go To Girl.
Daytime TV said of the initiative: “We were blown away by the reception we received at BT Murrayfield stadium ahead of Scotland’s massive win against Australia. Hearing our music blast around the stadium was an amazing feeling and we want to thank Scottish Rugby for supporting us and Scottish music.”
Today, Gleadhraich are your winners of Scotland’s Playlist. Gleadhraich are a celtic rock band formed in Carnoustie, Angus in 2010 while students at school. The band is made up of Craig Weir (Bagpipes/ Vocals), Ross White (Guitar/ Vocals), Paul Weir (Percussion) and Graeme Ritchie (Bass Guitar) who are complimented by a fluctuating collective of saxophone, trombone, accordion and keyboard, affectionately dubbed “the Accordihorns”.
Gleadhraich released their debut EP, ‘Pipe Dreams’ in 2014 and the follow up, ‘Where We’re From’ was released in March 2015 to critical acclaim. Gleadhraich’s latest EP, ‘Rewritten’ was released in August 2019. The band are currently using The Libertines’ Albion Rooms studio to create the 5th Gleadhraich release, touted for 2022.
The band has featured on festival line-ups throughout the UK, including Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Haslemere Fringe Festival and Lindisfarne Festival and performed across Europe and the USA including appearances at BB King’s during New York Tartan Week and a Burns Supper at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius.
The ‘Scotland’s Playlist’ initiative was designed to give young musicians the chance to perform at BT Murrayfield after a challenging couple of years for the industry. The initiative offers a paid gig to the bands whilst also promoting the bands music across Scottish Rugby’s channels, including utilising the bands original music on Scotland team video content, crediting the artists.
Scottish Rugby has been overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the entries with performers eager to get involved.
Scottish Rugby Head of Group Marketing & Commercial, Toni Blackhurst, said “We want BT Murrayfield to have a party atmosphere.
“There are so many incredible up-and-coming Scottish bands out there, so it was an incredibly tough decision but we’re certain the bands we’ve chosen are more than up to the challenge of getting our fans ready to get behind the Scotland team.”
Show your support for Gleadhraich post-match by checking out their performance on the North Stand Stage at the final whistle this Saturday.