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CRAIG WEIR

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Craig is one of the country’s most highly esteemed pipers and has been involved in a range of major high profile performances.

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He has appeared on stage with various acts including Queen + Adam Lambert, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, The Courteeners, Bay City Rollers and Rudimental. Craig has also performed for various important dignitaries including various members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty The Queen and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.  He has also performed for Michelle Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Calvin Harris, Sir Billy Connolly and Sir Alex Ferguson among others. He has performed at events including Commonwealth Games and the MOBO Awards.

Craig also fronts Gleadhraich who have performed all over Europe, and America and were named Best Celtic Music Act at the 2018 Infinitime Music Awards. In addition, Craig fronts his Cabalistic Cavalry, a folk music project where he sings and plays guitar. Craig is pleased to be honouring his friend, Alan Longmuir, at this event. 

“Alan was such a humble unassuming man, who was always willing to pass on advice and support to young musicians. He made playing with the Bay City Rollers on their reunion tour and at T in the Park such a great experience and his tour bus stories won’t be forgotten! It was a pleasure to have him guest with Gleadhraich on several occasions. We looked up to him so much that he became known to us as Grandad Longmuir. It was also great to be an invited guest for the last two years of I Ran With The Gang at the Edinburgh Fringe.”  Craig Weir

SUE ROBERTS

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Sue is well known and loved around Scotland.

Sue is a Comedy Vocalist who was born and bred in Glasgow and most importantly is proud of the fact that Alan was her most famous groupie!

Sue’s brand of humour is best described as “in your face” because nothing and no-one is out of bounds.  If you’re not used to this I wouldn’t sit near the front if I were you!

Sue will provide a good laugh at ourselves if nothing else. Entirely appropriate because Alan was particularly renowned for his wicked sense of humour.

BRIAN GOLD

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Brian is an accomplished and talented guitar vocalist with 40 years’ experience performing in and around the UK.  He is known and loved at many venues throughout the North West as a superb entertainer with an impressive repertoire and manner.

Brian started playing and singing in the 1970’s as a teenager in Liverpool and was naturally influenced and inspired by the likes of The Beatles and the other diverse groups of the 70’s such as 10cc, Queen, T-Rex, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John and of course the Bay City Rollers.  He started his first band in 1978 and went solo shortly after although from time to time he has played with other bands either filling in or fronting for periods.  Eventually a solo career appealed more as it allowed him the freedom to develop his own style and repertoire at his own pace.

Brian now combines singing with live guitar and uses professionally produced backing tracks (many of which he creates at his home studio) to produce a sound which is unique yet familiar.

Brian performs regularly at The Cavern Club in Liverpool during the International Pop Overthrow Festivals held there every May and October singing with the amazing Canadian legend Dave Rave and his band (wiki: Dave Desroches).  In the past year Brian has also appeared twice at the famous Ryries Pub in Haymarket, Edinburgh – as Derek Longmuir can confirm!  — they are good friends! Brian has also entertained at several Bay City Roller fan gatherings in previous years.

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Brian now performs both solo and band gigs.  He is the front man for the band The Next Step based in the North of England whose members boast a pedigree themselves having toured with the likes of Pilot, Van Morrison, 10cc and The Drifters amongst others.  Brian’s lead style has been likened to that of an early John Lennon.

Currently Brian is looking forward to working alongside 10cc drummer Paul Burgess during April in helping develop and take The Next Step literally to the next step!

 

 

 

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