Runrig to stage Edinburgh Castle gig in 2016

Runrig singer Bruce Guthro playing at the Castle in 2013. Picture: Scott Taylor
Runrig singer Bruce Guthro playing at the Castle in 2013. Picture: Scott Taylor
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CELTIC rock band Runrig are to thrill their fans with a summertime return to the scene of some of their greatest triumphs, Edinburgh Castle.

The Scottish group, who have had more than 30 years of global success with their unique sound, a mix of traditional Gaelic folk music and contemporary rock – will perform at Edinburgh Castle in July. Runrig’s frontman Bruce Guthro said: “There are few better backdrops for any band, on any stage, anywhere in the world than at Edinburgh Castle.

There are few better backdrops for any band, on any stage, anywhere

Bruce Guthro

“It is an amazing venue and is always a special gig.”

Keyboard player Brian Hurren added: “I can’t wait to get the sounds and the emotion of the studio recordings transposed into the context of the live show. It was a very special album for us all and the live tour will be no exception.”

The band said they are “delighted” to be making a return visit to the Castle’s Esplanade, a stage they have graced so many times over the years. It is a venue in which both band and audience feel “very much at home,” said a spokesman for Castle Concerts.

The Esplande will provide the perfect backrop for the group’s summertime Story tour. The album, of the same name, will be Runrig’s last ­studio album.

The spokesman said: “The album is one that is of major significance to them all, and one that they want to celebrate, particularly in the live environment.”

Barry Wright, director of the Castle Concerts, announced the July 23 event – which will take place during the 2016 Edinburgh Castle Concert series.

“Runrig are Scottish ­legends,” Mr Wright said. “Over the years we have taken them from Stirling Castle to the banks of Loch Lomond, from Orkney to Hawick, from Benbecula to Dumfries. There is no part of Scotland that Runrig don’t reach. We are delighted to be welcoming them back for a record breaking sixth apearance.

“This will be sure to be another special evening at Edinburgh Castle for all fans of Runrig.”

After the end of their 2010 tour Runrig made the decision to take time out, allowing band members to concentrate on individual projects.

They reunited for an October 2012 tour and will return to the stage once again in spring next year.

Tickets for the Castle concernt will go on sale on Friday at 9am.

Edinburgh Castle’s executive manager Nick Finnigan said: “It’s wonderful that we will have the opportunity to welcome back Scotland’s renowned rock band, Runrig, to Edinburgh Castle, as they perform on stage as part of next year’s Castle Concerts.”

diane.king@jpress.co.uk