Jump­ing for joy at Com­mon­wealth gig

Rutherglen Reformer - - You Decide - Will Henshaw

A Cam­bus­lang-based folk band took part in the Com­mon­wealth Games af­ter star­ring in a mu­sic video.

Pig­gery Brae are a well known Scot­tish folk band who reg­u­larly play at char­ity events, churches and Ro­tary club meet­ings.

How­ever they be­came the envy of most bands as they took cen­tre stage at Ham­p­den last month.

How­ever the band weren’t ac­tu­ally play­ing the na­tional sta­dium, but rather starred in a video, de­signed to ex­plain the rules of the ath­letic jump events at the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games.

The op­por­tu­ni­tyy came about af­ter a com­pany called Great Big Events (GBE) got in touch.

GBE recorded videos fea­tur­ing peo­ple around Glas­gow ex­plain­ing the rules to the sports that fea­tured in the games.

The video was then played be­fore the par­tic­u­lar sport took place.

Will McArthur (60), who plays whis­tles and flutes, ex­plained how the op­por­tu­nity came about: “I got an email through our web­site from a com­pany who were look­ing for a group of four to do the ath­letic jump events. This in­cludes the long jump, high jump, triple jump and the pole vault.

“They were look­ing for a venue that would over look the whole of Glas­gow, so we sug­gested Cathkin Braes. We filmed it in mid-July and all in all it took about four hours.”

The video fea­tures the Pig­gery Brae mem­bers - Jim Fer­gu­son, Will McArthur, Alis­tair Mac­Far­lane and Ian Robb - ex­plain­ing the rules to the field events to tune of Ye Canny Shove Yer Gran­nie .

Will said: “The three minute video was shown at Ham­p­den dur­ing the ath­letic event, seen by thou­sands at the arena.

“We’ve had friends who have emailed us and said they were a bit sur­prised to see us on the big screen, but also that it was re­ally well done.”

Last Sun­day the video was shown at Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church be­fore their ser­vice.

You can watch the video at http://www. pig­gery­brae.uk­pals.com/pb­glas­gow2014. htm

Mu­sic video starsPig­gery Brae band mem­bers Jim Fer­gu­son, Will McArthur, Alis­tair Mac­Far­lane and Ian Robb in the mu­sic video that fea­tured in Ham­p­den.

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