Jumping for joy at Commonwealth gig
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.