It’s not often that five guys from Falkirk end up partying at a Glasgow nightclub with one of Scotland’s biggest actors, but for folk-punk group Brògeal that was just a post-gig night out in the city. 

The group, which consists of Daniel Harkins (vocals and guitar), Aidan Callaghan (banjo and vocals), Euan Mundie (bass), Luke Mortimer (drums) and Sam MacMillan (accordion) found themselves at The Polo Lounge until four in the morning with Martin Compston following a sold-out gig at King Tut’s. 

Daniel said: “He was a great laugh. He’s happy to talk to anyone, nothing bothers him.” 

Aidan added: “It was mental to be on stage seeing his (Martin’s) silhouette. It was amazing.

“He came up to the green room after the gig and was just hanging out.” 

The Line of Duty star likened the group to The Pogues as he took to Instagram to share a snap with the boys. 

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But the band’s brushings with Scottish celebrities doesn’t end there. 

Having supported names like The Lathums and The Mary Wallopers, the group are set to support Paisley’s Paolo Nutini on July 13 at Thomond Park in Limerick.

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Daniel said: “That one is massive.

“He is a very proud Scotsman, and he puts that across in his music. He’s almost a figure for Scottish identity, especially in music and we would like to become that. 

“It feels like a step in the right direction.”

Luke added: “He is a Scottish icon. For me, he is one of those people that everyone just looks up to for a bit of Scottish identity. 

“So, to be in the same bill as these names is just huge.

“He’s loved worldwide too, so to be on the same stage with a Scotsman who is adored everywhere is huge. That’ll be great and thinking about his fans, I think they’ll enjoy it too, it has the same sort of energy.”

The group will also be playing a number of shows in Glasgow this year including a set at TRNSMT on July 12 and Saint Luke’s in November - Brògeal's biggest headline show in the city to date. 

Luke said: “I can’t wait for all of the above - being back in Glasgow is going to be great.” 

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The shows follow the release of the band’s self-titled EP, which dropped earlier this month. 

Daniel said: “There are no weak songs on this album like, they’re all bangers – If I do say so myself.” 

Aidan added: “There are a few different influences in the track, so we’re just showing off a wee showcase.” 

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It comes after the band released their debut EP, Dirt and Daydreams, last year after forming around 2019. 

Aidan explained: “Daniel and I met in school. We started a crap punk band in our fourth or fifth year, and it’s just become what it is today.”

Daniel added: “When we started Brògeal, we wanted to create a band that was a bit more folky. We all have an interest in The Dubliners and The Pogues and we wanted to create something that sort of blended in with that.

“When we started writing songs which were more indie and pop, it took this folk sound, and it was like nothing we had ever heard before and we f****** loved that.”

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