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An award-winning Celtic music band had their equipment destroyed after their tour van was broken into and set alight.

Hò-rò, rising stars on the traditional folk group scene, said they are “absolutely heartbroken” to have lost all their gear.

Hò-Rò is made up of musicians from the Western Isles and Highlands, including Crisdean Macdonald from South Uist.

Their van was parked in Copland Road in the Govan area of Glasgow.

Police Scotland said a 47-year-old man has been arrested and is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The group have performed at festivals across Scotland and Europe.

Previous winners of the Danny Kyle Award for emerging talent at Celtic Connections, the musicians vowed to honour a series of upcoming gigs using borrowed instruments.

Next week they are due to perform in Loch Fyne followed by the Skye Music Festival before playing in Jura.

A statement from the band said: We are absolutely heartbroken. Somebody broke into our van and set it on fire.

“We have worked very hard to get to where we are at the moment. We saved up as much as we could to buy the van and good equipment so that we could sound as good as possible.

“Our musical instruments that were in the van were priceless.

“Our gigs will still continue with a massive help from Heron Valley and Trail West lending us their gear.”

A fundraising page to help the band has been set up at

Paul Martin / Findlay Macdonald

Celtic music band Hò-Rò's instruments wrecked after van set on fire

8 Sept 2017