Raintown plus guests 'Elemental' and 'Scott Nicol'

Saturday June 13, 2015

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With eight awards in 3 years, including the recent British Country Music Award's (BMCA) for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and 'Female Vocalist of the Year,’ Raintown are fast gaining the reputation as one of the hottest Country acts not only in the UK, but in Europe too.

They have a successful first album under their belts so it hopefully won’t be long until the second! Until then however, come witness a stripped back acoustic performance at CC Music on June 14th at 2pm supported by local blues duo ‘Elemental and Ayrshire singer/songwriter Scott Nicol.’


Cracked Tiles

Friday June 12, 2015

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“I have been acting for several years and am also a professional magician. I decided to write this one man play after the death of my father. It's inspired by the relationship I had with my father which was fragmented somewhat by a battle with mental illness. It is a black comedy or a tragicomedy. There is much to chew on in the piece with regards to mental health and attitudes towards it however, there is also a lot of humour in the piece as it largely revolves around the family chip shop and highlights many of the quirks of a Scots-Italian upbringing.” – Lorenzo Novani

Last year saw the magician perform with “Mysitc” – street magic designed to not only amaze (which it did) but to evoke thought. One reviewer described the event as “a skilful weaving of poetry and prophecy” which means his return to this years’ festival is most anticipated!

Tickets for tonight’s show are available on the door at Siempre Bicycle Club for £6.


The Kelpies Come Home

Tuesday June 9, 2015

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Today, (Tuesday, 9 June), The Kelpies maquettes return home to Glasgow’s west end as part of an exhibition in the West End Festival (WEF), running from 9- 25 June at the Kibble Palace. 

The 10 foot horses heads artwork was hand-crafted by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott at his Maryhill workshop. They acted as models to create the world’s largest equine sculpture, The Kelpies, which is the 100ft high centrepiece of the new 350 hectare Helix Park in Falkirk and forms a dramatic gateway to the new section of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The maquettes will be the main feature of the G20 heritage exhibition, which has been designed to launch 'The Friends of Queen Margaret Drive' and start fundraising for the conservation of the Queen Margaret Drive footpath. In addition to the Kelpies, the exhibition includes pieces from the Rennie Mackintosh society, The Maryhill Burgh Halls, Scottish Canals plus local conservation groups.

The original concept for The Kelpies was to celebrate the role of horses in both industry and agriculture, as well as their role as tow horses for boats along the Forth and Clyde canal. The Kelpies maquettes have travelled around the world and appeared at major events including New York’s Scotland Week, the 2014 Ryder Cup and this year’s Grand National and Scottish Cup Final. However, this is the first time they have come ‘home’ to the G20 postcode area where they were made. 


Following the success of Festival Sunday and the WEF parade which saw thousands of people flood the streets of the west end, the G20 heritage exhibition is an event of cultural significance. The celebrated WEF is the perfect platform to welcome home these globally recognised symbols of Scottish craftsmanship.

Rhonda Fraser, chair of QMD Traders Association commented: “The G20 Heritage Exhibition demonstrates Queen Margaret Drives unique position in connecting the amazing Conservation projects throughout the Maryhill postcode with the world famous Botanic Gardens.” 

With over 400 events in over 80 venues across the west end, there is something for everyone, including children, with many of the events free to attend. The 20th WEF is geared up to be the biggest and best yet!

Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Cllr Adrian Mahoney said: “The Kelpies maquettes have travelled all over the world acting as cultural ambassadors for Scotland and we’re proud to deliver them back to their birthplace for one of the country’s most celebrated festivals. We hope their presence will help make a difference to a local cause and encourage more people to visit the Falkirk area to see the magnificent Kelpies landmark for themselves.”



The West End is in blossom on Parade Day

Sunday June 7, 2015

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The West End Festival’s Mardi Gras parade took place today, Sunday, 7 June, with nearly 500 participants taking part in the spectacular, themed around ‘bloom’, and an estimated 80,000 lined the streets and soaked up the atmosphere.

The biggest date in the Festival programme is Festival Sunday, which has seen up to 100,000 people lining the streets of Byres Road, Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and spilling down to Dumbarton Road. Local businesses take advantage of the day with a temporary extension of the bars and cafes into the streets; there were markets/stalls and an awful lot of street entertainment – nearly 40 acts - to help keep the spirit alive even after the parade has finished.  

Organisations from across Glasgow have worked for the last few months to prepare costumes for participating, helping the west end come alive. From a giant thistle and wonderfully colourful hot air balloon to a life-size pear and a bluebell, everyone had a bloomin’ good time!

Hundreds of events (detailed on the WEF website) take place over the next few weeks from music to dance, literature to kids activities and as always, many of the events are free to attend.

Liz Scobie, chairman of the festival commented: “Already we’ve had huge support for our 20th West End Festival. The Gibson Street Gala, a world premiere, local markets and stalls and now the famous parade, all within a week! Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers who help make all of this happen.

“Next week we’re launching a special exhibition at the Kibble Palace with the Kelpie maquettes, salsa dancing, comedy, whisky master-class, kids activities, science, a ceilidh and numerous top class music events and theatre. So much to choose from, it’s difficult to pinpoint one or two highlights!”

Full event listings via westendfestival.co.uk


20th West End Festival launches

Friday June 5, 2015

The West End Festival (WEF) launches today (Friday, 5 June 2015) with its biggest and boldest line-upto-date, celebrating 20 years of being Glasgow’s favourite festival. The Kelpies return home and a world premier is planned!

The biggest date in Festival programme is Festival Sunday, which has seen up to 100,000 people lining the streets of Byres Road, Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and spilling down to Dumbarton Road. This year it takes place on Sunday, 7 June, the opening weekend and will start in the Botanic Gardens and come down Byres Road. The theme ‘Bloom’ will work its way through the parade where organisations from across Glasgow have worked to prepare costumes for participating.

On the opening day alone, 18 events take place, one of which is a world premiere! Louise Macdonald presents: "Mary Queen of Scots" new works by Judith Bingham, Dee Isaacs and Eddie McGuire, performed with Schumann's "Maria Stuart Lieder"-a close look at the letters and poetry of Mary Queen of Scots.

WEF also welcomes the Kelpies home!* The Kelpie Maquettes will be on display from 9 June in the Botanic Gardens as part of an exhibition to help fundraise for Queen Margaret Drive footpath restoration.

Big names such as Elaine C Smith, John Rutter, Julia Donaldson, Liz Lochhead and Peggy Seeger feature in the programme too.

Hundreds of events detailed on the WEF website take place over the next few weeks from music to dance, literature to kids activities and as always, many of the events are free to attend.

Liz Scobie, chairman of the festival commented: “The Gibson Street Gala last weekend was fantastic and the whole area was super busy! We’ve now got our brains in gear for the parade this weekend and we’re definitely keeping our fingers crossed for the weather!

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the festival this year, helping make our 20th anniversary something special.

 “Of course none of this would be possible without our volunteers and the generous donations from our supporters and funders, in particular, Glasgow City Council.

“We’ve got a few surprises brewing for later in the month!”

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council, finished: “This year’s West End Festival is set to be ‘blooming’ fantastic, and I and so many people are looking forward to the tremendous programme of events on offer this month.  There is truly something for everyone at the festival, so whether you like music, dance, literature, visual arts or children’s events, there will be something for you.” 


Music at The Hill

Thursday June 4, 2015

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It’s so great to be involved this year in one of the West End Festival ‘Parade Day’ events and to help support new music in Glasgow and I'm really excited to be able to showcase some of the amazing talent which has recorded at our Boombox Studios over the past year. 

The outdoor Stage at the Hill is a great new addition to the festival and provides the perfect platform for new acts of all genres to receive fantastic exposure and the opportunity to play in front of a great Glasgow crowd amidst the magical parade day atmosphere….and best of all it is Free to Enjoy for everyone!

Some of the One’s To Watch include electro pop outfit "100 Fables". The New wave influenced sound and energetic performance by their lead singer, Lyndsey Liora, is not to be missed…imagine The Cars meets The Killers. Excited to hear 100 Fables' new single ‘Future Girl’ & young R&B Pop singer Ryan Alexander will also be debuting his fantastic upcoming single ‘Ain’t Got You’.

Lucia Fontainé

Lucia Fontainé

Scarlet Baxter

Scarlet Baxter

For fans of The Vamps, McBusted & 5SOS, all female band The Cassettez are a must watch with their catchy punk pop tunes and mega stage vibes! The Cassettez went down a storm at last years Total Access Live festival alongside Ella Eyre, Pixie Lott, Foxes & Rizzle Kicks and are lined up for more amazing summer festivals this year leading up to the release of their first single ‘Zombie disco’.

Acoustic acts include Singer/Songwriter 'Toni Etherson’ who will be performing some tracks from her upcoming debut Album ‘The Brightside’ and the talented young ‘Josh Breaks’ will be debuting some of his fantastic songwriting and heartfelt vocals.

London based R&B singer "Scarlet Baxter", who has been tipped for the top by BBC6 & Hard Rock Rising, will be performing her recent soundcloud smash ‘Down With It’ as well as new single ‘Cruel Love’. Scarlet has been compared to a female Sam Smith.

Another act I’m excited about is "Lucia Fontainé"…Lucia’s soulful husky tones, delivered with a retro punkness of some of the great bands from CBGB’s 1977, and tracks such as ‘Bored Of The Radio’ and ‘Queen Of Everything’, have attracted huge excitement from major record labels & cool indie labels alike.. . Lucia performed earlier this year with legendary Glaswegian Film Composer, Craig Armstrong, and she will also be supporting current chart toppers ‘Sheppard' on the 17th June at The Oran Mor.  

The event isn’t just all about the new artists though…Glasgow’s "TJ Bilham", who has recently supported Rebecca Ferguson & the legendary Tom Jones, will be performing in his unique Bublé-style, some tracks from his upcoming album and Scotland’s favourite Rockabilly band, "The Tennessee Hotshots", are headlining the show at 7pm. Their Rock'in classics & massive fanbase will be sure to get the whole street jiving to a close!

Collect ‘Free Entry’ Wristbands from The Hill bar, 94 Byres rd, for access to the main outdoor stage area.


Gaelic - the second hour

Wednesday June 3, 2015

Scottish people have shown an awesome commitment to learning Gaelic, with a view to maintaining this part of their linguistic heritage. But learners often find it hard to get accurate information on how Gaelic works. The workshop 'Gaelic in an Hour!', run by local linguist Derek Rogers in an earlier West End Festival, was a response to this need.

There Derek dealt with such basic features as lenition, pronunciation, and how to build noun-phrases. This time he will get the audience to play some silly word-games, look again at pronunciation, and shine light into a dark corner where verbs lurk.

The workshop is for beginners and experienced speakers alike, and will show that a coherent system lies behind Gaelic's seemingly random difficulties. And it's an interactive workshop, so all participants will chatter bits of Gaelic - no-one escapes without opening their mouth!

And it'll put you in the mood for An Lochran's 'Togaibh Fonn!', later the same three days.

Free event. Wellington Church, Southpark Avenue.


PRIMAVOCE launches at WEF

Monday June 1, 2015

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Torch Song Divas


The fabulous voices of Torch Song Divas, Elaine C. Smith and Christina Dunwoodie combine the earthiness of soul, blues and jazz with the lyricism of classic opera, as they take an irreverent and witty look at the eternal themes of love, loss, betrayal and survival that form the beating (and sometimes bleeding !) heart of these great musical traditions.

CD Torch Song Divas

This fantastic mix of modern song and opera asks which is more tragically beautiful, ‘The man that got away’ or ‘Addio del passato’ from Traviata on the same theme. Between them, Elaine and Christina take the audience on a roller coaster of tears and laughter, accompanied by the fabulously virtuosic pianist, Gordon Cree.


Gigs at Oran Mor and QMU

Wednesday June 25, 2014

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Oran Mor


Terry Neason

Thursday 26 June, 7pm, £16

 Terry Neason

Celtic Kisses, Slaps 'n' Tickles: Award winning Diva, Terry Neason, performs a roller-coaster collection of Celtic and Country songs, poems, wit and wisdom. As well as originals, includes classics, ballads and belters. 

"Fantastically talented; her voice is rich, versatile, huge, raw and quiveringly beautiful." - The Scotsman, UK *****


QMU: Jim’s Bar


Tetra, All She Knows, Friends of Ours, Miles End

Friday 27 June, 7pm, £10


A four-piece alternative rock group who hail from Glasgow create a combination of heavy riffs, catchy melodies and interesting harmonies set to have you bobbing your head and singing along.

Having played in many venues throughout Glasgow already including King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Broadcast and Buff Club they are growing their fan base and starting to get their name out there. Keep your eyes, and more importantly your ears peeled.


Jasmine with Martin Reilly

Saturday 28 June, 7pm, £10


Appearing with her fantastic new band, this songwriter from Glasgow  sings with a dynamically powerful yet delicate voice that is mature for its age.

Romi Kadri from Interscope sang his praises of the talented melody maker saying she has a "great voice", and Alan McGee at 359 Music said he "loves it".

Check out www.pmmusic.co.uk for details of other shows we are doing in QMU: Jim’s Bar during the festival.