The Key: An Art Mystery

Monday June 15, 2015

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“As a consequence of a number of discussions, over the last two years, about art with Alasdair Gray, I decided to use my knowledge of art history, and my interest in playwriting, to compose a play that really looked at his paintings and to bring those meanings to life using the dramatic potential of theatre.

Alasdair Gray’s paintings on the surface are engaging designs, but they can also reveal hidden depths of ideas and feelings, ranging from intense pain to delightful pleasure: How could these attributes be communicated in a play?

The decision to use Oscar Wilde’s infamous literary character ‘Dorian Gray’ was initially inspired by the chance association of names, but as the play demanded someone who was an art expert, he claimed the job.

Dorian gets assistance from other characters because they have intimate knowledge of the art. In consequence, the writing and the painting are brought into a close relationship and exploited by the dramatic visual and literary qualities of theatre.

Lanark and Duncan Thaw are regenerated to help Dorian Gray find the key to the meaning of Alasdair Gray’s art. However Lanark has a new dilemma and she falls in love with the beauty of Dorian Gray. Duncan Thaw on the other hand is sceptical and tests Dorian’s claims about the role of art and the beautiful as transforming experience for the individual.

Assisted by a lily, a symbol of purity and beauty they travel into the Alasdair Gray mural painting ‘Glasgow: The Triumph of Death’ in search of the key, but events overtake them and their world is turned upside down. Will art triumph over death?”

-       Duncan Comrie, writer of The Key: An Art Mystery

 

Showing on the 16th and 17th of June at 2.30/7.30pm, tickets are available from Mighty Fine Theatre or available on the door at Websters Theatre. 

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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.’

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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.

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Adopt a composer

Thursday May 28, 2015

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Our concert will feature a new commission which is part of the Making Music 'Adopt a composer scheme'. We were the only Making Music ensemble in Scotland to be paired with a composer. The Adopt a Composer project annual opportunity for an amateur orchestra, choir or band to 'adopt' an up-and-coming composer. The composer works with the performing group over the course of 12 months to produce a new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance. Adopt a Composer is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS For Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Trust.

BBC Radio 3 will be recording the piece written by Mark Carroll at our concert. 

Mark's piece Mark Carroll sets out to fuse elements of his Northumbrian home with those of the Lanarkshire home of Strathaven Choral Society and was roused by accounts of James Purley Wilson, Strathaven weaver and  nineteenth century radical, executed after the rising of 1820.  The inscription on James Wilson’s memorial in the town and the cries of the onlookers at his execution in Glasgow provide the words of a haunting, melancholic new piece.

 

Details of the adopt a composer scheme can be found here:

http://www.makingmusic.org.uk/our-work/projects/adopt-a-composer

 

Details of the Choral Society can be found here:

http://strathavenchoral.com/

 

Details of Mark Carroll can be found here: 

markcarroll.webs.com

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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

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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

 Jasmine

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.

 

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The Acoustic Affair: music nights at Websters Theatre

Wednesday June 18, 2014

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Websters Theatre

Websters is home to four musicians this week as part of the WEF regular - The Acoustic Affair. Take a look at what's on and don't forget to use #WEF2014 when talking about events online. Enjoy!

 

Rab Noakes: from Nashville to Muirend, Stripped

Wedneday 18 June, 7.30pm, £16

An evening of great songs drawn from an eventful 40+ year long career in the music business working with some of the great legends including Gerry Rafferty. He will be joined by a fantastic backing band formed for the evening which includes well known musicians Emma and Jill. 

“It was an excellent show from one of this country's finest songsmiths” The Herald Jan 2014.

 

Calum Ingram

Thursday 19 June, 7.30pm, £12

A classically trained cellist and songwriter from Paisley, he studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC and, although based in UK, he frequently tours North America.

In 2011, he opened for Jack Bruce at the Queens Hall (Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival) and recent live appearances include O2 ABC Glasgow, CCA, The Spree festival and he has also featured on Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 and a live session the Culture Show on BBC Scotland.

 

Jimmie MacGregor

Friday 20 June, 7.30pm, £16

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John Muir was an American hero, born in Scotland. He was to become known as the father of the American conservation and the founder of their wonderful national park system. As a long time admirer, Jimmie leapt at the opportunity of a recording trip to San Francisco, the Napa valley, Muir’s home at Martinez, Yosemite national park and the Sierra Nevada.

Come along to hear Jimmie’s stories and see some great images all presented in a relaxed and humorous style; truly one of our Westend treasures !

 

Dick Gaughan

Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm, £16

Brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, Dick Gaughan has been a professional musician and singer since January 1970, and made his first solo album in 1971, No More Forever. He was an early member of the Boys of the Lough and the now legendary Scottish folk-rock band, Five Hand Reel.

In December 2009, Dick was honoured by being inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards ceremony.

 

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Celebrate 'Greek' Thomson & The Sixty Steps

Monday June 16, 2014

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Glasgow has some secret spots, but few are so enchanting as the Sixty Steps. Tucked away off Queen Margaret Drive, the only public structure by the great Victorian architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson invites discovery.

On Sunday 15 June, as part of the 2014 West End Festival, the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust was once again welcoming visitors. New signs and a viewing bench were unveiled, exciting restoration plans discussed, and young Scottish actor Patrick Wallace performed a specially-written one-man show, ‘Intimations of Mortality’.

 Greek Thomson one man performance

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was an architectural genius who left his mark on Glasgow. Inspired by the ancients, he created breathtaking monuments such as the St Vincent Street church. His Sixty Steps, by contrast, is something of a folly.

Commissioned by an enterprising property developer who wanted to draw house-hunters to land he had bought in North Kelvinside, the Sixty Steps was completed in the early 1870s.

Comprising a sweeping staircase bounded by a wall bearing traces of windows and doors, and crowned by a romantic ‘bellevue’ looking  out across the river Kelvin, the structure originally stood amid rolling fields.  

Gradually, the tenements and villas that surround it now were built and over time Thomson’s flight of fancy fell into disrepair: during World War II the cast iron lamps that Thomson designed to flank the steps were removed, and the stonework started to crumble.

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Now, thanks to Glasgow City Council and the efforts of the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust there is a determination to restore the structure to its former glory.

 

www.sisxtysteps.org.uk

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Like your events burger themed? Ketchup has some for you

Monday June 16, 2014

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To celebrate the West End Festival, Ketchup’s getting FEASTive all month long!

To kick off, we’re asking all Ketchup kiddies to get creative and design their very own Dream Burger - best entry will be a fixture on our menu with comps running every Sunday from 12pm. But there’s more!

We’ve also moved our buns outside every Saturday. Come down to Ashton Lane where we’ll be grilling all your favourite burgers on the KBBQ and soaking up that (rare) Glaswegian sun.

Hungry for more? This year we bring you… the bun... the only… the 2014 Ketchup World Cup! How many burgers can you eat - or stomach someone else eating?

The Ketchup World Cup finals are Thursday 19 June at 8pm where the winners from Round One - which kicked off earlier this week - will battle it out to win the cup!

Come catch up at Ketchup this West End FEASTival!

Remember, when sharing online, tag your festival pics and posts #WEF2014

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HMS Pinafore on The Tall Ship

Thursday June 12, 2014

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The actors have been hard at work rehearsing today as Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS PINAFORE weighs anchor for the first of three performances tonight in Glasgow. They are taking place in the Glenlee, Glasgow's own Tall Ship moored on the River Clyde next to the Transport Museum – one of the most unusual festival venues

Presented in the round by Walter Paul Productions for three nights only on 13th, 14th, & 15th June at 7.30pm, we are delighted that this brand new production of the nautical opera is already proving a massive hit with Festival goers - before a single note has been sung!

 

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Tickets are sold out, and the unique venue has proved itself a winner with West End Festival audiences. 

The Music Director is David Mackie, who was the Assistant Music Director of the original D'Oyly Carte Opera Company until its demise in 1982, and the production is in the hands of G & S expert Walter Paul.

He has gathered together a talented cast of local performers including Chriss Mills, J.Campbell Kerr, Ross Nicol, and David Blackwood, and the leading soprano is played by Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, making her debut with WPP.

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This G & S classic, with Gilbert's witty barbs about the class system, and Sullivan's sparkling music, we hope everyone who got tickets has a fantastic night!

 

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