Tuesday June 19, 2012
Tuesday 19th June
Fancy learning a new language or further exploring parts of the West End? Then today’s events are for you! Then round off the evening with some country, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll with Mary Jean Lewis!
- Woodlands/ South Woodside
Join Kenneth Burns in a visit to Woodlands, at the very threshold of the west end, an urban architectural and community delight, and one of the city’s most coherent enclaves of tenement streets. This wedge-shaped neighbourhood has it all, from fine churches, institutions and schools, to villas, flats and farm cottages. 7pm
- Free Language Tasters
Come along and try your hand at learning Spanish, Italian or Gaelic! The emphasis is on listening and speaking to give you confidence to learn more. One hour Italian classes: 11am, Spanish classes: 12:30pm. Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow, St Andrews Building.
- Mary Jean Lewis
Join us for a set of country, rockabilly and good old fashioned rock and roll with Mary Jean Lewis – niece of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. 8pm, Brel, Ashton Lane
For ticket prices and further information, please visit www.westendfestival.co.uk
Friday June 15, 2012
Saturday 16th June
There’s too much to choose from this Saturday – a taste of culture with Japanese Matsuri, a cruise on the canal, cabaret and folk music! The list is endless!
- James Grant
Widely regarded as one of the finest songwriters and performers around - Love and Money front man James Grant plays material from all his critically acclaimed solo albums, and a smattering of old favourites in this full band show. 7pm, Oran Mor
- Canal Cruise
Join canal historian and writer Guthrie Hutton and work your passage from Spiers Wharf to Maryhill (and back!) aboard ‘Voyager’. This is your chance to explore some of Glasgow’s canal side industrial archaeology, on a trip that requires no actual walking! 2pm, Spiers Wharf
- Japanese Matsuri
Now in its 12th year, Japanese Matsuri lets you experience Japanese culture. Visitors can put on kimono, write their names in the Japanese alphabet, fold origami and sample sweets. You can also listen to Japanese taiko drumming and songs from 2.30pm. All donations are passed on to the northern Japanese villages for tsunami reconstruction work. 1-3pm, Wellington Church
- Kelvin 5k Fun Run
Raising money for Yorkhill’s Radio Lollipop, the annual 5k Fun Run is a superb community event for all the family and welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities. Goodie bags and a free BBQ will be available for all those who complete the scenic loop of Kelvingrove Park. 12noon, Kelvingrove Park
- Cabaret Night at La Bodega
The ever popular ‘Dance With Attitude’ cabaret nights are not to be missed with the classic show Chicago as the theme this year. Get ready for a fantastic night of music and dance with guest singers and dramatic performances from the DWA dancers. A great excuse for you to pick a character from the show and dress up! Followed by an after show party for all and delicious tapas all night. 7pm, La Bodega, 1120 South Street
Sunday 17th June
One of the festival highlights today – the Gibson Street Gala is always a favourite! Along with some comedy, classical music and a visit from one of Scotland’s best loved cartoon characters – we’ve got the whole day covered!
- Gibson Street Gala
We don’t really think it needs any introduction! This well known and much loved event is back again – check out www. For further details
- Lobey Dosser Day
Join in the fun as we celebrate one of Bud Neill’s famous characters, Lobey Dosser, the Sheriff of Calton Creek and his enemy Rank Baiin. The day is filled with story-telling from Jimmie Macgregor and Jim King. A festival Highlight! 1pm and 3pm, Dram
- RSNO Chamber Series
The RSNO chamber series continues with this afternoon concert from the Italian Baroque including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza and Germiniani’s Concerto Grosso La Folia. 2.30pm, St Mary’s Cathedral
- Absolute Improv
Fast-paced hilarious improvised comedy, this talented group of international improvisers instantly turn audience suggestions into unique sketches. Come along and try and contain your laughter! 8pm, Oran Mor
Friday June 15, 2012
ANONYMOUS RESIDENT ‘FIXES IT’ FOR AUDIENCES TO SEE
RED NOTE ENSEMBLE’S REEL TO RAGAS GIG FOR HALF PRICE
Cottier Chamber Project, Monday 18 June 2012
Fresh from their appearances in London and the Bath Festival, the Red Note Ensemble are bringing a special hour-long Glasgow edition of their popular summer tour to the West End Festival’s Cottier Chamber Project. Featuring internationally renowned tabla player Kuljit Bhamra alongside Red Note’s string players, the programme will involve a journey from the toe-tapping melodies of the western isles to the mesmerising rhythmic patterns of Indian raga and back again, all performed in Red Note’s inimitable style!
The inclusion of strong traditional music elements in the programme of the Cottier Chamber Project has been a feature this year, with classical music inspired by western folk traditions throughout, as well as a focus on Scottish music. Red Note’s daring programme takes two very different cultures and throws them into one melting pot – the collision of musical ideas is spectacular!
One very generous West End resident, who wishes to remain anonymous but describes himself as a “Jimmy Saville-like figure” loved the idea of Bollywood and Bagpipes so much, that he approached the West End Festival’s Michael Dale with the suggestion of sponsoring the concert.
Michael Dale said, “This last minute generosity and sense of community is exactly what The West End Festival is all about. As a result of this donation, we are now able to reduce the ticket price to £5, giving audiences the chance to enjoy live world class music for roughly half the cost of a cinema ticket. In this Year of Creative Scotland it is particularly exciting to be able to stage a concert like this, where we celebrate Scotland’s creative diversity with such flair.”
The Creative Scotland funded series also offers free entry for anyone with a ‘Beard Like Brahms’. Guidelines for acceptable facial hair can be found at www.cottierchamberproject.com/beards.htm.
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Friday June 15, 2012
Glasgow City Council have commissioned independent consultants, ekosgen, to undertake an evaluation of the Glasgow West End Festival 2012. As part of the research, we would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to complete our short online survey about your experience of the events in this year’s Festival. The survey is accessible at the following link and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MS7YL6K
Please be assured that all responses will be strictly confidential and only reported in aggregate format. No one individual will be identifiable from the responses. Your feedback will help to identify the economic impact the Glasgow West End Festival has on both the Glasgow and Scottish economy. If you have any questions or issues, please contact James Coggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 120 6244
Thursday June 14, 2012
It’s a little-known fact, but many of Glasgow’s bar and restaurant workers are in fact rock stars in disguise. The Grosvenor Café is celebrating these unsung guitar heroes as part of the West End Festival with an evening of live music and a bit of friendly competition.
We’ve invited a few faces that we’re sure will be familiar to a lot of you to perform on the night of Wednesday 20th June, representing their bar, for the chance to win a session in Old Mill recording studios, a night out for all their workmates on us, and- of course- eternal glory.
Judging the entrants will be Will Hanson, David Cleary (Three Blind Wolves), Fraser McFadzean (She’s Hit) and Marshall Craigmyle (Old Mill Studios).
Everyone at The Grosvenor is looking forward to seeing what Glasgow’s bar staff have to offer and we’re pretty pumped to hear their original material as well as what are sure to be some interesting covers…
If you get the chance you should definitely come on down and support these guys – who knows? You might discover your new favourite on The Grosvenor stage!
*** We’ve still got one or two spots left in the competition, so if you work in a bar or restaurant, a bit gifted with the old musicality and fancy winning big for you and your work pals, contact Georgia on 0845 166 6028 or email Grosvenor.email@example.com ***
Wednesday June 13, 2012
A day of history, music and comedy – educational, entertaining and hilarious!
- Glasgow’s Underground
Ever fancied learning more about our much loved ‘Clockwork Orange’? Glasgow’s first ‘Underground’ wasn’t the Subway – it was the ‘City and District’ from Finnieston to the High Street, under Queen Street Station. Within 10 years, Glasgow built what was for some years the world’s biggest ‘tube’ system – a total of 14 miles through 27 stations. Well known TV and radio broadcaster Colin Mackay outlines the fight against fear about ‘going underground’ and explains why these lines helped to maintain Glasgow’s industrial supremacy. Partick Library, 6.30pm
- Lane Bar Open Mic
Come along and show of your vocal talent at the Open Mic in the Lane Bar and running until midnight every Tuesday. Whatever you want to perform, the stage is yours. The Lane Bar pride themselves on their laidback attitude and friendly atmosphere, so don’t worry if you’ve never performed before, everyone is welcome! The Lane Bar, 9pm
- Best in the West Comedy
The Best in the West featuring Phil Differ, Gary Little and Bruce Morton. Phil Differ has spent his career making other people funny as a writer for ‘Scotch and Wry’, ‘Naked Video’, ‘Chewin’ the Fat’ and ‘Only an Excuse’. A late started as a stand-up, but now a must see. Gary Little is fast becoming one of Scotland’s best and Bruce Morton needs little introduction – 20 years of success making people laugh all over the UK. Oran Mor, 7.30pm
Wednesday June 13, 2012
We've seen some great entries so far for our Best Dressed Window Competition, sponsored by IKEA Glasgow!
If you haven't got around to submitting your entry yet - here are some hints and tips from the IKEA Glasgow store...
See our blog post below for further details on how to enter!
Wednesday June 13, 2012
Another exciting event coming up, this time in a slightly unusual location – on board The Tall Ship, the Glenlee! If you’ve always been meaning to visit this historic ship and haven’t made it along yet, this is the perfect opportunity to take a peek at what lies beneath and laugh your socks off!
The event takes place Friday, 22 June at 8pm (the bar is open from 7pm) and tickets are £10 (conc. £8) available from Ticket Soup, or at The Tall Ship, 10-5 daily.
The event organisers can’t contain their excitement either: “It’s fantastic to be part of such an exciting and eclectic festival in Glasgow’s events calendar – roll on the 22nd!”
Some more details below:
- This stand-up comedy event will suit fans of The Stand comedy club and Comedy Festival, people looking to enjoy an unusual experience (comedy onboard an historic ship is not often available!), people with an interest in Glasgow’s history and crowds who enjoy a laugh!
- The show is great value for money at £10 (conc. £8) to see 6 performers live.
- This event follows on from 2 sold-out shows as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival.
- It will give Glasgow residents a chance to experience the ship at night, in a completely different way and as a great entertainment venue.
- The line up of acts include ‘So You Think You’re Funny 2010 winner James Kirk, star of Glasgow Comedy Festival hit ‘The Unemployables’ Steven Halcrow and hilarious headliner Bill Dewar “comedy genius...” (Evening News).
Tuesday June 12, 2012
We’re almost half way through our amazing line up for this year’s Cottier Chamber Project, so here’s a quick update on what’s still to come!
6.30pm Fejes Quartet
Glazunov: Five Novelettes Op.15 (Nos 1,2 & 3)
Haydn: String Quartet in C major Op.74 No1
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor Op.10
6.30pm Da Vinci Trio
Debussy: Piano Trio
Ravel: Piano Trio
6.30pm Hebrides Ensemble
Kurtag: Signs, Games and Messages
6.30pm Daniel’s Beard
Bartók: Contrasts Sz.111
Martinů: Serenade No.1 H.217
Janáček: Concertino JW 7/11
10.30pm Moishe’s Bagel
Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music - an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances.
4pm Daniel’s Beard/Hear My Music
Sayers: Complete Nonsense (The Quangle-Wangle’s Hat, Jabberwocky and The Owl and the Pussycat)
Martin/Hear My Music: New piece from education project
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf Op.67
6.30pm Alba Brass
Christopher Gough: Bagatelle Suite (First Performance)
Eddie McGuire: Auriga (Scottish Première)
Composition Competition Winner (First Performance)
James MacMillan: Adam’s Rib
4pm In Conversation III
Tom Service and Kate Molleson
6.30pm Antonine Trio
Turner: Six Lives of Jack McBride
Spedding: Old English Songs
Plog: Aesop’s Fables
Beamish: St Andrew’s Bones
6.30pm Red Note Ensemble
Judith Weir: Bagpiper’s String Trio
Kuljit Bhamra: Lost Temples
Kuljit Bhamra: Billy Bhangra & His Bolly Bongos
Giles Swayne: Canto for solo cello Op 31
Bright Sheng: The Stream Flows (1990)
Jackie Shave: Machair to Myrrh
Witold Lutoslawski: Bucolics for viola & cello
John Myer/arr R. Greer: Prabhanda
6.30pm Daniel’s Beard
Shostakovich: String Quartet No.7 Op.108
Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 Op.74 ‘Harp’
6.30pm Csengele Quartet – RCS Dunbar-Gerber Prize winners
Wilson: String Quartet No.4
Schumann: Piano Quintet
6.30pm Sax Ecosse
Dove: Tuning In
Dubois : Quatuor
Cutler: Screaming 229a
Pierne: Introduction & Variations sur un ronde
Escaich: Tango Virtuoso
6.30pm Daniel’s Beard
Schubert: Octet D.803
Friday June 8, 2012
The much loved Samba Ya Bamba and Brass Aye will be performing this Sunday from 3pm to 4pm in the Botanic Gardens! #WEF2012
Click here for more information on Samba Ya Bamba and here for more information on Brass Aye.