A late addition!

Thursday May 24, 2012

Hot off the press!

Peter MacCalman, director of the Acoustic Affair events has just announced a late addition to their programme: The Trongate Rum Riots...

Taking place at Cottiers Theatre, Hyndland on Saturday, 16 June at 8:30pm, it is set to be a fantastic night!

A little blurb about the band:

The Trongate Rum Riots set sail less than nine months ago but have already enjoyed bringing their brand of ‘hyper-sea shanties’ to some of Glasgow’s biggest venues.   Since meeting in a water logged lifeboat off the West coast of Scotland, the seven lads and one lass that make up the band have written several albums worth of folk-punk songs and are currently working on their first E.P.  Suitable for all ages, we are sure their unique rhythm will attract the crowds! http://www.facebook.com/TrongateRumRiots

Another note: one of the Acoustic Affair acts, Sketch are launching their newest album Shedlife this Monday (28, May).  Currently Album of the Week on the BBC’s Iain Anderson Show this week, they will be playing at Oran Mor on June 8 – don’t miss your chance to see them live!

[caption id="attachment_85" align="alignnone" width="300"]Trongate Rum Riot Trongate Rum Riots[/caption]


Interview Ken Loach!

Tuesday May 22, 2012

Interview Ken Loach!

As part of the West End Festival, The Grosvenor Cinema is hosting a retrospective of one of the country’s most respected directors, Ken Loach. They will be showing his new film The Angels’ Share with a whisky master class (June 1st) as well as Kes (June 8th), Land and Freedom (June 15th) and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (June 22nd).

Before each screening, the cinema will show Ken answering questions posed by members of the public about his career and the film that is being shown. Email your questions for Ken to loach@grosvenorcinema.co.uk with your name and contact details by noon on Friday 25 May.

If your question is one of the ones Ken answers, the cinema will give you a pair of tickets to the screening.

Click below to book tickets:

The Angels’ Share – with whisky master class (June 1st) http://www.grosvenorcafe.co.uk/cinema.php?q=programme&date=all

Kes (June 8th) http://grosvenorsales.clients.newmanonline.org.uk/book/add?what=ipzd7c&venue_id=Gro

Land and Freedom (June 15th) http://grosvenorsales.clients.newmanonline.org.uk/book/add?what=wsl6rp&venue_id=Gro

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (June 22nd) http://grosvenorsales.clients.newmanonline.org.uk/book/add?what=t7shz2&venue_id=Gro


Scottish Fiction

Tuesday May 22, 2012

Speaking of the events he has organised, Neil Wilson, blogger at Scottish Fiction (http://scottishfiction.blogspot.co.uk/) says:

“These events will suit music lovers of all kinds!  Saint Death has very clear post-rock influences, and several tracks are looping, soaring instrumentals.  Queen Jane is the closest to 'indie-rock' on the bill, whilst The Spook School carve out a twee C86 sound, with jangly guitars and cute little melodies.  Michael Cassidy is a singer/songwriter who ranges from the spookily intimate to rip-roaring, foot stompers all within the same set.  If you like to discover new music, then there's something on this bill for you!

“At Scottish Fiction, we are all about supporting new and independent artists.  The Scottish Fiction Presents gig is our first foray into where music is best; the live stage!  With Michael Cassidy's legendary on stage banter, possibly nudity from The Spook School, blistering enthusiasm from Queen Jane and wonderfully crafted tracks from Saint Death, you'll definitely enjoy yourself.

“The West End Festival has got a real creative and inclusive vibe about it, which we think is reflected in our line up.  With such a mix of cultures, influences and art coming together, it's a good thing to be a part of.

“For more of what Scottish Fiction is about, check out our blog http://scottishfiction.blogspot.com  and listen to our weekly radio show live on Pulse Community Radio, 98.4 FM or online at www.pulseonair.co.uk, every Monday from 9pm.

We are also on Facebook - www.facebook.com/thisisscottishfiction and Twitter - @scotfiction984”


Scottish Fiction is one man's attempt to promote, discover, and introduce new (and old) music.  To celebrate a year of the blog's existance, I've got four of my favourite Scottish artists along for what should be a night of great music.  So why not check them out below with the link's provided, and join us on Sunday 17th June from 8pm at The Captain's.

Saint Death

Five piece from Barrhead, Saint Death have got clear Post-Rock influences and despite their short life span, have already got a hefty collection of tunes up on Soundcloud.  'Dignitas' is a personal favourite.

Saint Death Soundcloud -> http://soundcloud.com/saintdeath

Queen Jane

Four piece from Cumbernauld who sculpt nice indie rock tunes.  Last EP 'Denver' showed a great deal of promise and they've got a good live show to back things up!

Queen Jane Bandcamp -> http://queenjanemusic.bandcamp.com

The Spook School

I love this four piece from Edinburgh.  Like serious band crush.  And lots of other people seem to do to.  'History' was my favourite track of last year, as well as Edinburgh Man's #1, and they've recently popped up on Kowalskiy's latest EP.  Glad to have their fun filled alternative vibes on board!

The Spook School Bandcamp - http://thespookschool.bandcamp.com/

Michael Cassidy

Singer/songwriters are a dime a dozen.  Michael Cassidy stands out amongst that crowd as being the finest talent to come out of Paisley in a long time!  With a debut album (hopefully) dropping later this year, expect big things from Michael.

Michael Cassidy website -> http://michaelcassidy.bandcamp.com

All of that can be reaching your ears for £5, tickets online via www.captainsrest.co.uk or on the door.  Doors are at 8pm, and the gig is also during the West End Festival so The Captain's will have plently of drinks offers to keep everyone well oiled!

Facebook Event --> www.facebook.com/events/396339243730573/
Scottish Fiction Blog --> http://scottishfiction.blogspot.com


Gibson Street Gala

Thursday May 17, 2012

Eric Kay, chair of the Gibson Street Gala planning group says:

“Gibson Street Gala is now in its 8th year and 2012 will build on the tremendous success of last year's Gala. During this event, we close the road to traffic and have a great community celebration for one afternoon between 12 and 6pm on the 17th June.

This popular family friendly event brings together the hard work, dedication and creativity of all the volunteer organisers, as well as all the performers, participants and events' coordinators on the day itself.

So what do we have in store?

Live music and entertainment will take place over 3 stages at Gibson Street, GOW Backcourt and Otago Lane. New to this year's Gala, we also have a community stage where local schools and groups will be performing drama and music sets. Amongst many others, our stages feature music from Little FireBelmondo, Machines in Heaven and dBass Collective.  Samba from Eletricat in Otago Lane will get you moving and the energising performance from Glasgow Capoeira will amaze you. Take time out to learn all about Otago Lane and the campaign to preserve this tranquil gem in the hustle of the West End.

Additionally, we have a multitude of children's activities at the Gala - so much so that there are 4 Gala Kidzones this year!  In the Otago Street Kidzone, creativity abounds with the Gala's theme of Knights and Princesses. Participate in art and craft workshops with Damselfly and Queen Bee and Hillhead High School, then head for some fun medieval activities in the Gala castle. In Eldon Street, attractions include antique fire engines, a climbing wall and a bouncy castle. A sports area on the grass beneath Eldon Street Bridge will be new this time with some “come and try” sports workshops. In Park Road, the community stage will be in full swing. We are looking forward to seeing "Oh, what a Knight" performed by Hillhead Primary pupils, then heading into St. Silas’ Church for some fair-trade baking, chatting and relaxing. What’s more, the new Hillhead Primary School is opening its doors this year. Activities include a storyteller, a cyber cafe and a pamper zone. We are also delighted to report that some of the parents and pupils are organising tours of their new school on Gala Day.

Phew - that lot will tire kids of all ages out!

Then, there are stalls offering a variety of goods, services and information dotted throughout Gibson Street. Along Westbank Quadrant, ArtFusion will have a fantastical explosion of artistic events and stalls offering both art works and enticing interactive experiences. One to watch is the parade of specially created umbrellas, on show and for sale on the day. Whether the weather is fair or not this should be one of the most memorable sights of this Gala day!

Please make sure you visit the GOW backcourt  through the Westbank Quadrant entrance. Here you will find a music stage, taster massage sessions, Tchai-Ovna tea tent, Chinese Culture stall, a wee bric-a-brac shop and many more delights awaiting you in this delightful hidden garden.

To recuperate after all that fun you can sample some of the best food and drink in the West End, on offer as usual from all our fantastic local traders.

It's going to be a great Gala!”

For up to date information on all events visit our website


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GibsonStreetGala

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/gibsonstgala

[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignnone" width="300"]Gibson Street Gala Gibson Street Gala[/caption]


Family Fun at The Cottier Chamber Project - 2nd and 16th June 2012

Friday May 11, 2012

Forming a core part of the West End Festival once again, The Cottier Chamber Project will, thanks to investment from Creative Scotland, Enterprise Music Scotland and the W.M.Mann Foundation, feature 22 different ensembles giving 28 concerts over the three week period.  We are delighted to be including three family concerts within the series, welcoming the hugely popular Children’s Classic Concerts for two performances on Saturday June 2nd and then the host ensemble, Daniel’s Beard, on Saturday 16th June.

Children’s Classic Concerts have been presenting family concerts in Scotland for seventeen years. 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' sees the irrepressible Owen and Olly - CCC's frontmen and percussionists extraordinaire - give an hour long concert featuring music from Brazil to China, Philip Glass to Chopin and of course all the trademark CCC hilarity. They will be joined by local musical legend Eddie McGuire in the dual-role of composer and flautist, to give the Glasgow premiere of Panda Suite - a piece specially written to celebrate the arrival of the pandas in Scotland.  The concerts, at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 2nd June, are priced at £7 for adults and £5 for children if bought in advance, or £9/£6 on the day.

Daniel’s Beard are joined for their now annual WEF performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (arranged by Ostermeyer) by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Jamie MacDougall, this year using Liz Lochhead’s Glaswegian translation of the text.  The programme will also include The Sound of Me, a work developed by Hear My Music as part of a project entitled Drumchapel Sound box. Drumchapel Sound Box worked over a period of 7 months with young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability exploring sound and developing musical and compositional skills. The Sound of Me, by Jennifer Martin, is a culmination of all the musical material collected over this period and explores individual’s characters, describing each person musically.  The concert will open with the selection of nonsense poems that Lenny Sayers set to music for Daniel’s Beard – The Quangle-Wangle’s Hat, Jabberwocky, and for the first time, The Owl and the Pussycat.  The concert is at 4pm on Saturday 16th June and tickets are £7 in advance (under 16s are free) or £9 on the day.

For more information, please contact:

Andy Saunders, Artistic Director
E: andy@cottierchamberproject.com
M: 07794 159214



Available from:  Cottier’s Theatre Box Office 0141 357 4000

2nd June 2pm and 4pm:

Childrens’ Classic Concerts : £7 adults, £5 children in advance;  £9/£6 on the day

16th June 4pm:

Daniel’s Beard/Hear My Music: £9 in advance; £7 on the day, under 16s free


Cottiers Theatre, 93 - 95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PU


Peter MacCalman, Acoustic Affair

Thursday May 10, 2012

Peter MacCalman, Acoustic Affair director, comments:

The Acoustic Affair is looking forward to another year at the West End Festival.  We have been working hard to pull this together and are proud of the line-up.

The programme as a whole will attract, and is suitable for, a wide age range; 14-70+.  Each event is a different style of music so what you choose to come along to will depend on personal taste.

However, we will say, anyone interested in good music from a variety of well respected and established artists, as well as the chance to listen to some exciting, breaking sounds, should take the time to try and listen to as many involved as possible!

The Oran Mor basement and the upstairs Auditorium are both excellent, stunningly restored west end venues to enjoy a live experience. The Cottiers is also a beautifully restored building and has an amazing, intimate feel, which is perfect for the artists we are representing there.

Our programme provides a chance to listen to artists you've grown up with or ride along on the excitement of hearing something new, but amazing, for the first time.

This year, we have added the lovely Arlington Baths to our programme and, the programme in general is more developed, with an impressive range of musical styles.  We feel it represents, quite simply, fantastic artists from across Scotland, the Gaelic tradition, and the UK.

I think it is good to celebrate the Glasgow’s west end in general and display to residents as much as visitors, the best aspects of life here. I have lived for a decade in Kelvinbridge and have had a fondness for the whole area for much longer than that.

While we promote music in the Oran Mor and Cottiers all year round, there is special vibe this time of year when we come together to be part of the programmes at both venues. We have developed a great relationship with both and look forward to being part of the West End Festival for many years to come!

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[caption id="attachment_46" align="alignleft" width="300"] Daimh, 22 June, Cottiers Theatre, Acoustic Affair[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_50" align="alignnone" width="192"]Jimmie MacGregor, 24 June, Cottiers Theatre, Acoustic Affair Jimmie MacGregor, 24 June, Cottiers Theatre, Acoustic Affair[/caption]


The Cottier Chamber Project

Thursday May 3, 2012

Following the artistic success of its first year in 2011, The Cottier Chamber Project, hosted by the creative Scottish ensemble Daniel’s Beard, will once again form a major part of Glasgow’s West End Festival in 2012.

WIth 22 different ensembles taking part in 28 concerts, the Cottier Chamber Project is believed to be the largest chamber music festival in the UK. The series, supported by Creative Scotland, the W.M.Mann Foundation and Enterprise Music Scotland, will take place from June 1st - 22nd 2012, in one of the West End’s most popular venues, Cottier’s Theatre.   With a concert every day at 6.30pm, and afternoon and late night events at weekends, alongside a discount in the Cottier’s Restaurant for ticket holders, the series  plays a key role in the West End Festival’s programme.

Included in the festival will be talks from some of Scotland’s leading musical figures, including internationally renowned contemporary composer James MacMillan and the inside story from two well-known Scottish music journalists and broadcasters, Michael Tumelty (The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland)and Tom Service (The Guardian, BBC Radio 3).  Topics covered will include Religion and Music and Music Education, with each talk including a Pecha Kucha-inspired presentation from the speakers.

The Cottier Chamber Project features exclusively Scottish-based ensembles, spanning traditional music through to contemporary works.  Programmes will include works by Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, Janacek, Martinu, Wilson through to Scottish composers Sally Beamish and James MacMillan. Star pianists Steven Osborne and Alasdair Beatson join the soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, while The Alastair Savage Trio, Kris Drever Trio and Moishe’s Bagel provide a taste of folk music.

Other ensembles featuring include a prize winning ensemble from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, piano trios the Art Trio and the Da Vinci Trio, string quartets the Maxwell Quartet and the Fejes Quartet, wind quintet Arctic Winds, brass quintet Alba Brass, who will also perform the winning piece from the West End Festival Composition Competition, mixed groups the Solway Trio, Antonine Trio, Hebrides Ensemble and contemporary specialists Red Note Ensemble.  There will also be return visits from Sax Ecosse and baroque ensemble The Dunedin Consort and Players, whilst the Scottish Ensemble are joined by harp virtuoso Catrin Finch.

For more information, please contact:

Andy Saunders, Artistic Director   andy@cottierchamberproject.com  07794 159214


Available from 14 March from:  www.cottierchamberproject.com

or Cottiers Theatre Box Office 0141 357 4000  www.cottiers.com

Advance purchases £7, tickets on the door £9

Student tickets (£5) and under 16s (free) only available on the door, with the exception of the Childrens’ Classic Concerts event on the 2nd June (£7 adults, £5 children, £9/£6 on the day).

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Cottiers Theatre,  93 - 95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PU


Tickets on sale for fundraising event - 18 May @ GUU

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Tickets are now on sale for the West End Festival fundraiser event!! 

Lesley Connelly from Spider Online and Carol Armit, the brains behind ‘Strictly West End...& Beyond!’ say:

“The 18th can’t come quick enough! We have a great evening’s entertainment set up at Glasgow University Union – the 40s/50s themed night will feature music from the Glasgow University Big Band and a prize for the best outfit.  So get practicing your ‘roll and tuck’ hairstyle and look out the brogues!

“There is also a CASH prize for the best swing dancer and some fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs, where all proceeds are dedicated to continuing and growing Glasgow’s West End Festival.  It’s sure to be a terrific evening!”


See below for details...


West End Festival launches outstanding programme of 400 events

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Today, (Thursday, 26 April), the 17th annual West End Festival the biggest festival in Glasgow’s calendar was officially launched and organisers outlined a programme of 400 events taking place across the west end of Glasgow, including a series of ‘mini-festivals’.

Established in 1996, the independent cultural Festival draws a strong crowd each year of around 100,000, to enjoy a mix of both free and ticketed events, from music, theatre and comedy to family days, guided walks and children’s events to be held in 80 venues throughout the west end.

It will run from 1-24 June, bringing together the entire business and residential community to generate a hugely positive economic impact for the city of Glasgow.  Previous years have resulted in over £1m in sales for the wider Glasgow economy.

Support continues from Glasgow City Council and, in this ‘Year of Creative Scotland’, the Festival will also work closely with Creative Scotland. The Gibson Street Gala, the Glasgow Mela and The Cottier Chamber Project - the largest chamber music festival in the UK, will also form part of the Festival line-up.

New partners this year are Stow College, where Festival organisers will work closely with students on a variety of educational and practical initiatives.  5pm.co.uk is also partnering with the Festival, bringing the economic benefits to local restaurants whilst working together to promote the west end.

Ticketed events will be sold online and on occasions at the door. Full details of where to buy tickets are included in the brochure and online. Some venues are selling tickets at reduced prices to attract the student and family market.

Elizabeth Scobie, chairman of the West End Festival commented:

“As ever we are extremely grateful for the support of all those involved and to our sponsors - the festival would not be in its 17th year without them.  Now Glasgow’s largest and most dynamic cultural event, we hope residents from all over the city and beyond will take every opportunity to attend as many events as possible.”

A special fundraiser event will also take place on 18, May at the Glasgow University Union with the theme of ‘Strictly West End’ and a performance from the Glasgow University Big Band.  Another first, the ‘Best Dressed Window’ competition will be set to encourage community spirit and involvement.

West End Festival director, Michael Dale said:

“Our annual festival of culture, community spirit and summer fun is back once again!  The willingness of local traders, stall holders, artists, musicians and volunteers to get involved never fails to impress and the hard work of all will ensure that this remains a destination festival year on year.

“It has been 17 years since we launched and the calibre of talent involved continues to bring visitors from the world over – we’re set for another great month.”