Thistle Gallery Art of Words exhibition

Monday June 4, 2018

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An exciting new exhibition is now underway at the west end's Thistle Gallery after a successful preview weekend.

The Gallery was full of book and art-lovers alike...here are a few images of what lies in store...but you really must visit to truly appreciate the diversity of work in every medium and the wide array of literature which has inspired the artists.


In addition to their normal opening hours this Thursday, June 7th and next Thursday, June 14th, the Gallery is privileged to be hosting two charity events in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support from 7pm.

Two acclaimed authors, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Carl MacDougall, will be reading extracts from their books. And a cornucopia of talented writers of poetry and short stories will also be present each evening, who have participated in two anthologies 'Ten Writers, Telling Lies' and 'Honest Error'.

Tickets for these events, £15, are selling fast and include wine and canapés. A raffle which features a painting by popular artist Jackie Henderson who has donated 'The Secret Garden' artwork to help boost funds for the Macmillan Charity will also be included.

Please email carol@thistle-gallery.com or call 07745392117 to secure your tickets for what promises to be two memorable evenings exploring the bond between art and literature.

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Preview: Take A Walk on the Weill Side

Monday June 4, 2018

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At the West End Festival launch, the night before the festival kicked off, Taylor Wilson and Karen MacIver performed an excerpt of their WEF 2018 performance "Take A Walk on the Weill Side".

Kurt Weill was one of the greatest theatre showmen of his day. He wrote music of biting satire and wit, with stories of cruel, calculating women battling against the politics of wartorn Europe. His genius endures with classics from Mack the Knife to Pirate Jenny, brought to life by celebrated chanteuse Taylor Wilson, together with the acclaimed Karen MacIver Trio. 

Keith Bruce, former Art's Editor at The Herald, said:

"Very fortunate to be at preview of next Saturday’s Take a Walk on the Weill Side at Glasgow’s CRM Queen’s Cross Church this evening. Don’t
miss Taylor Wilson and Karen MacIvor @musicdesignuk when they unveil the full show at St Mary’s Cathedral for @westendfest on June 9".
If you plan to attend, here's the link.
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Opening Weekend Lane and Street Parties

Monday June 4, 2018

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On the opening weekend of the West End Festival, we had many local community events taking place in gardens, streets and lanes.

Here are some of the pictures from the weekend!

Wilton Street Garden Fete

 

Ashton Lane Street Party

Tea Green pop-up market at the Kibble Palace

Vinicombe Street Gala Day

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Ten things not to miss at #WEF2018

Monday June 4, 2018

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9 June at St Mary’s Cathedral

Take a Walk on the Weill Side http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/theatre-and-dance/take-a-walk-on-the-weill-side/

 

10 June at Cottiers

Songbird – a tribute to Eva Cassidy http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-folk-jazz-rock-world/songbird-ellyn-oliver-sings-eva-cassidy/

 

13 June at GUU

Tribute to Runrig http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-singing-and-choral/tribute-to-runrig/

 

15 June at Oran Mor

Ladies of Soul http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-folk-jazz-rock-world/ladies-of-soul/

 

17 June at Willowbank Bowling Club

Petanque (French Boules) http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/galas-fetes-and-street-parties/petanque-french-boules/

 

17 June at Kelvingrove Park

The Big Sunday http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/special-highlights/the-big-sunday/ 

 

20 -24 June at City Halls

Glasgow Jazz Festival http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/other-glasgow-festivals/glasgow-jazz-festival/

 

21 June at Kelvingrove Bandstand

Lulu http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/other-glasgow-festivals/lulu-and-guests/

 

23 June at SWG3

Sole Bloc http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/special-highlights/sole-bloc-sneaker-and-lifestyle-festival/

 

24 June at Oran Mor

West End Festival All-Dayer http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-folk-jazz-rock-world/west-end-festival-all-dayer/

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Meet the Team: Susie McGuinness

Saturday June 2, 2018

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We're going to be introducing you to some of the people behind the organisation of the West End Festival.

Next up...

 

Name: Susie McGuinness

Role: Volunteer - helping with admin and live social media

Time working with WEF: About a month!

  1. What is your earliest memory of the West End Festival 

I remember being hoisted up on my dad’s shoulders to watch some belly dancers in the park when I was about five, I’d never seen anything like it!

 

  1. Why do you think the West End Festival is so important to Glasgow?

I think it’s brilliant to have a festival programme that’s a mix of traditional theatre, music and arts events, but also with so many free outdoor events that people can just stumble across and get involved with!

 

  1. What are your top tips for choosing events to attend?

Try and get your hands on a programme! They’re dotted around the west end and it’s a super quick way to get an overview of what’s happening. The website is also great for filtering by event type which makes it super easy to find something you fancy.

 

  1. What is the ONE event you’re looking forward to this year?

I’m buzzing for the outdoor ceilidh in Vinicombe Street- it’s practically on my doorstep and if last year’s ceilidhs are anything to go by; it’s bound to be a laugh.

 

  1. Describe WEF in one sentence

Vibrant events in a colourful community.

 

If you're a WEF participant and would like to be featured please contact Laura Sutherland.

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Meet the Team: Brendon McIlroy

Saturday June 2, 2018

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We're going to be introducing you to some of the people behind the organisation of the West End Festival.

Kicking off with...


Name
: Brendon McIlroy

Role: Senior Events Coordinator

Time working with WEF: Oh, 12 years?? Started as a stage manager for festival Sunday.

  1. What is your earliest memory of the West End Festival

Coming along for a family day out in the late '90s and seeing colourful costumes, samba bands in the glorious sunshine.

 

  1. Why do you think the West End Festival is so important to Glasgow?

WEF is the only community festival of it’s kind in Glasgow- it’s inclusive, accessible and there’s something for everyone. In the face of so many cuts in the arts across Scotland it’s great that WEF has endured and I think that’s because it has community at its core.

 

  1. What are your top tips for choosing events to attend?

Go on the WEF website and filter by day- you can see exactly what’s on, when and where. Try and see a good variety, we have everything from dance and theatre to comedy. Definitely try and come to some of our free outdoor events like Mansfield Park / Hyndland Street gala day!

 

  1. What is the ONE event you’re looking forward to this year?

Mansfield Park gala day! This is the first time we’ve done this event and it’s taking place in Partick and Hyndland with everything from samba bands to community choirs and a barbershop quartet.

 

  1. Describe WEF in one sentence

A month of fun, festivity, merriment, culture and creativity- in celebration of Glasgow's west end!

If you're a WEF participant and would like to be featured please contact Laura Sutherland.

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Nessie spotted in the west end as WEF 2018 kicks off

Wednesday May 30, 2018

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The 2018 West End Festival will kick off tomorrow, Thursday, 31 May, with over 350 events taking place across the west end, in 70 venues. From gala days and choral concerts to literary events and children’s activities, the West End Festival celebrates its natural habitat in Glasgow’s west end.

The festival includes, “McAlister in Wonderland”, a production which commemorates the end of the First World War and actors are doing their final rehearsals in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens ahead of the event in the opening weekend, featuring Mary Queen of Scots and Nessie!

Picture credit: Martin Shields Photography

Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said: “We’re delighted that so many organisations develop special productions and events just for the West End Festival.

“Every year we have an eclectic range of events including choral concerts, plays, gigs, children’s activities, foodie events, community gala days and so much more.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the amazing weather continues for us!”

Michael Dale, festival director added: “We’ve got some highlight events this year including our own Mansfield Park/Hyndland Street Gala Day, of course the ceilidh at Kelvingrove Art Gallery will return, The Big Sunday is back in Kelvingrove Park for a second year, Oran Mor’s All Dayer is always a triumph and both Ashton Lane and Vinicombe Street are putting on their annual bashes, too.

“Everyone’s invited. Come to the west end and make a day of it!”

The West End Festival runs from Thursday, 31 May until Saturday, 30 June.

Check out the listings on our events page.

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Ancient melodies on the Sarod

Tuesday May 29, 2018

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Experience a Maestro from India play ancient melodies on the Sarod.

The Sarod is a lute-like instrument but fretless, as opposed to the well-known sitar.   The word Sarod translates to 'beautiful sound' or 'melody' in Persian.  It is known for a deep, weighty and introspective sound.  The lack of frets and the tension of the strings make the Sarod a very demanding instrument to play, as the strings must be pressed hard against the fingerboard. 

Origins of Gandharva Veda (Indian Classical Music): Thousands of years ago in India, great Rishis or sages cognised within their own consciousness the subtle rhythms and enlightening melodies of the Veda, which is pure knowledge at the basis of Nature. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived Gandharva Veda in our time as the tradition of musical performance that replicates the vibrations of Nature at different times of day and night.  When you listen to this music you create greater peace, harmony and joy in yourself and the world.

Uniqueness of Indian Classical Music:  It makes you feel great!  It integrates intellect and heart.  The vibrations of the body begin to resonate with the rhythms and frequencies of nature.  It has a harmonising influence as it connects you with nature's intelligence.

The Sarod: The word Sarod translates to 'beautiful sound' or 'melody' in Persian.  It's a stringed instrument and is known for a deep, weighty and introspective sound.  The lack of frets and the tension of the strings make the Sarod a very demanding instrument to play, as the strings must be pressed hard against the fingerboard.

The concert will be held in the new Sikh Temple on Berkeley street.  The glorious atmosphere of this gorgeous building will add to the sublime experience.  And the samosa and chai will be scrumptous! 

Meet Maestro Diptesh...  

 

The concert will take place on Saturday 2nd June at 7.30pm. Check out more info about the event and tickets here.

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Lobey Dosser performance

Friday May 25, 2018

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This year's one-hour performance tells, in a slapstick comedy style, the story of the Lobey Dosser mural above Bill's Tool Store in Bain Street at the Barras.
The shop front provides the Calton home for the Mighty Fine Theatre's mural, that celebrates the origins of Bud Neill's legendary wild west cartoon series based on Sheriff Lobey Dosser. 
Not only does it show the misadventure of the Calton Settler wagon train to Arizona, but it uses tools at the axle of the drama: Rank Bajin sabotages the wagon wheels so the nuts fall off and then cycles off with all the tools  Lobey Dosser rides to the rescue with tools inc an adjustable spanner and a screwdriver to save the day.
The message is that tools provide a positive symbol of the potential of humanity to overcome adversity and build anew. 
The mural contains a portrait of the founder Bill Pearson, as Barra Boy, whose tool store continues to keep the wagons rollin' rollin' along.
Two performances will be held on Saturday 9th June at 'High Noon' and 2pm in the wee Dram 232 Woodlands Rd G3 6ND near the Lobey Dosser bronze statue. £5.00 entry. 
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Take a walk on the Weill side

Friday May 25, 2018

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What is the show "Take a Walk on the Weill Side" about?
Kurt Weill's classic songs are brought to life in a cabaret style performance. The story of Jenny unfolds as to how she manipulates events around the men she loves and leaves during 1940’s Nazi Germany. It is a 'jukebox musical' of both fatalistic and triumphant stories of the many female characters created in song by Weill.

Who was Kurt Weill?
Kurt Weill was one of the greatest theatre musical composers of the 1920-40s. His best know work is "The Threepenny Opera" (1928) which contains his most famous song "Mack the Knife". By combining music and drama with sharp political and social satire, Weill sought to broaden the audience appeal of his works.



What are some well known Kurt Weill Songs featured in the show?
Alabama Song (covered by The Doors, David Bowie); Ballad of the Soldier’s Wife (covered by Marianne Faithfull, PJ Harvey); Mack the Knife (covered by Louis Armstrong, Robbie Williams, Michael Bublé); My Ship (covered by Ella Fitzgerald, Joanie Sommers) and
September Song (covered by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry).

Who is Taylor Wilson?
Taylor, multi-lingual, enjoys turning the stage into worldwide territory, where every song is a one-act play and not a syllable or nuance is left untouched or unconsidered. She is a unique force that blends a luscious, classically-trained voice with an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling. Her willingness to take it to the edge is what sets Wilson apart from other operatically trained singers who venture into contemporary styles. She is unafraid to forsake her lush vibrato, straighten out her tone and unleash notes that cut across musical categories, to seize the essence of the song.

Who are the Karen MacIver Trio?
The "Karen MacIver Trio" are Karen (piano, accordion), Robin Mason (cello) and Marion Christie (percussion). They bring all the musical talents and energy to recreate the melodic dramas of Weill's music.

When and where is the "Take a Walk on the Weill Side" show?
The show takes place on June 9th at 19:45 in St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road. Tickets are £15/12.50 plus booking fee and are available at https://www.taylorwilson.eventbrite.co.uk

Where Can I Find Out More about the show?
Here are some links to find out more about the show:
Youtube: https://youtu.be/bGQoNWnkxuc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TakeaWalkontheWeillSide
Taylor Wilson: https://taylorwilson.com/chanteuse

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