Monday June 24, 2013
20 musicians, collectively known as “Dr. Poembak” came to Glasgow at the weekend to take part in the West End Festival in free live events, pictured at one of the most iconic buildings in the city, Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
The band, who dresses up in doctor, nurse and surgeon outfits, were playing at the West End Festival as part of La Fête de la Musique.
The musicians have diverse backgrounds – some professional and some amateur. This likeable brass band condenses all the elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity as well as an eclectic repertoire of world music including jazz, tango, gypsy and Latino. Presented by the Alliance Francaise and WBI.
Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said:
“Saturday was one of the busiest days in the festival diary, and it’s great that we have such a wealth of talent and we’re able to share this throughout the west end.
“To be a part of La Fête de la Musique is fantastic and ensures the West End Festival is known around the world. We look forward to developing our international connections, especially as 2014 will be a big year for Glasgow.”
About La Fête de la Musique:
Launched in 1982 by the French ministry for culture, La Fête de la Musique has since become an unmissable annual event. Its concept: offering free concerts on the street and in public places, performed by voluntary musicians, both amateur and professional.
Celebrated in over 110 countries around the world, it is now the world’s largest music event.
The band is playing at 1pm at Botanic Gardens, 3pm at Kelvingrove Art Gallery steps and 6pm at Ashton Lane.
For further information:
Laura Sutherland, Aura PR T: 0141 337 6712 / 07764 936 840
Notes to editors:
- The West End Festival runs from 31 May to 30 June
- The festival comprises over 400 events in 80 venues across Glasgow’s west end
- Sample videos from previous performances:
Monday June 24, 2013
The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir date back to 1944 and while in the immediate post-war years many of the members would have had connections with the home island, today’s members have backgrounds in both Gaelic and non Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland and even beyond.
Over the years the choir has had considerable success particularly at the Royal National Mod, winning the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield on 10 occasions with particular success in Skye in 1982 when they won all 4 competitions. They have also tasted success at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland and at the Vancouver Mod and the Choir has been invited to sing at the Eistedfodd and the International Eistedfodd. Over many years the choir had a strong relationship with the Gaelic group Runrig, appearing with them on many occasions, and in 1996 they produced a “Tribute to Runrig.”
The choir is renowned for its perfect tone and the emotions of sadness and joy that their music produces, moving native speakers and non Gaelic speakers to tears. All of which is down to the musical expertise of their well known conductor Kirsteen Grant.
The choir will be performing at the West End Festival on Wednesday 26 June at Hyndland Parish Church. Tickets are £8 at the door and for more information please visit the facebook page or call 0141 942 7603.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Guest blog post by Robert McNair, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir
Saturday June 22, 2013
The West End Festival 2013 has been the highlight of the summer for The Grosvenor Café this year. The Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy all the best bits of Glasgow’s unique West End. Seeing Ashton Lane full of Festival-goers has been wonderful and the amazing weather has been a welcomed addition to the months’ proceedings!
The Grosvenor Café have had barbeques, face-painting, vintage markets and special events. It’s been a pleasure to witness true old-fashioned Community Spirit. The Café’s General Manager, Rab Meliani has stated ‘This is my first experience of the West End Festival and it’s been a great month. The atmosphere in the Lane has been exceptional. There has been an array of unique events which have provided our customers with a variety of things to do, whether it be during the week or at the weekend. It’s also been great to cater events for children and adults alike, something that we try to do generally.’
The release of ‘World War Z’ (the eagerly anticipated Zombie movie starring Brad Pitt, where many scenes were shot in Glasgow) has brought a whole new Zombie-slant to the West End Festival this year. The Grosvenor Cinema secured a Premiere Screening of the movie, where a lavish Premiere Party was held to celebrate Glasgow's blockbuster appearance. Special ‘World War Z’ Zombie meal deals will be running in conjunction with the release of the movie. There is also a pretty-unpretty Zombie Party set to finish off the West End Festival in true style on Friday the 28th of June... follow this link for more details!
The Café are already looking forward to the WEF 2014!
Tuesday June 18, 2013
My role as a music programmer and promoter is to create an interesting programme of shows for the diverse tastes of the westend of Glasgow. I decide which artists and genres best represent this as well as fit in with the general reputation of PM Music musical output over the course of a year. Once the programme is decided, I approach artists or their representatives with offers and we make deals on the shows. I then make decisions on how to promote the show, for example flyers or adverts which I then have designed. We use many different means of promotion and we continue to push the show right up until the night of the event. On the night we organise and then staff the night to produce the concert and work with the artists we have booked . . . sound like enough work :-)
We are excited to be involved once again with the West End Festival having taken part now for the last 5 years. This year our programme is more diverse that ever featuring music from Scotland and around the world which I feel represents the diversity of taste in the west end itself. From great Scottish songwriters such as Carol Laula and Dick Gaughan through to touring Canadian act Genticorum and The Congos from Jamaica.
Upcoming events include...
19 June, Cottiers: Carol Laula
With "a style which bobs around somewhere between the sweet, clear delicacy of Joni Mitchell and the tougher edges of Joan Armatrading", it's hardly surprising that she's risen from a young unknown to become a household name. With seven albums under her belt, she still stirs critics to describe her as "Scotland's leading singer-songwriter" and "an undeniably passionate and whole-hearted singer".
20 June, Oran Mor: Bags of Rock
BAGS OF ROCK deliver a massive stadium sound of heavy rock, bagpipes ... and original, ground breaking compositions... not for the faint hearted !!!!!!
Scottish New Music Awards 2012 "Rock Recording of the Year" and "Group of the Year" winners – Glasgow’s BAGS OF ROCK fuse cutting-edge heavy rock with The Great Highland Bagpipe. Delivering performances with an infectious conviction to their art, BAGS OF ROCK have created a trail blazing musical combination that takes this new genre to the next level.
20 June, Cottiers: Dick Gaughan
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.
21 June, Cottiers: Rab Noakes & Alan Taylor
Not that you would know it from his lean rock’n’roll physique but Rab Noakes is now in his sixties. His four decades of involvement in music have been marked by two recent releases: a second album with his occasional band The Varaflames, titled Unlimited Mileage, and the release on CD for the first time of his debut album Do You See The Lights? which first saw the light of day in 1970. Showcasing an exemplary taste in interpretations alongside his own songwriting, a Noakes show is a decidedly non-fusty lesson in the history of popular music. THE HERALD
For 35-plus years songwriter Allan Taylor has been considered the consummate performer, a writer of literary gracefulness whose troubadour chronicles encapsulate the realism of otherwise unsung heroes, otherwise uncharted lives. His songs, faultlessly constructed, are flawlessly performed with his instantly recognisable voice, attractively dark and mellow, and his intricately detailed and full-sounding guitar. As Allan says at the beginning of each concert, "Sit back and enjoy the journey."
24 June, Oran Mor: Julia Fordham
Having sold millions of records around the world, critically acclaimed singer songwriter Julia Fordham will be returning to the UK for her first tour in 20 years. Performing with her will be Grant Mitchell, pianist/arranger/producer of her early hits Happy Ever After, Where Does The Time Go, Porcelain & I Thought It Was You. The set will be filled with these favourites plus many others including: Girlfriend, Lock and Key, Towerblock & the International hit (Love Moves) In Mysterious Ways. After living in Los Angeles for many years, Julia is thrilled to be coming home to sing her songs again around the country. This is an evening not to be missed and early booking is advised.“A stylish pop balladeer with a voice that glides easily between the languor of Sadeand the smooth high notes of Philadelphia soul.”- The London Telegraph
25 June, SWG3,: The Congos
The Congos are a reggae vocal group from Jamaica active on from the mid-1970s until the present day. They are best known for their Heart of the Congos album, recorded with Lee "Scratch" Perry.
For more information on all West End Festival events have a look at the website, facebook and twitter pages.
Guest blog by Peter MacCalman, West End Festival music programmer
Friday June 14, 2013
We like to bring you some snippets of events happening every weekend. This week we're giving you the event plus the details! #wef13
Have a look on our website and search the date, venue, category or event title to see what else is happening...
1. FREE event - Glasgow School of Art Goes West 10am-5pm
Iota proudly presents the new cutting edge of contemporary painting: ten of the best from the M Litt in Fine Art Practice (Expanded Painting) at the Glasgow School of Art for 2013.
Venue: Iota Gallery, 25 Hyndland Street Glasgow, G11 5QE
0141 338 6052
2. West End Festival Winds by Cottier Chamber Project at Cottiers
Music: Mozart Gran Partita K.361
£7 in advance, £9 on the day, £5 students. £25 for both concerts with main course and drink, £20 for concert and pre theatre menu. A beard like Brahms’ get you in free for the concerts (genuine beards only!)
Tickets in advance from www.cottierchamberproject.com www.cottiers.com or in person from the Box Office at Cottiers Hyndland. 0141 357 4000.
3. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7.30pm
Mad Props Theatre present their inaugural production, the Glasgow premiere of this Tony Award-winning play. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grownups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t make you a loser. With profits going to Leukaemia Research and with laughs guaranteed, don’t miss out on this cult musical where anything can happen!
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £12 plus BF • 0141 357 4000
Venue: Kelvinbridge Theatre, Lansdowne Church 414 Great Western Rd, G4
0141 357 4000
1. Paintings On Railings - All day Saturday, Sunday
Long established outdoor art gallery at the Botanic Gardens railings started in 1996 as part of the first West End Festival. Come and see a large variety of original art, craftwork and photography - meet the artists and maybe buy something! To exhibit call Lynne Scobbie 07779 977612.
If wet, come back another day!
Venue: Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road Glasgow, G12 0UE
0141 276 1614
2. O2 Glasgow Mela 12:00pm - 8:00pm
also on Sunday 16 June 12:00pm - 8:00pm
For one weekend Kelvingrove Park will be transformed into an extravaganza of music, dance, exotic food and eclectic stalls with the 02 Glasgow Mela, Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival. The two-day event is open to all ages, and includes family activities and an array of stalls to browse and food to try, as well as a richly diverse programme of colourful performances across three stages. Join us at Kelvingrove Park to celebrate the multi-cultural influences that make Glasgow so vibrant, creative and cosmopolitan. Delivered by Glasgow Life.
Venue: Kelvingrove Park, G12
0141 334 6363
3. Lari Don: Little Red Riding Hood 11am and 2.30pm
A magical experience for all the family. The renowned children’s writer and storyteller Lari Don will read her stunning new retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, encouraging the listener to imagine fairy tales and magical journeys of their own. Woodland crafts activities after and tasty baking! Age 4-7 and families.
Venue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street, Glasgow, G20
4. Peter MacCalman Symphony No 1 at 8pm
Performed by the Cappella String Quartet and piano. Popular and contemporary composition collide in an exploration of the symphony – a format rooted in the classical tradition of Western Europe, yet one that has evolved and changed from its original meanings and structure. Rooted in today’s culture, but incorporating and respecting the history of the symphony, Peter MacCalman’s work uses chamber-sized forces to produce music on a symphonic scale. “Sonorously atmospheric live music composed for string quartet by Peter MacCalman” - Herald 2007.
Booking and ticket info: Tickets £12
Available from www.cottiers.com or 0141 357 4000
Venue: Cottier Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street Glasgow
1. Kids Creative Corner 12-5pm
Why not bring the kids along this afternoon for some fun food and arty-crafts? Pop in to the Lansdowne between 12 and 5 where the kids can occupy themselves in a fun way while Mum and Dad can eat lunch in peace and quiet?
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £5 per child. Info 0141 334 4653
Venue: Lansdowne Bar, 7a Lansdowne Crescent Glasgow G20 6NQ
0141 334 4653 email@example.com
2. FREE - Queen Margaret Drive – Street Festival (also on Sat 15th) 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Come and join the West End Festival’s latest community street event in Queen Margaret Drive, just to the north of Byres Road. We have a great selection of independent shops and businesses. Join us for music, craft beer, authentic food, art and craft workshops, street stalls, vintage clothing, face painting and children’s activities. Families welcome and parking free!
3. RSNO Chamber Series: Classical Strings 2:30pm
Relax and unwind on a Sunday afternoon with the RSNO Chamber Series. This is a refreshing chance to hear the musicians of the Orchestra up close and personal, performing music by great composers in an intimate setting. Join our quintet of strings for a concert of celebrated classical chamber music, including Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £12, disabled £6, under 26 £5, under 16 free (max 2 with paying adult)
Venue: St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road Glasgow, G4 9JB
0141 339 6691
4. Storytelling: Julia Donaldson Favourites - 10.30am
Celebrate Father’s Day with a collection of Julia Donaldson stories. Tam Dean Burn will read Tales from Acorn Wood in the morning (Family event but best for under 5’s).and The Gruffalo stories in the afternoon (Family event but best for under 8’s). Music from Emma Schad and Andy Alston. There will be crafts, face painting, home baking and, in the afternoon children can meet The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child!
10:30am Tales from Acorn Wood. 2pm The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child event
www.childrenswood.comVenue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street Glasgow G20
5. The Mackintosh Choir Sings “America!” 7pm
After our very successful launch at last year’s West End Festival, please join us for another wonderful night of song, this time with an American theme. We will delight you with many familiar songs, songs from the shows, exciting Aaron Copland songs, and many more.
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £7 (children £3) at the door or in advance from choir members
Venue: Mackintosh Church, Queen’s Cross 870 Garscube Road Glasgow G20 7EL
0141 946 6600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday June 11, 2013
All the world's a stage... and all the script's a metaphor: Mapping Metaphor at the West End Festival
The West End Festival is a great opportunity for people to get a flavour of the research being carried out at university and connect with different areas of study. With that in mind, the project I work for, ‘Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus’, has decided to throw open our doors for one talk only on Saturday 15th June at the University of Glasgow.
This project looks at the English language, and indeed metaphor, from a rather different perspective than many people were shown in school. Even better, we have the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary data which allows us to look at the English language over the course of more than a thousand years. We all know that poetry is full of metaphor, but how about a conversation...or a blog post (go on, read this one again and see whether you can spot any)?
Come along and explore metaphor in everyday language with the ‘Mapping Metaphor’ project team. The session will illuminate this pervasive feature of language, throw some light on our project, and spark off a discussion of your own favourite metaphors.
Guest blog post by: Ellen Bramwell, University of Glasgow
Event time: 2pm, Saturday 15th June
Venue: 12 University Gardens (English Language), University of Glasgow
Monday June 10, 2013
On the 2nd June 2013, for one day only, we closed the road to traffic and had a great community celebration, marking the 9th year of the fantastic Gibson Street Gala, sponsored by IKEA Glasgow.
This popular family friendly event brought together the hard work, dedication and creativity of all the volunteer organisers, as well as all the performers, participants and event coordinators on the day itself. So what was on offer?
Live music and entertainment took place over 2 stages at Gibson Street Stage and GOW Backcourt. There was also a community stage where local groups performed on Park Road.
Amongst others, our stages featured music and performance from Robin Adams, Barulho Beat, The Second Hand Marching Band, The Belly Babies and the Trongate Rum Riots. Musicians in GOW Backcourt included dBass Collective, Theo Wheatley and Belter Skelter with performance, music and dance from Glasgow Capoeira and Ayawara Ensemble.
Revellers were able to chill in the tea tent, buy some home baking and kids took part in a shadow puppetry workshop.
Additionally, we had a multitude of children’s activities at the Gala – so much so that there were 3 Gala Kidzones this year! In the Otago Street Kidzone, creativity abounded with the Gala’s beachy theme of all things summer as well as our favourite drumming workshops from Mr Amu.
A big thank-you to IKEA Glasgow who sponsored our kids events this year, helping to make these activities free for visitors. We were also lucky to have an enchanting backcourt in GOW Community decorated by IKEA with their summer range.
In Eldon Street, attractions included antique fire engines, a climbing wall and a bouncy castle. A sports area provided by Kelvin Hall and Glasgow Life beneath Eldon Street Bridge offered a selection of “come and try” sports.
St. Silas’ Church were back with their lovely fair-trade baking, chatting and relaxing as well as challenge the chessmaster! There was even a demonstration Aikido to watch!
Hillhead Primary School opened its doors again this year to welcome in the gala visitors. Activities included a storyteller, a “beach” in the playground and loads of arts and crafts with the Parents’ Council volunteers.
Then, there were stalls offering a variety of goods, services and information dotted throughout Gibson Street. Along Westbant Quadrant, ArtFusion had a fantastical explosion of artistic events and stalls offering both art works and enticing interactive experiences.
The sun shone brightly on the day and fun was had by all! If you were there and would like to offer your feedback please take part in our wee survey!
Many thanks to the organisers, volunteers, performers, participants, artists, visitors, all. It was a fantabulous day! See you in 2014!
Guest Blog Post by Margaret Mitchell, Gibson Street Gala Coordinator
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Mairi Hedderwick did a Katie Morag event at Hillhead Library attracting around 180 children and their families on Saturday, 1 June. This was the opening event of The West End Festival Literature programme. The following day on Sunday, 2 June, Mairi Hedderwick delivered a fascinating event on the Art of Travel Writing and Illustration, also at Hillhead Library. Her illustrations and her travel writing are remarkable.
The two children, pictured above, Alexander and Harrison happened to be in the Junior Library on the Sunday and heard that Mairi Hedderwick was upstairs. The boys are real Katie Morag fans so they joined us at the end of the adult Travel writing event buy more Katie Morag books, meet Mairi and get their books signed.
They were thrilled to meet her.
Guest blog by Teresa Lowe - Literature Programmer
Thursday May 30, 2013
Each year the Mardi Gras parade is made up of costumed groups and individuals who come from all walks of life. Most (but not all) of the groups are from support organisations that help people in a variety of ways in their everyday lives. The parade is an opportunity for them to work together to create entertaining and stunning artworks that can draw attention to important work of those organisations and individuals. The support organisations work tirelessly all year around to make a difference to peoples’ lives and the art projects are a great way to remind participants and spectators of the value of meaningful, shared, social activities.
On 22nd April 2013, we invited members of the public and community organisations to the Kibble Palace to share in a showcase event profiling the community engagement aspects of the Mardi Gras Parade and several organisations who exemplify this model were represented, including Glasgow City Council’s Leaving Care Services, LGBT Youth Scotland, Depot Arts, New Rhythms For Glasgow, Turning Point Scotland and Spider Arts.
There were live musical performances from a Springburn Community Choir (Local Vocals), some featured live singing from young people from Leaving Care Services, an original dance work by a new dance group in Drumchapel “Aspirate” and several costume artworks by artists Kenny Burns and Siobhan Lawson.
To see some of these fantastic organisations in action, come along to the Mardi Gras Parade on Byres Road on Sunday 9 June 2013. The street will be closed, there will be food and drink, stalls and entertainment, and the parade with costumes and samba bands will set off from the Botanic Gardens at 3pm. See the West End Festival website for more information!
Guest blog post by:
Noel Bridgeman, West End Festival Parade Co-ordinator
Wednesday May 29, 2013
Dribble Delights are putting fun back into food for children with food allergies and food intolerances. We would like to invite all of you to our stall on Sunday, 9 June, 2013 where we will be promoting our e-book and future range of baby food and toddler snacks.
Our delicious and nutritious recipe e-book guides you through the weaning stage and beyond. It’s packed full of advice and tips from a top baby nutritionist and also highlights the quality ‘free from’ staples for your pantry – cherry-picked by Cheryl Ryder (who’s been there, done that and bought the bib (!)) Our e-book is exclusive to Lulu, available to purchase here.
The festival has been hugely popular in previous years. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Byres Road and the iconic Ashton Lane, what could be better than milling around the stalls of Glasgow’s front runners in art, culture and cuisine?! Hopefully the sunshine will be in attendance too.
We would also urge you to keep your eyes peeled on Reporting Scotland as Dribble Delights will be featuring soon! CEO, Cheryl Ryder, will be baking with her children and discussing her own personal experiences with food allergies and intolerances – the frustration, stress and how Dribble Delights can improve this for parents in similar situations. Stay tuned!
Do come along for competitions, samples and a fresh outlook on delicious, nutritious food made without gluten, wheat, soya, dairy, lactose, egg or nuts!
Check out our website for more information.