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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Gaelic - the second hour

Wednesday June 3, 2015

Scottish people have shown an awesome commitment to learning Gaelic, with a view to maintaining this part of their linguistic heritage. But learners often find it hard to get accurate information on how Gaelic works. The workshop 'Gaelic in an Hour!', run by local linguist Derek Rogers in an earlier West End Festival, was a response to this need.

There Derek dealt with such basic features as lenition, pronunciation, and how to build noun-phrases. This time he will get the audience to play some silly word-games, look again at pronunciation, and shine light into a dark corner where verbs lurk.

The workshop is for beginners and experienced speakers alike, and will show that a coherent system lies behind Gaelic's seemingly random difficulties. And it's an interactive workshop, so all participants will chatter bits of Gaelic - no-one escapes without opening their mouth!

And it'll put you in the mood for An Lochran's 'Togaibh Fonn!', later the same three days.

Free event. Wellington Church, Southpark Avenue.

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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.

 Greek Thomson steps

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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Scotland's Mardi Gras pleases thousands on Byres Road

Monday June 9, 2014

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Parade day has left all of us here in the mardi gras spirit!

Not only did the 500 plus performers and entertainers put on a great show, but we got some much anticipated sunshine to top the day off. 

Thousands of people took to the street and joined us watching and cheering as the parade passed.

Parade passing Oran Mor

This year’s parade theme, ‘Identity’, was interpreted by community groups and organisations from around Glasgow, in their costume designs which they made and wore for the vibrant parade procession.

The scene took over Byres Road and the surrounding streets and finished off on the steps of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. 

Living statue outside Curlers

Before the parade began it was great to see so many people wandering up and down Byres Road and around the market in the Ashton Road car park – taking advantage of all the free entertainment and supporting local businesses by stopping for a bite to eat.

Even if the afternoon was a little damp...

BBQ at the butchers

And until next year, a massive thank you to everyone who came along, and to everyone involved! Check out lots of submitted images on our facebook and twitter.

Parade day

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Attention-seeking, flamboyant & decadent persons saught

Wednesday June 4, 2014

Scotland's largest 1920s themed cabaret and club night returns as part of the West End Festival to host an evening of music hall variety, cabaret acts, live band and 1920s nightclub. 

 

The ‘Bright Young Things’ was a nickname given by the tabloid press to a group of bohemian young aristocrats and socialites in 1920s London. They were frequently chased by the paparazzi who were fascinated by their outrageous behaviour, subsequently starting the modern cult of celebrity. They attended elaborate fancy dress parties, went on wild treasure hunts, drank heavily, and threw themselves into the nonstop pursuit of fun in the aftermath of World War I — all of which was enthusiastically covered by journalists, and documented by writers and poets alike.

 

 

Think glitzy flapper dresses, top hats and spats, expensive jewels, black or white tie, champagne and pearls. Dress to impress but please no jeans or trainers. We reserve the right to turn you away.

 

** CABARET SHOW / LIVE BAND **

 

The centerpiece of the evening's entertainment! You will be dazzled by bright lights, lavish surroundings and a beautiful stage which plays host to our fabulous show. Settle down at one of our candle-lit tables with a bottle of champagne and prepare for the show to begin! Enjoy a line-up of music hall variety, cabaret acts, burlesque performers, dancers, comedy, singers and more. After the show get your dancing shoes on, your Charleston moves at the ready and dance along to our live band.

 

 

SHOW STARRING:

 

Burlesque starlet & innovative performance artiste:

~ VICKY BUTTERFLY ~

 

Providing his unique blend of showtunes and filth, cabaret chanteaur:

~ TOM HARLOW ~

 

Decadent dance performances from:

~ THE ACADEMY OF BURLESQUE & CABARET ~

 

Hula Hoop Extraordinaire

~ SHONA HOOPLOVA ~ 

 

Vaudevillian cabaret duo and comperes for the evening:

~ THE CREATIVE MARTYRS ~

 

...with more to be announced!

 

ALSO STARRING:

 

Edinburgh 5 piece band reinventing classics of the prohibition speakeasies

~ THE GRAMOPHONE JASS BAND ~

 

 

Doors: 7:30pm (event runs until 2am)

Show/Live Band: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Nightclub: 11:30pm-2:00am

Tickets: £14 (full night) / £5 (nightclub only)

Table Reservations: Available to purchase online

Venue: Glasgow University Union (GUU)

Box Office: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/646624

**Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th April**

 

 

Physical Ticket Locations:

 

Vintage Shop: 'Just For You'

20% DISCOUNT ON YOUR OUTFIT

(RETURN THE OUTFIT LATER & RECEIVE HALF YOUR MONEY BACK)

Upper floor, Decourcy's Arcade, 21 Cresswell Lane, Glasgow, G12 8AA

(Mon/Wed/Thurs 12-5pm Fri 12-6pm Sat 10-6pm Sun 12-5pm)

 

Brown Paper Tickets Edinburgh:

4 Miller Row, Edinburgh, EH4 3BQ (Mon-Fri 9-5pm)

Phone Number: 0800 411 8881

 

 

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