The little leftover mermaid - 8 & 9 June

Monday June 2, 2014

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Strident is the merman King of the Ocean:
Son of the almighty sea-god ,Poseidon .
Strident lived  happily with his daughter, Sirenetta ,
Whose voice charmed anyone who'd ever met her,
But Sirenetta was a restless adolesent 
With a personality most effervescent,
And she wanted to explore the world above water-
She fancied herself as a Royal globetrotter!
On her very first evening above the waves,
She saved a handsome prince from a watery grave ,
And with Prince Charmless she became enthralled.
Her father King Strident was quite appalled
And warned her against this unhealthy passion,
But Sirenetta ignored him in true teenage fashion !
She went to the seawitch, a distant relation,
Who was banished from Atlantis for eating crustaceans .
The seawitch, Jezibaba, prepared her a spell,
But Sirenetta had to give up her voice as well .
When Jezibaba sang with the mermaid's voice
Charmless made it clear Jezibaba was his choice .
Sirenetta couldn't stand by-she had to rebel
For if truth be told, she's a feisty mademoiselle,
And it all ended happily,what happened you say?
Well, you will have to come and see it on performance day!

Tickets from 0141-778-2145/
Capricorniche@gmail.com
or at the door: The Tall Ship 8th/9th June  7.30.p.m.
£9/£7 concession 
Disabled access
Wheelchair access pre-bookable

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Guest Post - Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir

Monday June 24, 2013

Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir 1


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

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Guest Blog - The Grosvenor Cafe

Saturday June 22, 2013

Grosvenor Cafe

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!

GC

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News - Da Capo Alba joined by BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist

Friday June 21, 2013

Da Capo Alba to perform with previous finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year


Da Capo Alba, Scotland’s premier mandolin and guitar orchestra regular performers in the West End Festival will be joined on Saturday 22nd June by flautist Shona Brown. Shona Brown

Shona from Motherwell, began playing the flute at the age of 12.  A few months later she recorded on Mogwai's debut album "Young Team", which inspired her to pursue the life of a musician. She went on to study classical flute, winning awards from the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama amongst others.  After a time working in London, she returned to Scotland to set up SoundRoutes - a record label promoting community choirs and music projects.

Shona will be performing two solo pieces and will also play alongside Da Capo Alba, who will be conducted by Barbara Pommerenke-Steel. There will be something for everyone as the orchestra explores a range of musical styles from baroque and classical to ragtime and Latin American.

An evening of entertainment not to be missed!

Concert details: Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Great Western Road

For more information visit our website, facebook & twitter page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Shona enjoys rehearsal time with Da Capo Alba

 


Guest Blog post by Robert McKerlie, Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association (LGMA)

Da Capo Alba

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Guest Blog - Peter MacCalman, West End Festival Music Programmer

Tuesday June 18, 2013

Peter MacCalman

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

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Update - British Cycling National Road Race Championships

Sunday June 16, 2013

British Cycling National Road Race


Note from West End Festival – The British Cycling National Road Race Championships are next weekend and it may affect and area you live, work or socialise in. Please read the information below from Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow will host the British Cycling National Road Race Championships, the most prestigious cycling road race in the UK, next weekend, Sunday 23 June 2013.

It brings with it the prospect of elite cyclists such as Mark Cavendish, Lizzie Armitstead and Kayleigh Brogan competing in the city. It will also present a huge opportunity for businesses as we expect thousands of people to line the streets to watch the event, which is taking place in a city for the first time.

On the day, there are two races: the Women’s Race takes place from 9.30am-1pm and the Men’s Race from 1.30-5.30pm.

Starting and finishing at Glasgow Green, the race route runs through the city centre, travelling along Trongate, Argyle Street, Buchanan street and St. Vincent Street before carrying on to the West End where it will pass though Kelvingrove Park and circuit Hillhead before heading back towards the city centre.

As I’m sure you are aware, delivering an event of this size will inevitably involve some changes to Glasgow City Council’s services and the introduction of traffic management measures. While we hope to minimise disruption, road closures are required to ensure the safety of participants and spectators.

Parking restrictions will come into force on the race route from 1600hrs on Friday 21 June to facilitate building the course, and will remain in place until 2100hrs on Sunday 23 June. Any vehicles parked directly on the race route during this time may be uplifted. If you are a parking permit holder your permit will allow you to park outwith your designated zone from Friday 21 – Monday 24 June.

There will be a rolling programme of junction closures along the race route from 0600hrs Saturday 22 June and these will remain in place until 2359hrs on Sunday 23 June. The course will be closed to all traffic from 0800hrs on Sunday and diversion routes will be in operation. Routes will open again in a phased manner from 1800hrs on Sunday. Local diversions will be in place.

If you normally park anywhere inside the race route and are likely to need to use your vehicle on Sunday 23 June, you are advised to park outwith the race route before 2359hrs on Saturday 22 June. If you have mobility issues or secure private parking please contact us on the number below.

This event is being organised by British Cycling and Glasgow Life, on behalf of Glasgow City Council. With your support, we plan to stage a successful race that highlights our wonderful city. May I take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in the lead up to and during the event. If you need further information or assistance please contact 0141 287 8080 or go to www.glasgow.gov.uk/eventinformation or www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk.

Guest blog post by Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council

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What's on this weekend: 14-16 June

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...

Friday 14th

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

Saturday 15th

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

friends@kelvingrovepark.com

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

Sunday 16th

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 lansdownebar@maclay.co.uk

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


Organisers:

www.childrenswood.comVenue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street Glasgow G20

childrenswood@hotmail.com

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 info@crmsociety.com

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Guest Blog - Viper Live & Unplugged

Friday June 14, 2013

Viper Live and Unplugged

Viper Live and Unplugged - Every Friday of the West End Festival

 

Viper is an intimate venue in the heart of the West End. Last year we raised over £4000 for Children in Need and saw this year’s West End Festival as the perfect opportunity to raise money for a different cause.

 

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is a local music charity which helps people with a range of disabilities through music therapy and relies hugely on the generosity of the general public. For more information on the charity visit their website here.

 

As lovers of music, Viper will showcase two live performances from the freshest, up and coming bands and artists every Friday between 7pm-10pm.

 

The past two sessions have played host to some fantastic artists including The Kay Family, Lack of Colour, Bronagh and the Boys and Kerri Watt. The event has proven to be a great success and the charity buckets are filling up nicely!


Viper Live & Unplugged

If you have missed out on the past couple of weeks, never fear there are two more sessions still to come!

Friday 14th June will see Broken Boy and Amy Rayner hit the Viper stage with Kirsty Wilson headlining our final showcase on Friday 21st June.

This event is free of charge but we ask for a donation to the charity at the door.

Not to forget we will be closing the festival from our end with a massive party on Sunday 30th June from 10pm, combining the live music theme with true Viper-style.

See you there,  Viper

Viper West End

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Guest Blog – Working for O2 Glasgow Mela 2013

Wednesday June 12, 2013

O2 Glasgow Mela


This is the first year I’ve worked behind the scenes for O2 Glasgow Mela, the biggest multicultural festival in Scotland. It has been a highlight of Glasgow’s cultural calendar for years, and one of the big events that takes place during the West End Festival, and it’s my job to help promote it. So no pressure there, then!

I’ve been spending loads of time finding out about all the performers who will be taking the stage. The more I discover, the more excited I get about the line-up, and every day I learn something new! For instance, do you know what a ‘ney’ is? Do you know why 2013 is a special year for Bollywood? Do you know what O2 Glasgow Mela has in common with Glastonbury?* If you know answers to any of these questions, you get a gold star. If you know answers to all these questions, you get my job (kidding, I need it!).

Glasgow Mela 2012,Kelvingrove Park,Glasgow.


O2 Glasgow Mela takes place in Kelvingrove Park on Sat 15 and Sun 16 June, and –dhol drum roll - it’s FREE! We’ve got a jam-packed programme of music, dance and performance across three stages and around the park, a range of delicious exotic foods to buy and stalls to browse – and a great Kids Zone too.

What’s not to like? I’ll see you there, then….

* A ‘ney’ is a type of Turkish flute. You can hear Ilhan Baractu play it on the Mehfil stage on Sunday. 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the release of the first film release in India. Happy Birthday Bollywood! The Glastonbury connection is the marvellous Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, who are performing at both festivals this year!

O2 Glasgow Mela

Guest Blog Post by Nadia Lucchesi, O2 Glasgow Mela Coordinator

O2 Glasgow Mela is free and unticketed

The festival is open from 12 noon – 8pm both days

 

Visit the websitefacebook & twitter pages for more information and updates.

 

O2 Glasgow Mela Logo

 

 

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Guest Blog - Mapping Metaphor at the University of Glasgow

Tuesday June 11, 2013

Mapping Metaphor

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.

 

For more information take a look at our website, blog and twitter.

 

Mapping Metaphor 1


Guest blog post by: Ellen Bramwell, University of Glasgow

Event time: 2pm, Saturday 15th June

Venue: 12 University Gardens (English Language), University of Glasgow

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