Moby Dick - A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Friday June 26, 2015

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Oran Mor’s “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” is a hugely successful lunchtime theatre initiative where visitors – you guessed it – have the chance to see an adaptation of a classic play while enjoying a pie and a pint (or glass of wine or soft drink if you are so inclined). It’s great to see the event continue as part of the West End Festival with its Summer Season of Classic Cuts. This week the feature piece was Harman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ which I had the pleasure of seeing yesterday afternoon.

Arriving ten minutes before the performance started, it was already difficult to find a seat among the 60 or so other people there where I could enjoy my pie (meat and vegetarian options available) so my first observation would be to get there early! The performance space consisted of a small runway and stage behind it making for a very intimate-feeling performance no matter where you were sat. As the lights dimmed the three performers who played all of the characters marched in from the rear, singing an old sea shanty and even slipped in a sly nod to Scotland during it. This was met with more than a few chuckles from the crowd.

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The three actors regaled the captivated audience (myself included) with the tale of the white whale and one captain’s insatiable need for revenge against it. All three of them gave powerful performances using very subtle, if any, sound effects and basic props. The transition between narrative and performance was very slick and worked well as part of the 45 minute piece. Despite watching captain Ahab descend further into his destructive obsession with Moby Dick, there were a few light hearted moments which were weaved skilfully into the performance keeping the experience not too intense for a lunch time event.

Moby Dick was incredibly enjoyable to watch at Oran Mor. Great setting, great cast, great play and great pie (although I could have eaten another!) I’m a convert to “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” and will be back to check out whatever takes centre stage next!

Moby Dick will be performed again today (26th June) and tomorrow (27th June) with tickets available online or at the door of Oran Mor. 

Daniel Irwin


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


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


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 for details of other shows we are doing in QMU: Jim’s Bar during the festival.



What's on this weekend...21-23 June

Friday June 21, 2013

A few highlights from each day over the weekend.... Remember to check the website for full details

Ruth Martin with Support

Friday 21 June

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a rich, soulful voice, Ruth Martin has an individual blend of acoustic folk-blues and her music has been described as: “emotive, sparse, haunting, beautiful”. Sponsored by PM Music who have persuaded artists from their West End Festival programme to play this last show in the series exclusively for Club members, their guests and limited members of the public.


Booking and ticket info:

For more information and to book tickets, visit

Venue: Arlington Baths


Friday 21 June

O beware my lord of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” When Othello, Moorish general of the Venetian army, marries the beautiful young Desdemona, the stage is set for an intimate and intense tragedy of jealousy, betrayal and manipulation as the villainous Iago sets out to destroy them both. Bard in the Botanics is Scotland’s biggest and best-loved festival of Shakespeare and it returns for its 12th annual season with a brand new production of this most heart-breaking and beautiful story.


Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £16 (£10 conc) from website or phone 0141 429 0022 •

Venue: Botanic Gardens

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers present: “The Way of the Drum”

Friday 21 June


Experience the thundering rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and captivating show, and gain a unique insight into the world of this powerful art form. A fusion of primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour to captivate audiences of all ages. After years of performing at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, TV appearances, touring across continents and collaborating with different musicians from countless genres, members of Mungenkyo now return to the roots of Taiko with a lively and entertaining concert, performing an array of traditional Taiko whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a spell-binding show.


Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £18/£10 from 0141 357 4000 or

Venue: Kelvinbridge Theatre, Lansdowne Church 414 Great Western Rd

Malt Whisky Master Classes

Friday 21 June

With six whiskies selected from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, you will be guided by our passionate experts as you explore the history and the many differences that Scottish Single Malt Whisky has to offer. From the soft subtle tastes of the lowlands through Speyside, the Highlands, the Islands and of course the peated power of the Islay malts, you will come away with a greater understanding and enjoyment of one of Scotland’s greatest exports. Four sessions.
Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £16 Booking link

Venue: Bridie Library, Glasgow University Union

Bring Your Own Seat Cinema


Friday 21 June-     9:00pm

The Grosvenor Cinema presents Bring Your Own Seat: the outdoor movie experience with a twist! Vote for the film of your choice on Facebook and come to the secret location in the west end!

Booking and ticket info:

£1 from all ticket sales goes to Yorkhill Childrens Foundation

Venue: Grosvenor Cinema

Mill Girls On Tour 'Midsummer Special'

Friday 21 June                 9:00pm

Weaving Musical Threads presents the “Mill Girls on Tour”, a spell-binding synergy of poetry and musical interludes reflecting the history of the famous mill girls, their loves, feistiness, trials and triumphs. Right on the doorstep, the Renfrewshire Mill Girl poets are Tracy Patrick, Mo Blake, Gwen McKerrell and Kathryn Daly. Especially making the journey north to join them is guest artiste Scottish singer-songwriter Anna MacDonald. A West End Festival debut – this unique depiction of our important industrial heritage is a home-grown production with heart and humour.

Booking and ticket info:

This event is not ticketed.

Venue: St Louis Bar, 734 Dumbarton Road Glasgow

La Clinik Du Dr. Poembak: 
A Belgian Fanfare

Saturday 22 June                 1:00pm

The Poembak Collective brings together 20 musicians of diverse backgrounds.  This likeable brass band condenses all the elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity that tickle our toes, warm up our ears and put us up in the air as soon as the music starts!  An eclectic repertoire of world music including jazz, tango, gypsy and Latino. Part of Fete de la Musique. Presented by the Alliance Francaise and WBI

1pm at Botanic Gardens, 3pm at Kelvingrove Gallery steps, 6pm at Ashton Lane.

Organisers: www.wbi.beVenue: Botanic Gardens

Classic Cuts: The Changeling

Friday 21 June                1:00pm

Saturday 22 June           1:00pm

By Thomas Middleton, adapted and directed by Alan McKendrick.

One of the most linguistically elegant bloodbaths ever penned, “The Changeling” follows young Spanish noblewoman Beatrice-Joanna, who suffers the misfortune of meeting the first love of her life, Alsemero, just a few days after having become betrothed to another. Her subsequent wild recourse to dark tactics in pursuit of breaking this engagement – in the form of a heated alliance with aristocrat turned servant De Flores – are the meat and drink of this Jacobean film noir.  Suffice to say that trouble, desire, sex and death ensue.


Booking and ticket info:

Ticket includes play, pie & pint.

Mon, Tues, Thurs £10, Wed £8, Fri & Sat £12.50. 
Tickets 0844477 1000 
or at the door on the day

Hidden Lane Studios Open Day

Saturday 22 June                 10:00am - 6:00pm

Open studios including model makers, picture framers, sculptors, stained glass makers, jewellers, painters, upholsterers, yoga, shiatsu, bespoke vintage clothing, personal trainers, music studios (rehearsal and recording), fashion designers, musical instrument makers, art repairers, graphic artists, music tuition (guitar and all stringed instruments), digital media productions, new and vintage vinyl, film animation, badge makers, t-shirt printers, art exhibitions, t-shirt, bag and mug designers and the celebrated Hidden Lane Tearoom.

Venue: Hidden Lane, 1081 Argyle Street,  Glasgow

Da Capo Alba In Concert

Saturday 22 June                 7:30pm

A chance to hear Scotland’s premier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra in concert in this beautiful cathedral, which has become Da Capo Alba’s regular venue for their annual performance as part of the West End Festival.  Da Capo Alba, conducted by Barbara Pommerenke-Steel, play a range of musical styles from baroque and classical to ragtime and Latin American.  Something for every taste and all entertaining!


Booking and ticket info:

Venue: St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road Glasgow

The Saturday Show

Saturday 22 June                 9:00pm
Our fabulous flagship Saturday show has been sold out every week for the past five years. And no wonder- it’s the best night out in Glasgow. With Dave Fulton, Diane Spencer, John McGoldrick and host Joe Heenan.


Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £15. Tickets from 0844 335 8879. We require advance payment for Sat evenings

Venue: Stand Comedy Club, 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow

Paintings On Railings

Saturday 22 June                 All Day

Sunday 23 June                 All Day

Saturday 29 June                 All Day

Sunday 30 June                 All Day

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

WEF Sunday All-Dayer

Sunday 23 June                 8:00pm

After the success of last year’s inaugural West End Festival All Dayer it is coming back again this year with another 14 acts playing across the basement venue, main bar and stunning auditorium at Oran Mor. The Twilight Sad will be headlining the auditorium with a very special stripped back set and Meursault and Campfires in Winter have also been announced at time of going to print. Keep an eye on the Oran Mor website for more announcements in the coming weeks.


Booking and ticket info:

Tickets £18 in advance from / 0844 477 1000, Tickets 
Scotland 0141 204 5151 or at the main bar / Also available on the door: £20.

Venue: Oran Mor

Lansdowne International 
Film Festival

Sunday 23 June                 6:30pm
Sunday 30 June                 6:30pm

Forget about Cannes!  Every Sunday evening in June the Lansdowne will be screening a selection of international film in the Glasshouse. Each week will feature different world cinema from anime to arthouse with a bit of Bollywood for good measure!  Free popcorn for all plus two pizzas for £10 will make this an excellent and affordable way to expand your cultural horizons.


Venue: Lansdowne Bar, 7a Lansdowne Crescent Glasgow

Sunday Folk Sessions At Dram!

Sunday 23 June                 7:00pm
Sunday 30 June                 7:00pm

Classy Scottish music from Feather-fingered Phil and the gang.  Toe-tapping and funky fiddling all night in the Wee Dram.


Venue: Dram! 232-246 Woodlands Road Glasgow

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