Wednesday June 25, 2014
Thursday 26 June, 7pm, £16
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 www.pmmusic.co.uk for details of other shows we are doing in QMU: Jim’s Bar during the festival.
Monday June 23, 2014
This Sunday (29 June) we're wrapping the festival up with our FREE closing event at the Kelvingrove bandstand!
It will represent the community of local musicians that WEF has previously used over the years at the free stages in Kelvingrove Park on Parade Day.
Excitingly, it will also see the bandstand being used once again during #WEF2014 for a line-up of varied bands.
If you can believe it, the bands have some unexpected members; former MSP Pauline McNeill, rugby legend John Beattie, and Michelle McManus (Honest Sam and the Dealers).
Local bands also have the chance of performing at the closing event. Michael Dale, festival director, explained the process: “We have also opened up a slot during the day for ‘amateur’ local bands to play. Bands which are interested in playing and are available, will enter a mini competition to win a slot.
Take a look at the line up below:
1pm - Pauline McNeill Band
1.45pm - L'Acoustica
2.10pm - Hat Trick
2.35pm - Community Choir
3pm - Mugen Taiko Dojo
3.40pm Possible competition winners
4.15pm - John Beattie Band
5.15pm - Honest Sam and the Dealers
6pm - FINISH
How to enter the competition
Entries of videos and Sound Cloud links along with a covering email should be sent to email@example.com to show us what you can do.
Bands must also answer the following question: What does the West End Festival mean to you? Entries should be sent by 12pm on Wednesday 25 June and chosen band(s) will be notified by Friday, 27 June.
Twitter: #WEF2014 @westendfest
Wednesday June 18, 2014
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.
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.
Friday 20 June, 7.30pm, £16
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 !
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.
Monday June 16, 2014
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’.
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.
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.
Monday June 16, 2014
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
Thursday June 12, 2014
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!
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.
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!