Saturday June 27, 2015
Last night, in the beautiful surroundings of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, I attended a ‘Recital from the Golden Age’, performed by violinist Feargus Hetherington and pianist Edward Cohen.
A golden age of anything is a period of time looked back on with fond sentiment. For violinist Feargus Hetherington, there was a clear golden age for the violin and piano duo between 1920 - 1939 with many pieces now lost and no longer played in public. Feargus’ goal is to resurrect some of these pieces and bring them, as well as the golden age of violin and piano concerts, back to their former glory. And boy did he ever!
Although not packed out, there was a fair crowd of around 30 at the event which in a way made it feel more exclusive - a sort of private evening with Feargus and Edward as they played their music. The variety of pieces packed out the hour making it seem like much longer in the best of senses. One minute a light-hearted melody which would have been suitable for a mixer on the lawn of the White House and the next a dramatic piece which could have come straight from a black and white tragic film.
The pieces were played with such conviction, as could be seen in the faces of both musicians, filling the small stage space with enough drama and fervour to keep the audience near enough transfixed for the entire performance. It was incredibly impressive to see two musicians hold a group’s attention so completely for so long!
A piano and violin recital is not my usual cup of tea, I’ll admit. However, after the performance tonight, I will seek to try out something of a similar caliber in the future. For any who wish to experience a performance in the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross there is A Piano Recital with Peter Seivewright tonight at 7.30pm with tickets available online and at the door.
Tuesday June 23, 2015
Have you ever wanted to join an exciting flute ensemble? Well now is your chance! The Flute Phonics, an eclectic mix of amateur flautists who play a variety of styles from classical to rock and everything in between, are holding open rehearsals tonight as part of the West End Festival.
The group has two very talented conductors to guide them: Rachel Forbes and Aisling Agnew. Rachel began playing the flute at age 13 and went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before becoming a freelance flautist, playing in chamber groups and teaching.
Aisling Agnew, also a student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, learned the flute with Billy Dunwoody in the 39th Old Boys Flute Ensemble. Since then she has enjoyed a successful international career, releasing multiple records and working alongside various other ensembles including her long-standing flute & guitar duo with Matthew McAllister.
So if you can read music and are at a standard of around grade 3 or above then come along to Hillhead Baptist Church from 7.15-9.15pm tonight and show off your flautist skills! You can find more about the Flute Phonics on their website.
Thursday June 4, 2015
It’s so great to be involved this year in one of the West End Festival ‘Parade Day’ events and to help support new music in Glasgow and I'm really excited to be able to showcase some of the amazing talent which has recorded at our Boombox Studios over the past year.
The outdoor Stage at the Hill is a great new addition to the festival and provides the perfect platform for new acts of all genres to receive fantastic exposure and the opportunity to play in front of a great Glasgow crowd amidst the magical parade day atmosphere….and best of all it is Free to Enjoy for everyone!
Some of the One’s To Watch include electro pop outfit "100 Fables". The New wave influenced sound and energetic performance by their lead singer, Lyndsey Liora, is not to be missed…imagine The Cars meets The Killers. Excited to hear 100 Fables' new single ‘Future Girl’ & young R&B Pop singer Ryan Alexander will also be debuting his fantastic upcoming single ‘Ain’t Got You’.
For fans of The Vamps, McBusted & 5SOS, all female band The Cassettez are a must watch with their catchy punk pop tunes and mega stage vibes! The Cassettez went down a storm at last years Total Access Live festival alongside Ella Eyre, Pixie Lott, Foxes & Rizzle Kicks and are lined up for more amazing summer festivals this year leading up to the release of their first single ‘Zombie disco’.
Acoustic acts include Singer/Songwriter 'Toni Etherson’ who will be performing some tracks from her upcoming debut Album ‘The Brightside’ and the talented young ‘Josh Breaks’ will be debuting some of his fantastic songwriting and heartfelt vocals.
London based R&B singer "Scarlet Baxter", who has been tipped for the top by BBC6 & Hard Rock Rising, will be performing her recent soundcloud smash ‘Down With It’ as well as new single ‘Cruel Love’. Scarlet has been compared to a female Sam Smith.
Another act I’m excited about is "Lucia Fontainé"…Lucia’s soulful husky tones, delivered with a retro punkness of some of the great bands from CBGB’s 1977, and tracks such as ‘Bored Of The Radio’ and ‘Queen Of Everything’, have attracted huge excitement from major record labels & cool indie labels alike.. . Lucia performed earlier this year with legendary Glaswegian Film Composer, Craig Armstrong, and she will also be supporting current chart toppers ‘Sheppard' on the 17th June at The Oran Mor.
The event isn’t just all about the new artists though…Glasgow’s "TJ Bilham", who has recently supported Rebecca Ferguson & the legendary Tom Jones, will be performing in his unique Bublé-style, some tracks from his upcoming album and Scotland’s favourite Rockabilly band, "The Tennessee Hotshots", are headlining the show at 7pm. Their Rock'in classics & massive fanbase will be sure to get the whole street jiving to a close!
Collect ‘Free Entry’ Wristbands from The Hill bar, 94 Byres rd, for access to the main outdoor stage area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Friday June 14, 2013
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!
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