Trad Trails for Celtic Connections: extra date added

The Clutha mural: showing Glasgow's music heritage.

The Clutha mural: showing Glasgow’s music heritage.

In between raiding the mince pies and making inroads on the whisky, Glasgow Music City Tours spent much of the festive period polishing our stories for the imminent Trad Trail walking tours which we are running as part of Celtic Connections in 2016.

Returning from the festive season, we are delighted to report that demand for the tickets has been so high that we have added another tour on Thursday 21 January. Tickets can be bought from the Celtic Connections box office.

As of 4pm today, there is only one ticket left from the original six tours. It is for the Friday 22nd January tour.

As it stands, we are unlikely to be able to add any more tours so when the Thursday 21 January tickets are gone then that’s it. Grab ’em while you can.

Glasgow’s vibrant folk culture

John Martyn was another Clutha player.

John Martyn was another Clutha player.

Focusing on Glasgow’s trad, roots and folk scene, the two hour tours share tales of the songwriters and storytellers who have shaped the city’s vibrant folk culture.

As well as going behind the scenes at Celtic Connections, we wonder what Robert Burns would have made of his old Glasgow haunt becoming a Marks and Sparks and we hear the echo of ship rivets being hammered in as we ponder the links between Glasgow’s folk scene and its industrial heritage.

In between, there are tales of Humblebums, outlaw bikers and jeely pieces. We are really looking forward to telling the tales when the tours get under way on Friday 16th January.

We know that no-one expects to top up their tan in January in Glasgow so the tours have been designed to take in plenty of indoor stops.

Even so, we strongly advise that you wrap up warm, wear thick socks and don’t be too surprised if there is the odd spot or two of rain.

Of course, there will be the opportunity to warm your hands on a cup of coffee. Or something stronger.

Unless we eat them all first, there may also be a finger or two of Walkers Shortbread to sustain us on our journey.

Amazing support

We didn’t expect the tours to be so popular. We would have laid on more if thought that they would have sold out.

A large part of that success has been down to the all the amazing help and enthusiasm shown us by Celtic Connections, the Scottish Music Centre, Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow City Life, The Clutha and The Scotia.

Thank you everybody.

Our scheduled tours will be on hold during January. Normal service will be resumed on Friday 5th February when our first Merchant City Music – Past and Present tour will get underway.