Glasgow Jazz Festival 2017: The Bevvy Sisters

The audience know they’ve seen something special * * * * * BROADWAY BABY

Energetic yet measured. Skillful and exuberant* * * * THE SCOTSMAN

Mixing equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour, heartbreak and hilarity – cut with a dash of potent Scottish spirit – Since 2006 The Bevvy Sisters have won a uniquely distinctive place in audiences’ hearts … imagine the Andrews Sisters with switchblades! Their radiantly triple-layered voices and artfully wide-ranging repertoire of vintage,contemporary and original songs stand out from the crowd in both style and substance. Pure vocal magic, distilled to the power of three. The Bevvy Sisters are HEATHER MCLEOD, GINA RAE & LOUISE MURPHY with DAVID DONNELLY.

The Bevvy Sisters play Drygate on Saturday 24th June at 9pm. You’re in for a real treat. Tix available here

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Get the lowdown on Glasgow Jazz Festival with our walking tour on Sat 24th June: 

We begin at the Scottish Music Centre with live music from guitarist Joe Williamson and a wee refreshment before we commence a gentle stroll around Merchant City with our guide Alison Eales. Purchase of a ticket entitles you to one half price ticket for the Buddy Rich Centenary Concert with drummer Alyn Cosker and the SNJO.



Glasgow Jazz Festival: Jazz Tour featuring guest musician Joe Williamson

We have a real treat in store for you!  The guitarist Joe Williamson —”Outstanding musicianship and breathtaking improvisation” Tommy Smith — will perform a short set at the beginning of our jazz tour on Saturday 24th June commencing the Scottish Music Centre at 2pm. Join us for a refreshment and some great music before we set off on a gentle stroll around the Merchant City.  Purchase of a ticket entitles you to one half price ticket for the concert celebrating the centenary of explosive drummer and bandleader, Buddy Rich, with the SNJO featuring Alyn Cosker on drums.

We’d love to see you there, get the lowdown on Glasgow Jazz Festival with our walking tour on Sat 24th June:

Joe Williamson hails from the North East of England, and recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with first-class honours. Known for his melodic and creative improvising, Joe performs regularly across the Scottish jazz circuit.

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Joe is a founding member of award-winning quartet Square One known for their free-spirited original music and energised live performances. In December 2015, Square One became the proud recipients of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, administered by Help Musicians UK. This prestigious prize allowed Square One to record their debut album, In Motion which was released in October 2016 along with a tour of the UK and Poland.

In May 2015, Joe toured with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, alongside Kurt Elling and Tommy Smith. He is a member of Spark Trio, featuring distinguished organist Paul Harrison and drummer Stephen Henderson; Graham Costello’s STRATA, exploring radical possibilities in rhythmic jazz; and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Joe is a prolific composer, writing much of the music for Square One, as well as pieces for larger ensembles that have been performed live on BBC Radio Scotland, and featured in the Royal Conservatoire’s festival of original music. In 2016, he was commissioned by the Glasgow Jazz Festival to write a new piece celebrating the festival’s 30th anniversary, and was featured in the festival’s ’30 under 30′ showcase. Upon graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Joe was awarded the Joe Temperley Prize for Jazz Arranging. In January 2017, he was a finalist in the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition.

Glasgow Jazz Festival 2017: Steve White In Conversation

Calling all drummers!  For over 30 years Steve White has drummed with some of the world’s greatest artists including The Style Council, Paul Weller, The Who and Oasis. As part of a series of In Conversation events, Steve will talk about his experience, those great songs, the music industry and how it has changed.

Steve will have a drum kit to hand and he’ll take part in a Q&A for you to ask those burning questions. It’s a great opportunity, don’t miss it!

Steve White will be In Conversation at the 02 ABC Glasgow on Thursday 22nd June at 7pm, tix available here.

Get the lowdown on Glasgow Jazz Festival with our walking tour on Sat 24th June:

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Glasgow Jazz Festival 2017: The Greg Foat Group

Glasgow Jazz Festival present internationally-acclaimed UK jazz keyboardist Greg Foat who makes his Scottish live debut celebrating the launch of his 5th studio album Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand (by Hampshire & Foat) released on Edinburgh’s Athens Of The North label.

On this latest epic, he has collaborated with fellow Isle Of Wight resident Warren Hampshire, best known as multi-instrumentalist with Mercury Award nominated The Bees. Previous albums on Jazzman Records have received widespread praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, BBC Scotland’s Jazz House and Chris Evans, and all are now highly sought after on the vinyl collectors’ scene.


The Greg Foat Group fuse unique influences as diverse as keyboard-led 1960s UK jazz (by legends such as Michael Garrick and Gordon Beck), through 1970s soundtracks (from minimal masterpieces like Roy Budd’s iconic “Get Carter” to string-laden epics, such as John Barry’s “Midnight Cowboy”), via obscure library or “mood music” (echoes of Basil Kirchin, Piero Umiliani and Alan “Mohawk” Hawkshaw come to mind).

Foat’s virtuoso Hammond, vibes, Moog, electric piano, harpsichord and, even, church organ take centre stage, perfectly complemented by some of the scene’s great talents.

For this Scottish debut The Greg Foat Group boasts a stellar line-up consisting of Greg Foat (Fender Rhodes) and Warren Hampshire (guitar), joined by iconic figures Clark Tracey (drums), Phil Achille (bass) and Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor saxophone).

The live music will be augmented by DJs Euan Fryer (Athens Of The North) and Andrew Divine (The Funk Room / Jazzman), two of Scotland’s most respected collectors, who’ll be spinning a deep and spiritual selection of vinyl dug deep from their archives, aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

The Greg Foat Group play The Admiral Bar on June 22nd at 9pm tix available here

Get the lowdown on Glasgow Jazz Festival with our walking tour on Sat 24th June:

Glasgow Jazz Festival 2017: Jazz Tour

My name is Alison Eales, and I’m one of the regular guides for Glasgow City Music Tours. I’ve been involved with Glasgow’s various music scenes since moving here in 1999, mainly by playing keyboards with Butcher Boy and singing with Glasgow Madrigirls. I’ve been lucky enough to play at some of the city’s best-loved venues, including Barrowland, King Tut’s, and – my favourite place in Glasgow – the Panopticon.

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Tour Guide Alison Eales

I’ve been leading the Music Mile tour since last summer, and have recently started leading the Merchant City tour as well. This year I’m leading a special, one-off tour about Glasgow’s jazz history. (I was supposed to be leading the tour last year, but I managed to twist my ankle a week beforehand – possibly an occupational hazard!)

Since 2011, I have been involved with Glasgow Jazz Festival, as its history is the subject of my PhD (after 28 June, you can call me Doctor Jazz). The Festival first ran in 1987 and is still going, making it the city’s longest continuously-running cultural event. It might not have come about at all if not for a handful of jazz enthusiasts determined to bring the great and good to Glasgow – enthusiasts including Pat Lally, who was then leader of the Council and an award-winning dancer!

The Festival has attracted some big names over its 31 years, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, George Melly, Jimmy Smith, Frank Sinatra, George Benson, BB King and Slim Gaillard. All of these characters will feature in the tour.

Our jazz walk is filled with stories about festival appearances from the great and good, and range from the touching, to the funny, to the downright weird. Come along to learn which singer would have made the Green Cross Code man proud, which musician had to be taken shopping for new pants, and who has made the most bizarre rider requests.

The brilliant, hardworking gals– take a well-deserved bow ladies – behind the scenes at Glasgow Jazz Festival have done us proud: buy a ticket for our tour and get one half-price for the Buddy Rich Tribute gig with the SNJO featuring Alyn Cosker, plus an opening set from Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock Duo.

And just a final word of reassurance: no, we won’t be making it up as we go along!

Glasgow Jazz Festival 2017: Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra

As ever there’s a spectacular line up for this year’s Jazz Festival.

Glasgow Music City Tours are running a Jazz tour as part of the programme —  buy a ticket for the tour and get one half-price for the Buddy Rich tribute concert with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Alyn Cosker on Saturday 24th June.


Over the next couple of weeks we’re featuring some of the artists who will be performing this year, starting with Ken Mathieson’s superb Classic Jazz Orchestra

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Photo by Robert Burns

Having caught them a number of times, we can highly recommend the Classic Jazz Orchestra . CJO’s mission is to explore the fabulously varied back-catalogue of jazz in an informative and entertaining way. It does this by re-interpreting, not replicating, jazz styles covering the whole history of jazz from ragtime to contemporary.

Versatile Jazz talents

Within its ranks are some of Scotland’s finest and most versatile jazz talents and the combination of expert musicianship and the leader’s imaginative orchestrations resulted in their winning the Best Band category in the 2009 Scottish Jazz Awards.

It’s music to gladden the heart and animate the feet from an era when jazz was synonymous with joy.

Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra play Wild Cabaret on June 21st at 8pm. Come along and make your feet happy! Tickets here

Kelvingrove Summer Nights: Neil Hannon


The 2017 summer season of concerts at Kelvingrove Bandstand is almost upon us. Glasgow’s beautiful, bijou outdoor arena will host the likes of Brian Wilson, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Kool & the Gang, Sir Tom Jones, Texas, Pixies, Hipsway and Arab Strap over the next couple of months, but opening proceedings are The Divine Comedy, best loved for their elegant and witty Britpop hits such as National Express and Becoming More Like Alfie.

In recent years, mainman Neil Hannon has worked on a rich variety of other projects, including a stage musical version of Swallows & Amazons, a couple of opera commissions and an organ composition, To Our Fathers In Distress, inspired by his own father, before reactivating The Divine Comedy on latest album, Foreverland.


We spoke to Hannon ahead of his Bandstand revels on such pressing issues as his cult following, his typical childhood Sundays, his Napoleon complex and an asinine collaborator… Here is Neil on:

Touring with a band again

I was so knackered after the solo touring for the last album, Bang Goes the Knighthood. It’s very intense when you’re doing shows just by yourself. I feel I can really cut loose a little bit when there’s a band behind me. I’m mostly not playing any instruments, just singing and arsing about in a Napoleon costume. Really it’s just a great excuse to hire the costume and prance around on stage and shake my epaulettes.

Working with Wayne the donkey (who can be heard braying on Foreverland track How Can You Leave Me On My Own)

He has quite tricky to work with. You have to shake the bucket of food in a very certain way to get him to respond correctly. But he instigated that collaboration. My studio is in the front room of the house and he was in the paddock about twenty yards away, and I listened back to a demo of that song and I could hear him on the record, and I thought ‘that works really well so I’ll do it for real’ so I stuck the mic out the window, shoved some food in his direction and the rest is rock’n’roll history. Continue reading