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Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2022: Nominations

The Nominees for the 13th annual Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) have been revealed:  the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Glasgow’s Saint Luke’s on Thursday 8th December 2022. The list of nominees highlights an incredible range of exceptional talent across diverse categories. Buy tix for the ceremony and live showcase here

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November 18, 2022

Whisky & Witches: The Dark Side of Whisky-a chilling night of whisky, music & folklore performed by Christine Kammerer

We’ve got shivers down our spines at the prospect of this intriguing event happening on Friday 4th: Whisky & Witches is a chilling night of whisky, music and folklore hosted by The Mother Superior on Leith Walk, Edinburgh from 7.30pm. The music will be a combination of Scottish and Nordic folk music and we’re delighted…

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October 31, 2022

Hungry Beat: White Riot Tour Edinburgh ’77

Thanks to Douglas MacIntyre, co-author of the illuminating new book Hungry Beat for sharing an extract for our blog. Read on… Hungry Beat cover photo – Davy Henderson/Fire Engines (photo credit Harry Papadopoulos) Hungry Beat is a definitive oral history of two maverick Scottish independent record labels, Fast Product and Postcard, and the Scottish post-punk…

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October 20, 2022

Hanging Around with Simple Minds: Fabulous photobooks documenting the band’s early days

On Saturday October 15th, White Hot Day, the Simple Minds Fan Convention is happening at the Classic Grand in Glasgow, check out our previous blogs for more info (see links below). Graeme Thomson, author of Themes for Great Cities: A New History of Simple Minds, has written one of our favourite books this year, so…

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October 9, 2022

Bruce Findlay & Graeme Thomson on White Hot Day: Simple Minds Fan Convention

Ahead of WHITE HOT DAY the Simple Minds Fan Convention, on October 15th at the Classic Grand in Glasgow, we spoke to guest speakers, Bruce Findlay and Graeme Thomson who will be In Conversation at the event. Bruce managed the band from 1978 to 1990 and Graeme is the author of the brilliant Themes for…

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September 12, 2022

White Hot Day—Simple Minds Fan Convention 15th October 2022: Guest Blog by Gordon Machray and George Porter

White Hot Day, the brilliant Simple Minds Fan Convention takes place at the Classic Grand in Glasgow on Saturday 15th October and features special guests plus a charity auction. Ahead of the big day we chatted to the organisers Gordon Machray and George Porter… Gordon and George met properly for the first time…

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September 6, 2022

Rose by Lorna Martin: Touring Autumn 2022

Last year we hosted a guest blog from singer-songwriter, Lynnie Carson, about her brilliant song, ‘She Rose’, celebrating Rose Reilly the inspirational Scottish footballer who was selected to play for the Italian women’s national team. The play, Rose—Shunned in Scotland Signed by Italy, written  by Lorna Martin is touring this autumn, catch it while you…

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August 29, 2022

Hey America! By Stuart Cosgrove: Admiral Bar Glasgow Event September 10th

On September 10th at The Admiral Bar in Glasgow, Stuart Cosgrove will be in conversation with our lead guide and co-founder, Fiona Shepherd. They’ll be chatting about Stuart’s brilliant new book, Hey America! followed by a Q&A and signing session. To round off  the evening there’s a soul club disco courtesy of Divine! and Stuart…

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August 23, 2022

Barrowland Park at 8 Years Old-Guest Blog by Fans of Barrowland Park: Glasgow Music Walking Tours Blog

Our tour guests love our stop on Barrowland Park where, prompted by the names on Jim Lambie’s Album Pathway, they share stories of the gigs they’ve seen: it’s great storytelling. Last week, Barrowland Park celebrated its 8th birthday, having officially opened on 19 July 2014. Fans of Barrowland Park is a campaign group who promote…

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July 28, 2022

Walk To Help Musicians: Glasgow Music Walking Tour Guest Blog

There’s nothing we enjoy more than a good walk, especially around Glasgow’s music venues, past and present. Our friends over at Help Musicians Scotland are taking part in an inventive fund raising initiative this summer, and we’re contributing some gift vouchers for one of our tours as a prize. Thanks to Help Musician’s Fundraising &…

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July 4, 2022

Saints & Sinners: Punk & After Glasgow/Paisley, Photobook by Chris Brickley: Glasgow Music Walking Tours Guest Blog

We absolutely love Saints & Sinners the new book created by Chris Brickley: the photobook follows hot on the heels of 16 YEARS: Gigs in Scotland 1974-1990, his successful independent publication from 2020. ‘A fab book full of great photos of kids on the scene and bands both locally and nationally known. Check it out!’ …

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June 8, 2022

Rory Sullivan-Burke on John McGeogh: The Light Pours Out Of Me – Glasgow Music Walking Tour Blog

We’re very chuffed that Rory Sullivan-Burke has penned a heartfelt guest blog for us ahead of the publication of his authorised biography of John McGeoch, The Light Pours Out Of Me    published by Omnibus Press on April 28th. John McGeoch was the unsung hero of the post-punk era. Blazing a trail with some of Britain’s…

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April 26, 2022