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SAY IT LOUD Don Letts -There and Black Again: Glasgow Music Walking Tours blog

This coming Saturday, Jul 31st, the fabulous Don Letts is in conversation with our co-founder and lead guide, Fiona Shepherd, at Broadcast in Glasgow. To celebrate we have not one, but two copies of his autobiography There and Black Again to give away over on our FB page. Don Letts – filmmaker, musician, DJ, broadcaster,…

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July 28, 2021

Happy 7th Birthday Barrowland Park Glasgow Music Walking Tours Guest Blog

Our tour guests love Barrowland Park and to celebrate the Park’s 7th birthday we’ve got a great blog from our good friends Fans of Barrowland Park   — and they’ve even managed to pull off a brilliant intro from none other than Bobby Gillespie!  To mark the occasion we’re gifting a copy of Utopian Ashes, the…

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July 19, 2021

When Muddy Waters played the Maryland by David Beckett: Glasgow Music Walking Tour Guest Blog

On our Music Mile Tour we tell our guests about the former Maryland club, which was located in what was once a private villa and is now within the CCA in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. Our guest blog is by friend of the tours, David Beckett, who worked at the Maryland. David remembers when blues legend,…

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March 8, 2021

Small Hours:The Long Night of John Martyn by Graeme Thomson — Glasgow Walking Tours Blog

Graeme Thomson’s excellent new book, Small Hours: The Long Night Of John Martyn, was published earlier this month and has been praised by the Observer, Irish Times, Independent, the Herald, Uncut and MOJO.  Omnibus Press have very kindly given us two copies to give away, check our FB page for details on how to win…

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July 27, 2020

Glasgow Walking Tours Blog: Stories from the Ballroom: Dancing Fools by Alison Irvine

Ahead of the forthcoming event, Stuart Cosgrove with Recollective, Barrowland Ballads  at Glasgow’s Aye Write Book Festival we’re rerunning the brilliant blog by the author, Alison Irvine, about the book  Barrowland Ballads. Alison’s blog is accompanied by photographs by Chris Leslie and drawings by Mitch Miller, together they are the award-winning artists Recollective. We have…

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February 13, 2020

Glasgow Walking Tours Blog: Here comes Girl Pool!

Scottish Women Inventing Music Presents GIRL POOL We’re really excited about GIRL POOL a new initiative and club led by charity Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM). On 22 February the inaugural GIRL POOL will take place at Glasgow’s Glad Café. GIRL POOL will help nurture, educate and mentor 12-17 year old girls in music and…

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February 4, 2020

Gerry Love: Part One

We know from our tours how deeply Teenage Fanclub are loved. Like many Glasgow bands, they are not ones to blow their own trumpet or make a fuss so when founder member, bassist, singer and ace songwriter Gerry Love departed the group at the end of 2018 after almost thirty years as a Fannie, he…

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November 18, 2019

Guest Blog from Francis McKee of the CCA on the former Maryland Club

In 1974 the Scottish writer and playwright, Tom McGrath, founded The Third Eye Centre in Glasgow. Described by the Guardian as ‘a shrine to the avant garde’, the centre hosted visiting artists and performers such as Allen Ginsberg, Whoopi Goldberg, John Byrne, Edwin Morgan and Kathy Acker, as well as quickly becoming the focus for…

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October 21, 2019

Bill Blackstock of Queen Margaret Union’s Farewell Guest Blog

On 20th September l finish up as General Manager at the Queen Margaret Union after almost 6 years, making way for a new team to take things forward. It will also be my last (28th) Freshers’ Week and I’m very excited to have a band I think are destined for great things, The Ninth Wave,…

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September 16, 2019

Something Big: Burt Bacharach is Coming to Town by Duglas T Stewart

We’d like to thank Duglas T Stewart for stepping in to write his fascinating personal take on Burt Bacharach, who plays the Kelvingrove Bandstand this Friday. Photograph by Chloe Philip There has never been a label given to any artist that is less appropriate than the one so often associated with Burt Bacharach,“Easy Listening”. Burt…

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July 24, 2019