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Thanks, Celtic Connections!

Glasgow Music City Tours had a terrific first Celtic Connections. We’d like to thank everyone who signed up for our tours, we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did…you just can’t beat a Jeely Piece singalong… People were incredibly generous in sharing their personal stories about Celtic Connections, and some even brought related memorabilia to show us, which we will feature in our next blog. In the meantime we’d like to thank everyone who worked with us and made our first Celtic Connections tours such a success. Donald and Lesley Shaw were extremely generous with their time, coping all the while with crazy schedules, and Colin Hynd shared some great stories with us. Thanks too to our guest bloggers for making the time. The tours wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t had such enthusiastic support from our working partners;…

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February 1, 2016

Trad Trails for Celtic Connections

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 our Trad Trail walking tours, which we are running as part of Celtic Connections in 2016. Our first tour is today, and our initial scheduled tours…

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January 15, 2016

Guest Blogger Peter Ross

When Glasgow Music City Tours began our guest blog slot, one of Scotland’s very best feature writers, the award winning Peter Ross, graciously allowed us to post some of his writing about Glasgow. A six time winner at the Scottish Press Awards, Peter was recently shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2015. We’d like to share…

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November 16, 2015

Godard In Glasgow, Part 4: 2013-2015

Ahead of his show at The Admiral on Friday 13th November (tickets) , we asked Subway Sect legend and all round post-punk muse Vic Godard if he would like to write us something about playing in Glasgow over the years. Today is the last Godard in Glasgow, bringing us right up to date. We’d like to…

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November 12, 2015

Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon: the world’s oldest surviving music hall.

Tucked away in a nondescript lane off Argyle Street in Glasgow is the entrance to the world’s oldest surviving music hall, the Britannia Panopticon. It’s one of our favourite stops on our Merchant City Music Past and Present tour, and it never fails to astonish our guests —including Glaswegians. Our guide Fiona onstage at The Panopticon with guests

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October 30, 2015

This is what we do

A couple of weeks back, Glasgow Major Events sent out a film crew on one of our Glasgow’s Music Mile tours. We had a chat with them about why we set up Glasgow Music City Tours; how the tours work and what we would like to do in the future. For some reason, Hollywood agents have been…

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September 16, 2015

Florence and the Machine

With millions of album sales under their belts along with a Glastonbury headline slot, Florence and the Machine are at the top of their game. A position underlined by their gig at the 12,000 capacity SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Monday. This wasn’t the case when Jonathan, one of the founders of Glasgow Music City Tours, interviewed Florence…

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September 10, 2015

The strange tale of Scarlett Johansson’s Bum

One of the real pleasures of doing Glasgow Music City Tours is the experiences that our guests bring to the tours. We have had people who remember going to the dancing at Barrowlands and guests who have performed on the band stand at Kelvingrove. Some have met their life partners in the venues we visit and others have had their lives changed…

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August 30, 2015

Paolo Nutini on routines, laser beams and…Advocaat…

This Saturday Paolo Nutini headlines Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park. With support from the amazing Grace Jones, the line up also features sets from The View, Soak and one of our own favourites, Tuff Love. Earlier this year one of Glasgow Music City Tours’ founders, Fiona Shepherd, met up with Paolo for what can only be…

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August 26, 2015

Let’s keep the Barrowland Park Album Pathway

On each of our Glasgow Music City Tours, there are places that evoke particularly strong memories. The site of the late, lamented Apollo, which features on our Music Mile Tour, is a favourite, where people pause and sigh at the memory of what used to be. Such is the fondness in which its memory is…

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August 14, 2015