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Barras 100: Glasgow Music Walking Tours Blog

We love sharing our memories of Barrowland and Barrowland Park on our Merchant City Past and Present tour and we’re really looking forward to the second part of Barras100 exhibition this weekend. A programme of events marks the 100th anniversary of the Barras Market with exhibitions and opportunities to share Barras stories. A photography exhibition…

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June 17, 2021

Help Musicians Scotland by Étáin Sweeney Guest blog for Glasgow Music Walking Tours

Whether you’re a musician or a music lover (maybe you’re a little bit of both), you’re probably here because you appreciate the incredible impact that musicians have on each of our lives through their creativity. My name is Étáin and I am the Fundraising and Volunteer Officer in the Scottish office of Help Musicians, 100-year-old…

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May 14, 2021

New Season 2021 Update: Glasgow Music Walking Tours Blog

 Now that spring has sprung and Covid restrictions are easing, we are delighted to announce the re-opening of our tours on Saturday 1stMay. We cannot wait to share the music stories of Glasgow with our customers once again. Photo by Jannica Honey Our tour guide, Phil  It’s been a year like no other and we…

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April 16, 2021

Pop Mutations Festival: Chris Brickley in conversation with Fiona Shepherd: Glasgow Music Walking Tours Blog

No one likes a good gig story more than we do – especially if that gig story concerns an historic show in Glasgow and/or comes from our learned customers. But we’ve met our match in Chris Brickley, the man responsible for conceiving and compiling 16 Years: Gigs in Scotland 1974-1990, a hefty pictorial account of…

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March 15, 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

Lockdown Laydown by Alison Eales: Glasgow Music Walking Tour Guest Blog

 While we can’t walk’n’roll just yet, we are looking forward to welcoming guests on our music tours as soon as we get the green light. In the meantime, we are excited to present this blog from one of our guides, the supremely talented Alison Eales. In addition to her work as a tour guide for…

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February 25, 2021

Cerys Matthews: Glasgow Music Walking Tour Blog

We are big fans of Cerys Matthews’ show on BBC 6 Music, not just for the eclectic music she plays but also for the enthusiasm the former Catatonia frontwoman brings to her broadcasts. As well as supplying absorbing music and chat, she is an ardent advocate of poetry, and has channelled that passion into a…

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January 18, 2021

Nova, winner of the 2020 Scottish Album of the Year Award: Glasgow Walking Tour Blog

Leith-based musician Shaheeda Sinckler is the creative force behind an unholy trinity of incarnations – she operates seamlessly as Nova the rapper, DJ Scotia and producer Nova Scotia the Truth. Like many outside of the Scottish hip-hop scene, we at Glasgow Music City Tours were unfamiliar with Sinckler’s music before she was nominated for –…

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January 12, 2021

Cat Step Sounds by Alison Irvine: Glasgow Walking Tours Guest blog

Our first guest blog of 2021 is from the writer, Alison Irvine. Alison wrote her brilliant new novel Cat Step at the same time as she was writing about the Barrowland Ballroom for the beautiful Barrowland Ballads book, which we previously covered on our blog: https://glasgowmusiccitytours.com/blog/category/barrowland-ballads/ photograph by Chris Leslie We know Alison loves her…

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January 5, 2021

Amy Macdonald —The Human Demands: Glasgow Music Walking Tour Blog

This time last year, Amy Macdonald was preparing to record her fifth album, The Human Demands, probably fairly secure in the knowledge that she would have another hit on her hands, such is her avid fanbase. Recording commenced at the start of 2020, then a certain pesky virus reared its head and Macdonald found herself…

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December 7, 2020

Looking forward to 2021 for our Glasgow walking tours

Well, that was a strange year for our tours. And everything else in the world. Because of you-know-what, our season didn’t start until August this year and, to be honest, we didn’t know if anybody would want to come out on our walking tours. We had capped numbers, done risk assessments and satisfied the government’s…

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October 31, 2020

Bye-Bye 2020 Season: Glasgow Walking Tour Blog

As our final Saturday walks of 2020 approaches we’ve been reflecting on what a strange year it’s been for our tours. And everything else in the world. Because of you-know-what, our season didn’t start until August this year and, to be honest, we didn’t know if anybody would want to come out on our walking…

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October 29, 2020

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