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Shipyard Bards, Tall Tales, Whisky and Dinner

a train crossing Marina Bay Sands over a body of water

The Stobcross Crane and OVO Hydro arena: Clydeside’s past and present .

We have teamed up with Mharsanta Scottish restaurant to run Shipyard Bards, Tall Tales, Whisky and Dinner, a musical celebration of Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage taking place in January 2022.

For more than a century, the Clyde’s shipbuilding industry was not just a byword for engineering excellence, it was also symbolic of Glasgow’s proud working communities.

Running for three nights in January 2022, Shipyard Bards, Tall Tales, Whisky and Dinner is an event that explores that heritage through stories, trad song and images.

Taking place during Celtic Connections, this is an evening package comprising a one hour show with entertaining stories from Glasgow’s shipyards plus live folk music inspired by the area’s shipbuilding heritage.

Guest will be able to enjoy the show while tasting Stobcross, the just released, inaugural single malt whisky from The Clydeside Distillery.

The music and storytelling will be followed by a two course dinner from a menu of Scottish favourites. It all takes place in Mharsanta’s private dining room in their restaurant on Bell Street. It is designed to finish by 7.30-7.45pm allowing plenty of time for guests to get to any Celtic Connections concerts they may have planned.

Live folk music

a person holding a guitar

Mae MacInnes with Scott Cunningham singing at Shipyard Bards in 2019.

Live music is from singer Mae MacInnes with Scott Cunningham on guitar. Mae is from the Isle of Skye, and grew up steeped in the island’s music tradition. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Drama, Performance and Theatre Arts from the Conservatoire.

Scott has a degree in Popular Music from Edinburgh Napier University and, since returning to his native Glasgow, has forged a career as a guitar teacher and performer, both with Mae and in the trad band Celtic Highway.

The stories – some funny, some more serious – have been researched by Glasgow Music City tours and include contributions from Fairfield Heritage Museum and former shipyard workers. We think it will be a very neat fit with Scotland’s Year of Stories.

Shipyard Bards, Tall Tales, Whisky and Dinner

a bowl filled with different types of food on a plate

Mharsanta Scottish restaurant specialises in locally sourced ingredients and well loved Scottish dishes.

The performance part of the event is illustrated by past and present pics of the Clyde, the yards, its famous ships and its iconic infrastructure.

We ran the show during Celtic Connections in 2019 and it proved popular. Come and see us in 2022!

Shipyard Bards, Tall Tales, Whisky and Dinner will take place on Sat 22, Sat 29 Jan and Sat 5th Feb 2022. Doors open 4.45pm, show start time will be 5pm, meal from 6.15pm. Expected finish time 7.30-7.45pm. Cost is £30 pp.

You can book online here. Alternatively, contact [email protected] or phone Mharsanta on 0141 552 9900

This is a co-promotion between Mharsanta Restaurant on Bell Street and Glasgow Music City Tours.

a close up of a bottle of wine

A Lowland single malt, Stobcross is made by The Clydeside Distillery. Pic from Clydeside Distillery Facebook.