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Guest Blog: Graeme Thomson on Themes For Great Cities, A New History of Simple Minds

To celebrate the forthcoming publication of Themes For Great Cities: A New History of Simple Minds by Graeme Thomson  (published by Constable on 27 January) we’re delighted that the author has penned a brilliant guest blog for us. We also have a one copy for one lucky winner in a giveaway, lookout for details coming…

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January 17, 2022

Soft Cell Q&A: Glasgow Music Walking Tours Blog

Synth pop pioneers Soft Cell will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of  Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret with a series of UK live shows starting 10th November at Glasgow AcademySoft Cell will perform the classic album in full for the first time at the shows, as well as debuting material from their first new album in…

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October 5, 2021

Hi! Sharleen Spiteri: Glasgow Music Walking Tours Guest Blog

If you’re looking for a blithe summer soundtrack to accompany the gradual easing of Covid restrictions, allow us to suggest Hi, the new album by Texas. These Scotpop stalwarts formed in Glasgow 35 years ago but there’s nothing creaky about their intuitive blend of disco, soul and pop influences.   Anyone who has seen Texas…

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June 23, 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

Glasgow Walking Tours Blog: Anais Mitchell at Celtic Connections

At the age of 38, Anais Mitchell is something of a Celtic Connections veteran, having performed her Child Ballads album at the 2013 festival with fellow singer/guitarist Jefferson Hamer and an early concert version of her folk opera Hadestown at the Old Fruitmarket in 2011. Nine years later, Hadestown is a multiple Tony Award-winning toast-of-Broadway…

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January 27, 2020

Glasgow Walking Tours Blog: Return to Y’Hup Tribute to Ivor Cutler at Celtic Connections

There is nobody quite – or even remotely – like Ivor Cutler, the great Glaswegian sage, storyteller and songwriter who starred as lugubrious bus conductor Buster Bloodvessel in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour movie, recorded more John Peel sessions than any other act (apart from The Fall) and could often be seen on late night…

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January 16, 2020

Trad Trail at Celtic Connections 2020

Our Trad Trail tours return for Celtic Connections in 2020. From Friday 17th January, our two hour, folk-themed walking tours will run every weekend of the festival. They are one of our most successful tours and tickets tend to sell out. If you want to make sure you can come on tour on a date…

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October 24, 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

16 Years: Gigs in Scotland 1974-1990 Guest blog

A new crowdfunding project, 16 Years: Gigs in Scotland 1974-1990, is right up our street, we love the sound of it and would love to see it in print. We invited Chris, the man behind the project to tell us more… 16 YEARS is a comprehensive photobook I’m currently Crowdfunding, showcasing 2,000 rare live gig…

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July 26, 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

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