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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

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

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

The Stranglers gig that got punk ‘banned’ from Glasgow

Stage invasion at Stranglers gig in Glasgow City Halls, June 1977. One of the great things about doing our music tours is hearing our guests’ gig stories. The tours are packed with anecdotes about famous gigs but it’s always good to hear the different stories from people who were actually at them. It is amazing…

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May 24, 2018

Belle and Sebastian tours

Our regular Music Mile tour has great stories about the very early days of Belle and Sebastian but more and more people have been getting in touch asking if we could do bespoke tours focused on the band. After scratching our heads for a bit, we came up with a flexible tour which takes in all of…

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May 31, 2016

Tigermilk Owners’ Club: members wanted

As we mentioned a few weeks back, we’ve had the bright idea of launching the Tigermilk Owners’ Club. We’re doing this to mark the 20th anniversary of Belle and Sebastian releasing their debut album. Inspired by the fabled Blue Monday Owners’ Club, we want owners of the original Tigermilk vinyl album to send us pics of yourselves…

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April 5, 2016

Our guide talks Glasgow’s music scene

VisitScotland have just launched their new Spirit of Scotland campaign and our guide Fiona plays a starring role in the campaign’s video about Glasgow’s music scene. From the Barrowlands to Franz Ferdinand, Fiona talks about the venues and bands which have shaped the sound of the city. Experience it for yourself by booking on one of our walking tours.

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February 10, 2016

We’re all doomed! Not really.

We found Dave Pollock’s Guardian piece about the ‘slow death of music venues’ thought-provoking and a lot of research has gone into it. We’re less convinced that it told the whole story about Glasgow. A number of us at Glasgow Music City Tours have or still do work as music journalists. We understand that an article has to fit the brief, make clear points and not muddy the waters but Glasgow’s live music scene appears to be in rude health rather than facing a slow death. We wrote a reply on the article’s comments page: ‘As a former music journalist who wrote about many of the same Glasgow and Edinburgh venues as David Pollock, I appreciate the power of a punchy headline. However, this article greatly exaggerates the slow death of live music in Glasgow. While the closure of The Arches was indeed a…

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September 9, 2015

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