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Dean Owens: The Magic of Celtic Connections

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In anticipation of his Celtic Connections gig, we’re delighted to have a guest blog from Dean Owens, one of Scotland’s finest singer songwriters. His fans include Irvine Welsh who called Dean “Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer songwriter”. Legendary BBC broadcaster “Whispering” Bob Harris reckons that Dean is “Scotland’s best troubadour”. Read More »

Trad Trail Tour for Celtic Connections 2019

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In between raiding the mince pies and making inroads on the whisky, Glasgow Music City Tours will spend much of the festive period polishing our stories for our Trad Trail Walking Tour for Celtic Connections 2019. The tours have sold out for the past 3 years so if you’d like to get your hands on…

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Damien Love Guest Blog: Monstrous Devices – An Imaginary Soundtrack

Glasgow-based writer Damien Love has just published his first novel in the USA: the wild, weird, robotastic and spookily magical children’s adventure MONSTROUS DEVICES –  highly recommended for readers aged 9–99! Damien has written about music for years, and so, to mark the book’s release, we asked if he’d like to put us together an…

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Celtic Connection’s Lesley Shaw: Guest blog Pt 2

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Here’s Part 2 of our Guest Blog by Lesley Shaw, Producer at Celtic Connections, one of the busiest women in the business, it’s a great read. Thanks Lesley, we don’t know how you found the time!

Lesley after a couple of drams and a hoolie

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Celtic Connection’s Lesley Shaw: Guest blog

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We’re hugely grateful to Lesley Shaw, Producer at Celtic Connections, one of the busiest women in the business, for writing a guest blog for us. Here’s Part 1 — it’s a great read. Thanks Lesley, we don’t know how you found the time! Lesley…

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Stories from the Ballroom: Dancing Fools by Alison Irvine

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Ahead of the publication of the limited edition book Barrowland Ballads in March 2019, we have a wonderful guest blog from Alison Irvine accompanied by photographs by Chris Leslie and drawings by Mitch Miller, together they are the award-winning artists Recollective. Photograph by Chris…

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From The Port To The Bridge: a retrospective exhibition of Thomas Leer & Robert Rental

A retrospective exhibition of the work of Port Glasgow-born electronic musicians Thomas Leer (Thomas Wishart) and the late Robert Rental (Robert Donnachie) two of Scotland’s finest, but less well known, musicians has opened in Greenock. From The Port To The Bridge is showing at the Beacon Arts Centre until the 29th October (free entry), the…

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Guest Informant Tommy Reckless on 40 Odd Years Of The Fall

We’ve given our guest informant, Tommy Reckless, free range to tell you about the current crowdfunder for his book 40 Odd Years of the Fall, which comes to an end next week. We’d really like to help him get ahead, read on to find out how you can too… Read More »

Happy Birthday and Farewell, Song, By Toad

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Here at Edinburgh Music Tours, we like to big up the city’s grassroots music movers and shakers and one of the scene’s most passionate advocates is Matthew Young of Song, By Toad Records. This small but mighty independent label has charted and championed some of the best sounds to emerge from Edinburgh and beyond over…

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Justin Currie on Del Amitri’s return to Edinburgh Castle

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Del Amitri are back in action next month with three Scottish gigs. They play Edinburgh Castle on the 21st of July and then two nights at the Barrowlands in Glasgow on the 28th and 29th of July. In this interview, Justin Currie explains what they have been up to. Del Amitri went on hiatus for thirteen…

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