Guest Blogger Peter Ross

When Glasgow Music City Tours began our guest blog slot, one of Scotland’s very best feature writers, the award winning Peter Ross, graciously allowed us to post some of his writing about Glasgow. A six time winner at the Scottish Press Awards, Peter was recently shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2015.

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We’d like to share again  Luigi Corvi, a wonderful portrait from Peter’s brilliant collection Daunderlust: Dispatches from Unreported Scotland. This piece has a particular relevance for Glasgow Music City Tours, as we’ll be sure to point out Luigi’s chippy, The Val D’Oro, on our Merchant City Music guided tour, which takes in the Merchant City, Barrowland Ballroom, and other points east. Our thanks also to Robert Davidson of Sandstone Press, for allowing us to use this essay. We heartily recommend Daunderlust and it’s available to buy here. It’s a fantastic read,it’s  a fantastic listen, as an audiobook read by the great Robbie Coltrane. Over to Peter…


There’s a guy works down the chip shop you’d swear was Pavarotti. His name, in fact, is Luigi Corvi. He is 53 years old, weighs 25 stone, and runs Val D’Oro, an old-fashioned chippy at Glasgow Cross. Continue reading

Glasgow Music City Tours raffle for Nordoff-Robbins Scotland

Our Merchant City Festival tours kick off this Sunday, each ending with a free gig in Mono. We’ve decided to take the opportunity to try and raise some funds for the excellent Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.

We have some lovely donations for a raffle — a selection pictured below — from our friends and musical partners in the city and beyond. We will also have a bright red collection bucket if you can possibly spare the change.

A very big thank you to:, Anne Ward, Peter Ross, Monorail, Britannia Panopticon, Banchory, Polygon Publishers, Tunnocks and Chemikal Underground. Glasgow Music City Tours will add a gift voucher for a walking tour for two in each raffle.

If you would like to contribute to the raffle, there’s still just about time and you can contact us at

This Sunday our walk will end with a free gig in Mono (around 4.30pm) by Miracle Strip.DSC00692