Cover Stories: Event & panel discussion


Glasgow Music City Tours is pleased to present Cover Stories, an illustrated discussion on the art of the record sleeve, as part of Merchant City Festival 2016.

Our guest panel of writers, artists and musicians will be discussing the art of the  record sleeve. We would like to extend huge thanks to; Manda Rin, Niall Smillie, Nicola Meighan and Francis Macdonald for agreeing to take part.The discussion will be chaired by Neil McGuire. Continue reading

Glasgow Music City…the Movie!

Glasgow is a great place for music. But don’t take our word for it – listen to what some of the city’s musicians have to say on the subject.

We’re pleased to introduce the first in a series of (very) short films we’ve put together, in which Glasgow musicians talk about making music and going to gigs in town.

First up is Mr Francis Macdonald – composer, label impresario behind Shoeshine Records, and drummer with popular beat combo Teenage Fanclub


For more on Francis, check out his website.

Huge thanks to the legend that is Scott Paterson, director, interviewer and general man behind the camera for all of these films.

We’ll be putting up another little video soon…watch this space! (Meanwhile, you can check out our other clips here.)

Sinatra 100 – Side One

This Saturday, December 12, marks the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth. To mark the date, we asked a rat pack of musicians, writers and other upstanding citizens to pick us out one favourite Sinatra recording and give us a word or two on why. In response, they’ve come up with an LP’s worth of tracks for us. Pour yourself whatever you’re having while we slip Side One on the Dansette… Continue reading

Guest Blogger Francis Macdonald: Part Two

Francis MacDonald

My Glasgow best venue? Well…

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Guest Blogger: Francis Macdonald

We’re delighted to welcome the first of our guest bloggers: the multi-talented FRANCIS MACDONALD – Scottish BAFTA nominated composer and songwriter, record label manager, and general music gentleman around town, who’s worked with everyone from Alex Chilton, Edwyn Collins, Belle & Sebastian and The Pastels to Kevin Ayers, Kate Rusby, Max Richter and the Cairn String Quartet. Oh aye: he plays drums in Teenage Fanclub, too.

We asked Francis what his favourite Glasgow music venue was. We’re running his answer in two parts this week. Part Two – in which Francis reveals his favourite venue, and why – is right here. Over to Francis:

Francis MacDonaldMy best Glasgow venue? Hmm. I could go for Steve Earle’s favourite venue in the world Glasgow’s Barrowland BallroomContinue reading