From Govan in the West to Bridgeton in the East End, we walk upstream following the river as it flows through art and architecture, shipbuilding and trade, music and theatre, folklore and living memory, endings and beginnings... in short through the heart and soul of Glasgow itself.
From Glasgow Cathedral up to the Necropolis, from The Glasgow School of Art down to The Clydeport – this is a journey through changing times and shifting fortunes; history recorded in stone and steel, mahogany and marble.
At each stop we meet experts who bring the buildings to life.
Explore one of the world's greatest music cities. Find the basement club where Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos held his 99p nights. Discover why Glasgow is the favourite gig for musicians from Mogwai to Hue & Cry, Simple Minds to Led Zeppelin. DJ Jim Gellatly leads you to where it happens.
Discover murky histories of (in)famous comedy venues guided by our (genuinely) blind 'Professor' Jamie MacDonald and guide Harry Gooch. The Stand’s Susan Morrison and Bruce Morton share insider gossip about Frankie Boyle, Jerry Sadowitcz and other Fringe frequenters.
“We wanted to dance to the kind of music we hear in the city…” In his first despatch from West Lothian, guest blogger Davie Kelly describes the journey of discovery that led to the Hometown Social Club and a special party at the Kross Bar on 20th September. Over to Davie… In many ways West Lothian is [...]
On Clydeside Promenade author Peter Ross adds insight into changing life on the river. Here blogger Lucy Brouwer reviews the work of the award winning Glasgow journalist with a special interest in the Clyde, and how it symbolises Scotland’s character. Peter Ross surely has one of the most enviable jobs in Scottish letters. In his feature [...]
As the Clyde flows through Glasgow so it flows through the city’s art. The river banks have played host to an array of public art works inspired by the history, culture and powerful symbolism of the river, writes Lucy Brouwer. George Wyllie, the Glasgow-born artist who died in 2012, used the river in two of [...]
And so we reach the Merchant City. On our Clydeside Promenade we encountered yet another aspect of Glasgow’s hidden culture, a side of the city that it has not wanted you to know about, until recently anyway. A side which is deeply rooted in its past, buried under years of commercial development and regeneration – Glasgow’s role in [...]
Continuing the search for Glasgow’s hidden culture, it’s time to head East. Last week, we looked extensively at the work of the East End Social, a music events project run by Bridgeton based indie record label Chemikal Underground for Culture 2014. In their own words it is, “A celebration of Glasgow, its East End and the love of music that [...]
As our Clydeside Promenade audio tour clearly illustrates, Glasgow is a lively city, almost bursting at the seams with culture, particularly at the moment with many projects and events taking place across the city under and in light of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural programme. Much of the city’s story is well known – the old industrial heritage, [...]
“Glasgow has really transformed over the last 30 years, it’s a different city now from the city it used to be back in the 70s and 80s and a large part of that change has been down to the music, the culture and the art that the city is now associated with,” says Stewart Henderson, [...]
Our Clydeside Promenade audio tour explores so much of the river city’s history – but what about her-story? Over the centuries, the historical representation of women in Glasgow has been somewhat slim. Achievements have been swept beneath the metaphorical rug of history. Key women are not celebrated in the same way and to the same extent as [...]
How well do you know your city? Where do you find the best music, art, architecture or cinema in Glasgow? To test your local knowledge join us for our latest treasure hunt at the Buchanan Street Apple Store at 6pm on Thursday 24 July. Bring your iPhone or iPad and be prepared for some surprises. Welcome to the [...]
“Why, I wonder, should it feel so moving just to be here?” asks writer Peter Ross. “Well, the Clyde is not Scotland’s longest river, and it is not the most beautiful, but it is, I would say, the river which lives most vividly within the minds and imagination of the Scottish people. It carries a [...]
The buskers in Buchanan Street are tuning up for an early evening show. Sounds promising but there’s no time to stop, we’re hot footing it to the Lighthouse to get the key to the doors of Glasgow (or some of them anyway). And then give it away. We’ve been a little quiet of late [...]
“People just wanted to sing – that’s a great Glaswegian trait”. On the road from here to there, Leo Moran tells Anna Levin what it’s like to tour Scotland with Anto Thistlethwaite while the rest of the Saw Doctors take a break. Over to Anna… “Since the first time we arrived, back in the cold spring of 1989, coming [...]
After initial despair a new sense of hope is emerging as musicians and artists unite in what’s likely to be the first of many fundraisers in aid of students’ affected by the Glasgow School of Art fire, and the building itself. Take a look at the poster. It’s interesting to read that David Shrigley had felt [...]
In her first dispatch from New Zealand, our roving blogger Gemma Brown tracks down a gem of a jukebox and a hot music centre in the stunningly beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Over to Gemma… It’s been a while since we posted a Jukebox Journey, the want and need for these one time priceless gems has declined [...]
Not many people know this. Edinburgh’s poetry garden is hidden in the city centre, in the heart of Scotland’s capital. Take a moment and you will find it in that bright green breathing space between the shops, banks and offices of St Andrew Square. This weekend, poetry works its way in to Spa in the [...]
“Surely this cannot be right.” My travelling companion is not the only one looking doubtful as we emerge from a tunnel in the dark. We’ve been told the next train to Istanbul is due to arrive but where is it? More to the point, where is the platform? We join the group of backpackers, [...]