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Freedom to roam Glasgow music city

“I wander inside, passing the ‘famous jukebox’, and am persuaded to enter the bathroom.” So writes Alan Tennie, one of the most inquiring reviewers of the Glasgow Music Tour to date. He’s clearly not a man to take a short cut.  […]

The mystery of Paisley

‘Unravelling the air of enigma could be what gets Paisley the UK City of Culture Title in 2021.’ Edinburgh student Tess Mallinder Heron visits Paisley for the first time and finds a place of mysterious contrasts. […]

Saw Doctors return to Glasgow

  They’re back! Glasgow rocked in a rapturous welcome to the Saw Doctors after three years apart. Writer Anna Levin was there at the O2 Academy for ‘a kind of homecoming’. […]

For Manchester, London and love of life

‘Singing louder, prouder now than cities twice the size, as twenty thousand voices strong, we sing a single song.’ Two years ago Tony Walsh wrote and performed We Are Manchester for the twentieth anniversary of the [...]

Seeding success: a new Paisley pattern

Tread softly on the way to Paisley Town Hall; it’s a journey threaded with names of the stuff that made a great civic centre. Here’s Gauze Street crossing the canal. Turn right at Abbey Place just before the road divides between Lawn Street and Cotton Street. And pause. […]

Help keep live music alive

Where were you between the hours of 12 noon on March 9 and March 10?   No, that’s not a question from a police enquiry, but your answer could contribute to vital information affecting life – or the life of live music – around you. […]

Come All You Dreamers

As Christy Moore returns to one of his favourite haunts, The Barrowlands in Glasgow this evening, performing once again for a sell-out crowd in 'the grand auld hall', our guest blogger Anna Levin offers some insight...

Five good reasons for walking to work (and play)

What makes a Walking City? To be honest, getting fit was not the reason we created our audio walking tours but we soon discovered how quickly you can clock up the miles when you are following a good story. […]

Introducing Doctor When, Walking Heads Time Lord

Celebrating our fifth anniversary we’re on a mischievous journey back in time. Meet Doctor When who juggles a few ‘alternative facts’ about Robert Plant and his parting gift to Glasgow Apollo – though one of them is true.  But which one? […]

Back to the future with the Clay Pipe Factory

So we reach the final member of the cast of A Brisk Walk. The story of the Clay Pipe Factory makes a happy ending for our tour of buildings at risk. Or, perhaps we should say, a happy new beginning.  […]

Peacock’s Tea Room: disappearing Art Deco

Ready for a cup of tea?   Seventy or eighty years ago we might have popped into Peacock’s Tearoom, in Glasgow’s Trongate.  Will we get there before the Art Deco building disappears? […]

Brutally beautiful: will Typographical House survive?

To the river.  On the way to the fourth star of A Brisk Walk we pass symbols of the Glasgow that has all but disappeared.  Can Typographical House take advantage of the tide that has turned? […]