Forthcoming Dates

September 22, 2013 by

Babbity Bowster, Glasgow

Mondays outwith GFW term dates (see below) upstairs at  7-9pm.  £1. Parking on the street is usually free after 6pm.  Next dates – 29 May, 19 June to 21 August 2017  Mondays when GFW classes take place we will be meeting at John Wheatley East End Campus, 2 Haghill Road, G31 3SR.  For GFW class schedule see

The Dram, Woodlands Road, Glasgow,  Thursday practice roughly once a month. Next date 3rd August 2017 8-10pm £1 The £1 goes towards subsidising tutors for the group from time to time.

Anyone want to host a thur practice one day in June or July?

Not sure if this group is for you?  Comment below, contact the committee, or just turn, up.

Forthcoming Events

17th June 2017  Invited back to Muirhead Gala Day.  See seperate post.

18th June 2017 Invited back as the Men’s 10k band and Scratchy Noises 7th birthday.  See seperate post.

July/Aug – AGM date tbc

Saturday 9 September 2017 – timetable tbc. Invited back to play at NTS Clanscape event, Rowardennan. Will take names of those interested nearer the time.

If you want to organise another practice or event and advertise it here  let us know.

Muirhead Gala Day and Men’s 10k 2017

May 24, 2017 by

Hello All,


Looking for a few more melody players to play in a small group at Muirhead Gala day 17th June 2017 roughly 11-4.  Who is in?  Neil, Valerie, Davie, Dave, Mel


Also Men’s 10k 18th June roughly 10-12 – all welcome for this one any instrument mix, any experience.  Who’s in? Davie, Valerie, Frances, Dave, Mel

Please email me if you are interested – please don’t assume I will check comments but email as away quite a bit next week or so.

Good Practice Today

April 29, 2017 by

Polished up a few tunes.  Tried a wee french reel.

Only got pics of the monkey’s tea party.

Thank you all for your patience and tolerance.


Good Wee Gig Today

April 22, 2017 by

Lovely wee gig today at Blawarthill Church.  All went well.  Thanks to everyone who played.  Soup, pieces and cake were great.


Background Music – Coffee Morning 22nd April

April 13, 2017 by

Hello All,


Blawarthill Church are having a fund raiser on 22nd April.  11.30-2pm.  I am looking for a small group to do some background music and be fed lunch.

Who is in?  Alison S, Valerie, Des, Davie, Mel, Ian, Dave, John S.

Event full.  Let know if you want to be on reserve list.

Tune list – please just say if you don’t want intros and we can amend accordingly Play List for Burns Night Blawarthill Church 22 April 2017


Survey about Playing in a Group

April 4, 2017 by


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No Street Party Band this time :-(

March 17, 2017 by
Hi Neil

Thanks so much for your interest in the Encontro street band festival, and apologies to have kept you waiting so long for a definitive answer. After the disappointment of failing in our main funding bid, we are now delighted to be able to announce (finally!) that the Encontro is going ahead! Merchant City Festival are providing a small amount of funding, allowing us to stage a scaled-down version of our original plans – and allowing us to invite key street bands to the event and celebrate SambaYaBamba’s 20th birthday!
Sadly, we’re now quite restricted in what we can include in the programme due to reduced funds. We won’t be able to offer Scratchy Noises any performance opportunities this time round. However, seeing as you guys are local it would be great if you can attend the weekend, come and say hi and enjoy the programme of fantastic street bands from all over the UK that will be on offer throughout Sat and Sunday afternoons in the Merchant City.
Sorry it’s not better news – but stay in touch and we’ll keep you posted with plans for a 2018 event.
Warm regards

Encontro Scotland @ Merchant City Festival

Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd July 2017

Big Practice Day Blawarthill

March 10, 2017 by

Hi Folks,

Big practice day 29th April c11-4.  Tea and coffee will be provided. Bring your own lunch/bring some snacks or cakes fo sharing.  Cost £1.  No discounts 😉

Please let me know asap if you want to come along.

Tunes and music (note Neil and Davie are sorting out the books but in the meantime if you don’t have all the tunes already you can find the ones for the practice day below)

Virginia Reel Set – from here:

Gaelic Waltz’s

Swedish Masquerade set 32 from this book:

Dashing White Sargent/Colgrave Sound/Spootiskerry/Dashing White Sargent. Set 13 from here: plus Dashing White Sargent from:

Polka – John Cliffords/Little Diamond set 23 from this book:

Crossing the Minch set 34 from this book:

Tongadale Reel set 30 from this book:

Please bring your music books in case we have time for more and be prepared to share with friends who might not have specific tunes.

Who is interested? Valerie, Davie, Mel, Frances, Neil, John S, Des, Sandra, Alistair, Carol, Alistair H, Alison S, Gary S, Dave, Janet, Allan

Possible New Tune Set

March 9, 2017 by

Hi Folks,

At one of our recent gigs we were asked for gaelic waltz music.  Here is a set with harmony parts.  I have asked Irene McLaren and she has ok’d us using this.  We can try this at our forthcoming day of practice in April possibly 8th at Blawarthill tbc.  BEA141 2 pages Gaelic Waltzes


Frances Birthday 12th March

March 7, 2017 by

Hello All,

Here is more info:

Cawder Sunday 12th March 11.30-4.00

Soup and sandwiches will be served at 12. There is a bar adjacent to the hall. And food can be ordered if required throughout the day.

Any problems with directions contact Frances by email or phone 0141 772 4687

One tip!!! When you come over the canal bridge drive straight on.

Everyone welcome!. Whose coming so far?

Nigel who is leading and directing us in this fun day and will bring us together.

Scratchy Noises Valerie, David, Mitchell, Neil, Stevie, Alison S, Christine, Sandra, Carol, Alistair, Mel, Des, Cath, John, John, John, Janice.

Shoogelele Douglas, Annette, Mae, Jacquie, Michelle, Margaret, Jane, Rosellen, Ken,

Introduction Both bands should bring their play books and will introduce themselves by playing three tunes that everyone can join in with if they wish.


Hello Mary Lou

Dream Lover

Teenager in Love



Midnight on the Water/Margaret’s Waltz

Everyone please sing!!!!! when Shoogelele play and song sheets with chords will be available where possible. This will be a fun day Nigel will guide us through it. Have a joke ready too.

Other tunes we might play:


I belong to Glasgow

Rowan Tree

Milltimber Jig

Kate Martin’s Waltz

Scotland the Brave/Barnyards of Dalgety/Scotland the Brave

Songs Shoogelele might lead on from their Song Book

Moon Medley By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Tin Pan Alley Medley Five Foot Two, All of Me, Yes Sir That’s My Baby

Deadwood Stage

Lets all enjoy the day!!!!

The venue is:

Cawder Golf Club, Cadder Road, Glasgow G64 3QD
Phone: 0141 761 1280

Plenty of parking.

Please let Frances know if you want to join this event

Carluke High Mill Event Report

March 5, 2017 by

Thank you to all who joined the fund raising gig last night.   A good audience turn out and a good sum raised for the restoration project.  Once I know more will post here.

Lovely venue, lovely people.