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 – 26 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.

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

Forthcoming Events

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.

Saturday 30 September 2017 – timetable tbc. Invited back to play at Jam and Ham event, Carluke. Will take names of those interested nearer the time once we know what is planned.


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

9th July – Invite to Play Along/Session

June 27, 2017 by

Hi All,
Andrew who joined us to play at the church in Carluke is hosting a play along on 9th July starting circa 2pm.  Turn up any time after 1pm.

Working on some dances – here is the list ceilidhDances .  I’ve also uploaded a copy of Sleep Soond as it got truncated on my printout.  You may have a better match that you want to bring some copies of. Sorry I do not have time to search for but sure we can share on the day if need be.  Thereafter some general playing/session type things going on.  Food and drink will be available.

2 Sharnotshields ML29PH

Email Andrew direct if you want to confirm if you are going or ask questions/have problems with doc etc – don’t comment here or email me – I might not have internet access  –


Hope to see some of you there.

Men’s 10k and Scratchy Noises 7th Birthday

June 18, 2017 by

Grand morning out at Glasgow Green playing for 1000’s of runners.  Loved how many had time for a jig, wave or thumbs up.  Well done the runners and players.

Finished off with the usual champagne (appletise) and cake.

Muirhead Gala Day

June 17, 2017 by

Groovy day out playing at Mason’s hall with Grand Master Neil then bowling club.

Muirhead Gala Day and Men’s 10k 2017

May 24, 2017 by

Hello All,


Room for a couple 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, Frans

Meet at the Mason’s Hall, Lindsaybeg Road 11am.

Bus x3, x37, x39 from Buchanan street bus station stop right next to the park where the gala is and takes about 10-15 mins from buchanan street.

Bring the playlist linked on this post

We can decide who does intros etc on the day so if you have any favourites you want to do we can share them out.

Should be done by 5.  Hang about for a drink with us if you wish.

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

Meet roughly as marked below ready to play c1000 or 0915 to help set up.  Bring pegs – if dry and not windy we will play al fresco.  If not will pitch tent nearby. Playlist subset of above from Gala day.

Please email me if you are interested/need more info.

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