Forthcoming Practice 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.  Babbitys booked for 26 September, and 17 October, 7-9pm.   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 22 September at Wee Dram, 7-9pm.  £1 The £1 goes towards subsidising tutors for the group from time to time. Not sure if this is for you?  Comment below, contact the committee, or just turn, up.

Forthcoming Events  

1st October 2016  – Ham and Jam event Carluke – playing a few sets details to be confirmed 2-3pm coffee and rolls will be provided.  Invite to play coming soon once we know how many of us can go.

October 2017 Possible workshop by us for us please fill in poll to see if enough folk interested.  Please tick both dates if both possible for you.

27th January 2017 – Blawarthill Burns Supper

17th June 2017  date tbc Invited back to Muirhead Gala Day poss 3rd Sat in June.

18th June 2017 Men’s 10k and Scratchy Noises 7th birthday.

More coming soon.

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


Quiz 4th November Anyone?

September 21, 2016 by

Anyone fancy a wee night out at the Muirhead Gala Day Quiz?

4th November 7pm.  Cheap drink, pieces and nibbles.

Buses run back to city centre take about 15 mins.

Scratchy Noises Team/s?


Ham and Jam 1st October

September 20, 2016 by

Hello All,

Looking for some volunteers who are happy to play on a stage for Jam and Ham 2016

There are various things on we can enjoy when not playing.  We will be on stage 2-3pm and rolls and sausage and coffee will be provided.

More details here ham-and-jam-more-details

We can use the playlist here as a base

Volunteers so far:  John L, Catherine, Neil, David, Valerie, Brian – room for another fiddle or maybe another instrument that plays melody – mandolin, whistle for example.

Any questions please ask

Clanscape, Ben Lomond

September 12, 2016 by

We played music at the foot of Ben Lomond on the West Highland Way treating walkers and joggers to our very own brand of traditional music which included the wasp dance, a form of highland fling with a lot of bow flicking.  A variety of ancient skills were demonstrated at the event, with our favourite being home made oatcakes, and broth cooked on the fire at Ardess Lodge, and then scoffed by us! Thanks to Alasdair and the team at Ardess for their kindness and hospitality in particular putting up and taking down the gazebo, which was done in a flash, it was much appreciated. Enjoy the pics below, we had lots of fun. And yes, we all fell for Peppy, the wee cockapoo pictured below. And we raised £40 in donations which will go towards footpath repairs at Ben Lomond.






Proposed New Tunes

August 28, 2016 by


We tried some of these tunes at our event on Saturday and hoping to add them to the list in a few weeks to give those who want to practice themselves time to do so. The music can currently be found in the booklet from the event and most of the tunes are readily found on YouTube etc.


We don’t usually add a load of new tunes so don’t worry – we will try to play them slowly first few times and leave adding many more new tunes until early 2017.


Wee Gathering

August 27, 2016 by

Fun day today.  Loads of friends, loads of tune, well looked after by staff at Dram.

We sent off a donation to Nigel Gatherer.

Thanks to all who came along and helped make the day so great.image image

AGM Mon 22nd August 615pm Babbity Bowster

August 20, 2016 by


Annual Review


We also played a gig on 19th August in the Bull Inn Paisley.

Finances – £1250 balance.  See Money Matters link on right for details.

Planned expenditure – gazebo, projector, hall hire for dance playing practice and testing PA gear, tutored session, wee shaky things, donation to N Gatherer music site.  This money belongs to the group so any suggestions please let the committee know.

Vote to continue group for another year or not – unanimous to run for further year

Committee ‘election’ – re – elected – other members willing to take ad hoc tasks

Practice Venues and Dates – Mon at College and Babbity’s outwith term time, Dram thur once a month, sometimes ad hoc at members houses.  No plans to change at present.

27th August event

Lead tunes – Valerie, Alison, Stevie

Raffle – Alison

Tech – Davie

Breaks – Stevie

Looking for a few more volunteers for 11th September event Near Ben Lomond.

Music book and sets

Still need to tidy tunes, chords, web page.  Davie, Stevie to chat re chords and arrange updates with Niel.  Davie will archive old tunes.  Davie will ask Niel of can share the workload of tune uploads.

New tunes feel free to suggest ideally as  sets and we will put on a wait list of tunes but be aware we do not bulk add tunes as we have some homework to do first on existing tunes.


Suggestion to play at Erskine again.  Stevie will investigate.

Thanks to everyone for keeping the group going.

Pub Night

August 19, 2016 by

Played at the Bull Inn Paisley tonight.



Greenbank – 40th Anniversary Event

August 6, 2016 by


A good wee day playing at Greenbank today. Our music was received well and even when we speeded up we all managed to play together. Enjoyed the pipe band and dancers too. Shame the rain came through in the end but I think a good day was had by all despite it. Thanks to Gb staff who looked after us, sandwiches and choc brownies were great.

A Wee Gathering 27th August

July 30, 2016 by

Scratchy Noises Wee Gathering 27-08-16 Booklet

As some of you many know our friend Nigel Gatherer has been off work for a few months.


We are hosting a small event and plan to send any profit to Nigel in honour of all the help he has given us in our musical adventures. As he is self-employed and has been unable to work for a few months we thought this would be a fitting gesture.

The event will be informal 1130-1630 at Dram, Woodlands Road.

Light lunch will be included in the entry fee of £10 and a full meal menu will be available if anyone wants to purchase something more.

Neil has again produced a very stylish, high quality book of all the tunes for the day in PDF format Scratchy Noises Wee Gathering 27-08-16 Booklet.

The entry fee will also enter you in a raffle to win a Scratchy Noises hoody.  If anyone wants to bring other donations for prizes please let me know or just bring them along – if we are overwhelmed we can hold some back for a future event.

Please email me if you want to book a space.

Who’s in? Valerie, Davie, Christine, Carol, Alistair, Stevie, Derek, Alison Sh, Catherine, John L, Niel B, Frances, Alison S, John O, Deirdre, Mel, Cath McL, Neil A, Brian, Jim K, Sandra, Allan



Dram 31/7/17 – GFW Mixed Instrument Classes summer session

July 20, 2016 by


The mixed instrument classes are holding a summer session in the Dram, 31th July 2-4pm

They have kindly invited any of us to attend if we fancy a few tunes.

They have also send a tune list which I’ve attached, also gives us an idea of what others are playing, so of some interest.



Mixed instrument Tune List June 2016