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.. Babbity’s remaining summer date 29th August, 7-9pm.  Monday’s 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 1 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 Sometime over the summer/autumn we hope – another couple of workshops – one practicing dance sets, one making up some more sets from the leftover orphan tunes?

27th August 2016 –  Dram, Glasgow our wee local Gathering.  Come along play some tunes with some friends.  All welcome but please book  – see post below.

11 September 2016 – Invited back to play at Ben Lomond Clanscape, Ardess Lodge, Rowardennan. If interested, please contact Midge nets will be provided!  Interest so far – Stevie, Valerie, David,  Maureen (tbc), Craig, Ali S….

1st October 2016  – Ham and Jam event Carluke – playing a few sets details to be confirmed sometime between 11am and 8pm.

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.


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


Bold = paid

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

Possible day out hillwalking

June 22, 2016 by

I was thinking of organising a day out on the hills, possibly weekend of 9th or 16th July

Would anyone be interested?  – email me.

Was thinking of the Annoch Eagach Ridge, about a 10km walk.


Men’s 10k and Scratchy Noises 6th Birthday

June 19, 2016 by

As part of the official entertainment for the Men’s 10k each year we pitched our tent on Glasgow Green near the 8k mark.


Very impressed with all the runners most of who had enough energy left to give us waves and smiles and some even threw in a highland fling or jig.


After a few jaunty tunes the birthday party commenced.


Well done runners and players.  A great morning’s work.

Great Day Out at Muirhead Gala

June 18, 2016 by

What a great day.  Welcoming folk and lovely cakes at the Masonic Club, lovely audience at the Chilterns Care Home, and the best percussionists ever at the Bowling Club then sunning ourselves outside with our beer.

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Mens 10k 19th June

June 10, 2016 by

At 8k mark playing c1015-1115.  We will get there c0915 to put tent up. A blue tent. Couple of helpers always welcome. Tunes to follow but very much the usual stuff.  So far:





Please see the 18th June blog post for Muirhead gala – we will pick from the same play list with a focus on the jauntier tunes.

18th June Muirhead Gala – Small Group

June 10, 2016 by

Hello All,

Various venues c1130-5pm with plenty of breaks.  Approx agenda subject to change.

1145 – 1245 Masonic Hall

1245-1345 Lunch (parade and speech outside c1pm)

1400-1430 Chilterns Care Home

1445-1545 Bowling Club

Not expecting to play outside but we might do if it is dry or there is a call off on a stage slot.

Draft  Play List for Muirhead Gala 18th June 2016 – please let me know if you want to suggest additions/amends.  We will probably not play all of these.  Probably focus on slower ones in the morning and do the dancy ones at the Bowling Club.

Who is playing?

Mel(Mandola), Frances, Davie (guitars), Neil, Sandra, Valerie, Ali E (fiddles).


Apols to others who showed interest but we need to keep a smallish group so I have a wait list.


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