Forthcoming Dates

September 22, 2013 by


Welcome to our Site

See the links to the right to get tune books

Join Our Informal Practices


When the college term is on we meet at Glasgow Kelvin College Monday’s c730-930pm (there is a slow session c645-730pm)

When college holidays are on we meet at Babbity Bowster Monday nights upstairs 7-9pm.

Next Day Booked: TBC


Once a month at Carol’s brother’s house West End.  Next practice 7-9pm, Thursday 6 December.  Please contact for address if you don’t know where it is and to let her know if you will be going along.

Sign up for a Performance or Event

Will be adding another date soon for a day of newish or rusty tunes.

Sunday 18th November 2018 – Greenbank Christmas Fair 11-3.30. Anyone interested, please let Alison know. So far – Carol, Mel, Frances, Allan, Christine, Sandra, Alison. Now full, but if interested  please let Alison know as it may be poss to operate a rota.

31st January 2019 – Blawarthill ‘Burns Bite’ 7pm background music, wee bite at 730pm, more background music after food. Auld Lang Syne at end.

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




Day Hiking 11th Nov

November 3, 2018 by


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Well we survived!

Walk 38 – Ayrshire Coastal Path: Dunure to Ayr (6.7 miles)

The Ayr weather, it turned out was not kind to us after all, which was a shame. But it is Scotland and perhaps should be accustomed to it. It didn’t dampen our spirits and we ploughed ahead anyway.

The scenery en route was rugged as expected with some lovely views over the water and inland. A few difficult spots to traverse including some larger stiles. But with some helping hands we all managed to traverse safely.

I for one, even with damp undergarments, thoroughly enjoyed our first foray into the Ayrshire countryside. Hopefully they may be more. At the end of the walk we retired to the local cafe for some feel good food, some warmth and some light blether and banter, which seemed a fitting way to end the morning.

Thank you everyone who came along. If we go another one this winter, all welcome…



Support Your Fellow Scratchers

October 31, 2018 by

Hello All,

Please come along to the Bearsden Fiddler’s Rally 17th November in Milngavie (train station adjacent).

A number of your fellow scratchers are in the orchestra.

I can get yout tickets just email me how many you want – £10 includes a glass of wine and a large % of our money goes to a charity donation each year.  This year the charity is to use music to help children in deprived areas:




Halloween at Holmwood House

October 28, 2018 by

Scratchy came up trumps again, some fantastic costumes – I’ll need to start a competition for best dressed! We had an absolute blast today playing at Holmwood House which was inundated with visitors, one or two even participating in our music making. We even got some applause – a great day out and thanks to the staff and volunteers at Holmwood who looked after us and for the lovely scones. The house looked fabulous too, it was terrifying!  Enjoy the pics!


Good Practice Today

October 13, 2018 by

Thank you for hosting us Frances.


We got through some new tunes.

For next time:

Campbells Farewell to Red Gap in G and D – latter avail on GFW slow session site

Lucky Scaup – last tune on a Tribute to Jimmy Shand

Fergie McDonald Jigs – Stornoway Jig and Jig Runrig

Mo Dhachaid – last tune on the Gaelic Waltz set

All in the new prototype set book four on this page:

Except Campbells Farewell to Red Gap In D which can be found here:

There are some other tunes in this prototype book that we will do thereafter but if you are eager take a look at Waltz for Kylin and Inisheer set and we will add it at next learning session.

Is 3 or 4 Nov any use to tackle the above?

Tunes at Frances 13/10/18

October 5, 2018 by


Tunes 1130-1600.

Apparently some soup on the go but feel free to bring some food or nibbles if you have a preference.

Mitchell, Dad, Frances, Mel, David, Valerie, Allan S, Tom F, Sandra, Alison, Neil, Dave, Janice, maybe Carol and Alastair later….probably full but please email Frances if you want to join in as there may be cancellations or more space….

Address sent by email.   Not got it?  Email:

Let’s include a go at:

Sweet Maid of Glendaruel, Corriechoilles 43rd Welcome.., Campbells Farewell to Redgap

A Tribute to Jimmy Shand

Fergie McDonald Jigs

Gaelic Waltzes

All in tune prototype book 4 on this page

Ear players – we will go through these a bit at a time but feel free to swot up by finding recordings.  If there is one you can’t find let me know if you need it to try before next sat.

Jam and Ham

September 29, 2018 by

Thank you to all who turned out on a very cold day.  Your playing brought cheer to the day.

We enjoyed the hot coffee and rolls and the variety of other bands too.

Got any more photos?



Extra Curriculum Activities – Walk?

September 25, 2018 by

Hello, there

11 Nov seems to be a popular date, so we will go with that.

Will wait and see what the weather forecast says a week or so prior, before deciding on a destination etc. But if weather bad, we can more or less have a short walk and go for lunch or something similar….maybe wait and do the outdoor stuff in summer next year 🙂

Confirm details nearer time…


Hi, would anyone be interested in putting their music away for the day and doing something different instead, either a walk or a night out, if a good break can be found in the weather one weekend?

Davin D Fernandez suggested he fancies walking parts of  the Ayreshire Clyde Coastal Path

or perhaps one of these other possibilities:-

Cumbia – a wee walk/ cycle

Loch Ard

Loch Katrine,


Anyone interested give me a shout below, ta…Neil

Possible Dates (I’m very flexible, but if you can select a preference and where you would like to go that would make things easier – otherwise I’ll just choose).

  •  5 Oct (Good Weather Forecast)
  • 6 Oct (Good Weather Forecast)
  • 21 Oct
  • 29 Oct
  • Any Nov

I’ve added a Doodle with the options listed above so we can track who can make it on each day



If anyone knows of anything interesting to do in case the weather turns bad please post, or if it looks much better, we may do that instead. Thank you…

If we choose Millport Frances, I’ll share a Tandem with you so should still be fun…


Quiz Night 14th Sept

September 3, 2018 by

Where: Chryston Bowling Club, Chryston
When: 7.00pm, Friday 14th September
Team size: You can have up to 6 people in a team
Tickets: Cost is £4.00 per ticket 

Anyone fancy making up a team?  Let me know ASAP and I will try to get tickets.


Team so far: Neil, Frances, Davie, Valerie, Allan….  Room for 1 more if anyone wants to join us.

Smallpipers Collaboration

August 28, 2018 by


Anyone interested in being on a CD with the Smallpipers tunes can turn up tue 4 or 11 at National Piping Centre Otago Street 7-9pm and join the practice.

Tunes are as per Ham and Jam Set here

For next couple of weeks concentrating on Mary Scott/Mrs Hamilton Set and Galician March/Marcha Processional and Galician Jig.

Going to the practice does not commit you to play along on all the CD tracks.

More practice dates to follow.

Try some new tunes?

August 26, 2018 by

Quite a few interested so this will go ahead.  Let’s go for 1030-1300.  We can do this at our house if not too many. If larger number will find a venue.  So far going ahead at oor hoose see ya sat.


So far:  Alison, David S, Valerie, Neil, Dave F, Mel, Maureen,Allan, Ian, Frances, Dad.

Let’s go for:

Flatwater Fran

The Youngest Ancient Mariner (key to be decided we can try both)

The Conundrum/Heights of Casino

More Polkas

Irish Reels

Christchurch Cathedral

Asturian tunes

All in one of the prototype books on this page