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: Monday 15 Oct (Confirmed).


Once a month at Carol’s brothers house West End.  Next practice 7-9pm, Thursday 1st  November. Please contact for address if you don’t know where it is.

Sign up for a Performance or Event

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

13th October 2018 – See post below

Sunday 28 October 2018 – Halloween event at NTS Holmwood House, Cathcart. Dress up and join in the spooky goings on. Playing from 12noon to 4pm. Names of those interested to Alison. Check committee list on blog for email address. So far – Mel, Allan, Tom F, Valerie, Dave, Neil, David, Alison….

Sunday 18th November 2018 – Greenbank Christmas Fair 11-3.30.


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.




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

September 25, 2018 by

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





Jam and Ham 2018

August 26, 2018 by


Here is the working play list and teams.Draft Play List for Jam and Ham 2018

Venue for Butchers yard ham and jam venue – same directions can be used to get to Carluke then find the High Street Marquee (5 mins walk from Butchers yard)


Des on the Mend

August 24, 2018 by


Just a quick note to let you all know Des is on the mend. This was a photo that has been sitting in one of my e-mail accounts since 15th August. Thanks to Catherine for sending this on sorry I took so long to find it.

I hope he has remembered to inquire about a Hospital Radio Scratchy Noises Gig and not just lazing about while he has been in there.

Good to see you looking so well and we all hope to see you back soon.



Glasgow Smallpipers Social Sunday

August 17, 2018 by

Two of the Scratchers (Mel and myself) joined the smallpipers for a wee set of tunes.

It was lovely event at the Kinning Park Complex, quite the community centre they’ve got! Had some food (pasta with haggis and mushrooms was amazing!), played a few tunes and enjoyed a few songs from the Renfrewshire Carers Choir.

Summarizing, it was a great afternoon! Thanks Donald and the Glasgow Smallpipers for the invitation, the Renfrewshire Carers Choir for the beautiful singing and all the volunteers at the community centre for their hard work!