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 college holidays are on we meet at Babbity Bowster Monday nights upstairs 7-9pm.  Currently that is Mondays up to and including 20th August.  All instruments and their owners welcome.

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


Once a month at Carol’s brothers house West End.  Next practice 7-9pm 6th September.  Please contact for address if you don’t know where it is.

Sign up for a Performance or Event

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

19th August – Smallpipers event just turn up there if you want to go. Tune book is on the Tune Books page – same tunes we have played with them before.  It says BBQ but is not – other food will be avail tho

15th September 2019 – possible booking tbc. No news yet so expect this is not going ahead…will post if get contacted.

Saturday 29th September 2018 – Ham and Jam.  1100-1150.  May be possiblity of less formal slot in a marque at bottom of high street later in day or wee session.

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.


Glasgow Smallpipers Social Sunday

August 17, 2018 by

Hi all,

Some more info about this weekend’s frolics with the pipers with small pipes.

  • Tomorrow, Saturday, 3-5pm
  • Sunday, 12pm
    • Kinning Park Complex, right beside Kinning Park Subway station.
    • Food, tea, coffee & juice will be available for a donation
    • Craft activities for kids

They would love for us to join both days. You can download their playlist here, it’s the same one we used for the Ham&Jam.


I hope to see a few of you there!

Annual General Meeting 13th August

July 22, 2018 by

The meeting took place 615pm before the usual practice.


Annual Review

Many practices, 14 gigs, 3 workshops, 3 social events.

AGM Gig and Workshop List 2017-18

Vote to continue or not – yes 


Link on right money matters is up to date accounts.

Healthy balance.

Ideas for spend:

gazebo – yes

More percussion – yes

Another CD – yes – tutor workshop possible to prepare

Record the tunes that we pay along – not so sure – discussed identifying core set of tunes for CD first then looking again at options to polish them.

Workshops with different tutors -yes –  suggested suitable tutors to committee please

– look at group as a unit

– give correction and advice to sections in a nice way

– arrangements, start, and ending of tunes

– fix not so good tunes

Practice venues and dates

Babbities great for Mondays

Monitor Monday nights at GFW

Thursday keen to keep going with monthly meet up


2 new books on blog as temp versions.  Will be edited and new tunes will be tried as a workshop before any new ones added to the blog.

Think about new tunes and what can go with them in sets.

Could we go back to more planned practice? Possibly announce tune of the week or something that will be worked on in the first half of a practice before going round the room in the second half.  Certainly can repeat tunes or do the back of book first half.  If we want to plan more ‘someone’ (maybe you?) will need to take responsibility for advertising via blog and or email what the focus will be on the next time so that those not present are aware.


New volunteers for committee

Maureen,Frances, Mel

Contact details for emergencies – Maureen will collect these and committee will check how best to store and have available where needed with relevant permissions.

Thanks to commitee for the year past.


Party at Andrew’s

July 15, 2018 by

Thanks to Andrew for inviting us to his music, dancing, gourmet food, extravaganza party.  Posse of Scratchies went along and had a fun time.

Impromptu Session at Neils 11/7/18

July 9, 2018 by

Short Notice, but if anyone wants an extra practice instead of the usual Wed one at GFW, you are welcome to come around to mine Wed 11th June 6:45-10:00. Subject to min numbers. Just email if you fancy


Forgot Footie was on, so probable turn into a Footie/Tunes night so can have a break to support England, ha.


Played in Morrison for CLIC Children’s Charity

June 30, 2018 by

Brought some smiles to the shoppers and raised £201 for CLIC Children’s Cancer charity this AM.

We debued a few Lithuanian and Serbian tunes and they worked well.

Thank you all players.


Refugee Festival 17th June 2018

June 20, 2018 by

The Glasgow Smallpipers played the Refugee Festival at Kinning Park Complex.   They invited Scratchy Noises to join them again and we fielded a drummer, guitarist, and fiddler as support.

Lovely tunes.

Happy 8th Birthday Scratchers

June 17, 2018 by

The offical band of the Men’s 10k again today.

Happy Birthday to Scratchy Noises.

Well done all runners and players.

Here is a wee video warts n all

Muirhead Gala Day

June 16, 2018 by

Torrential rain but fortunately we were indoors at the Guide Hall tea party rocking a few numbers.  Great cakes.

Had a wee time out to catch the football and a few beers then another wee set at the Bowling Club.  Thanks to Mel for standing in q for burgers.

Very impressed with the folk who were out and about weathering the …..well…weather….to see all that was going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Lochs Trail Launch.

June 11, 2018 by

Scratchy Noises were asked to play at the launch of the seven lochs trail. The centre for the event was Proven house in Auchenlee, where people could gather in the courtyard for refreshments at the Caberet style tables that were set out in the glorious sunshine. Sit back, relax and enjoy the music in the open air. Fortunately the band got there early enough that we got to pick our spot carefully in the shade or we would have been burnt to a crisp.

Due to a secret fiddle weekend (shush) there were a destinct lack of fiddles available. In fact since it was finally summer, good weather, and the weekend, there was a distinct lack of available players overall. After some last minute discussions, on return from our holiday to Islay, I spoke to Dave (Whistle) and Mel (Banjo / Fiddle) who were both mad enough to say yes to us attempting the gig with only us three.

So the Scratchy Noises “Boy Band” was born. Move over One Direction the old kids on the block are “Lost Bearings”.

We played quite a bit longer than I thought we would have, taking a relaxed meander through the tunes we knew, interspersed by some we nearly new, alongside some we had never heard of before. Mostly they went well and some of the unrehearsed ones went surprisingly well. We also had some adhoc surprises from each of us with me playing a few tunes on the bagpipes, singing a few songs. Mel playing some Irish tunes on banjo and David (Whistle) singing. Yes you heard me correctly Dave (whistle) singing.

At one point I was singing a song and out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of a very cool member of the audience, i was struggling to stifle my laughter as he had a fantastic hipster / Poirot moustache. I want one of those …


We were pre-warned by some distant thunder that the show was about to come to an end, which was timely as we were running really low on tunes, songs and dance moves at this point .

Then there were the poor people who got caught in the rain when it came on, really heavy, soaked through completely. But at least they were still smiling even when we pointed out the irony of the super dry T-shirt. He was going to take it straight back to the shop for a refund as it certainly was not super dry.

All in all we had a lovely day out. Thank you to all who made it happen.

Daffy Day, Greenbank Garden

April 15, 2018 by

A lovely day spent playing tunes at Greenbank.  One of these days I’ll actually be able to play the fiddle with a daffy hat on….no cheeky comments please! Enjoy the pics.