From Bremen to Melbourne and home!

So it has been two months since we provided an update on the Glow Arts adventures and it has been eventful as ever!

We had a really successful trip to Jazzahead! in Bremen with our new project Jazz from Scotland where we were promoting Scottish jazz and the sector to delegates from across the world. The conference has sparked some new potential partnerships and concert opportunities for Scottish Musicians. To keep up with the project check out the website

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Jennifer is working with Glasgow Jazz Festival again this year, the festival was launched on International Jazz Day on the 30th April and kicks off in just 11 days time! Five days of some of the most fantastic Jazz music starts on the 24th June until 28th June. Check out the website for more details & Tickets. We can highly recommend Phil O’Malley’s Threadneedle which is the Glasgow based Trombonists first solo project featuring Steve Hamilton, Calum Gourlay, Graeme Stephen and John Lowrie.

Last month seen us take the very difficult decision to wrap up the Glow Arts Presents concert series, over the past few years we have had the great pleasure of bringing some amazing acts to Glasgow and seeing them build new audiences. However it has been a significant commitment both in terms of time and financial risk for the Glow Arts team which was sadly no longer sustainable due to the low number of people buying tickets in advance for shows. We will still be doing the occasional show just not on the scale we had been. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our audiences that have supported us so far! 2015-06-02 11.23.27

Jennifer is just back from an amazing trip to Melbourne, Australia and the National Celtic Folk Festival in Portarlington in her role as Board Member for Feis Rois. Feis Rois has developed a cultural exchange with the festival and has been taking the organisations young Ceilidh Trail musicians over for the past three years alongside a professional musician, this year The Duplets, to do a programme of workshops, community concerts, collaborations with young Australian musicians and perform at the festival. In addition, Jennifer was also able to launch the fantastic Hands up for Trad project – FolkWaves to the Australian market!

We were also delighted to return to find out that we had been awarded funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative host a Youth Music Symposium. We wish to create a new network of musicians & music tutors that live or work in the East End of Glasgow, provide them with a one day event that will provide them with new skills and inspiration that will enable them to deliver high quality music activities to young people in the area. If your interested in finding out more then sign up to our mailing list here.

Henry & Fleetwood In-store and Family Friendly Concerts

We’ve had a busy week at Glow Arts after the move of office. We headed down to Gateshead Jazz festival last week with Glasgow Jazz Festival, for the Europe Jazz Network ‘Take the Green Train’. It was a one day seminar with Julie’s Bicycle looking sustainable environmental practice for festivals. Some interesting conversations and developments happening in this area, gave Glow Arts lots to think about in terms of our events and work.

We then were back to Glasgow for The Braw Wee Emporium’s latest in-store event with great new duo Henry & Fleetwood to celebrate the launch of their debut EP on Olive Grove Records. The duo use Glow Arts HQ to write and rehearse their music on a weekly basis. It was a gorgeous afternoon with the space filled with folk and lots of families to see the gig. The EP was officially launched today and is available to buy in The Braw Wee Emporium.

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For a good while now we have been speaking to friends and colleagues about hosting some family friendly concerts, so many of our musician friends have quite young families and finding it difficult to get to as many high quality gigs as they use to, and also want to expose their wee ones to great music at as young an age as possible. So we’ve decided to try to fill this gap in the market and are carrying out some market research. We’ve created a survey monkey to find out what you would like to see at a Family Friendly gig and what we need to take into consideration. You can complete the survey here and it closes on the 30th April, so help spread the word. 

Cheers for now,


Hands up for Trad’s Business Limelight Award & New Premises

April has already been a very eventful month and we are only four days in!

Glow Arts is honoured to be awarded the Hands up for Trad’s Business Limelight Award which was established to recognise outstanding contributions made by business and organisations who contribute, shape and influence the arts and cultural sector of Scotland. We are the twentieth business to receive the award and you can read our interview with Hands up for Trad here. Sorry it is so long but there is a lot happening!



We have also moved offices in our normal whirlwind fashion! Our fantastic landlords at BAaD approached us earlier this week to see if we might be interested in a bigger space that had become vacant after noticing that we were rapidly running out of space due to all the lovely The Braw Wee Emporium Stock. So we viewed the unit on Tuesday and moved on Friday, and back trading today. The new unit, which is just across the courtyard with the main entrance on Stevenson Street, gives us almost double the space with more floor space downstairs, storage and more desk space on the mezzanine levels. This will allow us to accommodate a wider variety of activities including workshops, gigs, meetings, rehearsals etc. and the amount of stock we can take for the Emporium of Folk, Jazz and Acoustic music and products from Scottish Designers and Makers. Watch this space for more info in the near future once we’ve settled in.

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Hope your all having a fantastic Easter Weekend!



Jellyman’s Daughter support Blue Rose Code, Instore with Martin & Fleetwood and Jazzahead!


That was a quick March…..not sure where it disappeared to. We have been busy working away in the background on a variety of projects and gigs….even squeezed in a wee holiday to Berlin!

First up a few Glow Arts Presents announcements

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  • The fantastic Buille featuring Niall & Caoimhín Vallely are coming back to Glasgow appearing at the Drygate Brewery on the 28th May. Tickets £12/£10. Over 18s only.
  • The Braw Wee Emporium (Glow Art’s very own record and gift shop) is hosting another instore on the 12th April, to celebrate the launch of their EP at the evening before at Glad Cafe. Perfect opportunity to catch them if you can’t make the evening, child friendly and you get to support a local business too.


We were also delighted to find out that we have been awarded funding from Creative Scotland to be able to attend Jazzahead! in Bremen and host a ‘Jazz from Scotland’ stand. This is a partnership with Glasgow Jazz Festival, UNESCO City of Music and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to promote the Scottish Jazz Sector to an International audience, make new links with artists and promoters from across the world. Watch this space for more details.

Folk Alliance & One Year at Glow Arts HQ

Last week I had the great pleasure of being asked to go to Folk Alliance International in Kansas City to promote Hands up for Trad‘s latest project FolkWaves (see our last post for more details). The aim of the trip was to raise the profile of the project, encouraging radio stations and presenters to sign up for the service. The Conference was like none I had ever been to before, taking place between two hotels with seminars, trade fairs and receptions during the day, official showcases in the evening and then late evening bedrooms and suites being used on three floors of one hotel for showcase gigs between 10pm-3am. There were hundreds of acts playing in tiny spaces acoustically to bigger suites with PAs and lights – I’ve never seen so many double basses in one place in my life!

Although I travelled alone to the conference and knew only a couple of people I’d met before who were also attending, it wasn’t long before I made some new pals….in fact right at the start of the first reception, a lovely lady came straight over to me and said Fiona Dalgetty (Feis Rois in Dingwall) said I’d to find you! The lady was Una McAlinden from the National Celtic Festival and Folk Alliance Australia. Our world is very small and even smaller when you work in music. These connections continued as I went along to the various seminars and showcases, meeting agent and managers of musicians I’d worked with through the Glow Arts gigs or Celtic Connections – even bumping into some musicians that had just played at the festival.

The showcases were overwhelming with so much music to see – there was only one representative from Scotland who I didn’t even manage to catch because the programme was so full. However I did come home with a bag full of new CDs and favourites that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks. But to get started here a fantastic young band called Oh Pep! – they got my attention straight away before I had even heard a note (or realised they were a band). When I arrive in my hotel room on the 25th Floor I looked out of the window to admire the view and snow (it was -13 degrees celsius when I arrived) and they had come up with this bit of nifty advertising.



Tomorrow sees us celebrate a year to the day from when we got our keys to Glow Arts HQ at BAaD and two years since I left my full-time role at Creative Scotland. It has been a really busy year with many challenges for the business and personally, however overall it has been a great success and I would like to thank everyone who has supported each of the projects, new directions and call out for helps. We will be having a little celebration at the newly named ‘The Braw Wee Emporium‘ on Sunday 1st March 2-5pm – All welcome some refreshments here but feel free to bring your own too and come for a visit, get the tour.

Here is to another year of creative stuff!



Hello Folk Alliance in Kansas City

Well life at Glow Arts is never dull! We’ve just about recovered from another special year at Celtic Connections and here we are in Kansas City at Folk Alliance International to spread the word about Hands up for Trad‘s FolkWaves project.



FolkWaves is a new project to promote Scottish music to all kinds of radio stations across the world. Musicians can upload their latest singles to the website and broadcasters can download all the latest single releases from Scottish music to play on their shows. These downloads are not available to the public and users have to sign up for the service. It’s FREE to all broadcasters. All they have to do is to give each downloadable single some feedback e.g. where will it be played and when and the it will be there to downloaded.

We want this service to reach the whole world so if you are in a network of DJs etc please tell them to get in touch with Hands up for Trad and sign up for the service.

If you are at Folk Alliance come and say hello, Jennifer is at stand 701 each day of the Trade Fair or come introduce yourself if you spot me wandering around.

Amazing music everywhere

The opening weekend of Celtic Connections has left our ears ringing with some fantastic music. The opening concert ‘Nae Regrets’ – Martyn Bennett’s Grit went beyond any expectations anyone in the audience could have had, Greg Lawson and the 70 odd strong Orchestra owned the main auditorium of the Concert Hall that night. If you missed it you can see it on BBC Two Scotland on Thursday 22nd January but here is a wee taster of what you missed

Other highlights from the weekend for us were some new discoveries in the Erlend Viken Trio, New Road, The Sea Road Sessions, The Rambling Boys and Dosca.  The we had some of our good pals at the Festival Club over the weekend including Trio AAB, Mairearad & Anna, Patsy Reid and Sorren MacLean and Hannah Fisher.

There is no time to have a rest so looking forward to the few days here are our top tips.

Mike Vass “In the Wake of Neil Gunn” and Rachel Newton (Wednesday 21st Jan – Mitchell Theatre)

“Step into My Parlour” Featuring Michelle Burke (Wednesday 21st Jan – Old Fruitmarket)

Tiny Ruins & Blue Rose Code (Wednesday 21st – Tron Theatre)

Tunebook presents Melody Lab (Thursday 22nd Jan – National Piping Centre)

Breabach and Waoira and Alan Kelly Gang (Thursday 22nd Jan – Old Fruitmarket)

We also have lots of new stock in the Music and Gift Emporium with deliveries from Vertical Records and Reveal Records, we now stock Kabloom Seedbombs and lots of lovely new brooches. Keep an eye out for photos and recommendations coming soon.

Celtic Connections the 1st Weekend.

Celtic Connections is here again! It all kicks off this Thursday (15th January) for 18 days of gigs, workshops and lots of fun. This years programme brings over 2000 musicians from across the world to more than 15 venues across Glasgow. So, to give you a helping hand in deciding which gigs you should go and see we will be giving you our top tips for the Festival over the next couple of weeks.

Our highlights for the first weekend are:

1. ‘Nae Regrets’ – Martyn Bennett’s GRIT (Thursday 15th January. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall)

The Opening Concert of Celtic Connections has a reputation for being something of a spectacle, however this year maybe the most adventurous yet. The 2015 festival coincides with the 10th anniversary of Martyn Bennett’s untimely passing, so combining celebration with commemoration the concert will see the live world première of Martyn Bennett’s final studio album Grit, originally released in 2003, and widely recognised as a  landmark in contemporary Scottish music. The album has been reconstructed by violinist and composer Greg Lawson for a 80 piece hand-picked orchestra of folk, jazz and classical players and singers.

2. The Crew of the Puffer presents Para Handy A Highland Voyage. (Friday 16th and Sunday 18th January. St Andrew’s in the Square)

Three of Scotland’s finest and most entertaining musicians, Allan MacDonald, Iain MacLeod and Russell Hunter bring their recount of a series of comic adventures in music and song, inspired by the classic 1964 ‘A Highland Voyage’ album which was based on the original BBC TV series Para Handy. Having caught some unofficial/ unrehearsed versions of these songs in pubs and parties across Edinburgh years ago, you can be assured this will be a very entertaining evening.

3. Findlay Napier’s Very Interesting Persons (Saturday 17th January, Strathclyde Suite) 

We are delighted to see an old Glow Arts pal launch his first solo album ‘VIP’ at the festival! It is a favourite on the wireless at Glow Arts HQ and a very popular purchase from the Emporium. The album is a fantastic collection of songs based on quirky real-life biographies will be performed by album guests Boo Hewerdine (co-writer/ producer), Louis Abbott, Gillian Frame, Kevin Brolly, Alan Train and Hamish Napier. So if you like great singing, songwriting, musicianship and stories this is most definitely a gig not to miss.

4. Le Vent Du Nord – Misses et Messieurs (Saturday 18th January, Old Fruitmarket) 

Combining one of our favourite Québécois bands and concert venues this is another gig not to be missed. Le Vent Du Nord is no stranger to the festival or the venue – in fact the first time we seen them was on Friday 13th January 2006 on the opening night of the newly refurbished Old Fruitmarket. It was an eventful evening not just because of the fantastic music (they were supporting another GA favourite Lunasa) but also due to the fire alarm that resulted in a full evacuation and the band continuing to play to the audience on the street. This concert is something of a celebration for the bands due to release their 8th album and being joined on stage by Megan Henderson, Patsy Reid, Christine Hanson, Julie Fowlis, Sharon Shannon and Emily Smith.

5. Hazy Recollections (Sunday 19th January, 25th January and 1st February, O2 ABC 2 @ 2pm)

A truly wonderful and essential afternoon of music, new discoveries and most importantly recovery from the first Saturday night of the Celtic Connections Festival club. Hazy Recollections founded back in 2009 by Findlay Napier, his sister in-law Seonaid Daly and pals as a way to bring together different musical scenes in Glasgow drawing in new audiences and influences, it is now a well established element of Celtic Connections and other festivals such as the Glasgow Americana and Southern Fried Festival in Perth. Each afternoon will see five bands take the stage including a surprise mystery act chosen by the CC festival director. The opening Sunday includes Chrissy Barnacle, Loki and Becci Wallace, Tommy Reilly and Dundee’s The Hazey Janes. Well worth getting out of your bed for!


And finally we are excited and delighted that the infamous Celtic Connections Festival Club will once more be back The Art School! 10 nights of late night music, dancing and nonsense kicks off on Friday 16th February 10.00pm until late. The line-up is always kept top secret so you never know who might appear or what collaborations might take place (Fiddlers Bid with 30 Vikings guests is one memorable evening….as well as the massive end of Festival rammy). Hosted as always by the one and only Kevin MacLeod, if you are looking to get a taste of the festival or catch up with some of the gigs you couldn’t make – this is the place to do it. We are of course the tiniest bit biased with Jennifer being the Festival Club custodian.

Happy Celtic Connections!

J x

Thank you and Happy New Year

2014 has been one of the busiest and most eventful years for Glow Arts, in ways we didn’t imagine a year ago! A quick summary of events:

  • New partnership with Beyond promoting their shows in Glasgow, we started with the amazing Mo Kenney, Rachel Sermani & Laura-Beth Salter at the Old Hairdressers in February and finished the year with singer/ songwriter Kim Churchill at the Glad Cafe with lots more planned for 2015.
  • There was 10 Glow Arts presents gigs with Fred Morrison, Findlay Napier & Rebecca Pronsky, Blue Rose Code, Rachel Newton’s ‘Changeling’, Casey Driessen, Ewan McLennan, Boo Hewerdine, Hafdis Huld, Mike Vass & Innes Watson and our first gig in the Glow Arts HQ with Rayna Gellert, Leah Abramson & Patrick Metzger. Again plans on the way for 2015 (Blue Rose Code in April already on sale).
  • Glow Arts got an office space in March at the Barras Art and Design Centre and moved in exactly one year since we launched full-time. The space has been an amazing development for us this year, we have been able to host pop-up gigs, training sessions, hot-desking facilities for freelancers, meeting space and as of November 2014 the Glow Arts Music & Gift Emporium with exhibition space.
  • Creative Scotland supported the Angus Lyon & Duncan Lyall  – 3G and Infinite Reflections Tour which seen the nine piece band visit seven venues across Scotland and London. This was our biggest and most challenging project of 2014, but most rewarding to be able to support these amazing musical commissions to be heard by new audiences and providing the musicians with the unique opportunity to revisit their Celtic Connections Commissions in new settings.
  • In partnership with AttFife we launched the 100% Real Bothy, Bothy Ballads project – recruited our songwriters, Findlay Napier, Dave Francis & Mairi Campbell who have been creating new songs from the stories collected in the original project. Another Creative Scotland supported project that will be continuing in 2015.
  • We piloted a series of Family Song and Storytelling workshops and Traditional Music Gigs at the People’s Palace in Glasgow, thanks to support from the Enterprise Music Scotland Traditional Arts Fund.
  • We worked with Creative Scotland to deliver their stand at the Scottish Learning Festival and other projects as freelance consultants.
  • We launched the Glow Arts Music & Gift Emporium in the Barras Market, selling Folk, Jazz and a range of Scottish housewares, jewellery and stationary. We also have a lovely exhibition of photographer Louise Bichan up until the end of March 2015 and expanding our stock constantly.
  • Glow Arts worked with RURA, Louise Bichan and Artsplay Highland to help them secure funding for their projects from Creative Scotland.
  • Creative Consultancy and evaluation for Summerhall, Bridge Music and Glasgow Jazz Festival.
  • Other projects Jennifer has been involved in are Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Lau-Land Gateshead & Edinburgh, working with Hands up for Trad on BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician Award, MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and Folkwaves project, Our Big Gig, Music For Youth, UNESCO City of Music Big Big Sing, St Andrew’s in the Square and Feis Rois.

Now that we’ve written all of that down (and I’m sure we’ve missed some things out) it explains the much needed break over the festive season! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the musicians, partners, audiences and customers that have supported us in 2014 – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Have a fantastic New Year! We are off to open the fizzy.



Boo Hewerdine @ CCA support from Laura-Beth Salter

Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine released his first career retrospective My Name In The Brackets (The Best Of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records and is bringing it to Glasgow. As part of his UK tour, Boo will be appearing at the CCA on Thursday 20th November where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of new material. Renowned for bone-dry, between-song banter Boo appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with, ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’!

The new album features many of the greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In The Brackets.

We are delighted to announce that singer and mandolin player Laura-Beth Salter, best known as one-sixth of the all female folk band The Shee and her duo with guitarist and singer Jenn Butterworth will be supporting Boo.

Glow Arts presents Boo Hewerdine with support from Laura-Beth Salter at the CCA Glasgow on Thursday 20th November, 8pm, tickets £12/10 and available from CCA Box Office or