Articles by: Stuart

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

MEN, SINGING SONGS. SOME OF THEM ARE FUNNY.

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Saturday 13 July 2024 at 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

Tickets available from Eventbrite

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.

Formed in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001 by Christchurch born spookmeister Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men soon attracted attention with a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pindrop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems like “Don’t stand between a a man and his tool”, all of which amounted to a manifesto for the new breed of man: happily suspended between thug and wimp.

The Spooky Men first attracted wider attention at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, 2004, which led to appearances at Woodford Festival and the first of six tours to the UK in 2006. Standout appearances amongst their 500+ gigs since have included (in Australia) WOMAD, The Great Escape Festival, Woodford, Cobargo, Port Fairy, Blue Mountains and Bellingen festivals. ABC TV appearances include The Mix, Spicks and Specks, and the New Inventors Grand Final.

In the UK/Europe they have appeared at major festivals including Tonder (Denmark), Cambridge, Broadstairs, Wickham, Camp Bestival, Towersey, Shrewsbury, and Edinburgh Fringe. Theatrical venues have included Union Chapel (London), St David’s Hall (Cardiff), The Philharmonic (Liverpool), Colston Hall (Bristol), the Sheldonian (Oxford) and Sage Gateshead.

The Spooky Men have recorded seven CDs: Tooled Up (2004), Stop Scratching It (2007), Deep (2009), Big (2011), The Spooky Man in History (2013), Warm (2015) and Welcome to the Second Half (2019).

In live performance, the Spooky Men draw on a combination of musical and theatrical values which are elusive and multifarious. Notable themes and antecedents include Georgian male polyphony, a running joke on man as a vast, oblivious useless object, whispers of clown, bouffon and Monty Python, and forays into massively pleasurable grunting tribalism. The audience are invited to first joyously endure a wall of mansound, then laugh stupidly, then venture into areas of great tenderness. It is ideally not so much comedic as hilarious, not so much shimmeringly perfect as human in a very deeply resonant way.

ĐÀN ĐÓ

featuring Sue McKenzie, Tom Bancroft & Ali Levack

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Wednesday 19 June 2024 at 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm)

Tickets £17.14 (available from Glasgow Jazz Festival)

Made possible with support from British Council.

Please note that this show has a mix of floor and standard unreserved seating.

“JAZZ-BẢN ĐỊA” (Indigenous Jazz) is a concept about a music genre, a style seemingly shaped by the serendipitous encounter between the Jazz saxophonist Quyền Thiện Đắc and the creative group of musicians Đàn Đó. The journey with jazz music of Jazz saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac influenced by his family’s traditional musical background. His musical path involved persistent study and research abroad. After graduating from the Hanoi Conservatory of Music, he earned a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in the United States, followed by a master’s degree at Malmo University in Sweden. His return to Vietnam brought a foundation of Western knowledge along with ambitious thoughts about paving the way for a jazz style with the spirit of Vietnamese soul.

Đàn Đó will be collaborating with 3 Scottish musicians for this unique concert:

Sue McKenzie – saxophone
Tom Bancroft – drums
Ali Levack – whistle/pipes

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7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm start time
Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

FERGUS MCCREADIE TRIO

Glasgow Jazz Festival, Regular Music & Synergy Concerts presents Fergus McCreadie Trio

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Friday 21 June 2024 at 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm)

Tickets £28.56 (available from Glasgow Jazz Festival)

In the dynamic landscape of contemporary jazz, Scottish pianist and composer Fergus McCreadie has carved a remarkable niche. Since 2021, his career has skyrocketed, marked by two acclaimed album releases that propelled him into the limelight – shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and clinching the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) for “Forest Floor.” His debut with Edition Records, “Cairn” (2021), set the stage for a journey deeply rooted in natural themes.

McCreadie’s latest venture, “Stream,” continues this intriguing exploration, this time delving into the essence of water. Accompanied by his long-standing comrades, David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, the album flows with the fluidity of its namesake. It’s a musical stream that flows through the rich landscapes of Scottish folklore and the sophisticated avenues of contemporary jazz, blending them seamlessly.

‘A giddying fusion of Scottish culture and jazz history’ – The Times

‘One of my favourite jazz piano trio albums of the last few years’ – Jamie Cullum

7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm start time

Over 14s, under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

Maciej Granat plays Film Music

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Saturday 29 June 2024 at 6.30pm (Doors open 6.00pm)

Tickets £10.00 (Conc. £8.00) +booking fee (available from Eventbrite and on the door)

Maciej Granat presents a thrilling programme of film music arranged for piano in the stunning surroundings of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. Beautiful, epic, fun and majestic themes from movies such as E.T., Jurassic Park, Dune, The Piano, Jaws, My Neighbour Totoro and much more.

Mackintosh Symposium: Heritage under Threat

Mackintosh’s Glasgow and Beyond: Building the Case for Preservation

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross:  6 & 7 June 2024

The symposium is time critical in drawing awareness to the plight of our beautiful Heritage.

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Tickets for the Symposium are available from Eventbrite and cost £45 per day or £70 for both days (includes lunch & refreshments)

Virtual tickets for the Symposium cost £15 per day

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The Mackintosh Society has done much in its 50 years of existence to champion, preserve and safeguard the work and heritage of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Sadly, since the last symposium in 2012 we have seen an apparently growing disregard for our built heritage, through neglect, bad planning and lack of action and investment by councils and government. It is therefore crucial not to repeat the destructive mistakes of the past and take bold action to reverse this decline.

Glasgow’s heritage is a unique selling point for the city and the importance cannot be overstated; it plays a powerful role in shaping distinctive, vibrant, prosperous places and contributes substantially to health, education and civic pride. It also sustains neighbourhoods as attractive places in which people wish to live, work and play.

Although Glasgow’s architectural landscape may be unique in Scotland, its challenges are not. Across the UK, policy makers are attempting to strike a balance between preservation of historic buildings and the housing crisis that has engulfed major cities. It is a tension that is unavoidable, and we must ensure that it does not lead to unchecked erosion of our past.

The Lighthouse (Glasgow Herald Building)

DAY ONE: Registration opens at 9:15 with coffee and pastries  

Day One will cover the current restoration work at Scotland Street School and The Hill House, the uncertain future of the Lighthouse and Martyrs’ School, plus the ongoing work to rebuild the Mackintosh Building at the GSA. We will also cover major issues and challenges facing the wider heritage of the city.

Chair: Peter Ranson

Speakers on Day One include:

Restoring, Managing and Repurposing Queen’s Cross Church
Stuart Robertson
Director, CRM Society

A historic overview of restoring, managing and reinventing a repurposed church of significant architectural merit.

By the 1970s as the population declined Queen’s Cross could not continue as a viable church and in 1976 the congregation merged with that of nearby Ruchill Church. The following year the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society stepped in to save the building and negotiated a 21-year lease from the Church of Scotland. In 1999 the Society was able to purchase Queen’s Cross as a result of a generous donation from Dr Thomas Howarth.

‘Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning’ – the project and its legacy
Joseph Sharples
Curator of Mackintosh Collections
& Applied Art: The Hunterian

The University of Glasgow’s Mackintosh Architecture project was completed in July 2014 with the launch of the website www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk.

The research project, which ran from 2010 to 2014, was led by The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It aimed to provide the first authoritative survey of the architectural work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

Mackintosh Buildings Survey – Update
Brian Park: Retired Conservation Architect
John Sanders: Partner at Simpson & Brown Architects

In 2016 the Society completed a major survey of the surviving Mackintosh built heritage. This was a landmark achievement and the first comprehensive condition survey of the Mackintosh built heritage and an important milestone in our understanding and preservation of Mackintosh’s legacy.

The central aim of the Survey was to determine the current condition of a range of prioritised Mackintosh buildings and related works, including interiors and gravestones, within public and private ownership. The survey work was undertaken by Simpson & Brown Architects and Page\Park Architects and was led by the Society’s director Stuart Robertson and board member Pamela Robertson, former Professor of Mackintosh Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Rescuing Mackintosh at the Willow
Stewart Brown:
Founding Partner of Simpson & Brown, Architects, now retired and Trustee of The Willow Tea Rooms Trust for 8 years.

Key steps in rescuing a building under threat and redeveloping it through restoration to become a commercial (and social and educational) enterprise.

Followed by Discussion Panel

12:45-13:45 Lunch in the Hall

Scotland Street School: Reuse and Repair
Mandy Fallens BSc(Hons), BArch, RIBA
Senior Architect at Glasgow City Council

The Scotland Street School project is currently on site with a first phase of external fabric repair works, including roof repairs and lead work. The building was in use solely a museum since 1990, but has been closed to the public since 2020. Part of the project brief is the reintroduction of an education function in the form of an early years facility for 3-5 year olds on the ground floor. We will discuss the challenges of incorporating an early years facility into the 1906 Category A Listed Building to meet the current curriculum standards, and provide an overview of the ongoing fabric repair works, building investigations and surveys.

The Hill House: Not judging a Book by just its Cover
Liz Davidson:
Project Director: The Hill House

At the Hill House – Mackintosh and Macdonald fused architecture and artistry to create a happy family home for the Blackie family.  With little alteration that home now welcomes thousands of visitors each year.  But the technical and fabric problems of the construction emerged relatively shortly after its completion in 1904.  In 2019 the Box was erected to cover and allow time for its considered repair. This presentation will assess this strategy and the timeline for a major conservation project to start – and complete – in time for the anniversary year in 2028.

Bringing Back the “Mack”
Eleanor Magennis:
Director of Estates and Infrastructure at The Glasgow School of Art overseeing new Digital and Estates Strategies including the faithful reinstatement of the Mackintosh building.

15:40-16:00 Tea Break

Thomson’s lost Buildings and those at Risk
Scott Abercrombie & Fiona Sinclair:
The Alexander Thomson Society

In 1890 Charles Rennie Mackintosh became the second recipient of the Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship, a triennial award made by the Glasgow Institute of Architects as a memorial to “Greek” Thomson, whose death in 1875 had deeply affected his friends and colleagues.  The award continues to be made in his honour, and in 1991 the importance of Thomson was further underlined by the formation of the Alexander Thomson Society, which exists to promote and safeguard his works.  Fiona Sinclair and Scott Abercrombie, both Director Trustees of the society, will talk about the loss of many major buildings by this exceptional architect (including one close to Mackintosh’s Queen’s Cross Church); the successful rescue of others; and the ongoing threat to some of those that still exist.

The civic museum collection as a repository of rescued heritage 
Alison Brown:
Curator, European Decorative Art and Design from 1800 to present, Glasgow Museums and Collections, Glasgow Life

Over the last 53 years Glasgow Museums has amassed a significant holding of Mackintosh and Glasgow Style interiors and interior parts. Each is an instance of the city stepping in to save important heritage in danger of being lost. This paper presents an overview of the acquisitions, research and display undertaken to date, and asks: when there are no such things as elastic walls – for display, for storage – what are the most important considerations for our 21st Century civic museum collections when called to rescue Glasgow’s material heritage?

Followed by Questions and Discussion Panel

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DAY TWO: Registration opens at 9:15 with coffee and pastries  

On Day Two as well as looking at the broader scene of Glasgow we will cover cities like Brussels & Manchester and organisations that have managed to buck the trend and have enjoyed success in their heritage led regeneration.

The Maison Hannon, Brussels

Chair: Peter Trowles

Speakers on Day Two include:

Glasgow’s at Risk Heritage – the Broader Scene
Niall Murphy:
Director, Glasgow City Heritage Trust

The talk will focus on important Glasgow buildings (not by Charles Rennie Mackintosh) under threat including potential reuse and redevelopment. This will include updates on the work Glasgow City Heritage Trust funds to provide sustainable pathways off Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register for various Glasgow Buildings along with projects the Trust has helped fund repairs to, and our concerns for the ageing heritage building stock within the Glasgow Central Conservation Area.

Conserving C20 Architecture: Hearts and Minds vs Bricks/Concrete and Mortar
Catherine Croft:
Director, 20th Century Society

Conserving C20 architecture needs more than just vigorous campaigning for individual buildings. Changing the over-arching narrative, and debunking negative myths and preconceptions is just as vital. How can we best support a positive climate for preserving the recent past and what are the primary challenges for ensuring a successful future for C20 heritage?

The Transformation of 78 Derngate, Northampton
Rob Kendall:
Chair of Friends of 78 Derngate

In January 1998, 78 Derngate Trust was formed with the main aim of restoring the terraced house, which was designed and remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916. The Trust setup a Friends organisation with the main aim of meticulously restoring the property and opening it to the public. 78 Derngate along with 80 & 82 has undergone an amazing transformation, ensuring that visitors can easily navigate through the three houses and their gardens.

11:25-11:45 Coffee Break

Art Schools and their cities: Engines of transformation and innovation
Penny Macbeth:
Director, The Glasgow School of Art

Many of the UK’s Art schools were founded as Government Schools of Design at the height of the Industrial revolution by a House of Commons Select Committee. Their purpose was to develop the nation’s art, support the burgeoning manufacturing industry and to boost economic success.
Art schools have always been places of production, value and meaning, they craft, imagine, are curious and collaborative, they were developed to support and drive the economic transformation of their city and some continue to do so.
At this moment of exponential growth and pace for machine learning, making and production how does the Art school embrace this challenge, innovate and lead in this new industrial age and how do we continue to be relevant for our cities.
This presentation will focus on examples from my previous role as Dean of Manchester School of Art and the role I played in developing the School of Digital Arts SODA, in order to support Manchester’s ambitious growth plans in the creative and tech sectors. It will also draw on the work of the Glasgow School of Art and our reimagining of the school’s role within our city.

Discussion Panel and Questions for Speakers on issues relating to the current economic climate.

12:30-13:30 Lunch in the Hall

How Greater Manchester can build the future without destroying its past!
Elizabeth Hopkirk:
Save Britain’s Heritage

SAVE Britain’s Heritage is an independent charity that has been campaigning against the destruction and neglect of historic buildings of all types and ages for nearly 50 years.

Its most recent report, Boom Not Bust: How Greater Manchester can build the future without destroying its past, is a celebration of the region’s fine historic buildings – and an urgent call to arms. Elizabeth will highlight recent losses and examples of re-use as a catalyst for sustainable regeneration and civic pride.

Brussels, capital of Art Nouveau?
Simon Thielen:
Urbanism and Heritage Advisor
Office of Ans Persoons
Secretary of State for the Brussels Government, responsible for Urban Planning and Heritage, European and International Relations

In 2023, Brussels celebrated Art Nouveau, 130 years after the construction of the Hotel Tassel by Victor Horta, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The event was a huge success, with over a million visitors. The presentation will take stock of the making of this Art Nouveau year, based on a range of expertise and experiences developed in Brussels: the BANAD Festival (which showcases Art Nouveau and Art Deco), collaboration between the various public bodies including the Horta Museum, the Art and History museum, the organisation of Heritage Days, links with other Art Nouveau cities in Europe (and the RANN), links with contemporary creation, links with colonisation and an update on the Stoclet Palace, an emblematic World Heritage building marking the transition between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, which remains closed to the public today. The ambition of this Art Nouveau year was not an end in itself, but rather the first stage of affirming Brussels as capital of Art Nouveau.

Questions for speakers

15:00-15:20 Tea Break

The Engineers View
Graeme DeBrincat:
Arup Associate  |  Façades UK Materials | Reuse & Reclaim

The consulting engineers Ove Arup and Partners are one of the major contributors to the look of modern cities, with projects such as Sydney Opera House, The Pompidou Centre and the Lloyd’s Building to their credit.

Through a series of 20th Century building refurbishment projects across the UK, Graeme will explore the new and developing technologies of the time applied to these buildings and consider how they have performed over time, how these important buildings have been upgraded and refurbished and what the future holds for these buildings.

Conclude with an open debate from the various discussions over the two days.

Followed by after event drinks

Please note that the symposium programme is subject to change.

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Tickets for the Symposium are available from Eventbrite and cost £45 per day or £70 for both days (includes lunch & refreshments)

Virtual tickets for the Symposium cost £15 per day

Hejira – Celebrating Joni Mitchell

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Thursday 20 June 2024 at 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

Tickets £19.50 +booking fee (available from Universe)

‘Hejira’ is a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’  (regarded as her ‘jazz period’), Joni then toured briefly with a band formed from the crème de la crème of contemporaneous jazz musicians (Metheny, Mays, Brecker, Pastorius and Alias). The tour was recorded, producing the outstanding live album, ‘Shadows And Light’; it is from this album that the band Hejira is drawing the body of its repertoire. Comprising highly experienced jazz musicians, this band is fronted by the brilliant Hattie Whitehead who not only has – in her own way – assimilated the poise, power and beauty of Joni’s vocals, but also plays guitar with Joni’s stylistic mannerisms. Expect an evening of the ‘great’ songs from Mitchell’s back catalogue, such as ‘Amelia’, ‘Woodstock’, ‘A Case Of You’, ’Song For Sharon’, ‘Edith And The Kingpin’ etc.!

Hattie Whitehead – vocals and guitar
Pete Oxley – guitar
Ollie Weston – tenor and soprano sax
Chris Eldred – piano & keyboards
Dave Jones – electric basses
Rick Finlay – drums
Marc Cecil – percussion

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Personnel

Hattie Whitehead: vocals and guitars

The band is fronted by the extraordinarily talented Hattie Whitehead, who not only sings masterfully with Joni’s pitch-accuracy, poise and dignity, but she also plays guitar much with the mannerisms of Mitchell (incorporating various open tunings – which lend an instant authenticity to the colour of the songs). Hattie grew up surrounded by music and musicians – her father is the outstanding saxophonist, Tim Whitehead – and has a career as a singer/songwriter outside of this band. In 2016, she won the ‘Emerging Talent’ competition at Glastonbury Festival. Her original songs have been listened to hundreds of thousands of times on various streaming platforms.

Pete Oxley: guitar

Pete grew up in a family of classical musicians, fell for jazz in his late teens, went on to study jazz at the Leeds College of Music, then moved to Paris in his mid twenties. It was there that he began gigging intensively and developing his career as a guitarist, composer and bandleader. He has produced 16 albums of critically acclaimed original music (including 7 with the Swiss guitar virtuoso, Nicolas Meier) and is one of only a handful of British composers to have their works included in the ‘European Real Book’ (Sher Publications). The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project continues to record and tour extensively throughout the UK and Europe.

Ollie Weston: saxophones

Since graduating from Leeds College of Music, Ollie has had a diverse career which has included education, session work and live performance. In the former of these, Ollie teaches at the Guildhall (London) and has major tutorial books published by Schott Music under the heading, ‘Exploring Jazz’. In the latter, Ollie has toured all over the world with such outfits as Amy Winehouse, Tim Minchin, Bonobo and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He has also worked extensively in the West End, performing in Chicago, Dream Girls and in two critically acclaimed seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Chris Eldred: piano and keyboards

Chris first came to prominence while playing in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), from 2008 to 2014. In the midst of that period, he was winner of the 2011 Yamaha Scholarship Award for Outstanding Jazz Musicians and graduated in the same year from Trinity College of Music with first class honours. With NYJO, he performed many high-profile gigs (such as at the Albert Hall Proms) and came to the attention of such established masters as Mark Lockheart, Jean Toussaint and Salena Jones, with whom he subsequently worked. He is now a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s and is one of London’s most in-demand pianists.

Dave Jones: electric basses

Dave is one of the most brilliant bass players – on both electric and acoustic basses that the UK has produced! His deep musicianship has led him to work with, amongst others, John Etheridge, Bill Bruford, the BBC Big Band, Jacqui Dankworth, Willard White and Scott Hamilton. He is bandleader, arranger and composer of the ‘Dave Jones Nonet’, comprising the creme de la creme of UK jazz musicians. Dave is continually active in jazz education leading many courses at Richmond Jazz School where he also previously led the faculty and he is also regularly invited to teach on a number of international jazz summer schools.

Rick Finlay: drums

Rick’s career has seen him being perpetually occupied, dividing his time between London’s West End, education and performing as a jazz musician. In the former, Rick held the drum chair at Blood Brothers for twenty years and also played for The Little Shop of Horrors and Chess Time. As a freelancer, Rick has performed on many prestigious TV shows, including Parkinson, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Late Show.  Rick has, for several years, been hosting the ‘Just East Jazz Club’ in North London, where he has accompanied most of the UK’s jazz glitterati!

Marc Cecil: percussion

Marc Cecil is a musician whose career has seen him work in myriad styles, performing at all sorts of premier venues, such as The Royal Opera House, Wembley Arena, The 02, Glastonbury Festival, The Jazz Cafe – Camden and Ronnie Scott’s. He was a member of  “King Salsa”, the UK’s premier 12 piece salsa band for 17years. His extensive theatre work includes seasons with: Blood Brothers (west end), Billy Elliot (west end), Saturday Night Fever (west end), Footloose (tour), Streisand The Story (tour), The Chicago Blues Brothers (tour), Million Dollar Quartet (west end) and The Carpenter’s Story (tour). In the jazz arena, Marc has worked with a ‘who’s who’ top UK musicians, including: Jason Rebello, Neil Angilly, Nigel Price, Art Themen, Jim Mullen, Picante, Jacqui Hicks, Snowboy, Noel McCalla, Liane Carol, Lily Dior, Geoff Gascoyne, Laurence Cottle, Alan Barns, Henry Lowther, and the Derek Nash Quartet.

Marc’s extraordinary drive, groove and use of sonic colours is an essential element of the whole Hejira soundscape.

Celtic Connections 2024

World-renowned Glasgow festival Celtic Connections* will once again light up stages, venues and dark winter nights from Thursday 18 January to Sunday 4 February 2024, for what will be one of its biggest-ever capacity festivals.

Proudly known as Europe’s premier folk, roots and world music festival, and the home of spectacular musical showcases and one-off collaborations, Celtic Connections has continued to expand into a multitude of genres over its 30-year history. This year will see the festival stage another ambitious programme of incredible performances spanning acoustic, traditional, indie, Americana, Jazz, blues, orchestral, experimental, and more.

Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music will be well and truly on display as more than 300 events bring 25 venues across the city to life, welcoming a host of unmissable music across its 18 days.

We are delighted to host 13 concerts at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. 

Tickets for Celtic Connections 2024 are available at www.celticconnections.com.

Talking Tosh with Lost Glasgow

Wednesday 11 October, 6.00pm | Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Tickets from £6.13

Journalist and social historian Norry Wilson has had a lifelong fascination with his home city.

He first fell down the vintage photography rabbit hole while working on the Evening Times.

Think of him as the ‘Raider of the Lost Archives’.

Now, with over 300k online followers on his Lost Glasgow site, he continues to tickle the city’s collective memory muscle, teasing out old stories, forgotten facts, and the lost histories hidden in the photographic record of old Glasgow.

In ‘Talking Tosh’, he’ll use historic photos to explore Mackintosh’s Glasgow, the world that shaped him, and the design legacy that still leaves its mark on the city.

Mackintosh Masterpiece: The Glasgow School of Art and Small Faces (Double Bill)

Thursday 12 October at 7.00pm

Tickets selection £0 to £7.50 from Eventbrite (Note: Students are free)

A unique opportunity to see this film by multi award-winning documentary maker, Louise Lockwood. First shown on BBC Two in 2009 to celebrate the opening of the Glasgow School of Art, Artworks Scotland tells the story behind Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s internationally acclaimed building, with contributions from some of the school’s best-known graduates.

Fondly referred to as The Mack, the building sealed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s reputation as one of the most innovative and creative Scots of the 20th century and established him as a pioneer of Modernism. In 2009 the School of Art was voted the best British building of the past 175 years in a poll organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Contributors including Peter Howson, David Shrigley and Muriel Gray testify to the extraordinary impact the building has had on their creative lives. This one-off documentary, narrated by Daniela Nardini, includes songs specially written by Glasgow bands Sexy Kids and Frightened Rabbit, that both emerged from the school.

As an aperitif for tonight’s films, we are showing Norman McLaren’s short film: Seven Till Five (1933) which provides a fascinating insight into the practices and rituals that comprised an average day in the iconic Mackintosh Building at the GSA.

To conclude our evening we are offering a free bonus for those attending with a special screening of Small Faces. This 1996 Scottish drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon about gangs in Glasgow. It stars Iain Robertson, Joseph McFadden, Steven Duffy, Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Mark McConnochie, Clare Higgins, Garry Sweeney, Colin McCredie and Alastair Galbraith.

Set in Glasgow at the tail-end of the 60s, MacKinnon’s superb third feature is a tough but humorous tale of brotherly rivalry and gangland warfare which can proudly rank alongside the likes of Trainspotting. The film was shot on location at various districts in Glasgow, including GSA, Darnley, Sighthill, Partick, Merrylee, Mount Florida and Bishopbriggs and in Edinburgh.

Please note there will be a bar on the evening.

The Forgotten Fairground

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, CRM Society is proud to announce the Scottish Premiere of The Forgotten Fairground, which combines music, dance, cinema, spoken word and is an exploration and celebration of the human condition.

Trailblazing multi-idiom ensemble, The Forgotten Fairground, rolls into town with a gala performance at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. The brainchild of leading Glasgow composer, Matt Gough and Emmy-winning London producer, Andy Bush, The Forgotten Fairground have been busy. Having released 3 albums and 3 short films (premiered at London’s BFI Southbank) over a 5-year period, they’ve been garnering plaudits at the highest level, from across the international arts community. From Hollywood film and music producers Sid Ganis and Jay Graydon, to jazz luminaries Randy Brecker and Eddie Daniels, to esteemed members of the Chicago Symphony and iconic band-to-end-all-bands, Steely Dan – high praise has been in plentiful supply.

Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm | Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | 

Student / Under 18s from £10.00 + Booking Fee