VIDEO: Meet the ceilidh band … interview with the Glasgow Folk-Music Workshop

By Ian Marland at

The highlight of this year’s West End Festival has been the outdoor ceilidhs.

The first dance took place at the Kelvingrove art gallery and museum earlier in June.

The second gathering is taking place in Vinicombe Street, just off Byres Road in the heart of the West End.

Outdoor ceilidh at Kelvingrove

Art: Finlay calls the tunes at Kelvingrove

The musicians are with the Glasgow Folk-Music Workshop (GFW).

The steps are called by Finlay Allison, senior tutor at the GFW.

He is joined by an informal band of tutors led by the legendary John Carmichael on accordion.

Outdoor ceilidh at Kelvingrove

Hit: the outdoor ceilidhs are a highlight of the West End Festival

Finlay spoke to Glasgow West End Today ahead of the Vinnicombe Street performance.

“The event at Kelvingrove was a massive success and it went viral – over 100,000 people all over the world were looking at it.

“We do do this often but it would be great if we did this more often.

“I think this is the sixth year at the West End Festival and our second year in Vinicombe Street.

“And it’s going from strength to strength – we are delighted with it.”

Based in Glasgow Kelvin College, the GFW teaches a wide range of musical instruments.

These include: Accordion, Banjo, Bodhran, Cello, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Whistle and Ukulele as well as Mixed Instrument groups and Ceilidh Band) to adults and juniors alike.


Watch: Finlay Allison talks about the Glasgow Folk-Music Workshop

Last year, the GFW had over 430 members enjoying music together.

* For further information on classes and events: See www.GFW.scot Email: gfwoffice@gfw.scot Phone: 0141 564 7399