Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Frost and Fire

Last year well known face on the Glasgow music scene and friend of the Citz, Howie Reeve curated and presented two successful evenings of acoustic music.

This season's Frost and Fire is on Saturday and sees the welcome return of Keith John Adams - who pretty much knocked everyone's socks off last year with his brilliantly humorous, upbeat and interactive performing style.

He's joined this week by Marion Kenny who'll be playing Chinese harp and flutes and Wounded Knee (AKA Drew Wright) - a mesmeric singer and experimental vocalist.

Headlining the gig is harpist Serfina Steer who has recently toured with Micah P Hinson, worked in the studio with Patrick Wolf and recorded a track for Cerys Matthew's new album. Speaking about her "Change is Good, Change is Good" album, Jarvis Cocker said:

"Probably my favourite album of the year".

With 5 stars from Mojo magazine, this is guaranteed to be a performance to remember - in the fantastically intimate setting of our Circle Studio.

So gather round and enjoy an awesome night of fine music.

The last two Frost and Fire events sold out, so book now if you really want to go (plus it's only 10 quid)! Call 0141 429 0022 or book online.


LINKS (Serafina Steer)
Listen to tracks by Wounded Knee, Serafina Steer and Keith John Adams on Gareth Vile's Arts Radio Hour on SubCity Radio.
Drew wants you to practice the chorus of this track for a foot stomping start to the night!

Thanks to Duncan at Make Studio for poster design!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

What are your objects of meaning?

Young Co. member Scott McKay blogs about taking part in the Objects of Meaning event:

Hi there,

This is a small blog just to talk about the most recent production of the Citz Young Company. We were told we were invited to take part in an event called ‘Objects of Meaning’, an event solely based upon personal objects that had a special meaning to their owners. 

Whether it be about your own culture or your own faith, these objects were important to you somehow. I found this concept brilliant. Not only did I realise that every one would bring in different objects but I realised as with any issue, the topic of culture and the topic of faith would create some brilliant conversations. 

Photo by Futurilla

As I had expected, the Company had brought in a very varied collection of objects, one person brought in a small coal bear and another brought in fox ears and face paints. It wasn’t until we all sat down and discussed why our objects were important to us did I realise the extent people, thus the human race is original and unique. 

Sorry, I’m getting a wee bit too philosophical for my own good. So I’ll talk about my object. I had brought in an Xbox 360 game. Yes. I can already hear you judging me and wondering how, out of all the objects I could have chosen, this is the one I decided to bring in. Allow me to be blunt. This is my culture. The video gaming culture is one I have been a part of since I first got my Sega Mega Drive when I was six years old. I have been a part of this culture to this day. I’m not ashamed to say it. Why should I be? 

The industry has evolved tremendously through the past thirty years. I am proud to be a part of such a benchmark of entertainment. The Xbox game itself is a collection of old classics called, yep you guessed it, the Sega Mega Drive Collection. A plethora of classics that back in the day caused so much excitement, that today developers and publishers went back to ‘reinventing’ them because they know how much support is behind the industry.

It’s a money making machine, yes, but isn’t everything nowadays? I don’t want to get too political or religious in this so I’ll just say this: The ‘Objects of Meaning’ event was a tremendous success, not only in performance, but in production as well. It got the Company thinking. It got me thinking. It got the audience thinking. Is it possible to symbolise your faith or culture in a single object, or is it inherit within you? Are you confident in your beliefs? Confident enough to say them out loud? Are you?


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

A Trip Doon the Watter

We are currently seeking your stories, memories and photos related to Glasgow Fair holidays. Find out how you can contribute. Below, I've posted two great pieces written by Grace Donald (aged 86). Thanks to Bridgeton Community Learning Campus for sending these in!

Our Trips on the Waverley

I hope you don’t mind me writing about our family 1940, 1950. We lived in an old tenement building with three flights of stairs. We were the top landing where there were four families and one toilet shared on each landing. There was my mum, dad, four brothers and a sister. 

This is to let you know our first Glasgow Fair Holiday on the Waverley, the family were all excited.

First of all we had to pack this huge hamper, we never laughed so much, the boys had to sit on it to close it. How the delivery man carried it down all those stairs, I will never know, it was so heavy.

We all left home early to get to the Broomielaw where the Waverley was leaving from.

The queue’s that were all lined up for us were tremendous but the Glasgow patter was so funny. We had all to take hands in case anyone got lost. They were so excited. We managed to get on board, if you could have seen the children’s faces, as we were going up the Clyde. We were so near the shipyards. Lots of the workers waved to us and cheered us as we passed by them. We all returned the cheering - this was a great start. We then had a great time when the men playing the accordion and banjo had us all singing and dancing. Dad took us down to see the engines; seeing them going back and forth. The boys were thrilled, they stayed nearly all the time there. The engine room was spotless. Mum, my sister and I had Scott’s pancakes and tea. It was great when you passed another steamer; the waves were wonderful and all the foam from the other steamer. It was a great trip doon the watter.

When you arrive at the pier, you watch the rope getting thrown onto the pier, then all walk down the gangway, with much laughter and thanks.

We all spent many years going to Dunoon. We took the train from Glasgow, Central Station, Platform 13 to Gourock, then onto one of the steamers to Dunoon, We used to climb Highland Mary, then go out on rowing boats on the Clyde. We went up and down when the steamers were coming into the Pier. As a family we used to sit at the pier in Dunoon and sit for hours watching the Waverley and King Edward Marchioness of Lorne and others coming, it was some sight! We also enjoyed the Gardens and the shows in the evening, and the open pool, the water was frozen.

My husband and I went to Dunoon on honeymoon. Our two sons loved the Waverley. I still go each year to see my wonderful Waverley.

I am sending some snaps if you want to put on the wall of the theatre.

My Memories of the Waverley Paddle Steamer which we called “The Grand Old Lady”

The present Waverley was built in 1946, replacing the first Waverley built in 1899, which was involved during World War II. She was sunk in 1940. The Waverley was built tor the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) Company to sail on the River Clyde, calling in at the piers at Broomielaw, Gourock, Craigendorran, Millport, Arran, Kirn, Dunoon, Rothesay; and sails on Loch Lomond, and has been to Isle of Wight. There were many steamers on the Clyde; Jeanie Dean’s, Queen Mary II, Caledonia, Talisman, Jupiter; most of the steamers finished service in the late 1960s.

Our family went on holiday on all of these steamers including Waverley to Dunoon for years. We were at Dunoon when Clydebank was bombed and during the war there was a boom across the River Clyde from the Clock Light House to Dunoon Pier (one of the snaps shows one of the steamers leaving Dunoon and opposite Clock Light House). This was to catch enemy submarines coming up the Clyde. One German submarine got caught.

I hope you don’t mind me writing about the Waverley, steamers and the River Clyde, the scenery was beautiful. The Waverley with its two funnels: red, white and black. The steamers were all lovely. River Clyde is very bare now. Steamers still call into Dunoon and Rothesay. I am proud to say the Waverley still sails on the Clyde. Our saddest time at Dunoon was during the war when a convoy of troop ships left the Clyde to do their duty overseas, many a tear was shed.

Both written by Grace Donald (aged 86)
c/o Bridgeton Community Learning Campus

Thank you Grace - we don't mind at all, in fact we loved reading it!
P.S. our scanner is broken so I just took some snaps of your snaps, which seems to have worked fine : )