Event: Knots – The Unofficial Celtic Connections Fringe Festival10th January, 2018

Every January, Celtic Connections takes over the city of Glasgow for three mellifluous weeks. Knots is a free day long festival taking place in the Art School on 27th January and constitutes a space in which some of the complex themes that arise from Celtic Connections can be unravelled. What are the connections between ‘Celtic’ culture and authenticity, tradition, ownership, exclusion and appropriation? Who is included or excluded by Celtic tradition and how do we navigate these issues in 2018?

Join us for an afternoon of workshops and conversations with speakers from Scotland and beyond, untying the tangled web of issues facing the contemporary Celt and exploring some of the many interlaced intricacies of Celtic tradition.

Stick around afterwards for an evening of performances from artists and musicians navigating the frayed fringes of the Celtic world, weaving all things left field, weird and noisy into colourful interpretations of the traditional. The event will be followed by a wild jam session for sharing the dingier depths of your repertoires well into the night!

Featured Artists and Speakers include…

Talk + Q&A – An Ecology of the Imagination: Suffering, Faerie and Some Farther Reaches of Human Being

Writer, activist and human ecologist Professor Alastair McIntosh grew up on the Isle of Lewis. His books include Hell & High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition on the cultural and spiritual dimensions of climate change, Rekindling Community on the spiritual basis of inter-relationship, and Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power on land reform and environmental protection – the latter described as “world changing” by George Monbiot, “life changing” by the Bishop of Liverpool and “truly mental” by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

This talk will draw on his latest book, Poacher’s Pilgrimage (Birlinn), to explore the artist’s role as healer as seen through the lens of faerie and PTSD.

Talk – Aggressive Anachronisms

Megan Jones is a medievalist based in Glasgow. Her research interests involve the post-medieval legacy and reception of the Middle Ages and the ideological potency of the period in modern discourses. She is currently investigating the malleable forms the Middle Ages take in contemporary culture, with a particular focus on the weaponisation of the period by racist/nationalist groups. Underpinning this is an interest in how the Middle Ages are taught and sold to the public and what steps can be taken to democratise them.

Following the death and violence of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017, the mainstream and alternative far-right’s use of the Middle Ages as an ideological tool has entered popular consciousness. As such, this discussion seeks to examine the rise of neomedieval and neo-Celtic tropes, rhetoric, and images as used by these far-right groups in post-9/11 North America, and to understand how neomedievalism and Celtic imagery are being weaponised to dismantle a multicultural future.

Talk: Keep Glasgow Weird: A whistle stop tour through the fringes of the folk scene

Stewart Smith is a music journalist and academic. A regular contributor to The Wire, The Quietus, The List and Bandcamp Daily, he covers jazz, improvised music and the Scottish underground. He completed his PhD on Ian Hamilton Finlay and Alec Finlay in 2016. His research interests include Scottish studies and alternative cultural histories, taking in modern poetry and the avant-garde, small press publishing, visual art and music. He currently teaches at Newcastle University.

Evening performance

Content warning: mental health, gendered violence, homophobia
Alasdair Roberts is a Glasgow-based musician, primarily a guitarist and singer. He has worked with Drag City Records since 1997, firstly releasing three albums of self-written material under the name Appendix Out and then several albums under his own name, the most recent being Pangs (2017). He has recently finished making a record with David McGuinness on piano and Amble Skuse on electronics, exploring eight traditional Scots ballads. Debbie Armour is a Glasgow-based musician who works in the fields of performance and community facilitation. She runs an open-access choir in Govanhill and is the lead artist for Wee Linties, an ongoing archive project of children’s song and games. She has a particular interest in traditional songs in Scots, English, Gaelic and other European languages.

In this unique performance, Alasdair and Debbie will share some traditional ballads and songs, discussing their research and repertoire selection processes. This will lead to an open conversation about how we navigate songs filled with triggering content- sexual violence, suicide, colonialism, transphobia and homophobia. Do we censor content or do we embrace the conversations they provoke?

DJ set and late night session lead

Kitty brings her weekly Subcity radio show Dangerous Songs to The Vic Bar to keep us company between acts. Playful and provocative, Dangerous Songs dissects the folk tradition both in America and the UK. From Blues to the Folk Revival of the 60s right up to the present day, Kitty explores folk music’s impact and meaning as a source of comfort, relief and freedom for the working classes who kept it alive, as well as its use as a tool of protest and activism. Later in the evening she will be leading our session.

Performance workshop and evening performance

Sgàire Wood is a Northern Irish artist and performer based in Glasgow. Specialising in emotive, drag-inspired lip-sync performance, her work explores issues of fragmented identity, nostalgia, nationality, mental illness and gender dysphoria. Combining high-energy remixes with fetishised elements of Celtic tradition, she deliberately confuses the folkloric with the hyper-modern, attempting to carve out an intimate space in club-environments for connection, catharsis and emotional exorcism.

Sgàire’s afternoon workshop will provide a relaxed and informal opportunity to consider the inherent performativity of identity expression and channel the thoughts and feelings that rise from this conversation, be they triumphant or traumatic, into personal, musical mini-performances.

Evening performance and daytime workshop

Quinie (Josie Vallely) is based in Glasgow and explores traditional Scots song. Inspired largely by Scots singers including Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993), her repertoire focuses on stories sung from women’s perspectives and collages of different source material. On her debut album, Vallely lends her keen, flinty voice to a cappella readings of great ballads, nonsense rhyme and arrangements of Scots words to sean-nós style melodies. Largely unaccompanied with occasional harmonium, dulcimer, and DIY beats providing scrapes, drones, and rhythms.

Evening performance

Oliver Pitt (Golden Teacher, Ultimate Thrush, Akashic records) is a Glasgow based musician. With a passion for strange and beautiful music, Ollie and Josie have been working together to combine traditional song with sporadic accompaniments on bouzouki, noises and general weird shit.

Evening performance

Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh is a viola player based in Dublin who aims to explore the versatility of the instrument primarily through experimental and improvised music. She combines minimalism, drone, stabbing atonal noise, buzzing textural examination, sawing riffing repetition, communal folk warmth and fluttery classicism. Her playing is virtuosic but unshowy, rapid and fluctuating but with a unity of purpose. She plays across Europe and Ireland with various groups, including Cian Nugent & the Cosmos, and has performed with Circuit des Yeux and Josephine Foster.

Installation and evening performance

Neil McDermott is a multi instrumentalist with fingers in loads of folk pies- represented at Knots by his recent visual work exploring the political folk song traditions in Scotland. He is interested in looking at the varied roles that music plays in conflict, in particular the musical protests to the Polaris and Trident submarine missile systems in the 1960s and 70s and the absence of any comparable protest to the commissioning of the Dreadnought class submarine, which will extend the presence of weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde by a generation. He will also being playing during the evening performance.

Event: Gaika – The Spectacular Empire1st November, 2017

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Welcome to a world in which authority has been removed and cities destroyed, a world where chaos reigns.

The Spectacular Empire is a speculative, ideologically utopian nation comprised of a network of artists, philosophers, technologists and Shamens, strongly committed to focusing their professional endeavours towards the promotion and protection of the progressive human values and ancient magic.

‘TSE’ deals with pop culture romance cliches juxtaposed with subtle and satirical political comments on the state of
our society, its future and the role of the artist within it.

It springs from and exists within the mind of the artist GAIKA, incorporating his worldview, something that will be fully examined in his debut album ‘BASIC VOLUME’ which will define the policy.

Join Gaika alongside a talented cast of like-minded musicians as he presents an explosive vision of the future.



Event: SAMHAIN – Hallowe’en10th October, 2017

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Come children to this All Hallows Rave!

Feast thine hungry eyes on a Mummers’ Pageant! Be enchanted by fairies, goblins, ghosts and ghouls! Keen like the banshee! Soar like the harpy! Imbibe, chant and jumpstep widdershins around the bonfire to the Hecatean Rhythms and Hardcore Vibes of:


The PDA crew are coming through for the party! PDA is the brainchild of DJ trio Mischa Mafia, DJ Larry B, Crackstevens. Their nights don’t set out be anything except a celebratory event that invites DJs, collectives and performers, who share a similar ideology in mixing things up, to play for their peers! This includes British-Ghanaian DJ and producer Larry B who’s been tearing up south London for a few years now, as well as being the tour DJ for Mykki Blanco. His recent 5 Sad Songs EP revealed, he’s also a talented singer-songwriter, with some low key emotional numbers like Hit It Right.


The close knit community of dancers, lovers, clubbers and friends also have an iteration on NTS hosted by Mischa Mafia! Check out their long running show.


Completing the trio is the crazy talented director and DJ, crackstevens, who’s responsible for some stunning videos, including Farai’s Lion Warrior. His work is reflected in his mixes and music.

By and large the most terrifying day of being a moving image director so far #tunnelvision #katetempest

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An ensemble of old ravers who came together for a series of mixtapes, unearthing archives and ended up putting on parties in various bowling clubs dedicated to rave and hardcore around Glasgow –something that’s lead to a few more groups picking up on the notion! They’ve been off radar for a while, but now seems like the perfect time to throw some light on them.


Part of the Concrete Cabin group, DJ Crud is your premier ruffneck DJ. He’ll be serving a foray into the outer reaches of the Hardcore Continuum via the rolling concrète experimentalism of early Metalheadz/Science/Earth, the glassy Grime incursions of Wiley Kat/Black Ops/Slew Dem –all fused together with an array of beatless dread & contemporary ruffige. He’s also a very talented design and printmaker.


This 3-piece murk a brutal version of new wave, delivering a pummelling techno sound and the sharp dynamics of punk’s death throes in equal measure.


The haunting voice of Josie Valley explores traditional Scots song and storytelling. Inspired largely by Scots singers including the repertoire of Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993), she brings together a range of sources and sparse accompaniments. Her repertoire focuses on stories sung from women’s perspectives and collages of different source material.



SELKIE! from Craig Manson on Vimeo.


Throughout the night we’ll be welcoming some very talented performers who’ll be sharing new works with you and killing your timid notions of what a club experience is supposed to be!

And the fires shall burn
And the wheel of life shall turn
And the dead come back home on…



Club: OH141 w/ Pan Daijing, Sue Zuki & Gareth Roberts13th September, 2017

OH141 w/ Pan Daijing, Sue Zuki & Gareth Roberts
Sat 7th Oct

“Perched on the cutting edge where Berlin’s music and art scenes blur into one another, Pan Daijing‘s music is steeped in dark noise and cinematic atmospherics, drifting into eerie drone and twisted beats…”

…and that’s exactly why Pan is our first booking back after a much needed break!

Join us as she makes her Glasgow debut for a live set with support from NTS Radio’s SUE ZUKI and Domestic Exile’s Gareth Roberts.

You can check out each of their sounds below but in the meantime we’ve put up a limited number of £7 tickets for the heads that cannot afford the full price on the night.

See you at the Vic Bar on October 7th 🙂

Club: 12th Isle: ‘Blubber Tottum’ Inauguration + Art School Monthly12th September, 2017

12th Isle
Sat 30th September

Club: 8ULENTINA & foolzool (Club Chai) + AUCO11th September, 2017

8ULENTINA & foozool (CLUB CHAI)Vomit96 aka Auco
Thu 14th Sep

Club Chai is a club event curated by 8ULENTINA and foozool in Oakland, California that centers diasporic narratives, women and trans artists, DJs and producers. 8ULENTINA and foozool have been co-curating genre bending events together for over a year focusing on hybridizing non western sounds with club music.

Vomit96 aka Auco is an DJ currently between the cities of Glasgow and Berlin, who made an amazing debut at Dawn’s Egg earlier this year.


Exhibition: People and Place – Hannah Logan11th September, 2017

When I left high school in 2011 I found out about the Communication Design course on the GSA website, I made a portfolio on the GSA Continued Education course and in 2012 I began my degree; Art school encourages you to put your work on a wall. “Live with your work” is something that my tutor said to me this year, suggesting I place my printed photographs around my flat and studio desk space. I think digital photos can be so easily hidden and forgotten on hard drives, so this process was liberating for me and for my work. This exhibition was my degree show; I graduated from GSA this summer with a B.A in Design after my 3 rd year, so I wasn’t part of the big degree show in June. I really enjoyed putting on the event, and inviting friends, strangers and even Glasgow based photographers whose work I admire to come and see my photographs and selected

During my 6 years of being at The Art School, 2 of which were spent recovering from and coming to terms with having bipolar disorder, I’ve learned about a lot of visual communication rules. I’ve listened to a lot of opinions and views. I’ve looked at Art School from the outside and then from inside out. I’ve taken breaks and then had another go at it. My momentum has been lost at times and I’ve had to work hard to get back onboard.

By making this personal exercise of reviewing the photographs I had taken over the past 6 years into a public exhibition (the first I’d ever hosted) others could join me as I looked for connections and themes, the good bits and the bad bits and for a sense of direction as I look forward. This experience, the feedback and resulting conversations I’ve since had with the audience have given me ideas that I can now explore further. I’m excited to start working as a photographer.

Club: Rhythm Machine12th May, 2017


Rhythm Machine is a night of dance music and live art where the lines between two merge/blur into each other for a party loaded with joy. Francis Dosoo, one of the organisers, describes the night as “an attempt to create an environment in which both communal and personal exploration and expression are openly encouraged and supported.”

They’ve been collaborating with artists in Edinburgh for a few years, using the platform as a testbed for performances, installations and whatever else. He continues “We want our audience members to feel as confident engaging in contemporary art as they do on the dancefloor and vice versa. Musically, the night was founded around the global new wave of the 1980’s and its many offshoots leading up to the present day.” He’s joined in the booth by Sofay, our most requested resident at The Art School and the person behind the amazing Self Service show on Subcity, plus visual work from these three artists.

Buzzcut 2017

Buzzcut 2017

Craig Manson
BEAR is a performance of loving gestures by a man in a bear mask. Crawling through a floor of foliage, the bear offers gifts of flowers, cuddles and tinned salmon to everyone in the room. Birds chirp, branches creak in the breeze, a piano gently plays through the speakers.

The work was the result of Craig’s given identity in the LGBT community as a Bear – a large, hairy gay man who is expected to project an image of rugged masculinity. Through deliberately ‘feminine’ acts and imagery, Craig attempts to re-imagine this identity by creating a space that feels tender and offers a meditation on the pressures of contemporary masculinity, and the pursuit of connection within an increasingly commodified LGBT culture.


Rachel Francis
“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire.”
Slavoj Žižek

In Smoke, visual artist Rachel Frances Sharpe explores the power of subliminal product placement on screen and its power to enforce desirability of commodity to you as the market audience. Through a smoke mirror scene of filmic installation you will consume intellectually, you may consume sexually, but ultimately you will be consumed in the desire of character and film…


F-M-I-N is a performance partnership between Amy Cameron & Leonie Rae Gasson.

“Our practice reflects our queer feminist outlook, our relationship as a couple and is focused thematically around sex. We make work across different art forms including film, durational performance and one-on-one work. We make work that makes queer women more visible. We make work so we can talk about things we’re not supposed to. We make work to make people feel togetherness. “.

Exhibition: Giulia Colletti presents the work of Adriano La Licata12th May, 2017

In My Defence
In the inner landscape where things lose their form, he becomes both creator and creation. He is just a pool for fun and fear.
It is in the gap between his inside hell and the creation ahead, where the act comes to light. Senses merge, disclosing the untold. They do not point a path, they evoke it. Everything moves within elusive time. Traversing processes of consciousness, he experiments the world. A playful and anarchist attitude betrays everyday oddities.
While transposing the truthfulness of things and subtly subverting their structure, he unearths the conundrum of daily life. Moving as a shaman across madness and wisdom, he loses himself to any change, any discovery, and any failure […]

I Was Restless
[…] Travel more, everyday. Initiate a path, which has already initiated you. Transform something unidirectional into a
multidirectional dynamism. Just explore the reality around you, and then the reality itself will start to investigate you.
Lost, lost, lost! It’s when you feel lost that you find a new self. Abandoning habitual paths is already a way of r-existing.
Unleash the attitude of a vagrant wonder, releasing reality from crystallization. Jump into uncertainty to embrace the
certainty of risk, and laugh at it. Nomadic resistance, move from place to place, from faith to faith,
from fate to fate.

Mix: Dan DnR live at Hotboyz10th May, 2017

Cop the full three hours of one of the finest purveyors of UKG, DAN DnR, in the mix at The Art School. Dan set up Croydon’s DnR Vinyl which has existed as an essential and somewhat rough and ready online shop since 2001/2002. The shop has steadily stocked out the record collection of many a garage head, from niche deleted rare bits to your vocal sweet-boy bangers. You can hear the sheer knowledge this man has of all UK styles cut from the UK hardcore and US garage scenes respectively –jungle, speed garage, 2step, 4todafloor, breaks, grime, dubstep, niche, bassline – you fucking name it, he knows it!