Govan's own orchestra


Our lockdown festival from January to March including performances by Musicians in Exile, Hamish MacLeod, Hannah Rarity, Midya Xan, Aref Ghorbani, Solareye, Empress, CCTV, Freestyle Master, Amy Turner, Paul MacAlindin and the Glasgow Barons.

Thursday January 7th, 7pm: Exiles -Fògraich, with Hannah Rarity, Midya Jan, Hamish MacLeod & Aref Ghorbani. Songs of the Highland clearances together with songs chosen and sung by refugees exiled in Glasgow today. Govan & Linthouse Parish Church.
Thursday January 13th, 7pm: Night Windows, with Amy Turner (oboe) and The Glasgow Barons. Thea Musgrave explores the moods of our private lives, after Edward Hopper's painting of the same name. MacLeod Hall, Pearce Institute, Govan.
Thursday January 21st, 7pm: Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, The Glasgow Barons, conductor Paul MacAlindin. McLeod Hall, Pearce Institute, Govan. 

Thursday 28th January, 7pm: FLUX: trance composer and Sunny Govan FM DJ, Matthew Ward creates music with Shona MacKay and Nick Olsen to explore the power and memory of water. In five movements: When Clouds Unveil, Root Cause, Recovery, Oscillating Currents and Drift. This film by Hamish MacLeod explores the impact of climate change. Billiard Room, Pearce Institute, Govan. 


Thursday 4th February, 7pm: William Sweeney's Siann Orain, Songs of South Uist, performed by The Glasgow Barons strings at Galvinisers, SWG3.

Thursday 11th February, 7pm: Alasdair Nicolson's Stramash, performed by The Glasgow Barons strings at Galvinisers, SWG3
Friday 19th February, 7pm: Previewing the Glasgow Barons' 2nd hip hop commission from Steg G, Live Today, with Freestyle Master, Empress, Solareye, CCTV. Releases Thursday 25th February.

These issues and stories that we speak about on the album are often voiceless – our daily lives and the issues we deal with don’t normally have a platform. We’re giving voice to thousands of Scots living in a tough, unforgiving ecosystems of addiction, poverty and crime. It speaks a painful, delicate truth about what lies beneath the surface of the mainstream." Steg G



The Scotsman.png
Vox Carnyx (1).png
Vox Carnyx (1).png
Vox Carnyx (1).png
Vox Carnyx (1).png


SURF 2020 award.jpg

The Glasgow Barons are the winners of the Creative Regeneration award from the 2020 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. 

The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF, a regeneration forum with over 300 cross-sector member organisations across Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland. Learn more about the awards here.




We’ve teamed up with Skippinish lead singer Norrie MacIver to release our debut album, Songs of Govan Old, based on stories from the Govan Reminiscence Group, celebrating the Glasgow neighbourhood’s rich heritage. A tapestry of stories from the vibrant, close-knit community of Govan’s days gone by, it pairs Norrie’s brand new Scots and Gaelic songs, rooted in the tradition of social commentary, with the stunning sounds of The Glasgow Barons strings.

“Not only an album bursting with pride and passion to stir the heart and blood but a damn fine listen even if you don’t have a tartan stitch to your DNA.”
Mike Davies,

“the addictive firepower of Norrie’s voice, which marches proudly on sacred Scottish soil, while the Glasgow Barons soar (with stringed beauty) into the blessed Scottish skies.”
Bill Golembeski,

Available here.

Read more about the album here. 

More on Norrie MacIver here.

Learn more about the project here.

Listen to the album on Spotify here. 

Listen to the album on iTunes here.


The Glasgow Barons need your support! Working tirelessly with the community of Govan to bring people together, we would be very grateful for your donations and support.