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Barraland in Glasgow

GUEST,Smith 02 Apr 08 - 10:29 AM
Big Tim 02 Apr 08 - 10:56 AM
sapper82 02 Apr 08 - 11:14 AM
michaelr 02 Apr 08 - 07:02 PM
Ross Campbell 02 Apr 08 - 07:51 PM
Jim McLean 03 Apr 08 - 08:33 AM
keberoxu 17 Nov 15 - 06:57 PM
GUEST,AR 18 Nov 15 - 08:04 AM
Gallus Moll 18 Nov 15 - 06:29 PM
Megan L 19 Nov 15 - 01:37 AM
Gallus Moll 19 Nov 15 - 02:28 PM
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Subject: Barraland in Glasgow
From: GUEST,Smith
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 10:29 AM

I have heard Jim McLeans "The Barras" which I say is a very funny song, and I heard somewhere that there are more songs about the barras.
Lena Martell is said to have written a song about barras, for example. Have anyone got lyrics to that one?


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: Big Tim
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 10:56 AM

Christy Moore has just written one about Barrowland Ballroom. I think it's on his latest album.


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: sapper82
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 11:14 AM

There are a lot of untold stories concerning the Barras. here is one that I know of.

Some years back, mid-80s I think, there were some photographs published in a classic motorcycle magazine of the 1939 TT.
The photos came from a roll of B&W Agfa film that had been found still in a pre-war Leica camera a collector had bought off one of the Glesga Barras.
The conjecture was that the unknown owner of the camera had been in the TA and was called up when the TA was mobilised shortly after that years TT races and had been one of the early casualties of the war. The camera being kept by his parents until they, in turn died and ended up on the barras as part of a house clearance.


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: michaelr
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 07:02 PM

TA? TT? Huh?


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 02 Apr 08 - 07:51 PM

TA - Territorial Army - part-time Army reserve in the UK
TT - Tourist Trophy - motorbike races - there used to be many of these around the UK, using public roads that had previously been cleared (hopefully) of members of the public, other traffic etc. The only one tha survives (as far as I'm aware) is the Isle of Man TT, which attracts thousands of racers and bike fans every year for a week-long series of races. There are also opportunities for ordinary bikers to try out their speed skills in an unrestricted environment.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: Jim McLean
Date: 03 Apr 08 - 08:33 AM

Yes, Lena wrote a song called 'Roon the Barras' although it was sung in American Country and Western style.


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Nov 15 - 06:57 PM

for the little it's worth:

The Legend of Barney Thomson, which just won Best Feature Film at BAFTA Scotland, was shot largely in Glasgow; the settings include the Barrowlands, the Saracen Head, the Shawfield dog track, .... anyone seen the film? What did you think?


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: GUEST,AR
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 08:04 AM

I believe that the late great Sheila Stewart gave her last ever public performance at the Barrowland Ballroom last year, along with Aidan Moffat (of the band Arab Strap). Matt McGinn's song 'Willie MacNamara' (a great parody of 'The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow') is about the Barras, I think. You can hear it on Youtube.


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 06:29 PM

who did ye see at the barraland, honey, oh honey
who did ye see at the barraland, honey baby
who did ye see at the barraland,the wummin next door wi her fancy man come tae the barraland to-ni-i-ight


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: Megan L
Date: 19 Nov 15 - 01:37 AM

as a child I remember mum playing a Robin Hall and Jimmy Magregor record wie the song

the baras oh the baras
their no in rome or paris
ye'll find them in the Glasgow gallogate
ye'll find tickets tae the moon
and a return fur half a croon
and five bob garuntees a first class seat.


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Subject: RE: Barraland in Glasgow
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 19 Nov 15 - 02:28 PM

how annoying - I typed in the three verses and chorus I could remember of 'who did you see at the Barraland, honey oh honey - -- and only a small fragment made it to the thread! no more time just now- shall have another go later.


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