Edinburgh Music Tours will launch Edinburgh’s Greatest Hits, a guided walking tour of the capital’s music scene, on Saturday 16th June. Led by music journalists and musicians, the 90-minute tours tell the story of Edinburgh’s music scene from the People’s Festival Ceilidh in 1951 to present day hit-makers such as Young Fathers.
Carefully researched, the tours are packed with great stories, fun anecdotes and a few tall tales that illustrate the diversity of the artists who have stayed, played and made music in the Scottish capital.
Designed to appeal to local residents and visitors alike, the content ranges from home-grown musical curiosities to chart-topping bands that have had global success.
The big names covered include The Bay City Rollers, Proclaimers and Garbage. Other names are less well known but come with great stories. For example, tour guests will hear about Jackie Dennis, Edinburgh’s kilted answer to Elvis.
Some of the stories, such as The Clash at the Playhouse on The White Riot Tour mark turning points in Scotland’s musical history. Other stories have less historical weight but will provoke a smile. For instance, Dizzy Gillespie employed a failsafe, if not exactly, legal technique for winning at chess during a residency at Edinburgh Playhouse.
From folk music hubs like Sandy Bells and The Royal Oak to grassroots rock venues such as Bannermans and Sneaky Pete’s, the tours take in jazz, rock, pop, traditional music and even a little classical.
Guests don’t have to be massive music fans to enjoy the tours. However, there is enough detail and plenty of obscure facts to entertain the more hardcore fan.
Edinburgh Music Tours Director Jonathan Trew said, ‘Edinburgh has a colourful contemporary music scene and a long and rich history of great bands, artists and performers. By exploring the capital’s past and present music venues, we aim to celebrate Edinburgh’s current scene and its cultural legacy. We want these tours to stir memories of fantastic gigs as well as creating happy new memories for visitors and locals alike. Edinburgh is famous for its history, architecture and festivals. We are going to tell the remarkable story of its music.’
The Edinburgh walks are inspired by Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop exhibition which opens at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 22nd June.
Every guest on an Edinburgh Music Tour will receive a code giving a £5 discount on entry to the Museum’s Rip It Up Exhibition.
The tours are run by Eats and Beats Glasgow Limited who have also traded as Glasgow Music City Tours since July 2015.
Tours begin from the William Chambers monument outside the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. They run every Saturday from 16th June at 1pm and 3pm with additional 11am tours on Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of August. Duration 90 minutes. Cost £14 (£12).
Tickets from https://glasgowmusiccitytours.com/edinburgh/