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Open-top tour bus finds ‘perfect’ voice for sightseers

Eddi Reader is the voice of a new open-top bus tour that will tell the story of the city's music heritage.

Eddi Reader will tell the story of Glasgow’s music heritage to thousands of city sightseers.

The hit musician has recorded the commentary for a new offering from open-top tour bus operator City Sightseeing Glasgow.

The audio will showcase Glasgow’s vast musical history while promoting some of the city’s most iconic music venues.

King Tut’s, Barrowlands, The Royal Concert Hall, SWG3 and the Ovo Hydro are among the points of interest.

The new tour will be available on channel eight of the on-bus commentary system from January 20.

The narrative was written for City Sightseeing Glasgow by Glasgow Music City Tours co-founder Fiona Shepherd.

Eddi Reader and Fairground Attraction topped the charts with Perfect in 1988. She has also enjoyed success with other genres including folk music and her musical interpretation of the work of Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Eddi said: “I adore my town – it gave me music and romantic dreams that set me on a path to the future.

“I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to tell people all about the creative spirit of Glasgow, how it seeps out of every sandstone corner and shines out of every Glaswegian.

“From the song schools of centuries ago to the musical geniuses that inspired the world.

“Follow me along the road while I show you the musical beauty of my town past, present and future.”

The city open top tour bus will soon be adding a music tour to its sightseeing offering. Photo: Jamie Simpson/West Coast Motors
The city open top tour bus will soon be adding a music tour to its sightseeing offering. Photo: Jamie Simpson/West Coast Motors

Richy Graham, operations manager at City Sightseeing Glasgow, said: “Glasgow and its music legacy is famous throughout the world, earning the city the prestigious title of UNESCO’s first ever ‘City of Music’ so it feels only fitting to introduce a music tour to our sightseeing offering.

“To have someone of Eddi’s stature delve deep into our city’s musical legacy is fantastic.

“Her knowledge, passion and love for the city and music shines through and we’ve no doubt the tour will be a massive hit with musical lovers both near and far.”

Councillor David McDonald is chair of Glasgow Life and depute leader of Glasgow City Council.

I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to tell people all about the creative spirit of Glasgow, how it seeps out of every sandstone corner and shines out of every Glaswegian

Eddi Reader

He said: “Music and tourism go hand-in-hand in Glasgow, and visitors regularly cite music as a reason for coming here.

“This new tour is a welcome addition to the city’s unrivalled music offer and will no doubt prove popular with visiting and local music fans alike.”

Fiona Shepherd, co-founder at Glasgow Music City Tours, said: “We are delighted to be working with City Sightseeing Glasgow and Eddi Reader on the music tour.

“Glasgow has such a vibrant music scene and fascinating music history, and we are delighted to share some nuggets with visitors and locals alike.

“We hope it encourages further exploration of all the sounds that the city has to offer.”

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