What’s Included

Handpicked for you

Celebration of Clyde shipbuilding

Storytelling and live folk music

Two course Scottish meal

Wee taste of Stobcross single malt

Handpicked for you – curated deals for 5pm customers

John Brown’s, Fairfield, Yarrows.

Cutty Sark, HMS Hood, Queen Mary.

Titan crane, Broomielaw, SEC.

These are all names that have helped shape the past and present of the Clyde River and Glasgow.

A joint production from Mharsanta Scottish Restaurant and Glasgow Music City Tours, Shipyard Bards, Tall Tales and Dinner is a series of evening events exploring the Clyde’s shipbuilding heritage.

And the Clydeside’s current regeneration.

As well as entertaining stories and trad songs inspired by the Clyde, the evenings will feature a delicious two course meal from a menu of Scottish favourites plus a wee taste of Stobcross, the inaugural single malt whisky from The Clydeside Distillery.

Two course Scottish meal

  • This Big Deal is for one person to enjoy the Shipyards Bards, Tall Tales and Dinner event at Mharsanta Restaurant on Glasgow’s Bell Street on Saturday 22nd January, Saturday 29th January or Saturday 5th February 2022.
  • Doors open at 4.45pm with show starting at 5pm and meal from 6.15pm. These events are designed to finish by 7.30pm-7.45pm to allow guests to get to any Celtic Connections concerts they may have planned.

Entertaining stories

  • The stories – some funny, some more serious – range from famous work-ins to heated run-ins between the bosses in their bowler hats and the bunnet-wearing workers.
  • Researched by Glasgow Music City tours and including contributions from Fairfield Heritage Museum and former shipyard workers, there are tales of romance, heartbreak and, unexpectedly, the late Nicholas Parsons.

Live folk music

  • And of course there are plenty of songs inspired by the Clyde and its industrial heritage. Live music is from singer Mae MacInnes with Scott Cunningham on guitar. Mae is from the Isle of Skye, and grew up steeped in the island’s music tradition. Scott has forged a career as a guitar teacher and performer, both with Mae and in the trad band Celtic Highway.
  • The performance part of the event is illustrated by past and present pics of the Clyde, the yards and their famous ships.

Great reviews

  • The show first ran during Celtic Connections in 2019 and it proved popular. Despite the recent disruption, both Mharsanta and Glasgow Music City Tours have continued to attract five star reviews on TripAdvisor since then.
  • Mharsanta:

‘Totally amazing… What a brilliant find it was too. The food was absolutely amazing… Our waitress Elaine was so efficient, friendly and welcoming that we decided to go back for lunch the following day. The experience was exactly the same as the evening before. My new favourite restaurant.’

  • Glasgow Music City Tours:

‘Enthusiastic, entertaining, a must for all music lovers and a way of bringing to life all the music that had originated in the city…or just passed through it…’

Christmas gift idea

Hear the folk songs and legends of the Clyde through this storytelling session accompanied by live music.

Blending entertaining tales of the shipyards, the characters who worked in them and the musicians who sang about them, this is an enchanting mix of authentic folk music, social history, laughter and home-style Scottish dishes.

Did we mention the wee taste of Stobcross whisky?

Shipyard Bards would make a great night out for anyone who worked in the shipyards. Or any music lover who just wants to hear more about this defining era of Glasgow.

And it would make a fantastic Christmas present.

Backed by The 5pm Promise.

What other 5pm bookers like about this deal...

Really looking forward to it. Sounds a wonderful and interesting idea. Cannot wait.

Hazel L.

Restaurant untried, live music adds atmosphere and the Shipyard stories will have significance.

Iain F.

From £30

Important Information

This Handpicked Deal is for 1 person to enjoy the Shipyard Bards experience: 1 hour storytelling and live music followed by a 2 course dinner + wee taste of Stobcross at Mharsanta Restaurant & Bar’s private dining room.

Available on the following dates:
Saturday 22nd January;
Saturday 29th January;
Saturday 5th February.

Doors 4.45pm, show start 5pm, meal from 6.15pm.

Advanced booking required. Booking instructions are detailed on the purchase email.

24 hour cancellation policy applies. Failure to provide sufficient notice may result in purchase being invalidated.

Multiple purchases permitted. Max table size 8.

Printed or electronic copy of order email must be presented on arrival.

Subject to availability and allocation. The beginning and end of validity period is often busiest. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Images used for illustrative purposes only.

Please refer to our Ts&Cs for full information.


Glasgow Music City Tours & Mharsanta Restaurant & Bar
26 Bell Street
Merchant City
G1 1LG

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