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> Lauders Calls Time On Big Band Music, End of an era for big band music in Glasgow
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post 17th Apr 2008, 08:12pm
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Lauder's Bar on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre has ditched its famous big band live music performances. Lauder's has been famous for over 20 years for treating its patrons to free big band shows every Saturday afternoon and early evening, and live music has been a permanent fixture in the pub since the 1940s.

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However the pub, which will close for refurbishment soon, has decided to axe the big band in favour of putting in more tables and seats for dining customers. Owners said that due to space restrictions it was no longer practical to accommodate a 17-piece band every Saturday afternoon.

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Lauder's Big Band leader Pete Dyer, who played in Glasgow's dance halls as a teenager in the 1950s said:
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The band here has remained a tradition and an institution.

What I find sad is that the place is getting refurbished so there must have been plans for a while, but we only found out a couple of weeks ago that we wouldn't be coming back.

There are places we could go but we want to stay.

Lauder's Bar opened in 1836. The establishment is named for Archibald Lauder, who took over the licence in 1871 when it was the Royal Lochnagar Vaults. Lauder produced a blended whisky, Lauder's Royal Northern Cream, which was exported worldwide. The pub was conveniently situated near cinemas, dance halls and theatres, and it remains popular at the beginning of the 21st century.

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post 18th Apr 2008, 02:00am
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Well. it was good,they kept it going all these years,but I suppose these days,its profit's,and the additional seating would create just that.Good Luck on their re-opening!
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post 18th Apr 2008, 10:51am
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Have they thought maybe if they don't have the bands they won't have as many customers to fill all these extra seats. There are plenty of pubs inthe city centre to choose from and if they are all much the same you don't get the loyallty.
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post 19th Apr 2008, 07:03pm
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Sorry to see the end of the music from the big band. It was always something to enjoy while the shopaholics haunted the town centre. sad.gif
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post 19th Apr 2008, 10:05pm
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What a shame. It was the sound of the music as you passed by that drew you in. Loud, yes, but oh so pleasant. I think this is a mistake. Jaybee
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post 7th Jun 2008, 02:45pm
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Can you tell me if the band will be performing elsewhere in the City?
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post 8th Jun 2008, 04:08am
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Such a shame , it had originality .Pubs and bars are ten a penny, you need something different to draw in custom.


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post 9th Oct 2008, 03:46pm
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Such a shame , it had originality .Pubs and bars are ten a penny, you need something different to draw in custom.
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post 9th Oct 2008, 03:54pm
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oh no! i cant beleive it. what a shame we so looked forward to going here on a saturday afternoon when we came to glasgow! it will never be the same nor have the same atmosphere!! we absolutely loved it. please please bring them back!!!!!!! does anyone know where they play at now? we will go there instead!!! big mistake lauders!!!!!!!
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post 28th Dec 2008, 01:15pm
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Sorry to hear this. My dad is up from Yorkshire for Christmas was so looking firward to me taking him to hear 'The Big Band'. It has become a tradition that I take him there. He has also travelled up to hear them play at other concert venues.
What a disappointment....
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post 29th Dec 2008, 05:55pm
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QUOTE (Dizzy @ 7th Jun 2008, 03:44pm) *
Can you tell me if the band will be performing elsewhere in the City?


The band have moved to the Winchester Club in Ingram Street on a Saturday afternoon.

The Winchester Club

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post 3rd Feb 2010, 02:55pm
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I was a regular big band fan who went to Lauders only to listen to the band. I regularly had the company of other family members and friends including my 19 year old Son and his friends. I for one spent more money standing watching the band than any single table that has replaced them. Another boring Pub has been born. Another nail in the coffin of the pub tradition. Winstons has now closed as the Red Lizzard is making it into a cocktail bar (another one) So I will change venue with the band and take my friends, family and wallet with me. Well done to all band members for battling on and bringing fun into this bland world.
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post 4th Nov 2010, 12:20pm
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I used to call in here on the Saturday afternoons when I was up in the city for the Celtic Connections Festival in January. Quite honestly Heather and the band were often far better than the musicians I'd be seeing over the rest of the weekend! It's been a year or two now since I could afford to go to Celtic Connections but I'm saddened to see the demise of this regular gig. Anyone know where the band is now, if anywhere, in case I CAN get up again?
Yeh, shame on you Lauders - how short-sighted to axe something so unique.
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post 4th Nov 2010, 08:59pm
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QUOTE (Dexter St. Clair @ 29th Dec 2008, 10:41am) *
The band have moved to the Winchester Club in Ingram Street on a Saturday afternoon.

The Winchester Club

I'll credit you this Dexter...you're the go to man on this site!!...(although a mystery man)
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post 4th Nov 2010, 09:45pm
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Haw Welly, Dex' made that post in June of 2008, Janis Joplin and Jimmie Hendrix urr deid noo an' mebbe that band is playing wae "The Gleen Miller" up in the big blue yonder .... ah'm noa buying 'flight tickets' tae ah get proof that they're still 'wetting the reids' at that address, LoL! Ach jist pullin yurr leg china, say "Hi!" tae "Lady Patricia"


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