I just caught the end of a Scottish magazine type programme to-night and heard a guy singing just him and an old battered guitar. It turns out to have been the lead singer of a band called Glasvegas hailing from the east end of Glasgow. I searched on google and came up with some utube footage of the band playin a song called "daddy's gone" and another one called "Geraldine" from the first chord I was totally hooked James Allan sings in a broad Gaswegian accent and is brilliant I have not been as excited about a band in years. The two songs I have heard mentioned above sent shivers down my spine. Have a listen see what u think. Awesome. click here
I was born in Glasgow and left there forty years ago. I recently spent several months there and the thing that irritated me most was not the hundreds of sets of traffic lights ( all on timers) or the terrible roads ( when resurfacing the manhole covers are never raised) but the Glasgow accent. And I was born there.
I'm so sorry you don't like the Glasgow accent. I've just had a holiday in Dublin, (I left there in 1953) and listening to the present day Dubliners speak took me back to my youth. I don't particularly like my own accent, but I wouldn't swap it for another. It's my heritage and I'm justifiably proud of it.
The great thing about the Scots (my grandmother was Scottish, my mother half Scottish and I'm quarter Scottish) is that you can normally understand perfectly what they are saying, no matter which part of the country they come from.
It's also one of the main reasons I love Scottish singers, especially female singers, such as Barbara Dickson, Sharlene Spiteri, Brenda Cochrane. Lena Martell, Moira Anderson, Annie Lennox, Lulu etc.
However, the theory about understanding the Scots falls apart in the case, for instance, of Kenny Dalglish (who lives in my town!)