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Big Karaoke Pub Challenge (open to all pubs/clubs in renfrewshire)

The event  this year  is being  sponsored by  Romech  F.M. and  Barmac electrical  Scotland ltd.  The prize  has been  increased this  year.  The winner will  get to record  3 songs of their choice,  2nd – 2  songs of their choice  and 3rd – 1 song of their choice.
The winning  pub/club will   get an  engraved mirror  and will host  the final  in  2018.
At  present  15  pubs  have agreed  to  take  part  this  year, they  are:
Hamishes Hoose
Patter Bar
Craigielea Bar
Wallace Bar/Grill
42 New Street
Tea Gardens
The Afton
St Peters Mens Club
Western Bar
Black Bull
Burns Houff
19th  Hole
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Arts centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations – and all that jazz!

THEY just can’t stop the music at Paisley Arts Centre.  As part of Paisley Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations, free jazz music gigs are being staged in the café bar after three shows in the main auditorium.

jazz singer Evelyn Laurie who will be doing a series of free gigs at Paisley Arts Centre cafe-bar

Jazz singer, Evelyn Laurie will perform along with guitarist, Frank Bolam from 9.30pm until 11pm after concerts by Breabach, on Saturday, March 4; Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive, on Friday, March 31 and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, on Friday, April 21.

A series of events is being planned to mark the Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary. As part of marking the occasion, Renfrewshire Leisure – which runs the venue – are asking people to send them their memories and experiences of the Arts Centre over the years.

People should email PAC30@renfrewshire.gov.uk with stories they’d like to share.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “Paisley Arts Centre does exactly what is says on the tin – it’s the centre of much of the arts and culture that’s been going on in Paisley for the past 30 years.
“It’s only right that in the year Paisley is bidding to be City of Culture 2021 we should celebrate a venue that’s played an important part in the culture of our town.
“Having a jazz singer perform following some of the music events in the main auditorium gives people added value and extends their enjoyment from their visit to Paisley Arts Centre.”

To book tickets for Breabach, Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra performances, at Paisley Arts Centre, log on to or www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts   or call 0300 300 1210.

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Paisley Opera

Paisley Opera:  Opera for and with the people of Paisley, an idea born out of passion and a belief that opera can speak directly to all kinds of people.

What is Paisley Opera…?

Paisley Opera is an idea born out of passion and a belief that opera can speak directly to all kinds of people.

We want to create a company that the people of Paisley can be proud of. This means creating and staging opera in unpredictable and unusual places.  It means opening the doors and inviting people in to watch our work and to work with us. This means sharing a great art with great people. It’s a different way of making opera, one that we’ve put a lot of thought, experience and research into. We need you to come and be part of it.

Who are we….?

We are a group of highly experienced professional singers, musicians, stage directors and technicians who have in common a passion for keeping opera alive and about involving local people in the company as much as we can. Our artistic director, Simon Hannigan moved to Paisley in 2010 and instantly fell in love with the town becoming more and more convinced that Paisley is an ideal place for this long-planned project.

As Urban Opera, we put on our first performance in Paisley at the University of The West of Scotland in December 2015. Since then we have been planning on how best to make the company a real part of this great town.

We need YOU !

How can I get involved…?

Come and be a volunteer.  There are several ways you can help: We are starting a volunteer chorus in February of this year. This will be the core of the company. It’ll be supported by experienced professional singers who will be there to help and inspire us all as we sing some of the great choruses.

What experience do I need? None at all, lots or somewhere in between. In other words, anyone can join. There are no auditions for the voluntary chorus, so whether you have sung in choirs and would like to try something a bit different or haven’t sung since someone at school told you that you couldn’t, come and join us !

But I can’t sing… We firmly believe that everyone, given the right help can sing. So if you’ve always thought you couldn’t but would like to try.. Come and join us. We’ll help you find your voice.

Do I need to read music? No. If you can read music, great, but there will be plenty of help available for learning your parts. Apart from rehearsals, we’ll be sending out sound files with your parts so that you can practice them at home.

Are there age restrictions ? We welcome anyone of 18 years to 98 and beyond ! In the future, we will be looking to involve under 18s, but we need to get the adult chorus up and running first.

Our Programme for this year:

Weekly rehearsals start Monday 27th February, so either find us and register online on our Facebook
page @paisleyoperaproject

Or just turn up on the night… you’ll be made very welcome!
Wallneuk North Parish Church Halls, Abercorn St, Paisley PA3 4AB

Free concert involving some great opera chorus tunes and some solo numbers on Friday 21st April. Venue will be revealed nearer the time.

Autumn 2017:  A specially-devised piece which will revolve around one of the great events in Paisley’s history… More information later.

The Future
After our first year we plan to put on full-scale productions in unusual venues with the chorus at the heart and using experienced professional principals.
Email: paisleyopera@gmail.com
Facebook: @paisleyoperaproject
Phone: 07702 424528 (Simon Hannigan)

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February events at The Bungalow

Upcoming events as follows:

Friday 3rd Feb – Artist(s): 4PLAY

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Pop classics
Doors: 6pm
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+

Sat 4th Feb – Artist(s): Bad Name – A Tribute to Bon Jovi

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD

Genre: Rock
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £5.00 Entry
Age: 18+

Thursday 9th Feb 2017 – Artist(s): The Ninth Wave, Kasper Hauser + TBC

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Alternative Pop
Doors: 7pm
Entry: £5.00 Entry.
Age: 18+

Friday 10th Feb 2017 – Artist(s): Billy Mitchell, The Medicine Priests & The Cairds

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Indie
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

Saturday 11th Feb 2017 – Artist(s): Maiden Scotland – Somewhere Back In Paisley

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Classic Rock
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £7.00
Age: 18+

Thursday 16th Feb 2017 = Artist(s): Warrior Soul + Anchor Lane

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Classic Rock / Punk
Doors: 7pm
Entry: £8.00
Age: 18+

Friday 17th Feb 2017 – Artist(s): TBC

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Doors: 6pm
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

Saturday 18th Feb 2017 – Artist(s): The Naked Feedback, Hangszeres, The Twisted Melons + Azure Halo

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Prog Rock
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+

Friday 24th Feb 2017 – Artist(s): MeanBone

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Classic Rock
Doors: 6pm
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+

Sat 25th Feb 2017 – Artist(s): NOASIS

Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Genre: Indie
Doors: 8pm
Age: 18+

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Free Function Hire with Free DJ at 42 New Street

Free Function Hire with Free DJ.  Various buffet options are available.

Below is also a list of upcoming events:

Comedy night last Thursday of every month next one is 23rd of February.

Friday and Saturday night entertainment is always either a DJ or karaoke, resident DJ is The DJ Barron.

42 New Street

Or why not try our valentine menu which is available from 10th February to 14th February.


Roast of the day, seasonal vegetables, potatoes and yorkshire pudding £7.95. 

Sunday roast family deal – family of four (2 adults 2 children under 10) £19.99.

Please get in touch to book a table.

Or why not enjoy 2 large margherita pizzas and 4 bottles of lager or 4 house cocktails, or bottle of house wine all for only £14.95.

We also have 3-course business lunch Mon to Frid 12-4 for only £5.95

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Diane Mitchell Music School update

We have new spaces available for individual guitar lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We are taking names for the next taster block, as the present block is full. The next one will start on Saturday April 22nd from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

We have new spaces on a Wednesday and a Sunday for drum lessons. We are also starting a beginner guitar group on a Thursday. For more information contact us by email on info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com or call us on 07896689816 or 07410918555.

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Paisley 2021 gets 2021st backer at music festival

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 just passed another magical milestone – after 2021 people signed up to back it online.

Scott Lever and Nyree Marsh pushing the button to back the bid

The bid website at paisley2021.co.uk has had an option for residents to ‘push the button’ to register their support since the start of November.

And University of the West of Scotland music student Scott Lever – one of the team who organised the uni’s Scottish Music Festival, taking place today – was the man who helped tip the total over the line.

The first ever music festival at the university saw a number of performances in the Atrium and Brough Hall throughout the day.

The festival was headlined by local band Lemonhaze, who recently won a nationwide competition to open for Paolo Nutini before a crowd of tens of thousands at Edinburgh’s world-famous Hogmanay street party.

And Scott and fellow events management student Nyree Marsh, both from Greenock, were delighted to add their names to the thousands who have already backed the bid online,

Scott said: “We fully support the Paisley 2021 bid and it’s a real honour for me to be the 2021st backer.

“Paisley has so much going on, with the Monte Carlo Rally next week and the Scottish Album of the Year coming back, plus there’s so many good bands.

“The music festival came about when we were asked to put an event on with some bands in the Atrium as part of our course – word got out and it started to grow and we added in guest speakers and people from the Scottish music industry.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board, added: “For Paisley 2021 to reach 2021 online backers in less than three months just shows the depth of support here in the town.

“That number can be added to the almost 10,000 who have already taken part in conversations around the bid online or at one of our events.

“From the start we said the bid would be led by the people of Paisley for the people of Paisley, and that has been the case.

“So it was fitting the 2021st backer was Scott – someone who is doing great work to help showcase the great musical talent we have in the town.

“But the drive for support doesn’t stop here – for us to have a chance of winning we need people to help us show the judges at DCMS that the people of Paisley want the bid and can make it happen.

“You can push the button at paisley2021.co.uk now – let’s see how many we can get to show their support by the time the bid is lodged in April.”

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White’s Academy of Music

We have a new drum school starting at the end of January, Gary Montgomery drums at White’s Academy of Music. Gary has decided to move from Drummer’s Only in Glasgow and bring his amazing experience and expertise to Renfrewshire, he is bringing many students with him but will have space for students from this area.
This is an exciting opportunity to receive drum tuition from one of Scotland’s top drum tutors, he also works as a session drummer and gigs all over the country and some samples can be found on YouTube.

This is part of a re-establishing of White’s Academy, now offering tuition in Keyboards, Guitar and Drums.

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Paisley bands take over Scotland’s new year!

Paisley will be bringing in Scotland’s new year – with not one but three local acts taking the stage at the world-famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party.

The town’s very own music megastar, Paolo Nutini, will headline both the Night Afore Concert on 30 December and Concert in The Gardens on 31 December, with a local act – the hotly-tipped The Vegan Leather – supporting on both nights.


And Paisley indie-rockers Lemonhaze will open the showcase Concert in the Gardens after winning a nationwide competition to land a prized slot on the bill.

The contest saw a shortlist of eight bands chosen from more than 400 entries by judges including festival headliner Paolo, with more than 10,000 votes cast by the public.

And the Paisley connection to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay doesn’t stop there – with the festival bill including a special show paying tribute to work of the town’s 19th-century weaver-poet Robert Tannahill.

Acclaimed singer-songwriters Eddi Reader and James Grant will be joined by the Tannahill Weavers and Tannahill Singers for a show based on the work of ‘Scotland’s secret bard’, as part of Scot:Lands which takes place in various venues around the Old Town on 1 January.

The show is arriving in Edinburgh after making a sold-out debut at Paisley’s Spree festival in October.

Gianluca Bernacchi of The Vegan Leather said: “This will be the biggest gig we have done so far – we are all really excited for it, and to be playing with Paolo.

“We were growing up in Paisley when he first broke through and he is someone we really look up to, so it’s really cool to be on the same bill as him.

“My family are actually from the same town in Italy as his family, so we have met a few times through our parents.

“Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the biggest parties in the world and to have so many Paisley acts performing speaks volumes about what is going on in the town.”

Jean Cameron, Project Director of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, said: “Scotland boasts one of the most iconic new year celebrations in the world with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – and to have three Paisley acts at the heart of that just shows the strength of the wonderful creative scene we have in the town.

“The Vegan Leather and Lemonhaze are two of our best up-and-coming acts, so it is great to see them share a stage with our best-known musical performer.

“It’s also great to see the work of Paisley’s Robert Tannahill being brought to life as part of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival.

“This helps showcase the depth of Paisley’s historic and contemporary creative offer – and with the bid to be lodged in 2017 it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The Vegan Leather and Lemonhaze have both already played to crowds of thousands during major events in Paisley town centre – with the former on the bill for the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on and Paisley 2021 bid anniversary last month.

That event featured a video message from Paolo outlining in his own words how he saw the bid benefitting his home town

He said at the time: “Paisley has this real air of bohemia and is full of artists and free-thinkers, and for me it’s got to embrace that and not try to change that.

“I see the romance in the town – I see the real beauty in it.”

Also appearing for the Concert in the Gardens are 90s icons the Lightning Seeds, with 75,000 revellers expected to descend on Edinburgh for 31st December, 150,000 for the full three-day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay programme. Full details of all the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events and tickets still available can be found at www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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Paisley to host Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017

The Scots Trad Music Awards are to be held in Paisley in December 2017 for the first time.

The news was announced by event founder Simon Thoumire at this year’s Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony in Caird Hall, Dundee on Saturday, December 3.

The BBC MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards are considered a major highlight in the traditional music calendar. The aim of the annual awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity that will shine a light on talent as well as the industry in general.

From its inception in 2003, the awards have steadily grown in popularity and prestige attracting television coverage by BBC ALBA in 2007 and major sponsorship from MG ALBA in 2008. This year’s awards will be broadcast to the world (via bbc.co.uk/alba) and it is hoped this will afford Scotland’s largest town an opportunity to share news of its bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 with a global audience.  

The is also further evidence that Paisley is capable of hosting high profile music events – it hosted both the British Pipe Band Championships and the Scottish Album of the Year Awards this year, with both returning in 2017.  

It is also proof of Paisley’s burgeoning music scene. Renfrewshire’s talents have featured heavily in the BBC MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards in recent years with The Scott Wood Band nominated for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ in 2014 while Johnstone Pipe Band are in contention for ‘Pipe Band of the Year’ this year (see separate release for results).

Simon Thoumire said, “Hands Up for Trad are really delighted that the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards will be hosted by Paisley, currently bidding for the UK City of Culture title in 2021, home of The Spree, and the birth place of some of Scotland’s finest musical talent. We’re really looking forward to working with Renfrewshire Council to make the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017 the best yet“.

Welcoming the Trad Awards announcement, Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan, said, “We are delighted to be hosting the Trad Awards in 2017 and look forward to welcoming fans from all over the world. Paisley’s music scene is thriving, offering formal concerts and more impromptu gigs in local cafes, bars and restaurants, as organisers grow in confidence. Add several major music events in 2017 and the reasons to visit have grown enormously.”                      

For more information on the Scots Trad Music Awards visit: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/