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Paolo Nutini backs home-town culture bid with exclusive one-off Paisley Abbey show

Paisley’s Paolo Nutini has announced an exclusive one-off homecoming charity show in the stunning surroundings of Paisley Abbey to back the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

The show – on Friday 20 October – tops the bill for Paisley’s annual Spree festival and is taking place in support of a number of local good causes.

Paolo and his band will deliver an unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to be in the town’s 850-year-old Abbey to see it.

Only a limited number of gold-dust tickets will be available to the public for the 550-capacity venue.

Fans will be able to register via thespree.co.uk from Friday for a chance to get the option to purchase a pair.

100 tickets will be made available to Renfrewshire community groups.

All ticket monies will go directly to five local charities selected by Paolo himself – The Love Street Singers, Mirren Park School, The Kibble Band, the Sunshine Recovery Cafe and some of the town’s Syrian refugee children.

Paolo said: “I’ve always wanted to play in the Abbey since I was a wee boy. I’m proud to be a part of The Spree … I’m proud to be from Paisley … love is music and music is home. Big love people.”

Paisley is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 as part of wider plans to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage story.

Bids were submitted to the UK Government in April and a decision on the shortlist for the next stage is due over the summer. The winner will be announced at the end of the year.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “Paolo’s support has been absolutely instrumental to Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid and we are utterly thrilled he is playing this gig – it will be spectacular and we cannot wait.

“It is wonderful to see him helping us realise the bid’s aim to open up the benefits of culture to everybody in the town by supporting local charities and communities who face real barriers to accessing world-class cultural experiences.”

The Spree is Paisley’s flagship annual arts festival and takes place over ten days in October, with Paisley Abbey also hosting a one-off – and now sold-out – collaboration between Frightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The full bill is available at thespree.co.uk

Tickets for Paolo’s show are £30 each and restricted to two per person. Ticket sales will be via an online ballot utilising Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan System. The ballot opens at 9am on Friday 30 June and runs until Thursday 6 July.

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FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT DIANE MITCHELL MUSIC SCHOOL

Looking for something fun but educational for your child over the summer holidays? Bookings are now being taken for our summer holiday music clubs in both Paisley and Barrhead.

From School of Rock to Under the sea, we have activities for all ages from age 3- 13 years. We also have a taster week where children can try out various instruments and we have our school of Rock weeks where you can bring your own instrument and form a band.

Get in touch on 07896689816 or email info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com to book a place or for more information.

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Frightened Rabbit and RSNO among headliners for Paisley’s Spree festival

The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree festival – featuring a one-off collaboration between Scottish indie actFrightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey.

frightened rabbit

The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Frightened Rabbit will be the latest in a line of Scottish bands to team up with the orchestra in the stunning setting of the 850-year-old Abbey on 17 October for a show which has been a highlight of previous Sprees.

Much of the action will take place in a specially-erected Spiegeltent in the town centre, which will host trad acts Dougie MacLean and Canada’s De Temps Antan (18 Oct), Breabach, Kris Drever and Talisk (20 Oct), plus Sharon Shannon and Fara(15 Oct).

Paisley Arts Centre will welcome Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert (15 Oct) and a gathering of artists from the Lost Map record label, curated by The Pictish Trail (22 Oct).

The festival will have a strong international feel with an Americana night boasting Boston’s Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, and opened by England’s Yola Carter, named UK Artist of the Year at the 2017 American Music Association UK Awards.

Specially-commissioned shows in support of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid include:

– an opening night concert where three Scottish acts – Ross Ainslie, Blue Rose Code and Angus Lyon – and from India – Smita Bellur, Asin Khan Langa and Sawai Khan – weave together traditional music from both countries. The same show will also open the prestigious Rajastan International Folk Festival a week before;

– a show celebrating Paisley’s untold story featuring and curated by acclaimed songwriter James Grant;

– a literary celebration at a Banks Supper night inspired by Iain Banks’ novel Espedair Street, about a rock band from the town, featuring award-winning author Alan Bissett;

Tickets for all shows will be available from thespree.co.uk from 9am on Wednesday 21 June.

The line-up was announced on Radio Scotland tonight by Vic Galloway, who will broadcast his radio show before a live audience in the town during the festival, as will his BBC colleague Janice Forsyth.

There remains one major headline act still to be announced, with Paisley music fans encouraged to keep their eyes on the Spree social media channels as it is one they won’t want to miss.

The Spree will also feature two comedy nights in conjunction with the Gilded Balloon, as well as film events and songwriting workshops, while unsigned musical talent will be given a showcase through the nightly Danny Kyle Open Stage run by Celtic Music Radio.

The festival sees the return of the ever-popular ModStuff celebration of all things Mod run by LNP Promotions – headlined byThe Style Councillors and taking over The Spiegeltent on the final Saturday.

Paisley Town Hall will also host award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew’s BREWBAND, fusing together indie-rock music and dance.

There will be plenty for kids too, with the National Theatre of Scotland bringing their Rocket Post show to town, fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, while the Big Telly Theatre Company present Operation Paisley – Alien Pursuit, an interactive, town-wide treasure hunt for kids.

A full programme of free children’s shows taking place over the October school holidays is still to be announced.

The Spree is run by Renfrewshire Council and programmed by Active Events.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “The Spree festival is the one of the flagship dates on Paisley’s current events calendar and has gone from strength to strength over the years.

“In the year we are bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 it is fitting the Spree bill manages at once to be outward-looking and internationally-flavoured, yet also unmistakeably Paisley – showcasing the town’s unique story and giving a platform to some of our fantastic local talent.

“The event again shows Paisley’s ability to host large-scale events featuring some of Scotland’s finest talent, and will attract fans from throughout the country to our unique town centre venues.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using the town’s unique heritage and cultural story and was lodged with the UK government in April, with a decision expected over which places make the shortlist this summer.

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The Bungalow in Association with RSA Presents GROUND ZERO Live Rap Battle and Hip-Hop Event

Paisley’s independent live music venue The Bungalow and popular town centre community convenience store RSA (owned by Rehman Afzal otherwise known as Rekz) along-side organiser Darren Scott have teamed up to present GROUND ZERO a new music event dedicated to Rap and Hip-Hop on Saturday 8th July 2017 in The Bungalow on Shuttle Street, Paisley from 8pm.
 
Crowds can expect to witness rap battles between 12 different MCs through-out the night and the winner being presented with a £200.00 cash prize! Local DJ ‘Big Div’ will be launching sounds all night long with more additions to the night due to be announced over the coming weeks with beatboxers also welcome to take to the stage.
 

Organiser ‘Rekz’ said: “I have always been interested in expressive music such as Hip Hip/Rap. The Scottish scene in comparison to the English scene has been lacking in the mainstream. Paisley is an integral musical hub in Scotland it would only be fitting for the Scottish Hip Hop/Rap talents to take centre stage in the Bungalow Paisley, which will no doubt create noise and inspire people through it. Paisley having had turbulent times socially, music such as this can unite people and in many occasions be helpful to the mind and soul.”

GROUND ZERO will also be a free entry event for all those who wish to attend with donations welcome to go towards Sense Scotland’s ‘One Giant Leap Programme’ who support young adults with disabilities through music and arts.

Confirmed MC performances will be from:
Nity Gritz . Kayce One . Wee D . Jailz .
GBh . RDS . Subkonscious . Strong Tone
Fuzzy . G-mo . Mako . Scott Stewart . Ill Az. Macc.

Want to get involved? Email Emma MacKenzie on thebungalowonline@outlook.com or drop a message to The
Bungalow Facebook Page.

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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2017 Shortlist Revealed

The ten Shortlisted albums for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award were revealed this evening at a special BBC Music Day programming of the BBC Radio Scotland Quay Sessions.

2016 SAY winner Anna Meredith pictured in Paisley

The selected albums continue to confirm Scotland as a nation with incredible cultural importance, especially within music.

Last year’s SAY Award winner Anna Meredith visited the town of Paisley, host to this year’s SAY Award ceremony earlier today where she was greeted with a giant SAY Award logo outside Paisley Gilmour Street Station.

The SAY Award 2017 Shortlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):

C Duncan The Midnight Sun

Ela Orleans Circles Of Upper And Lower Hell

Honeyblood Babes Never Die

Konx-om-Pax Caramel

Meursault I Will Kill Again

Mogwai Atomic

Pictish Trail Future Echoes [Public Vote Winner]

Rachel Newton Here’s My Heart Come Take It

RM Hubbert Telling The Trees

Sacred Paws Strike A Match

 

The public can listen to and learn more about each album on The SAY Award Shortlist by visiting www.sayaward.com 

Beginning in March, the process has taken almost 300 public submissions, to 20 Longlisted records, chosen by a panel of 100 impartial nominators, to the Shortlist of 10 albums; one of which was chosen by the public through a 72-hour online vote and the other 9 chosen by an independent panel of judges. This year’s shortlisted artists have each won £1,000, provided by long-term award partner Creative Scotland.  In addition to this, each artist will be awarded with an exclusively designed trophy created by the winner of  The SAY Design Commission, Lisa Crockard.

The 72-hour voting window, which closed at midnight on Wednesday, saw Pictish Trail being voted on to the shortlist by the public.

Johnny Lynch, who goes under the guise of Pictish Trail said; “Wow.  Surprised, confused, humbled and mildly aroused to have won the popular vote for the Scottish Album Of The Year Shortlist.  Thank you to all those that voted for Future Echoes, and to all those who forgot to vote but who would have voted for a different album.  I couldn’t have done it without you. “

Judges include Stuart Cosgrove (Writer/Broadcaster), Caroline Winn (Glasgow International), Roland Gulliver (Edinburgh International Book Festival), Amy Liptrot (Writer), Claire Gevaux (Help Musicians UK), Tallah Brash (The Skinny), Lauren Martin (Music Journalist), Andy Hannah (Line Of Best Fit), David Scott (University of the West of Scotland), Barry Price (Sub Club), Stephanie McWhinnie (TV Producer), John Williamson [CHAIR] (Glasgow University).

Composer and performer Anna Meredith also joined the show sharing news of her year since winning the coveted SAY Award for her album ‘Varmints’ in 2016.

The SAY Award winner will be announced on June 28th in the elegant surroundings of Paisley Town Hall in support of  Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize also provided by Creative Scotland.

 The SAY Award is produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), in partnership with Paisley for UK City of Culture 2021,Creative Scotland, Black Bottle, TicketWeb and PPL. The award, which was launched in 2012, celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums released each year. Respected by artists and valued by the industry, The SAY Award is responsible for a surge in musical discovery and an explosion of impassioned debate on social media. Previous SAY Award winners are Anna Meredith (2016), Kathryn Joseph (2015), Young Fathers (2014), RM Hubbert (2013) and Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (2012).

Andy Hannah, SAY Award Judge and Journalist for The Line Of Best Fit said: “It’s clear from previous winners that SAY award and the judges have chosen records which absolutely deserve all the plaudits which came their way before and after. It also brings vital, beautiful pieces of music to a wider audience – which can only be a good thing. As for this year, creating a shortlist isn’t any easy task when there are a number of records to get excited about. For me, it’s an honour to get to champion a handful of albums which have improved my life in the past 12 months.”

Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager, Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: “On behalf of the Scottish Music Industry Association, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to the 10 fantastic albums that have been Shortlisted for this year’s SAY Award. The Shortlist, without doubt highlights the strength and diversity of the recorded output of our country’s artists, and we look forward to celebrating all 10 titles at The SAY Award ceremony later this month, where this year’s winner will be revealed.”

Jean Cameron, project director of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, said: “Once again, the SAY Award shortlist shows the diversity and quality of Scotland’s music scene and we can’t wait to welcome the acts on the shortlist to Paisley Town Hall later this month for the ceremony itself.

We are delighted to be the SAY Award hosts for another year – not only does it show off Paisley’s unique venues and ability to host, but to have attracted one of the most prestigious dates in Scotland’s musical calendar to the town is a real thumbs-up for Paisley’s growing reputation as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, said: “One of the best things about the SAY Award Shortlist is that, year after year, it encourages music fans to take their ears into another territory and listen to something they haven’t heard before. Other awards can only look on in envy as the SAY Award puts traditional harp and flamenco-hued guitar next to thunderous power-pop and soundscape electronica, in the full knowledge that every album here is absolutely worthy of your undivided attention. All of these acts either put their own distinctive stamp on their chosen genre or bend the rules out of shape to create music that’s thrillingly hard to define. Creative Scotland is proud to support a shortlist that’s as uniformly great as this.” 

Emma Casey, Global Marketing Manager for Black Bottle, said: “We’re delighted to be an official partner of The SAY Award this year. We’re proud of our roots in Scotland and passionate about doing things differently, so it’s great to celebrate the work of these talented Scottish musicians who have all created their own unique sounds”

Jonathan West, Director of Marketing & Artist Services, TicketWeb, said: “I really didn’t know how the panel were going to get the shortlist down this year. It’s really cool that the public have nominated Pictish Trail. He’s become a real icon of Scottish music over the last decade so it’s beautiful to see there’s still a place in the hearts of music fans for him. Bring on the ceremony, we can’t wait to be back in Paisley!” 

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive, PPL, said: For decades, Scotland has been a thriving hotbed of musical talent, nurturing artists as diverse and varied as Orange Juice, Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura right through to Biffy Clyro, Chvrches and Young Fathers.  This is why, at PPL, we think it is vitally important to continue our partnership supporting the SAY Awards, an event that recognises and puts on a spotlight on some of the best music coming out of Scotland.” 

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Music Fans Get Their SAY as Scottish Album of The Year Award Opens Its Vote to the Public

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award public vote is open from Monday 12 June until midnight on Wednesday 14 June, giving music fans all over the world 72 hours to choose their favourite album from The SAY Award Longlist.  The public’s choice will be guaranteed a much sought after slot on The SAY Award Shortlist, due to be exclusively revealed as part of BBC Music Day 2017 and BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions on Thursday 15 June. Simulcast on BBC Radio Scotland and 6 Music, the show features live performance from The Charlatans, Arab Strap and Lau.

The public can now cast their vote in support of the album they think should be on the shortlist and for the very first time ever, their vote will automatically enter them into a ballot to win an exclusive pair of tickets to this year’s SAY Award ceremony on June 28.  The album with the most votes at midnight on Wednesday will make the list, earning the artist a guaranteed £1,000 and the chance to be crowned Scottish Album of the Year 2017 and earn the £20,000 prize.

The winner of the public vote will join nine other shortlisted titles chosen by The SAY Award’s independent judging panel, these include: Stuart Cosgrove (Writer/Broadcaster), Caroline Winn (Glasgow International), Roland Gulliver (Edinburgh International Book Festival), Amy Liptrot (Writer), Claire Gevaux (Help Musicians UK), Tallah Brash (The Skinny), Lauren Martin (Music Journalist), Andy Hannah (Line Of Best Fit), David Scott (University of the West of Scotland), Barry Price (Sub Club), Stephanie McWhinnie (TV Producer), John Williamson [CHAIR] (Glasgow University).

This year’s longlist symbolises the variety of emerging and established talent in Scotland including a diverse range of genres and internationally renowned acts.

The full SAY Award 2017 longlist is as follows (in alphabetical order): 

Adam Holmes and The Embers

C Duncan

Ela Orleans

Fatherson

Frightened Rabbit

Honeyblood

The Jesus and Mary Chain

King Creosote

Konx-om-Pax

Meursault

Modern Studies

Mogwai

Pictish Trail

Rachel Newton

RM Hubbert

Sacred Paws

Starless

Teenage Fanclub

TeenCanteen

Vukovi

Brighter Still

The Midnight Sun

Circles of Upper and Lower Hell

Open Book

Painting of a Panic Attack

Babes Never Die

Damage and Joy

Astronaut Meets Appleman

Caramel

I Will Kill Again

Swell To Great

Atomic

Future Echoes

Here’s My Heart Come Take It

Telling The Trees

Strike A Match

Starless

Here

Say It All With A Kiss

Vukovi

Produced by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), and now in its sixth year, The SAY Award has grown to become the most prestigious music prize in Scotland. Previous winners include Young Fathers (2014) and Kathryn Joseph (2015). Composer and performer Anna Meredith will also join BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions to share news of her year since winning the SAY Award for her album, ‘Varmints’ in 2016.

This year’s prestigious SAY Award ceremony will be held in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 28 June supporting Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. 

Robert Kilpatrick, Project Manager of The SAY Award said: “Taking part in the public vote really is the chance to have your SAY. Not only will your vote play an important part in the determination of The Shortlist, but for the first time ever, anyone who enters the public vote will also be entered into a ballot to win an exclusive pair of tickets to this year’s SAY Award ceremony, taking place on Wednesday 28 June at Paisley Town Hall. We’re delighted to be opening up the ceremony this year, rewarding those who engage with the process and champion the outstanding Scottish albums celebrated.”

 

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Be part of a new show – Seraphina calls for a chorus

In October 2017 a new theatre show is coming to Paisley by conFAB productions and they are looking for people from Renfrewshire to join in. 

Women from all ages (16 plus) and backgrounds are invited to join part of a large chorus in conFAB’s new show Seraphina as part of the Paisley 2021 programme. Applications to join in close on Saturday 19 August.

The commitment is weekly rehearsals from August (20th) to October 2017 with the live show from 31 October – 4 November 2017.

Director Rachel Jury comments: “We are hoping that many females from Paisley will want to be part of our new show. To sing, laugh, share connections and most importantly have fun. It is a large scale multi-art form theatre production combining community and professional performers, singers and musicians.

The Paisley Witches Trails act as a starting point in this exploration of femininity, why femininity is feared and what the power of femininity can contribute to the world. It’s going to be phenomenal.” 

To apply contact Rachel Jury:  admin@confab.org.uk

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Looking for a Career in Music? Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Has Arrived in Glasgow

Looking for a Career in Music? Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Has Arrived in Glasgow Offering Free Industry Training, Mentoring and Work for Young People

From June to September this year, over 120 young people aged 18-25 have the opportunity to receive key music industry training as part of Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Project. With the project having previously run in London, Cardiff and Manchester, Capital XTRA’s Music Potential has now launched for the first time in Glasgow, and is being co-delivered by the Scottish Music Industry Association and Glasgow Music Studios. 

Capital XTRA’s Music Potential helps young people aged 18-25 who are not in employment, education or training to improve skills, develop talent and enhance their employability prospects. With opportunities available to build skills and confidence, take part in valuable work experience, develop unique one to one professional industry mentoring relationships, apply for paid apprenticeships and gain recognised qualifications, Music Potential presents a great opportunity for young people in Scotland who are looking to start a career in music.

Focusing on four key disciplines, Capital XTRA’s Music Potential will see participants’ gain training from a wide array of industry professionals on song writing and performance, music business, audio production and radio production. Confirmed workshop leaders for 2017 include Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood), Becci Wallace (University of the West of Scotland), Steg G (Sunny Govan), Tam Coyle (Miobabig Music Consultancy/DJ) and Dominic Martin (Glasgow DJ Academy), with many more still to be announced.

Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager, Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) said: “Everyone in Scotland should be given access and opportunities to be involved in music and the arts, and thanks to Capital XTRA, this project will provide valuable industry training for over 120 young people at no personal cost. Participants will be equipped with the skills required to meet the gaps and development needs of Scotland’s music industry at present, giving them the best possible chance of future employment.”

Lynne Howard, Director, Glasgow Music Studios said: “Glasgow Music Studios’ vision is to inspire people to create musicOur aim is to remove barriers to participation and reach vulnerable young people from all areas of Scotland, providing them with the chance to create contemporary music and improve their futures through employability training and confidence building. We advise everyone who is interested register as soon as possible and to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities available”.

Stina Tweeddale of Scottish grunge-pop duo Honeyblood, said: “It is a pleasure to be involved with The Music Potential Project and share what I’ve learned about working in music throughout my creative career. It’s important to share experience and develop upcoming talent within Scotland to help foster our future artists.”

Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Glasgow kicks off with two taster days for 120 young people on 21 and 22 June at citizenM Glasgow.

Registrations are now open via the Capital XTRA website and close on 12 June. With high demand expected, those interested are advised to apply as soon as possible. 

For more information on Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Glasgow, please email musicpotentialglasgow@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook. 

#UnleashYourPotential

 

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Stuart Mitchell Interview

Stuart Mitchell Interview

Following the runaway success of his 2016 Fringe debut ‘Dealt a Bad Hand’ BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Breaking the News’ panelist Stuart Mitchell brings his critically acclaimed show to Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 9th June. You can read more about Stuart here.

The interview was conducted by our very own Peter Greenwood.

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Trinity High School’s upcoming production of The Sound of Music

The show will take place in Trinity High School, Glebe Street, Renfrew PA4 8TP from 19th June 2017 – 22nd June 2017 (7pm).
Tickets for the show can be ordered and collected by contacting the school office on 0141 886 6121.  Family tickets (two adults and two children) cost £12; adult tickets are £5; child and concession tickets cost £3.

Here’s the publicity blurb if required:

“This summer, the staff and pupils at Trinity High School are proud to present their production of the Rodger and Hammerstein’s much loved musical smash hit, The Sound of Music.  The production is the fruit of ten months of hard work and labour, with daily after-school rehearsals becoming the norm for those involved.  The result is a finely choreographed and highly entertaining revival of the Broadway musical hit.

All involved are eagerly awaiting the chance finally to take to the stage and put on the show.  For the many Sixth Year students involved, it marks a fitting and deserved conclusion to their time at the school.

The show will be produced by Miss Catriona Duggan, English Teacher and producer of the school’s highly successful and much lauded rendition in 2013 of West Side Story.  Miss Duggan’s own playscript Things Change also featured in the Progressive Playwright Award finals at Tron Theatre in September last year.”