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Bumper crowds across the region enjoy Paisley 2021 Weekend

Paisley’s Diversity Carnival in Barshaw Park

Thousands of people turned out for 16 cultural events across Renfrewshire, held as part of the Paisley 2021 Weekend.

Paisley’s Diversity Carnival in Barshaw Park

Paisley’s Diversity Carnival in Barshaw Park

Held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August, the Paisley 2021 Weekend brought together diverse cultural events taking place all over Renfrewshire in support of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The cultural extravaganza showcased the broad depth and range of cultural activity which flourishes across the region throughout the year. Locals and visitors were spoiled for choice over both days, with live music, open-mic sessions, dance performances, gala days, an Afro-Caribbean carnival and the increasingly famous Pride of Paisley lions just some of the offering which took place.

Highlights included the culmination of Paisley Music Week, with an impromptu performance by Paolo Nutini surprising unsuspecting gig goers at The Cave. The star treated the crowd to a rendition of his hit, Pencil Full of Lead, to show support for Paisley Music Week and the Paisley 2021 Weekend.

The weekend saw dozens of other Paisley Music Week performances across the town, including an appearance by local song writer, Lisa Kowalski, during half-time of St Mirren FC’s match at the Paisley 2021 Stadium. The diversity of Paisley’s cultural and music scene was underlined when a choir of Syrian children took part in Saturday’s Loud ‘n’ Proud Busking Day

Local boy Tom Potter, UK Young Drummer of the Year, had County Square shaking and rocking when he took centre stage at the Drum Jam on Saturday.

Members of dates ‘n’ Mates participating in the Drum Jam in County Square

Members of dates ‘n’ Mates participating in the Drum Jam in County Square

Those looking for a more relaxing, yet no less creative, cultural experience took part in the PACE Massive Weekend, which delivered two-full days of workshops, catering for all ages. The taster sessions proved popular, with PACE receiving more than 30 enquiries from local people looking to join the group.

Children taking part in one of the many PACE sessions

Children taking part in one of the many PACE sessions

The always popular gala days in Johnstone, Erskine and Brookfield Village saw big turn-outs from local communities looking to enjoy a day of family fun.

The Dates ‘n’ Mates touring bus was also a hit with a number of new people contacting the team to find out about the range of friendship services, creative workshops and volunteering opportunities which the initiative offers.

Scottish and Afro-Caribbean culture was celebrated in Barshaw Park during Paisley’s Diversity Carnival, with the drums, dancing and masquerade going down a storm despite the typically Scottish weather.

A record number of people, more than 2,800, pulled on their trainers to take part in the Paisley 2021 Weekend when they completed the Paisley 10k and Fun Run on Sunday.

Jean Cameron, Bid Director for Paisley 2021, said: “We’d like to thank all the event organisers and people who took part across Renfrewshire to make the Paisley 2021 Weekend a big success.

“The number diversity and popularity of the events which took place in Paisley and all over the region exemplify just how strong our cultural offering is. Engaging local communities and encouraging them to become involved in and enjoy cultural activities is a key aim of our Paisley 2021 bid.

“The Paisley 2021 Weekend is just a snapshot of the cultural activity that occurs in Paisley and Renfrewshire throughout the year but it did a brilliant job of showcasing what we have to offer. Culture means different things to different people but across all the events, there was one clear commonality; the smiling faces, enjoyment and excitement which people were experiencing.”

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in Spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit  www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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Main Street Blues at Paisley Arts Centre – Saturday 10 September at 7:30pm

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Unadulterated acoustic blues and electric blues rock courtesy of one of the most prominent Scottish bands to emerge in the genre. Main Street Blues will be appearing at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 10th September at 7:30pm.

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The band’s show brings together acoustic blues with a powerful mix of high energy electric blues and funk material. A favourite around festivals, theatres and Arts Centres, and known for putting on a very energetic live show, the band has sold out its performances at the prestigious Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in each of the last five years and part of their set was recently televised by BBC when the band played the Main Stage at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in the Highlands.

Reviews:

‘A masterclass in musicianship. Simply First Class’Press & Journal

So tight you couldn’t slide a Rizla between them. Great gig. – Ian Rankin

I was left craving and shouting for more with a crowd who were happy having shared this great show. – Mike Dr Blue McKeon British Blues Archive

Jubilant atmosphere, packed to the rafters. Face melting guitar solos. A blues band in the truest sense  – Blues in Britain Magazine

About the band:

Front man is Derek Smith (guitar and vocals), who has played with many of the top Blues musicians in the country, Iain Hanna on keyboards and probably the best, powerful rhythm section in Scotland, featuring John McAvoy on drums and John Hay on bass guitar.

The band’s influences are drawn from many of the blues greats plus more modern blues artists such as Robben Ford, Sean Costello, John Hyatt, Bill Perry and Robert Ward.

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The Bungalow

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The Bungalow is an independent and ethical live music venue nestled within the heart of Paisley Town Centre (Central Scotland). We are well known for our relaxed atmosphere and laid back attitudes, not to mention having the friendliest team of staff (we feel) on the planet!

The Bungalow legacy began in the late seventies on Renfrew Road (the original premises) with artists such as; The Fall, The Skids, The Tourists, Orange juice, Roddy Frame, Alan McGee, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Alarm, The Jam, The Teardrop Explodes, The Clash and many many more rolled through the doors to perform to a packed Paisley crowd every night! To the disappointment of many The Bungalow closed its doors in the early eighties.the bungalow

In 2008, The Bungalow revival was born opening up in its current residency of Shuttle Street with a mission to bring the upcoming and the legends into Paisley as the music home of Danny Kyle, Jerry Rafferty, Paolo Nutini, Jukebox and many more with the likes of The Rezillos, The Quireboys and The Blockheads already making their way back through our doors and inspiring up and coming bands to fulfil their music talents and dreams (We have a big dream here and everyone is part of that).

We do not support any form of Pay to Play or unethical practices within our venue, we aim for; artists, customers and staff alike to be treated with an equal degree of respect and such a practise is unwelcome here. We always aim for gig tickets to be as cheap as possible however, you will probably find most of our events are free! Please come down and support live music within our independent and ethical venue.

 

Opening Times:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 6pm-12am
Thursday: 6pm-12am
Friday: 6pm-1am
Saturday: 6pm-1am
Sunday: 6pm-12am

 

 

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Paisley welcomes its musical twin

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with gifts from Alex Hamilton of Fürth Music School.

Paisley was alive to the sound of music as students from its sister town of Fürth put on a special performance in Paisley Town Hall.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with gifts from Alex Hamilton of Fürth Music School.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall with gifts from Alex Hamilton of Fürth Music School.

Fürth Music School and the Hallemann School in Germany visited Paisley as part of their tour of Scotland which sees them play in Edinburgh, Paisley and Glasgow.

Fürth Music School musicians

Fürth Music School musicians

Incorporating vocals, drums, guitars, flutes and keyboard, the band showcased their significant talents to Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and members of the public in the Alexander Wilson Suite.

Performing traditional German music with a twist as well as classic songs such as ‘I Will Survive’ and ‘Rock Around the Clock’, the band played a lunchtime concert before moving on to perform for the veterans at Erskine in the afternoon.

The students also performed at Paisley Abbey during last Sunday’s service- making the most of their time in their twin town.

Paisley has been twinned with Fürth since 1969 and also has further twin town links with Gladsaxe in Denmark.

Provost Hall said: “I am delighted to further our international links by welcoming the students from Fürth to Paisley.

“Paisley has a strong tradition in producing talented musicians and it is clear that our sister town follows the same path after listening to their fantastic performance.

“As our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 continues to gather pace, our town twinning links will be an important part of illustrating our culture and we will continue to build on the strong relationship we have developed with Fürth.”

You can learn more about Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, and how you can help support the bid, by visiting www.Paisley2021.co.uk, liking /Paisley2021 on Facebook or following @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram

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2016 Paisley Pipe Band Championships Video and Photographs

Paisley Pipe Band Championships 2016

Now in its seventh year, Paisley Pipe Band Championships will see some of the top pipe bands from Scotland and beyond compete in the heart of the historic town centre – and the Johnstone Pipe Band were crowned winners.

This year’s chieftain is Renfrewshire Depute Provost John Caldwell.

Bands will marched down the High Street, through the final tuning area at The Cenotaph, to the competition arena in County Square.

The massed bands and presentation of prizes was in County Square at 5.30pm.

The event is run by Renfrewshire Council and is in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch.

Competition judges are Donald McPhee, Ronnie McShannon (piping), Arthur Cook (drumming) and James Campbell (ensemble).

All photographs and video created for paisley.org.uk by Cameron Pollock

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Ticket sales are on a Spree as Justin Currie gig sells-out

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Tickets are selling fast for The Spree, with briefs for the annual festival’s signature show, Justin Currie with the Royal Scottish National Opera (RSNO), having already sold out in record time.

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The former Del Amitri frontman will perform material from a back catalogue stretching back more than 30 years in a unique collaboration with the renowned RSNO. The concert will take place in front of a capacity crowd at Paisley Abbey on Monday 17 October.

RSNO pic 1Tickets are still available for the dozens of other events which will take place during the festival, which runs at venues across Paisley from 14 – 22 October. This year’s line-up for The Spree is the best yet, with the celebration of culture being a key part of the Paisley 2021 bid for the town to be named UK City of Culture.

With a varied bill of music, comedy and more, The Spree has become a popular and highly regarded fixture on Scotland’s cultural calendar. The festival kicks-off on Friday 14 October, with a gig by Admiral Fallow at Paisley Town Hall and will be brought to a close on Saturday 22, by Skerryvore and Treacherous Orchestra at the same venue.

The Spree also offers a number of free shows and events.

Details about all events and artists performing during The Spree can be found on its dedicated website. Tickets can be booked via the Renfrewshire Leisure box office, Tickets Scotland and Ticketweb.

The Paisley 2021 bid aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in Spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit  www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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New comedy celebrates Paisley’s radical past

Paisley Museums Silver Threads captures the essence of the Paisley weaver’s story .
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The brand new comedy on Paisley's radical past and the Sma' Shot story. It's part of the Sma' Shot celebration that marks the Paisley weavers' victory following a lengthy pay dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for a hidden piece of cotton thread - known as the Sma' Shot - that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together.
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Council Leader Mark Macmillan 
Clare Gray, actor 
Bruce Morton, Writer Comedian and actor 

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Paisley’s radical past is coming back to life through a brand new comedy play that tells the story behind one of the oldest workers’ festival – Sma’ Shot Day.

Paisley Museums Silver Threads captures the essence of the Paisley weaver’s story . Pictured Clare Gray, actress with  Bruce Morton, Comedian ,writer and actor and  The brand new comedy on Paisley's radical past and the Sma' Shot story. It's part of the Sma' Shot celebration that marks the Paisley weavers' victory following a lengthy pay dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for a hidden piece of cotton thread - known as the Sma' Shot - that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together. Pictured with Loom  Council Leader Mark Macmillan  Clare Gray, actor  Bruce Morton, Writer Comedian and actor  Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital  infogibsondigital@gmail.co.uk www.gibsondigital.co.uk All images © Gibson Digital 2016. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's  press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Paisley Museums Silver Threads captures the essence of the Paisley weaver’s story

Silver Threads is a quick-fire comedy of the political battle between the Paisley weavers – who made the Paisley Pattern shawls – and their employers in the 19th century.

It centres on the lives of David and Hannah as they are pushed to the brink through long hours and poor pay, ultimately leading them to join the weavers’ protest for rightful compensation.

The Sma’ Shot was a hidden cotton thread that held the shawls together which the weavers were not being paid for.

Silver Threads has an all Scottish cast and is written by Paisley-born stand-up comedian, Bruce Morton, who also stars in the production alongside Clare Gray.

The first live performance of Silver Threads takes place during the town’s Sma’ Shot festival (2 – 3 July) as part of the build up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan, Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: “Paisley is proud of its weaving history and heritage and the Sma’ Shot story had a significant impact on the town.

“Silver Threads brings to life the struggles of the Paisley weavers to gain rightful compensation for the Sma’ Shot – a small piece of cotton thread that held together the Paisley Pattern shawls together – and their eventual victory that resulted in the annual celebration we know today.

“Paisley has strong links with radicalism – having been a hotbed of early trade unionism at the centre of the Radical War of 1820 that lead the then Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli to comment: ‘Keep your eye on Paisley’.

“This new comedy is a great way to showcase Paisley’s  cultural offering and a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.”

From the Calton to Catalonia is also part of the town’s Sma’ Shot celebrations. Written in the 1990s, it is a story of family, sacrifice, loss and idealism and Scotland’s part in the Spanish civil war.

Around one-third of all British volunteers who went to fight Franco’s rule came from Glasgow. Many did not return.

Both performances are produced by FairPley – on behalf of Renfrewshire Council – and feature members of the Equity and Musicians’ Union.

Tickets are on sale at  boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk for Silver Threads (£8/10) on Sunday 3 July, 7.30pm and From the Calton to Catalonia (£10/12) on Saturday 2 July, 7.30pm – both at Paisley Arts Centre.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Sma’ Shot Day, visit  www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award opens its vote to the public – 13-16 June

Singer / songwriter Kathryn Joseph  winner of the 2015 SAY Award

Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award – Public Vote Opens

Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 June: Music fans get their say in the 72-hour public vote

Thursday 16 June: The BBC Quay Sessions announces the SAY Award shortlist

Wednesday 29 June: SAY Award winner announced at Paisley Town Hall ceremony

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award public vote is open from Monday 13 June until midnight on Wednesday 15 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 coveted slot on The SAY Award Shortlist, due to be exclusively revealed as part of a special live edition of BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions on Thursday 16 June. Hosted by Vic Galloway, the show will also feature live performances from previous SAY nominees Fatherson and last year’s SAY Award Winner Kathryn Joseph.

Singer / songwriter Kathryn Joseph winner of the 2015 SAY Award

Singer / songwriter Kathryn Joseph winner of the 2015 SAY Award

The public have been able to stream the 20 longlisted titles in full and for free over the past four weeks at www.sayaward.com and can now cast their votes in support of the album they think should make the shortlist of 10.  The album with the most votes at midnight on Wednesday will automatically make the list, earning a guaranteed £1,000 and the chance to be hailed Scottish Album of the Year 2016 and earn the £20,000 first prize. The winner of the public vote will join nine other shortlisted titles chosen by The SAY Award’s independent judging panel.

This year’s longlist represents another great blend of Scotland’s emerging and established talent and includes a diverse range of artists from internationally renowned Scottish bands and exceptional ‘artists to watch’ across all genres including hip-hop, classical, rock, electronic, indie, electro-pop and trad/folk, championing household names and exhilarating new discoveries alike.

The incredibly strong longlist lineup includes Primal Scream, FFS, CHVRCHES, Emma Pollock and Steve Mason, who feature alongside Isle of Lewis born trad musician Iain Morrison, Edinburgh-raised composer Anna Meredith, Celtic piper Jarlath Henderson and award-winning baroque ensemble Dunedin Consort, as well as previous winners Young Fathers and a first time nod to Mercury Music Prize 2015 nominee C Duncan.

Produced by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), and now in its fifth year, The SAY Award has grown to become the most prestigious music prize in Scotland. Previous winners include Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (2012), RM Hubbert (2013), Young Fathers (2014) and last year’s winner Kathryn Joseph who will be performing live as part of The Quay Sessions special on Thursday 16th June.

This year’s prestigious SAY Award ceremony will be held in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 29 June – the award’s first time outside of Glasgow in a two year partnership with Renfrewshire Council to support Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.  Presented by regular hosts Vic Galloway and Janice Forsyth, the ceremony is attended by the cream of Scotland’s creative industries and will feature live performances by last year’s winner Kathryn Joseph, newcomers Bossy Love and White and the powerful folk ensemble Treacherous Orchestra. 

The full SAY Award 2016 longlist is as follows (in alphabetical order): 

Admiral Fallow

Anna Meredith

Auntie Flo

C Duncan

CHVRCHES

Django Django

Dunedin Consort

Emma Pollock

FFS

Hector Bizerk

Hudson Mohawke

Iain Morrison

Jarlath Henderson

Lau

Steve Mason

Miaoux Miaoux

Primal Scream

Rachel Sermanni

The Revenge

Young Fathers

Tiny Rewards

Varmints

Theory of Flo

Architect

Every Open Eye

Born Under Saturn

J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata

In Search Of Harperfield

FFS

The Waltz Of Modern Psychiatry

Lantern

Eas

Hearts Broken, Heads Turned

The Bell That Never Rang

Meet The Humans

School Of Velocity

Chaosmosis

Tied To The Moon

Love That Will Not Die

White Men Are Black Men Too

 

Stewart Henderson, Director of The SAY Award said:“The purpose of The SAY Award is to engage with as many music fans as possible, to generate debate and discussion and most importantly, support for the music that we all love.  The public vote invites people not only from Scotland but from all over the world to have a say in which longlisted album is their favourite, and by helping to secure a place for that album on our shortlist, they will have materially benefited the artist in question.  With the Hyundai Mercury Prize now adopting our public vote/judging panel format, it’s clear that The SAY Award remains ahead of the curve and one of the UK’s most progressive arts prizes.”

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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne performing in Paisley

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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne * Classics from Germany performing on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 7.30 pm in Paisley Abbey.

 

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There will be a diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi to W.A. Mozart, Francois Borne, Gioacchino Rossini and Niccolo Paganini.

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Bookings:
Paisley Arts Centre Box Office, New Street, PA1 1EZ Paisley / Renfrewshire, Tel. 0300 300 1210, www.renfrewshire.gov.uk  Paisley Abbey Shop,  www.paisleyabbey.org.uk and at the Church one hour prior to the concert from 6.30 pm

For more information, please visit here

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Tribute for Prince Birthday

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