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NNE presents ABBAMANIA at Paisley Town Hall

ABBA Mania, the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute production, are coming to Paisley on Friday 5th May 2017.

Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves.

ABBA Mania brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA Mania is for you!

So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting their website here or @skiddle.com



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The Dirty Strangers live interview ahead of Bungalow gig

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Events in the Hoose

Treat your sweet mum to a meal in oor Hoose on the High Street on Sunday and not only do you get the Buy One Main Meal and get One Free Deal but a free box of Milk Tray for yer wee mammy!
Places going fast call 0141 561 7105 to book your table. Hamishes Hoose we canny be beaten!!
Remember you can sit in with our Hoose Band every Tuesday night, you can play, sing, listen, watch or dance to the music. Anything goes, get in and enjoy a pint for £2.75 all evening along with the entertainment.
We are bringing the latest dance craze in Paisley to oor Hoose when we introduce a monthly Motown/Northern Soul dance night on the 24th March. We’ll push back the tables, clear the floor for a night of fabulous fun and exercise, of sorts. Fabulous music and drinks promos all night.
Plus the grand final of the Renfrewshire wide Pub Karaoke Challenge on Saturday night, proceeds in aid of Accord hospice with over 15 pubs participating, the singer whose pub they represent will have the honour of hosting the final next year.
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NNE Presents The Complete Stone Roses & Madchester Party

Calling all fans of MADCHESTER….

**Saturday 18th March****

NNE are delighted to announce we have The Complete Stone Roses + Full Support Headlining a full night of MADCHESTER mayhem for us at the SAUWS, Storie Street, Paisley.

This is going to be an awesome night paying homage to one of the most inspirational periods & cities in modern music history.

The SAUWS Paisley will be open from 19:30hrs, with full support act lined up, followed by our headliners – THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES – who are now one of the UK’s most well-known, most seen and most successful tribute bands.

The aftershow party kicks in with DJ playing sounds of Madchester right through to 3am.

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Renfrewshire music students triumphant at national competition

A group of talented young musicians took home the top prize in their division at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships last week.

The Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band competed in the national event at James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh and won first prize in the Debut A class category which recognises bands in the early stages of development. The young musicians were presented with an award shield and a cheque for £500.

The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships showcase talented young musicians and is designed to promote the playing of national instruments.  Competition categories provide a forum for top level competition as well as a positive and encouraging environment for school pipe bands with minimal or no competing experience.

James Cunningham, Music Coordinator for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We have a number of talented young musicians in Renfrewshire which is demonstrated through the success of the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band. Their achievement is especially encouraging as our piping programme is still in its early stages.

“The students delivered a fantastic performance which perfectly highlights the musical talent we have in the area and our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will continue to showcase this.

“I’d like to congratulate them all for their hard work and dedication and I look forward to seeing and hearing many more excellent performances from them in the future.”

The Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band project is delivered by staff from Johnstone Pipe Band with funding from Creative Scotland and the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT).

This recent success comes ahead of Paisley hosting the British Pipe Band Championships in May 2017 for the second year in a row.

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Opera Bamba Concert details: 18th of March, 7pm

Opera Bamba presents: Introducing
The first opera company founded in the west of Scotland since Scottish Opera is putting on a fundraiser with the opera stars of the future.

Opera Bamba, based in Paisley, will be performing in Holy Trinity and St Barnabas in their first event of the year on the 18th of March at 7pm. The event, cleverly entitled “Introducing” will act as a fundraiser for the company’s November production of L’eliser d’amore by Donizette.

The company needs to raise a minimum of £3,000 for their main production to go ahead, with full details for how to buy tickets available at www.operabamba.co.uk/tickets.

The performers include Jessica Hurst (soprano), Claudia Haussmann (soprano), Beth Taylor (mezzo), Alexandra Dinwiddie (mezzo), Andrew Powis (tenor) and Tim Edmundson (Baritone). Collectively these singers have worked with the BBC, Dunedin Consort, Kellie Consort, York Opera and many others, with them all currently enrolled on the Master’s programme at the RCS. You can find out the full details of the cast by going to www.operabamba.co.uk/meet-the-cast.

Company Director Mathew Oliver, himself a twenty-two year old Paisley resident, is hoping to use the concert to raise the profile of the company, and to raise some funds for the main performance of L’elisir d’amore by Donizette. “The standard of talent on show for our first concert is truly among the best we’ve ever seen at Opera Bamba. These singers will go on to sing with the best opera houses around the world, and we’re incredibly fortunate to have them come and sing for us now.”

The change in company structure came after the unfortunate cancellation of their first show, La Boheme, in 2016 due to illness amongst the cast and crew. Since then the management structure has grown with an Artistic Director, Musical Director and interim Outreach Director being appointed to help take the company into the next stage of its life.

About Opera Bamba
Opera Bamba is founded on the belief that music is an essential part of life, and that it brings people of all cultures and identities together. This belief gives them a sense of purpose in the modern, divided world.

Contact info@operabamba.co.uk for more information on all of their upcoming performances and if you’re interested in being involved.

Show details: 7pm, Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas, St James’ Place, St James’ Street, Paisley, PA3 2AF. Tickets prices are £10/£8 and can be bought by going to www.operabamba.co.uk/tickets or on the door.

Website:  www.operabamba.co.uk
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OperaBamba/
Twitter: @Opera_Bamba
Instagram: @operabamba

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Live music in the HOOSE

We have always brought new and exciting entertainment opportunities to Paisley, so on Tuesday the 7th March,  we invite you to sit in with our Hoose Band. Play, sing, listen, dance but most of all enjoy a great night of quality entertainment.

Can you play 2 chords, or 200?   Join the Hoose band.

Can you sing, or have always wanted to sing with live musicians?  Join the Hoose band

Do you love live music and want to stomp your feet to your friends jamming along with the best talent Paisley has to offer?  Join the Hoose band.

Consider this more ‘OPEN STAGE’  than OPEN MIC, everything goes.

We kick off what is going to be the best night of live entertainment in Paisley in Hamishes Hoose.  On Tuesday 7th March, and we know that the band members that come to launch night will be back every week.  Just in case that guy played the Romanian national anthem on toy piano comes up with something even weirder, or just because they love Katie Boyle singing timeless acoustic ballads

Live music should be fun, all inclusive, unpredictable and lively, and the Hoose band will have something for all.


 Plus we are bringing the latest dance craze in Paisley to oor Hoose when we introduce a monthly Motown/Northern Soul dance night on the 24th March.  We’ll push back the tables, clear the floor for a night of fabulous fun and exercise, of sorts.   Fabulous music and drinks promos all night.
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Nominations Open for Scottish Album of the Year Award

The 6th annual Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has launched for 2017, encouraging artists, labels and the general public to nominate eligible albums released between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 on The SAY Award website.

The SAY Award is a prestigious and exciting arts prize produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), with confirmed partners for 2017 including Paisley for UK City of Culture 2021, Creative Scotland, TicketWeb and PPL. The award 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.

Once all eligible albums have been collated, 100 impartial ‘Nominators’, chosen from press, radio, music venues, jazz, classical, traditional folk, retail and elsewhere in the arts, will consider titles from The SAY Award’s Eligible Album List, nominating their five favourite albums and ranking them in order of preference. The 20 highest scoring albums will make up The SAY Award Longlist for 2017, announced on May 24th. The Longlist will be further whittled down to a shortlist of 10 albums, one of which will be chosen by the public during a 72-hour public vote (12-14 June) and the others decided by a panel of prestigious judges. The SAY Award 2017 Shortlist will be announced on June 15th as part of a BBC Quay Sessions show, with the award ceremony then taking place on June 28th in the surroundings of Paisley’s elegant Town Hall, in support of Paisley’s bid for Paisley to become UK City of Culture 2021. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, provided by long term Award partner Creative Scotland. The 9 runners up will each be awarded a £1,000 prize, as well as an exclusively designed piece of artwork from the SAY Award Design Commission.

Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager at the SMIA, said:

“The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is delighted to present The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award 2017. Now in its sixth year, the impact of The SAY Award on an artist’s career is indisputable, while the anticipation and excitement around the campaign and award ceremony reflects the award’s growing cultural significance. We’re delighted to see Scotland’s pre-eminent arts prize launch for 2017, with the award placing a spotlight on the wealth of musical talent our country produces year after year.”

For the second year running, The SAY Award ceremony will be taking place in the historic town of Paisley, a place with a deep cultural heritage, not only in music but across the arts. Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council Leader and Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board said:

“The SAY Award is one of the biggest dates in Scotland’s musical calendar and we are delighted to welcome it back to Paisley Town Hall for a second year.

“The town has a thriving music scene and is fast establishing itself as a key destination on Scotland’s major events map. To be able to attract and host an event of the importance of the SAY Award is a big boost for Paisley ahead of the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 being lodged.”

Alex Kapranos of FFS was shortlisted in 2016, and said: “It’s a real honour to be nominated for The SAY Award.” 

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said:

“Scotland’s music excels in every genre, and there’s no better snapshot of our world-class talent than the list of nominees competing each year for the SAY Award. This is diversity in action: folk, hip hop, indie, rock, pop, electronica, classical, jazz… everything that makes up the vibrant Scottish scene has a voice here. The SAY Award is also a celebration of Scotland’s wider music industry, as work that’s released down a DIY route sits shoulder to shoulder with chart hits from the majors and the cream of Scotland’s home-based indie labels. It’s a great way to cheer on your personal favourites while discovering new music at the same time.”

Previous winners of the Award include Bill Wells and Aiden Moffat (2012), RM Hubbert (2013), Young Fathers (2014), Kathryn Joseph (2015) and last years winner Anna Meredith, who won with her critically acclaimed full length debut album Varmints. Anna spoke of her involvement with The SAY Award:

“It has been a total honour and a privilege to be considered for The SAY Award. It’s been great getting to know the other albums and during these politically difficult times to see positivity, creativity and spirit coming out of the longlist and shortlist.”

To nominate an album, please visit The SAY Award website for guidelines and more information: http://www.sayaward.com/

#SAYAward #SAYeligible17

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Events at The Bungalow in March

Date: Thur 2nd
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): Love Street DJs Present ‘Roulette’
Genre: Northern Soul
Doors: 7pm – 11pm
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+

Date: Friday 3rd
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): The George Lindsay Blues Band + Stephen McLaren
Genre: Blues
Doors: 6pm
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+

Date: Sat 4th
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): Durand Duran
Genre: Tribute to 80’s legends Duran Duran
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £8.00 Entry
Age: 18+

Date: Friday 10th
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): Deadly Inscription, Razor Sharp Death Blizzard & Overhaul
Genre: Rock/Metal
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

Date: Saturday 11th
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): The Dead Settlers + The Blue Lenas + Murray Torrence
Genre: Alt-Indie
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free Entry
Age: 18+

Date: Fri 17th
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): ALL OR NOTHING with Seaside Sons & All or Nothing DJs
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £4.00 on the door
Age: 18+

Date: Saturday 18th
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): Rackhouse Pilfer + Saint Huck
Genre: Alternative Country
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £5.00
Age: 18+


Date: Sat 25th
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): ClydeSide Live
Genre: Alternative
Doors: 8pm
Entry: £5.00
Age: 18+

Date: Fri 31st
Venue: The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 1YD
Artist(s): March of the Mods with The Sectors, Berry Tweed & The Chasers, The Absolute Jam, The Shotguns, Skaledonia and DJ set from Boab Williamson.
Genre: Soul, Ska, Punk, Funk …a wee bitta pop!
Doors: 6pm
Entry: £10.00
Age: 18+

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Paisley Rugby Club Annual Ceilidh

Paisley Rugby Club will be having their annual ceilidh on Friday 31st March at Gleniffer Hotel, Paisley.

For tickets contact Ryan on 07551006667 or Grant 07535807038.