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Interview with the SP Dolls before their gig at the Bungalow (18 content below)

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We managed to get a cracking interview from the Sex Pissed Dolls ahead of their upcoming Paisley appearances, first they will bet at Feel the Groove on Causeyside Street, Paisley before playing live to a packed house at the Bungalow Bar, Shuttle Street, the gig is organised by NNE events. Saturday the 29th April find out more here. https://www.facebook.com/events/391714861164379/

The Sex Pissed Dolls – an all girl rock band who exploded onto the scene in 2015 – consisting of Kitty Vacant, Connie Rotter, Jilly Idol, Nancy Doll and Anna Key, they have already completed a full UK tour in 2015 and are finishing off their 2016 UK tour to sensational reviews.

With an incredible fanbase for they recreate the raw passion generated by such bands as The Clash, The Ramones, Blondie, Nirvana, The Pistols etc.

Considered by many to be one of the best live bands to emerge in recent years, they are edgy, outrageous and full of energy and attitude. So much so that the girls have just been signed by Worldwide music supremo John Giddings who looks after Lady Gaga, Madonna, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Celina Dion, Blondie to name but a few.spd-10

With plans to release their first album in 2016 and with a book already commissioned to chart their first amazing year on tour, watching The Dolls “Is more than just a gig, It’s an Experience”

Feel the Groove appearance

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Interview

Interview by Peter Greenwood of paisley.org.uk

 

For more on the Dolls please click here.

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Paisley 2021 bid marked with mass Baker Street sax performance in Gerry Rafferty home town

Paisley marked the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 in spectacular style today – with a mass outdoor rendition of Gerry Rafferty’s classic Baker Street.

Around 25 saxophonists were joined a by a live band and a crowd of hundreds on the town’s High Street for a special performance of the Paisley-born singer’s iconic worldwide hit, in the week of what would have been his 70th birthday.

The Baker Street performance was the brainchild of Tommy McGrory of local music charity Loud and Proud, and delivered in partnership with the Paisley 2021 bid team and backed by youth theatre group PACE.

The event was part of an action-packed weekend for the town – with Abbey Close hosting the third annual Paisley Food Festival, with thousands of visitors enjoying street food from some of the country’s finest traders.

The event also featured cooking demos from BBC Masterchef – The Professionals winner Gary Maclean, free workshops for kids, and live entertainment from acts including The Voice finalists Into the Ark and CBeebies star Katy Ashworth.

And Paisley Town Hall was hosting the final day of the 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival – the largest real-ale festival in Scotland.

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture will be lodged with the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport this week, ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has been a mass movement, with incredible buy-in from the local community.

“That was evident again today, with a wonderful turnout and a great atmosphere at both the Baker Street performance, and the food and beer festivals.

“One of the key things our bid will celebrate is the incredible wealth of talent produced by this town, and Gerry Rafferty is one of the best examples of that – so this was a fantastic way to mark the bid submission later this week.”

Gerry’s daughter Martha added: “My father was very proud of his Paisley roots and I am sure he would have been supportive of the town’s UK City of Culture bid.”

The UK Government is expected to announce a shortlist of bidding places over the summer, and the winner by the end of the year.

For more information, visit paisley2021.co.uk

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Paisley to honour Baker Street singer with mass sax solo

Paisley will honour one of its most famous sons with a mass outdoor rendition of the iconic saxophone solo from Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street this weekend.

The musical moment has been organised by local promoter Tommy McGrory of Loud ‘n’ Proud as a tribute to the late singer in the week of what would have been his 70th birthday.

It also helps mark the send-off of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 – due to be lodged with the UK Government next week – with the event part-funded by the 2021 bid team.

The sax solo will take place at Paisley Cross at 1pm on Saturday and will see professional musicians – including a live band – joined by local talent.

And Gerry’s daughter Martha said: “My father was very proud of his Paisley roots and I am sure he would have been supportive of the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

“To have so many people playing the Baker Street solo together in the town centre is a unique idea and I am sure it will make a great spectacle. Let’s hope they’re all in tune! I am looking forward to hearing it.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “This event is a tribute to one of Paisley’s best musical exports and a song known the world over.

“As well as marking what would have been Gerry’s birthday it’s also a great way to shine a spotlight on the town as we prepare to submit the bid, which will feature Paisley’s incredible musical legacy.”

Tommy McGrory added: “We’ve had phenomenal interest in this ever since we revealed the plans a few days ago – it is shaping up to be a must-see moment.

“We have in excess of 30 people lined up to take part but if any other saxophone players are interested in joining us, they can contact me through Loud ‘n’ Proud on 0141 840 1090.”

The coming weekend will be a busy one for Paisley, with Saturday seeing the town host the third annual Paisley Food Festival in Abbey Close, with street-food traders from across the country, free live entertainment and cookery demos.

This weekend will also see Renfrewshire CAMRA’s 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival in Paisley Town Hall, while local business improvement district Paisley First are running Paisley Restaurant Week, with discount deals available at local eateries.

For more information on these events and the bid itself, visit paisley2021.co.uk

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Get Your Tickets Now for The SAY Award 2017’s Brand New Event ‘Live at the Longlist’ with Admiral Fallow, Mungo’s HI FI & Steve Mason

LIVE AT THE LONGLIST                                                                                                   April 2017

Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi-Fi to perform at ‘Live at the Longlist’, a brand new event exclusively announcing The SAY Award 2017 Longlist

On Wednesday 24th May, The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award 2017 Longlist will be revealed in front of a live audience at Glasgow’s O ABC. Home to The SAY Award ceremony back in 2015, the venue welcomes the Award back for this new ticketed event where SAY Award alumni Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi Fi will perform live, and 20 outstanding Scottish albums will be announced as The SAY Award 2017 Longlist. Each of these 20 albums will be in the running for the £20,000 grand prize, as well as the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year 2017.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 12th April, and will be available at sayaward.com.

Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager at the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: 

“To announce this year’s SAY Award Longlist, we’re delighted to introduce this fantastic new live music event in Glasgow, allowing music fans to engage with the award more than ever before. Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason and Mungo’s Hi Fi have each been celebrated through previous SAY Award campaigns for fantastic album releases, so what better way to announce this year’s top 20 albums than by inviting them to play at ‘Live at the Longlist’, a new event celebrating great Scottish albums both old and new”.

Compelling singer-songwriter Steve Mason was Shortlisted in 2016 for his album “Meet the Humans”, 2014 for “Monkey Minds in The Devils Time”, and Longlisted in 2012 for “Ghosts Outside” with Dennis Bovell. “Meet the Humans”, Steve’s latest album, is an eclectic mix of dance, pop, folk, dub and deep house influences. His last Glasgow show at the Art School in October was a sell out, so this is an un-missable opportunity to see him play.

Glaswegian chamber popsters Admiral Fallow formed in 2007 and released their adored debut album “Boots Met My Face” in 2011, and its widely acclaimed successor, “Tree Bursts In Snow“, the following year (Shortlisted for The SAY Award 2013). Their extraordinary third record, “Tiny Rewards” received many plaudits since its release in May 2015, and was Longlisted for the SAY Award in 2016. Heartbreakingly beautiful, sonically audacious and lyrically bewitching, it heralds a true progression in the band’s creative approach.

Back in 2012, Glaswegian based production house Mungo’s Hi Fi were shortlisted for the inaugural SAY Award with “Forward Ever”.Having built themselves a refreshing reputation for open-minded no-rules sound, they transform reggae, ska and dubstep into loud cyber-esque rhythms. They will be joined by reggae MC, YT, to perform a live DJ set at ‘Live at the Longlist’.

This inaugural event will showcase some of Scotland’s best musical talents, along with the exclusive announcement of The SAY Award 2017 Longlist. It will undoubtedly be the most exciting live music event in May, not to be missed by any music fan.

The SAY Award 2017 campaign kicked off on 1 March by inviting artists, labels and the public to submit eligible albums released between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 to The SAY Award website. Submissions closed on 31 March, and with just shy of 300 eligible albums submitted, it’s now down to 100 impartial nominators chosen from press, radio, music venues, jazz, classical, traditional folk and elsewhere in the arts to consider the titles from the Eligible Albums List and nominate their five favourites. Ranking them in order of preference and with points assigned to each choice, the highest scoring 20 albums will make up The SAY Award Longlist, which will be announced at “Live at the Longlist” on 24th May.

Launched by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) in 2012, The SAY Award has been key to showcasing Scotland’s wealth of musical talent on a global scale. Wielding one of the UK’s most lucrative prize funds, The SAY Award champions the extraordinary strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical landscape.

 The Longlist will be further whittled down to a shortlist of just 10 albums, one of which will be chosen by the public during a 72-hour online vote and 9 chosen by judges. The 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 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 nine 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.

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Opera Bamba Spring Gala

Opera Bamba is hosting a Spring Gala Concert where the singers take over in what is sure to be a night to remember.

Opera Bamba will be performing their Spring Gala in Renfield St. Stephens Church, Glasgow. The Spring Gala promises all of the glitz and glamour associated with prima divas and a stunning array of showstopping music, all chosen by the stars of the show. This promises to be a great evening of entertainment and an opportunity to see Opera Bamba in full swing; one not to miss. Tickets cost £10/£8 with full details on how to buy tickets available at www.operabamba.co.uk/tickets.

The performers include Jasmine Munns (soprano), Angela Estrada (soprano), Lea Shaw (mezzo) Andrew Powis (tenor) and Tim Edmundson (Baritone).

Andrew Powis is the Musical Director of Opera Bamba, in addition to singing tenor in the show. When asked about the talent in the coming performances, he had this to say: “Glasgow is a real hub of musical activity, attracting talent not only from the West of Scotland but across the wider British Isles. I am excited to welcome this wealth of talent to our own ranks over coming performances and that all are equally enthusiastic to the cause; not just in supporting young companies and societies such as Opera Bamba, but in promoting music in all its forms to the wider community. We are committed to providing a platform for emerging and established artists alike and are proud to attract such a high standard of musicians.”

About Opera Bamba

Opera Bamba is founded with the aim of bringing the joy of live music and opera to the masses. Opera Bamba also hopes to support emerging musicians kick start their career, while helping to provide a cultural and economic boost to Paisley and the rest of Scotland.

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

Show details: Doors 6.45pm, Start time 7pm, Renfield St. Stephens Church, 260 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JP. 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

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OperaBamba/

Twitter: @Opera_Bamba

Instagram: @operabamba

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Lisa Kowalski – Freespirits EP

Lisa has a big event coming up with the launch of her first EP (funded by 2021) on 20/21 April.

photos courtesy of Allan Borland Images

There is a launch gig with Lisa and some guest artists at Callums Cavern on the 20th and the EP will be available for download  on 21st.

Paisley 2021 are behind the project as part of the run up of events prior to the next stage of the bidding process and St Mirren FC are great friends of Lisa Kowalski Music, having had Lisa along to play  at the ground several times and promoting the EP on the pitchside screens.

By coincedence Lisa was booked to play at the Brewers Tap for the first time last Saturday, which was packed with SMFC fans after the cup game and she had the pub singing along to Oh when the Saints and the fans shouting “Lisa, Lisa!”

Braehead and West College are also plugging/ getting involved with the EP launch and Brick Lane Studio have helped her put a band together to  perform her original songs on the stage at the Beer Fest.

Initial feedback to prelaunch promotion of the EP has been great, with airplay on Pulse FM, KA Radio, Radio Saltire, Your Radio and Amazing Radio (Jim Gellatly). STV have also listened to the songs and  expressed an interest in having Lisa on the Riverside show.

The four songs on the EP were written from age 14 to 16 and reflect teenage experiences of growing up and Lisa’s personal journey as a musician and someone who has always stuck  her head well above the parapet.  It includes the track Hearts of Gold as in “the streets are paved with hearts of gold” which is all about how much she loves busking in Paisley.

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Fraser gets a Kirk from playing the blues!

AS a teenage musician Fraser John Lindsay used to play guitar and drums for the congregation during church services on a Sunday morning.


Then at night he would belt out pop punk songs inside the same Elderslie Kirk as he rehearsed with his band, Limon.
That was almost 20 years ago and now Fraser is preparing to perform a gig – this time in the former church that is Paisley Arts Centre – with his blues band, Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive, on Friday, March 31.


A full-time musician and producer with his own record label, Fraz Records, the former Castlehead High pupil looks back on the start of his musical career.

He says: “I suppose there was quite a contrast in musical styles. I would be playing hymns and religious songs during the church services and later I’d be in the same place rehearsing with my pop punk band playing songs by bands like Green Day and Blink-182.

“I’m pretty sure there would have been a few people who wouldn’t have been very happy if they’d known about this.
“But I don’t think anyone ever officially complained, or demanded that we should be kicked out – maybe because our drummer in Limon, Jamie McLachlan, was the minister’s son!”

The 32-year-old added: “ Some may think there would have been the odd lyric or two in the songs we played that could have been construed as ever so slightly blasphemous, or unsuitable for a church.
“But as a lead guitarist I never bother listening to lyrics.”

Fraser’s musical education also came from playing in Paisley pubs with a variety of bands like Riff Raff, Little Miss Debbie & the Scumbag Boogie Band and Blind Panik.

Fraser followed well-known local singer, Willie ‘Jukebox’ Matthews around the pubs, so he could plug in his guitar and jam along with whatever Willie decided to play, learning tunes on the spot.

Fraser said: “I learned my trade as a musician on the job in the pubs in and around Paisley and Glasgow backing singers like Willie Matthews.”

And it was Willie who introduced Fraser to the Glasgow blues scene.

“Willie used to drive me up to the State bar blues jam in Glasgow every Tuesday night, that was around 15 years ago, and this is where I met most of my current band mates,” said Fraser.

Fans of the blues can hear Fraser’s virtuoso guitar playing with his band Blues Incentive at the Paisley Arts Centre gig , on Friday, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £10 and £8 can are available to book online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts <http://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts <http://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts> > or by calling 0300 300 1210.

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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.