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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.

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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/

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This months events at THE BUNGLOW

Friday 2nd December:

What’s On: RadioLa & Fantanas
Genre: Soft Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Saturday 3rd December:

What’s On:  Bootleg Beatnik & The Backscratchers + Andy Hamilton

Genre: Blues

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 4th December:

What’s On: Open Mic Night

Genre: Any

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 7th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: All Genres

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 8th December:

What’s On: Retro Games Night

Genre: Does PacMan Count?

Time: 6pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Friday 9th December:

What’s On: Gunz N’ Rozes Scotland + AWOL

Genre: Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 (on the door)

Age: 18+

Saturday 10th December:

What’s On: Devil’s Queen, Tantrum & Civil Punk
Genre: Rock

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 11th December:

What’s On: Open Mic Night
Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age 18+

Wednesday 14th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 15th December:

What’s On: Retro Games Night

Genre: We’re sure Kerplunk is available?

Time: 6pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Friday 16th December:

What’s On: All or Nothing with The Redstarts

Genre: Ska/Mod/Punk

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 on the door.

Age: 18+

Saturday 17th December:

What’s On: The Monitors Christmas Party

Genre: Punk/Rock

Time: 8pm
Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am
Entry: Free
Age: 18+

Sunday 18th December:
What’s On: Open Mic Night
Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 21st December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Crimbo Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 22nd December:

What’s On: Catholic Action, Sway & Pinact
Genre: Alternative

Time: 7pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am

Entry: £5.00
Age: 18+

Friday 23rd December:

What’s On: Messa O’Blues
Genre: Blues

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Saturday 24th December:

What’s On: The Xmas Eve Bash with Snakeskin Boogie

Genre: Funk/Bluegrass/Blues

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Sunday 25th December:

WE’RE CLOSED

Monday 26th December :

What’s On: Boxing Day Open Mic and Leftovers

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm
Opening Hours:  6pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Wednesday 28th December:

What’s On: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Genre: Any

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 1am

Entry: Free

Age: 18+

Thursday 29th December:

What’s On: Xmas Jumper Jamboree with Delphi. Lemonhaze & The Asuras

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 6pm – 1am

Entry: £3.00 on the door

Age: 18+

Friday 30th December:

What’s On: TBC

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Saturday 31st December:

What’s On: New Year’s Eve Party with Freespeech & Piper

Genre: Rock/Pop/Scottish

Time: 8pm

Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am

Entry: £5.00 Tickets & On the door

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This week in the Hoose

Upcoming events in the Hoose – see flyer for details.

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Enrolling now for our singing groups and choirs

Enrolling Now for 2017 !

Do you enjoy singing? Singing is good for health and well-being and promotes confidence. We have something for everyone at the music school. Come and try one of our activities, meet new friends and have fun :-)

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We are enrolling now for January 2017

Classes start week commencing Saturday 14th January 2017

Saturday 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Fun singing group for Primary School Children

Wednesday 4.30pm – 6pm DMMS Children’s choir – age 6 years to 14 years

For Adults – Tuesday 7-9pm Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir

There are some places also in our musicianship classes on a Saturday and Thursday.

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All of our teachers are highly qualified in their field and are PVG registered

Contact Diane on 07896689816 or John on 07410918555 to enrol or find out more or email info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com

www.dianemitchellmusicschool.com

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Return of Mòd would bring economic boost

Paisley could be set for a six-figure economic boost if it can bring Scotland’s primary celebration of Gaelic language and culture back to the town in 2021.

action from the parade when the Mod last came to Paisley in 2013

action from the parade when the Mod last came to Paisley in 2013

Work to on a bid bring The Royal National Mòd back to the town is well advanced, with financial plans being put in place to cover the expected costs.

If the bid is successful, the nine-day festival would become a key part of the proposed programme for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board will next week be asked to set aside a budget of £300,000 to meet event hosting costs, plus £12,500 per year for four years to fund a programme of Gaelic language events locally.

An independent analysis of Paisley previous hosting of the Mòd in 2013 found it attracted more than 8,000 visitors, 38% from outwith the area, and with total visitor spending of £700,000.

The same report found the return on Renfrewshire Council’s investment was six to one, and the economic activity was the equivalent of 33 full-time jobs.

Public meetings have already taken place to create a local organising committee, which – with support by council staff – will submit a bid by June.

Paisley’s Mòd ambitions have been supported by prominent Gaelic musicians Donnie Munro and Skerryvore, who both played the town’s Spree festival this year.

The town has also started to build a Gaelic legacy with an annual festival for under-18s – Fèis Phàislig – running each summer and which this year saw almost 100 young people take part in a week of musical workshops.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We were delighted to bring the Mòd to Paisley for the first time three years ago – and I am sure residents will remember how busy the town was during that week.

“Hosting the Mòd again in 2021 would bring another massive economic boost to the Renfrewshire area.

“If we win UK City of Culture 2021 it would be a key part of the year-long programme of major events that would involve.

“But even if not it will help us maintain the momentum the 2021 bid has already created in terms of establishing Paisley as a key destination on Scotland’s cultural map.

“It would also allow us to create an even stronger Gaelic cultural legacy within Renfrewshire, building on the good work already being done.”

The Leadership Board will consider the plans when it meets on Wednesday 30 November.

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Paolo Nutini backs Paisley 2021 culture bid at massive event

Paisley’s musical megastar Paolo Nutini has thrown his weight behind his home town’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

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The singer today declared his support during a surprise video message broadcast to a delighted crowd of 30,000 at the town’s Christmas Light Switch-on event, which coincided with the first anniversary of the bid launch.

Paolo – who was brought up in Paisley and still has a home there – told the crowd of his pride in the town and why he was backing Paisley’s culture ambitions.

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He said: “I’m backing the bid because Paisley is and always has been my home. I love the town and want to see it grow.

“It’s a town that needs the investment, but it knows what it’s going to do with that investment and I think the potential is really clear.

“I see the romance of the town – when you walk into the centre it’s got a beautiful composition.

“The bid is about building a structure that can tackle the more deep-rooted problems and it’s important we get behind that.

“There’s already a new lease of life being brought into the town…I’m backing the bid so please go on the website, push the button, and do the same.”

The annual Christmas Lights event included a special Paisley-themed projection on to the side of Paisley’s 850-year-old Abbey asking residents to back the bid.

The main stage in the town centre was headlined by triple-platinum-selling popsters Scouting for Girls, who were joined by up-and-coming Paisley bands the Vegan Leather and Dogtooth, as well as kids favourites Funbox.

Other activities during the afternoon-long event include a reindeer parade, outdoor snow slope and funfair.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council and the lights were switched on by Provost Anne Hall, joined by young competition winner Phoebe of Williamsburgh Primary.

The bid is being taken forward by a partnership of local organisations, many of whom were showing their support during the day on social media using #WeArePaisley.

Residents and visitors alike were also invited to back the bid by pushing a specially-created button on the paisley2021.co.uk website.

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The Renfrewshire town is bidding for the national title as part of wider plans to use its unique cultural heritage and thriving contemporary creative scene to create long-lasting economic, social and cultural change.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council Leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: “Today’s event was all about people of the town having the chance to say We Are Paisley.

“So we are delighted that Paolo – as one of the town’s best-known cultural figures – was able to tell the crowd in his own words why he is backing the bid.

“The Christmas Lights Switch-on always brings tens of thousands of people into the town anyway, and given the anniversary fell on the same weekend there was no better chance for a mass show of support for Paisley 2021.

“The UK City of Culture title goes to a town which can show the UK Government judges that it has a plan to use the title to make a real difference to the area and the people who love there.

“Today we sent a message that not only does Paisley want the title, but it has the capacity to pull off the big events it will involve.”

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Paisley 2021 bid to be marked at Xmas extravaganza

Paisley is gearing up for a double celebration at the weekend – when the first birthday of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture falls as tens of thousands descend for the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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crowd shot from the 2014 Christmas Lights Switch-on

The Paisley 2021 bid was officially launched a year ago and will be a key feature throughout a day of free-to-attend festive family fun in the town centre, this year headlined by triple-platinum-selling popsters Scouting for Girls.

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The Christmas lights are due to be switched on shortly after 6pm – and this year will be immediately preceded by a spectacular Paisley-themed 3D light show projected on to the Gauze St side of Paisley Abbey.

The not-to-be-missed projections will show off the past year’s activity on the bid, while asking residents and visitors to back Paisley’s ambitions before the bid is lodged next spring.

The Christmas extravaganza gets under way at noon with the annual reindeer parade, featuring Santa himself and sponsored by the Paisley Centre.

The parade will last around an hour and follows a new route, starting and finishing on the High Street and covering St Mirren Street, Orchard Street and Abbey Close.

Capital FM DJs including Des Clarke will then get the party started on the main stage in Gauze Street from 1pm.

That will see shows by kids’ favourites Funbox (1.30pm) and up-and-coming Paisley bands Dogtooth (2.30pm) and the Vegan Leather (4pm) before Scouting for Girls take to the stage at 5.25pm after a special Christmas singalong for the crowd,

Other activities include a snow beach and toboggan slide in Dunn Square, craft market and Accord Hospice tea room in Paisley Town Hall and funfair in County Square.

The cost of the performers is being partly met by sponsors intu Braehead, the Paisley Centre, Invest in Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire Leisure and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

The event is organised by Renfrewshire Council, and council leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on always attracts a massive crowd into the town centre – but the Paisley 2021 element will make this one extra special.

“With that in mind, it is great to see two local acts who are making a name for themselves get to play before thousands on the main stage – the area has a thriving grassroots musical scene and we want to show that off.

“And the Paisley-themed 3D light show on the side of the Abbey will be a perfect way to round off the first year of the bid.

“UK City of Culture tends to go to a place which can show it needs and wants the bid and has clear plan to use the title to transform its fortunes – which Paisley does.

“A mass show of support on Saturday would help show the judges how serious we are, while letting everybody see Paisley knows how to throw a party!”

Residents and visitors should be aware there will be road closures throughout the town centre on Saturday which will impact on bus routes. See www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk for more info.

Parking is free in all council-metered bays and car parks every weekend and there will also be free event parking at West College Scotland, Castlehead High and Paisley Grammar.

More information on the day is available at www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Diane Mitchell Music School

The Diane Mitchell Music School  have the following new classes:

Children’s Choir on  Wednesdays from 4.30 – 6pm for children aged between 6 and 13.  The price is only £25 per month.

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Musicianship class on Thursdays from 4 – 5pm for 3 – 6 year olds. Classes teach beat, rhythm and pitch and children get the opportunity to try out different instruments.