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November events at the Bungalow


Upcoming events at the Bungalow:


Wed 2nd: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Starting at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00


Thur 3rd: The Bad Boys & The Turkey Nuts

Starting at 8pm | Free Entry



Fri 4th: Standup Arcade, Bronston, MT Doubt & Brittle Head Girl

Starting at 8pm | Free Entry


Sat 5th: The Blockheads + Special Guest

Starting at 8pm | Tickets £18.00 (available on the door)


Sun 6th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell

Starting at 8pm | Free Entry


Wed 9th: The Ultimate Music Quiz

Starting at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00


Thur 10th: Retro Games Night

Starting at 6pm | Free Entry
Fri 11th: Drunk Gods, The Elephant Men & Sorrows Have Sails
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Sat 12th: Light up Paisley with Durty Mac
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Sun 13th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Wed 16th: The Ultimate Music Quiz
Starting at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00
Thur 17th: Retro Games Night
Starting at 6pm | Free Entry
Fri 18th: All or Nothing with Big Fat Panda
Starting at 8pm | £3.00 suggested donation on the door in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
Sat 19th: Sinister Flynn & Calum Baird
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Sun 20th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Staring at 8pm | Free Entry
Wed 23rd: The Ultimate Music Quiz
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Thu 24th: Emergency Services and Armed Forces night / Retro Games Night
Starting at 8pm | Free Entry
Fri 25th: Stone Pony & John Mackay
Staring at 8pm | Free Entry
Sat 26th: Blackbeard’s Tea Party + The Firebugs
Starts at 8pm | Tickets: £5.00 (available on the door)
Sun 27th: Open Mic Night with Cat Caldwell
Starts at 8pm | Free Entry
Wed 30th:  The Ultimate Music Quiz
Starts at 8pm | Winner receives £50.00
Tickets for gigs in The Bungalow are available from:  www.thebungalow.bigcartel.com
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Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir in concert with Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra


ENJOY a night celebrating Gospel, Scottish and Contemporary music in Renfrewshire in support of the Paisley 2021 Bid for the City of Culture.

On Friday 4 November The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir will be in concert with the Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra for what promises to be a lively evening appreciating many talented musicians in the area.

Renfrewshire is home to a wealth of musical talent and the Cultural Bid offers the chance for members of the community to showcase their talent.

Taking place at Wallneuk North Parish Church at 7pm, the talented performers will be bringing their soulful, upbeat sounds to the stage.

The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir is the first choir of its kind in Renfrewshire, inclusive to all with no auditions required. Aimed at people who enjoy singing, they welcome people to come along, whether it’s for fun, to meet new friends or to improve their vocal skills.

The choir was formed by Diane Mitchell, who had previous involvement with school choirs and singing in choirs herself. After the launch of her music school last year, she decided to approach the Association of African Communities in Paisley.

As a result, a partnership was formed and both Diane and the African Communities are enthusiastic in their desire to support the Paisley 2021 Bid for the City of Culture. They hope that the choir will play a big part in the community in the lead up and the concert is just one example of this.

Joining the choir for the concert will be the Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra, conducted and led by world famous and internationally renowned accordionist Gary Blair, whose father Jimmy Blair founded the original orchestra in the 1970’s.

As former British champions, they also boast past and present members who are Scottish and British Champions.

In what promises to be a lively night for all the family, also gracing the stage on November 4 will be Coda, a young, new, vibrant and extremely talented five piece band.

Acoustic duo, Rebekah and David, will be bringing their contemporary, up beat sounds and classical guitarist Ross Wilson will be performing.

Flying the flag for the younger performers, The Cardonald Primary School Choir will also be taking to the stage. The night willed with grand finale with both choirs, the accordio.

The concert is supported by Renfrewshire Council who recently awarded the Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir money from the 2021 Bid Fund to help make the concert possible.

An event not to be missed, tickets costing £8 for adults and £4 for children/ concessions can be purchased from Gary Blair by contacting 07813 712594 or Diane Mitchell on 07896 689816.

There will also be a number of tickets kept aside to purchase at the door.

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Scouting for Girls to headline Paisley festive extravaganza


Paisley is getting set for a winter festival extravaganza – with triple-platinum-selling popsters Scouting for Girls to headline the town’s annual Christmas lights show.


The Londoners – known for top-10 hits including This Ain’t a Love Song and She’s So Lovely – will play to a crowd of tens of thousands in the town centre on Saturday 12 November before the big switch-on.

The afternoon-long event will also see main-stage slots for two up-and-coming bands from Paisley – the Vegan Leather and Dogtooth.

The fun will get under way at noon with the traditional reindeer parade around the town, led by Santa himself, with a full programme of children’s entertainment during the day before the lights go on at 6pm.

And the big Christmas date is just one of three installments of family festive fun coming up over consecutive weekends.

The town centre will also host a two-day spooktacular when the Paisley Halloween Festival returns for a third year at the end of the month.

That will see a lantern-lit parade through the town centre on the evening of Friday 28 October, with a day of activities, including a spectacular fire garden, on the Saturday.

And Saturday 5 November will see the town’s annual fireworks display, which will this year feature music from the 1960s and 70s as part of a decade-by-decade countdown to 2021 – the year Paisley hopes to be named UK City of Culture.

There will be live music from bands from local groups Brick Lane Studios and Create Paisley on the main stage in Gauze Street from 2pm, before the fireworks display itself at 7pm.

Scouting for Girls said: “We love Christmas, and what better way to get in the spirit than with the good folks of Paisley!

“We are very excited for the lights switch-on and hope to see as many people as possible there on November 12.”

The three festive events are being run by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s ever-expanding major events programme. Sponsorship from local organisations is contributing towards the cost of the performers.

And council leader Mark Macmillan said: “Renfrewshire’s major events programme brings tens of thousands of people into our town centres every year, many of them visitors from outside the area.

“Not only does that show off everything Paisley has to offer but it brings an economic boost to town centre traders too.

“This year’s events are particularly important given they are the last set before the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is lodged early next year and the Christmas Lights event marks a year since the bid was launched.

“And the bill reflects that – the Christmas Lights show will put the spotlight on two talented young local bands, while the fireworks display will also have a 2021 theme.”

November will be a busy month for major events, with Johnstone’s Christmas lights switch-on due for Saturday 19 November and Renfrew’s a week later.

At the same time, Renfrewshire will also host top-class sporting action when the European Curling Championships comes to Braehead from 19 to 26 November.

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Invisible Army interview

Invisible Army is a new play by Victoria Beesley (My Friend Selma) which has been created in collaboration with young carers from the Glasgow South West Carers Centre.
Combining storytelling with movement and original live music, Invisible Army is a funny, moving, imaginative and charming insight into the life of a young carer.

Peter Greenwood from Paisley.org.uk interviews Invisible Army at Paisley Arts Centre.

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Spree festival declared success as hits halfway point

Vic Galloway interviewing fellow Fifer King Creosote live for the BBC in the Spiegeltent

Paisley’s annual festival of music comedy and more has been declared a Spree-mendous success after its first few days – with loads more great shows to come before it wraps up at the weekend.

 Vic Galloway interviewing fellow Fifer King Creosote live for the BBC in the Spiegeltent

Vic Galloway interviewing fellow Fifer King Creosote live for the BBC in the Spiegeltent

Monday night saw Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie take to the stage in Paisley Abbey for the festival’s signature show – a unique collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

And the show – for which all tickets were snapped up within just a few days in the summer – didn’t disappoint, with a rapturous reception for a set spanning 30 years of Justin’s career and backed up by sweeping orchestral arrangements conducted by John Logan.

 Justin Currie in Paisley Abbey with the RSNO,

Justin Currie in Paisley Abbey with the RSNO,

The festival had kicked off in style on Friday with one of the other headline shows – as critically-acclaimed indie stars Admiral Fallow played Paisley Town Hall.

At the same time, the specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square saw the town’s very own Carol Laula curate a special one-off Paisley-themed performance featuring various guests.

The same venue was packed to the rafters for two sold-out shows over the weekend – with a triple bill of traditional music acts headlined by Galway’s We Banjo 3 on Saturday and an acoustic show from former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro 24 hours later.

Monday also saw legendary broadcaster Vic Galloway present his BBC Radio show live from the Spiegeltent, with a live performance from King Creosote, at which Vic told the crowd: ‘England’s got Glastonbury, LA has Coachella and we don’t need them as we’ve got The Spree!’

Highlights still to come include a Scottish Album of the Year showcase on Wednesday featuring conversation with previous winners Anna Meredith, Kathryn Joseph and RM Hubbert, as well as a show from Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble at Paisley Arts Centre the following night.

There’s also plenty laughs from Craig Hill (Thursday) as well as a Best of Scottish Comedy night headlined by Joe Heenan (Friday), as well as free kids activities during the day in the Spiegeltent until Friday.

The festival closes on Saturday with a day of ModStuff – LNP Promotions’ festival-within-a-festival celebrating all things Mod – before the final show of a double-bill featuring Treacherous Orchestra and Skerryvore in the town hall that evening.

The Spree is sponsored by Saporito and Birra Moretti – who are adding some festival feel with a beer tent in County Square all week.

You can still buy tickets for most shows online at  thespree.co.uk or in person at the box office at 9b Gilmour Street.

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‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Granny’ dances in the street at the Spree


An elderly woman gave onlookers a treat in Paisley this afternoon, as she danced in the High Street to an AC/DC number.

The track, being covered by band Badboys who were booked by Spree for all & all bookings are by LNP Promotions, were finishing their set as the unknown woman started dancing.

When she finished she got cheers from the crowd, and gave everyone a bow.

Article courtesy of  Ricky  Kelly

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Sell-out Spree gig links culture ambitions of Paisley and Galway


Proud ambassadors of Galway’s successful European Capital of Culture 2020 bid – WeBanjo3 – are ready to play a sell-out gig at Paisley’s Spree festival.


WeBanjo3 are playing in the festival’s famous Spiegeltent as Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 gathers pace.

Galway has just been named European Capital of Culture 2020, and WeBanjo3 were one of their musical ambassadors.

They now bring that passion for culture to Paisley along with two of the best bands in the Scottish and Irish folk music scene – Michael McGoldrick and Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Trio.

The nine-day national arts, music and comedy festival kicks off on Friday 14 October with festival favourites Admiral Fallow and Paisley’s own Carol Laula.

The Spree is already known across Scotland as a unique multi-artform festival, and while the trad trio show is already sold-out, tickets can still be snapped up on The Spree website – www.thespree.co.uk – or at Box Office, inside InCube shop, Gilmour Street.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “It’s fantastic to have WeBanjo3, a band hailing from Galway which will be European Capital of Culture in 2020, to come to Paisley as we put forward our town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Playing with some of the best acts in the trad music scene, it is no wonder tickets to this fantastic gig have been snapped up.

“There’s lots of great cultural activity to look forward to at The Spree – including Carol Laula’s show that celebrates Paisley, which will be the first gig of the nine day programme – as well as fantastic Gaelic events – Big Gaelic Beasties and Adventures with the Gaelic Alphabet with Ariel Killick.

Renfrewshire’s fantastic local talent will be featured in The Spree sessions, each with a unique opportunity for people in the area – such as Rockus Community Choir who encourage everyone to get involved as part of their ‘sing yourself happy’ philosophy, Create Paisley who are providing a platform for young talented people to work with acclaimed Scottish musician and songwriter James Grant and Fèis Phàislig’s amazing Ceilidh Trail that brings people across Renfrewshire together to play traditional music.”

Mark Macmillan, Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board and Renfrewshire Council Leader, said: “Paisley has a wealth of talented people and it’s fantastic that they are a key part of The Spree programme alongside bigger acts – such as the sold-out Justin Currie and the RSNO concert in Paisley Abbey and two fantastic bands Admiral Fallow and Treacherous Orachestra with Skerryvore – both in Paisley Town Hall.

“With Paisley only a 10 minute train journey from Glasgow, there will be lots of people popping into Paisley over the next nine days.

“This year, the festival has been expanded with a fringe event Spree for All, with pop up events happening in venues all over the town centre, lots more events for kids and a special showcase of Paisley’s fantastic local talent.”

For more information, like /thespreefestival on Facebook or follow @SpreeFestival on Twitter.

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Spree show with Carol will celebrate Paisley

Carol Laula pours a pint for Saporito owners Gary McCaw and Craig Bickett in the new Saporito High Street restaurant

One of Paisley’s favourite musical daughters is returning to the town to play this year’s Spree festival…and she’s bringing some friends with her.

Carol Laula pours a pint for Saporito owners Gary McCaw and Craig Bickett in the new Saporito High Street restaurant

Carol Laula pours a pint for Saporito owners Gary McCaw and Craig Bickett in the new Saporito High Street restaurant

Carol Laula will open The Spree festival on Friday 14 October with a very special ‘celebration of Paisley’ in a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square.

The festival, now in its fifth year, will run from 14-22 October with music, comedy, drama, film and kids activities programmed throughout its nine-day run.

Appearing with Carol in her show will be ex-River City star Tom Urie; David Scott (formerly of The Pearlfishers and BMX Bandits); Mark and Claire Rafferty, relatives of the legendary Gerry Rafferty; and Carol’s core backing band, which boasts a wealth of Scottish talent.

Special guest appearances on the night from PACE Youth Theatre Company and St Mirren Football Club promise to make the show a unique celebration of Paisley.

Carol said: “I am beyond delighted and excited to have been commissioned to put on a show for the opening night of the Spree festival.

“The remit is to celebrate all things Paisley. Easy-peasy… but where do I start?

“There will be a mix of Paisley’s rich culture of drama, music, acting and even a wee bit of literature in there too.”

Tickets for the show are available to buy online from  www.thespree.co.uk; from the Box Office on 0300 300 1210; or in person from Paisley Arts Centre or the InCube Shop at 9b Gilmour Street.

Other acts appearing at the festival include Admiral Fallow, Donnie Munro, Treacherous Orchestra, Skerryvore, Roddy Woomble, Daniel Sloss and Craig Hill.

The Spree is supported by Saporito and Birra Moretti.

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Paisley says ‘Fàilte’ to supporters for its Royal National Mòd 2021 bid

L-R): David Small (Fèis Phàislig), Peter Macleod (Renfrewshire Council), Renfrewshire's Depute Provost John Caldwell, Alain Campbell (Gaelic Development Officer), Grant McFarlane (Fèis Phàislig)

Following its successful hosting of the Royal National Mòd in 2013, Paisley’s bid to again host the celebration of Gaelic culture in 2021 is already gaining support from the Gaelic community, including renowned musician Donnie Munro.

L-R): David Small (Fèis Phàislig), Peter Macleod (Renfrewshire Council), Renfrewshire's Depute Provost John Caldwell, Alain Campbell (Gaelic Development Officer), Grant McFarlane (Fèis Phàislig)

L-R): David Small (Fèis Phàislig), Peter Macleod (Renfrewshire Council), Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell, Alain Campbell (Gaelic Development Officer), Grant McFarlane (Fèis Phàislig)

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, the Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic language and cultural heritage. Paisley first hosted the event in 2013, when Renfrewshire Council partnered with the local organising committee Meur Phàislig to stage the nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature.

(L-R): David Small (Fèis Phàislig), Grant McFarlane (Fèis Phàislig), Peter Macleod (Renfrewshire Council), Renfrewshire's Depute Provost John Caldwell, Alain Campbell (Gaelic Development Officer)

(L-R): David Small (Fèis Phàislig), Grant McFarlane (Fèis Phàislig), Peter Macleod (Renfrewshire Council), Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell, Alain Campbell (Gaelic Development Officer)

The 2013 event was heralded as a success and Paisley wants to build on its successful legacy by bidding to host it again in 2021. The Gaelic festival will hopefully be one of many cultural events taking place across Renfrewshire that year as Paisley bids for UK City of Culture in 2021.

Paisley’s bid to host the Mòd in 2021 was launched by Grant McFarlane, a local musician and Chairman of Fèis Phàislig – Paisley’s annual Gaelic festival which takes place each July. Fèis Phàislig gives young people, up to 18 years old, the opportunity to come together and develop skills in Gaelic music with the aim of inspiring the next generation to get involved with traditional music.

Grant is also organising the Ceilidh Trail events which take place as part of The Spree this year. Open to musicians of intermediate or advanced level, participants will receive tutoring in traditional music before playing in a showcase concert in the Spiegeltent on Friday 21 October. More information is available at www.thespree.co.uk

The Ceilidh Trail is just one of several traditional music events which will take place at The Spree from 14 to 22 October, including performances by Donnie Munro and Skerryvore.

Donnie Munro said: “It was a great privilege to have been involved in Paisley’s previous hosting of the Mòd in 2013. There was a real buzz about the place and the organisation of the venues and events was first class.”

Grant McFarlane was joined at the bid launch by Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell and Renfrewshire Council’s Gaelic Development Officer Alain Campbell.

Depute Provost John Caldwell said: “The feedback we received after Paisley’s successful hosting of the Mòd in 2013 was extremely positive. We are confident we can build on that experience to host an even better celebration of Gaelic culture with the Mòd in 2021.

“The legacy of our previous hosting can still be felt in the town and across the region, and is epitomised by groups like Fèis Phàislig and the important work they do in our communities to promote Gaelic heritage.”

To be able to bid for the Royal National Mòd, potential host towns and cities must be home to a local branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach. As in 2013, Renfrewshire Council will partner with the local branch to form the organising committee.

The Council is hosting an information event on Thursday 27 October at Renfrewshire House for people who are interested in getting actively involved with the Mòd bid. People with a passion for Gaelic language and culture, the arts, and events are encouraged to come along to find out more about how to get involved with bringing this internationally renowned event to Paisley.

While an ability to speak Gaelic is desirable, it’s not a necessity for those getting involved.

Full programme details for The Spree can be found at:  www.thespree.co.uk/

The public information meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 October at Renfrewshire House, Paisley.

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Paisley’s new musical talent to take stage at Spree show

Linzi Clark with Rikki Kyle and Liz Clark

Talented young musicians have all the inspiration they need to perform at the year’s Spree festival taking place in Paisley from 14-22 October.

 Linzi Clark with Rikki Kyle and Liz Clark

Linzi Clark with Rikki Kyle and Liz Clark

The festival’s showcase of unsigned talent, the Danny Kyle Open Stage, will return to the programme. Made famous by Celtic Connections, the open stage is a popular platform for unsigned performers and acts to showcase their music, which is broadcast live on Celtic Music Radio.

Last year, young singer-songwriter Linzi Clark, now part of the Paisley 2021 bid team, was a finalist at the show and won the ‘Danny Kyle Award’. And Linzi has now landed a support slot for the Justin Currie show at The Spree on Friday 14 October.

Linzi said: “I really enjoyed playing on the Danny Kyle Open Stage last year. The audience were one of the best crowds I’ve played to and playing in the beautiful Spiegeltent made the atmosphere really special.

“I would really encourage any emerging singer-songwriters to apply to take part as it can lead to some future opportunities. Liz Clark and everyone at Celtic Music Radio’ 95 FM were lovely and made the competition element very relaxed and fun!”

Paisley’s wealth of musical talent – Paolo Nutini and Gerry Rafferty to name but two – is an integral part of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley’s Brick Lane Studios owner, Alan McEwan, is also looking forward to young talent getting a boost at The Spree.

Alan said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase the many young talented musicians and songwriters Renfrewshire has.

“We have many young people coming to the studio every week and we watch them develop into confident and creative young performers. The Danny Kyle stage is a fantastic platform for these young musicians and songwriters and provides them with an opportunity to experience performing in a professional environment. This is something that Paisley needs and may set a precedent for such events for young people in the future.”

Brick Lane Studios are also supporting young musicians through two projects – Live and Unsigned (Battle of the Bands) and a Paisley 2021 album – which are both benefitting from the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund set up by Renfrewshire Council.

The Danny Kyle Open Stage is a free show that takes place in the Speigeltent at 5pm every weekday of the Spree festival. The best acts from throughout the week will be invited back for the final-night showcase on Friday 21 October.

Acts appearing at The Spree include Admiral Fallow, Donnie Munro, Carol Laula, Treacherous Orchestra, Skerryvore, Craig Hill and Daniel Sloss.

Details of all the shows taking place and a full programme of free festival activities for kids are available at www.thespree.co.uk. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office on 0300 300 1210; from Paisley Arts Centre; or the InCube Shop at 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley.