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The Bungalow Musical

Hi also going by our competition to the Bungalow the Musical we also have this which gives community groups the chance to get tickets to this once in a lifetime musical.

Please support Loud n  Proud. Come along to see an amazing show. Tickets are now on sale at www.tickets-scotland.com Hard on the heels of our highly acclaimed Rock Musical I Was There the story of the Glasgow Apollo we give you The Bungalow Musical.


This is the story of The Bungalow which was a small venue at the bottom of Renfrew Road, Paisley during the 70’s and 80’s which became a legend in the UK music scene. Those amazing days are brought to life with a full cast of live bands, dancers and actors. The story has never been told before and this will be the first show of its kind showcasing this iconic venue’s rise to fame.

The show is ground breaking and innovative full of punk classics and more. It’s a nostalgic trip for those who went there and experienced it and it also captures the imagination of those that didn’t.

It’s difficult to imagine that a little place in Paisley attracted such big names as The Fall, The Skids, The Associates, Orange Juice, Roddy Frame, Tenpole Tudor, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, Aztec Camera, and The Teardrop Explodes. Including music from The Who, Slade, Elvis Costello, Boomtown Rats and more.

To order FREE tickets (while they last) Email info@loudnproud.org with the
ticket numbers, name of group and contact details. This offer includes
youth workers or adults in charge. This show will inspire young people to
take part in Creative Arts



We are giving away free tickets to the Premier of the show on 1st March 2018. This is a great opportunity for young people to see a professional level show performed by young people. The show has dancers, singers, actors, musicians and a choir making it a huge cast and an exciting show. Loud n Proud are extending this invite to make it easy for young people to access a show of this level without the barrier of cost. We hope that the show will inspire more young people to take part in Creative Arts. If not we hope that they just have a great time. We always offer tickets to youth groups. We did it at our show I Was There the story of The Glasgow Apollo and we had 100 young people along to see the show, the feedback considering their age an the era the show is set in was  amazing. As they say ‘good music is good music’. Rehearsals for the show are going great and we expect to have a knockout show telling a little piece of Paisley music history that will entertain everyone no matter their age.

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Full line-up announced for Paisley Takeover festival on 2/3 March Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods announced!

The Friday night line-up of SAMAs Paisley takeover festival on the 2rd March will feature Heir of the Cursed and headliners Out Lines. Heir of the Cursed is a wildly breathtaking solo musician and poet who commands a magnetising blend of calming instrumentals and vocal stylings with her lyrical retellings of the subtleties of life in Glasgow.

Following a sold out set for Celtic Connections and UK tour with Mogwai, headliners Out Lines are a fusion of three powerhouses in Scottish music: Scottish Album Of The Year award winning singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, The Twilight Sad’s James Graham as well as producer Marcus Mackay.

Having released their debut album ‘Conflats’ towards the end of 2017 amid much acclaim, this dynamic trio will be sure to lure in a Paisley crowd with a strikingly defiant live-set.

Also announced are the remainder of the weekends events including an intimate live in-store session at record shop Feel The Groove with Emme Woods, ahead of her SXSW debut.

This intimate setting will match well with the musician’s brooding vocal to make for an unmissable set, as well as spoken word on the Friday evening from local wordsmith’s Robert Blair and Shaun Moore. Saturday’s afternoon of seminars will begin with How to do DIY in 2018?

Featuring Ian Crawford of El Rancho Records plus J-Bone promoter Alana Hepburn and Conor Goldie of Public Records. Followed by When is the best time to showcase your band on a national level? which will feature artist manager and promoter Nicky Carder, Nadine Walker of Tenement TV and Broadcaster Jim Gellatly.

This will culminate with a special “In Conversation” segment hosted by Vic Galloway and feature former Simple Minds manager and ex Record Store owner Bruce Findlay discussing his inspiring career in the music business. Festival Manager Richy Muirhead comments: “The SAMAs Takeover in March is going to be a great couple of days filled with an exciting events programme.

We’re delighted to share the full line-up with new additions Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods and loads more!” Already announced are The Vegan Leather who are hosting their own music workshop and Q&A, plus live set’s from Siobhan Wilson, SWAY and Saturday headliners Pronto Mama.

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards Paisley Takeover Festival is funded by Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, and ran in association with Paisley Arts Centre. The full programme can be found at: www.officialsama.co.uk Tickets are on-sale now from Eventbrite UK and Paisley Arts Centre (0300 300 1210)

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How to get over being an under – Lisa Kowalski headlines King Tuts on her 18th birthday

As an emerging singer songwriter determined to build a career, a lot of items on Lisa Kowalski’s bucket list are music related.

She has already ticked off a few things – releasing her first EP, playing a festival headline stage, performing on TV, meeting her original inspiration Taylor Swift and supporting a few more well-established artists.  There’s still a big list and a long journey ahead, but one major barrier is about to be smashed.

Having been a performer and a local music fan for the last four years, 17 year old Lisa was getting increasingly frustrated that, as an under, she could neither perform nor go and see her favourite bands and artists at certain gigs and venues. The popular and iconic King Tuts was often the venue for an event Lisa really wanted to attend but wasn’t able to. This situation is all about to change on 6th February when, with the help of Salute Music UK, Lisa is going to celebrate coming of age by headlining King Tuts on the night of her 18th.

Salute Music UK run an innovative new signwriting competition designed to discover under the radar song writing talent from across the UK. Lisa entered their first contest in summer 2017 with a rough demo of a song she had written and had filmed at her fortnightly singing lesson.  Despite competing with more experienced artists and polished and produced tracks and videos, the panel of industry judges selected the song “I do” from thousands of entries to make the top 100.

The public were then asked to vote over several weeks for their favourite songs and the top six made the final, with a £10,000 cash prize paid to each and £50,000 to the overall winner. Lisa was delighted to find out in November that she was a finalist and would be winning a prize that will allow her to realise a lot of musical goals for 2018 and continue to progress her career. The prize also included the arrangement of a “Home Town gig” for each finalist and it was the absolute icing on the cake when Lisa learned that this would not only be in the legendary King Tuts but would also fall on the very night she turned 18. The prize money will be officially presented on the night.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to perform old songs and some new material in a venue that’s so iconic! I also have an incredible artist lined up to support me, Megan D. I’ve been loving her EP and it’s amazing to have a musician that I greatly admire in the line up! ”

Lisa has a lot of other aims and wishes for the year ahead and, as is usually the way for emerging musicians, some will happen and some won’t.  Receiving an invaluable cash sum to invest in her music, as well as a public recognition of her song writing talent, provides a brilliant foundation on which to build. The night at King Tuts is hopefully the start of many things but regardless of what comes next, Lisa will never forget being able to share such an exciting event with friends, family and fans on the long awaited night on which she turns 18.

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Culture events from iconic painting to puppets and much more

A variety of cultural activities will be taking place in Renfrewshire over the next few months.
Art lovers will be able to see one of Scotland’s most iconic paintings when it is put on display at Paisley Museum.

The town is only one of four places in the country to put the famous Monarch of the Glen painting by Sir Edwin Landseer on show, as part of a nationwide tour organised by the National Galleries of Scotland.

The free viewings will take place at Paisley Museum between January 20 and March 11. Free family activities related to the painting are also being planned by Renfrewshire Leisure to coincide with the exhibition.

The Monarch of the Glen exhibition is just one of a host of cultural events being staged in Renfrewshire during the next six months and featured in the latest edition of the free what’s on brochure – The Guide.

The Guide, published this week shows a diverse range of shows, events, exhibitions and workshops is being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure between now and summer.

There are events that are part of the UK’s Puppet Animation Festival with two shows – Little Light and Conan the Dragon – being staged at Paisley Arts Centre and Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse, at Johnstone Town Hall, in April.

LGBT History Month, in February is being marked with a series of events locally, as is Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, during May.

And a special performance by soprano and piano duo, Voice and Verse that is particularly suited to people suffering from dementia is being held in Paisley Arts Centre, on April 18.

Traditional folk music fans have lots to look forward to with well-known bands like the Tannahill Weavers, Blazin’ Fiddles, Daimh, along with the legendary trio of musicians Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle performing over the next few months.

And on March 2 and 3 the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and festival is being staged in Paisley Arts Centre.

Ballet West bring their enchanting performance of Giselle ou les Wilis to Paisley Town Hall, on February 2 and if you like some rib-tickling comedy of an evening, then former River City star, Gary Lamont brings his Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, Dropping the Soap to Paisley Arts Centre, on April 28.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We may have missed out on City of Culture, but we’re not going to be short on cultural activities over the next few months.

“We’ve a hugely diverse range of shows, events and exhibitions going on and there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Guide can be picked up for free at Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre, the town halls at Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew or download a version on www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

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SAMAs announce new music festival in Paisley this March!

The two-day event will include LIVE showcases, Music Workshops, Industry Seminars, In-store performances and more!

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) will return in March with their first event of 2018 taking place in Paisley, bringing a two-day showcase and celebration of grassroots music to the thriving town.

This will include an array of industry seminars and speakers covering “How to do D.I.Y Music in 2018” and “When is the best time to showcase yourself to the music Industry?” plus live sets across various Paisley venues, including the Arts Centre and record shop Feel The Groove.

The event will provide an insight into the music industry and showcase Scottish talent. The event is being funded by Renfrewshire Council through the area’s Culture Heritage and Events Fund, which was created as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and will continue to form the legacy of that.

Renfrewshire Council deputy leader Jim Paterson said: “Paisley has a rich musical history, a thriving contemporary music scene and is now well established as a key destination within Scotland for music and events – making the town a perfect fit for this event. “We created the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund to boost the local creative scene in the area as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 – and that fund continues as part of the legacy of that.

“That means Paisley can continue to attract well-respected national events such as the SAMAs – giving local talent a platform to show what they can do and meet key industry figures from across Scotland.” Festival manager Richy Muirhead says: “We’re thrilled to be hosting a range of new music events in Paisley this March! The SAMAs Takeover is a great opportunity for people to come and see some of Scotland’s new and exciting artists at the showcases, and learn about the industry at the seminars, and everything else in between from in-store performances and workshops!”

The first act announced are Paisley natives, disco-synth quartet The Vegan Leather who will be hosting their own workshop at Paisley Arts Centre as they unlock the key to their signature pop sound featuring a lesson in songwriting plus Q&A! The full line-up will be revealed throughout January. For tickets visit Eventbrite UK and Paisley Arts Centre.

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‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ new album out February 2018

Born and raised in Texas, USA; Erin Bennett has shaken the UK’s

underground music scene since moving to Scotland in 2010. The award-
winning singer-songwriter/guitarist received positive reviews for her debut

album release, ‘ReFlowered’ in 2015 and stirred audiences with her promo
tour in 2016. Described by Indie Pulse magazine as ‘Music’s Wonderwoman,’

Erin is trying, with her latest offering, to earn that accolade.
‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ features 12 original tracks which take listeners on a
relentless journey of severe self-scrunity. The hard/prog rock musical style
adds an extra degree of intensity which locks listeners in for the 48 minute
duration. Erin’s crunchy Texan guitar style and wide vocal range is woven
wonderfully onto a backdrop of unforgiving and driving bass tones; rumbling
and skilfully played Hammond organs; and tasteful and yet intricate
drumming. All of this is capped with exceptional and surreal vocal harmonies.
Erin, along with the members of her long standing outfit ‘The EB Band’
recorded ‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ at Watercolour Studios in Fort William,
Scotland. Adhering to a more ‘old fashioned’ technique for recording, the
band performed the songs ‘live’ together in the same room in order to capture
the musical atmosphere of their celebrated live shows… including pops,

clicks, creaking springs and mumbles.

Due for release in February 2018, Erin Bennett and the EB Band will kick off
promotions for the album with an acoustic tour of music stores throughout
Scotland as well as a performance at Planet Rock’s ‘Winter’s End Festival’ on
February 24th. Other tour dates in the UK and Europe are to be confirmed.
Digital and physical Publications such as Metal Discovery, Devolution
Magazine, Indie Music Women and Music News Scotland have already hailed
Erin’s live shows and are set to review ‘Post Sexy, Post Truth’ upon its


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Witches production Seraphina generates an ‘overwhelming’ community response

The director of a theatre production which incorporated the tragic story of the infamous Paisley witch trials of 1697 says the show had an ‘overwhelming’  response.

Seraphina, which had a cast of community and professional performers, singers and musicians, was  funded by Renfrewshire Council’s  Culture, Heritage and Events (CHE) Fund.

The fund was set up in 2015 as a way of getting people involved in culture and unlocking Renfrewshire’s creative potential as part of Paisley’s bid to win the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

It continues as a key legacy now that the competition is over, with applications from local groups invited for further rounds of funding.

The production, which aimed to explore femininity, power and female exploitation through the prism of witchcraft, was staged at Paisley’s Wynd Auditorium by Confab between 31 October and November 4.

Composer Sev Ka wrote the score performed by a choir of 16 singers – including women from Glasgow and Ayr, as well as former MSP Rosie Kane.

Writer and Director Rachel Jury said: “We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help from the CHE Fund.

“Both the money and support were crucial and helped us then bring in more funding from elsewhere.

“We had a community chorus from Paisley and all over the country, which meant people were coming here and getting to know and appreciate the town.

“Even people from here told us they had learned things about their town so it was a great process.

“We had an overwhelming response. The production was quite intimate and we actually sold out three times and had to keep increasing the seats.

“It was a great collaboration between the creative the history, the heritage and the people of Paisley.”

Between the 16th and 18th century, nearly 2,500 women were executed in Scotland.

Paisley was the site of one of the most famous trials in 1696 after 11-year-old Christian Shaw, the daughter of local dignitary the Laird of Bargarran, began showing signs of being possessed.

She blamed a group of witches for her problems and eventually seven people were accused of witchcraft and cursing the girl.

They were found guilty, and six of them were strangled and burnt to death, while another took their own life.

Rachel Jury added: “It was very important that we made references to Paisley all the way through the show and that local people came to see the chorus because it’s so much about the town and addresses some of the harder history about the place.

“We had people from all walks of life in the audience – from cutting edge artists to people who had never really been to theatre in their life before and that’s really important.

“We spoke to some women who had even brought their mums along who loved it, so it appealed to everyone, even the grandmothers.”

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Johnstone Pipe Band are delighted to have been invited to perform on the main stage at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday the 20th January as part of the city’s 2018 Celtic Connections festival.

The Pipe Band which is preparing for its 75th anniversary was founded by Ex-Provost of Johnstone Burgh, James McKay, in 1943, and has been going strong ever since, wearing the Blue McKay tartan in recognition of its founder. The senior band won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 3A in 2014, and, in their very first season in Grade 2, won the World Pipe Band Championships in 2015, followed by a consecutive win in 2016 which saw their promotion to the top flight of Grade 1, in 2016 there was also a double celebration as the then Grade 4b ‘junior’ Johnstone Band also won their World Championship.

Pipe Major Keith J Bowes said “we are really excited that the opportunity has come our way to showcase the band on the platform of the Royal Concert Hall. It is an occasion for us to celebrate as 2018 is the 75th Anniversary of Johnstone pipe band. We will be joined on stage by our newly promoted Grade 3B band and also our Renfrewshire Schools pipe band, as well as backing musicians and dancers. We are also delighted to have secured John Mackay from STV as our compere.”

The first half of the concert will feature pipers Finlay MacDonald with Ross Martin, father and son Angus MacColl Senior and Junior, and Jarlath Henderson.

Tickets can be purchased from http://www.celticconnections.com, by visiting www.glasgowconcerthalls.com or by phoning the Royal Concert Hall box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Spree Festival delivers boost to local economy

This year’s Spree Festival has been hailed a resounding success after delivering a boost of more than £120,000 to the local economy.

Paisley Spree RSNO Takeover 24.10.17

Paisley’s sixth national flagship festival saw more than 10,000 people attend 60 events related to this year’s  event  – with homegrown musical megastar Paolo Nutini topping a list of sold-out shows and entertainment.

His triumphant homecoming concert at Paisley Abbey saw 50,000 people apply for just 550 tickets.

Almost 60 per cent of visitors were from Renfrewshire, while more than 30 per cent were from the rest of Scotland.

A further six per cent came from the rest of the UK and overseas.

The 12-day extravaganza, which supported the town’s bid for the UK City of Culture 2021, generated almost 4,500 attendees, with the events themselves drawing in almost 9,000 admissions.

Ticket sales for shows across the Abbey, Spiegeltent, Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre were 8,337 – an increase of 60% on last year’s figure of 5,200.

Comics Tom Urie and Jamie Godley and musicians Dougie MacLean and James Grant, were among the big names to perform, while the festival also included a unique link up between the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Renfrewshire school children.

The Musical Tapestry saw a collaboration between musicians from Scotland and India.

Audiences at the Burger & Keg Live tent and at the Spree for All Festival Club in The Old Swan Inn which ran nightly, are estimated to have topped 1,000.

Around 1,000 more enjoyed the live bands and other street entertainment across the festival.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This year’s Spree Festival was bigger and better than ever and has been a tremendous boost to the town.

“The line up featured  a host of big names, showing it has become an established fixture on Scotland’s events calendar.

“There was also a unique link up between Scotland and Indian with the Musical Tapestry, which celebrated Paisley’s friendship with India through its textile heritage.

“Community groups were able to enjoy the Spree thanks to a tickets initiative while our programme also included a range of free family activities like children’s workshops to give our communities the opportunity to enjoy cultural activity on their doorstep.”

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Renfrewshire unveils dates for 2018 events programme

Paisley and Renfrewshire are in line for another bumper year of major events – after dates were revealed for the main dates in 2018 programme.

Paisley Monte Carlo MFG

The area has firmly established itself as a key destination on Scotland’s events map over the past few years – having bid for and won several new events to add to long-running established favourites.

2017 saw Renfrewshire’s biggest events programme yet – with highlights including the first-ever Weave festival as part of Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology, and the best-attended Spree festival to date – including Paolo Nutini’s triumphant homecoming show in Paisley Abbey.

Council events chiefs are keen to build on the momentum created by Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 by growing the programme further, and increasing the number of visitors to the area from outwith, boosting the local economy.

Selected highlights of the 2018 events programme are:

– the Monte Carlo Classic Rally will kick the new year off on Wednesday 31 January, with up to 80 vintage vehicles expected to leave for France in the only UK start leg of the international event;

– Paisley Food Festival will return as a two-day event for the first time on Friday and Saturday 27 and 28 April, running alongside Renfrewshire CAMRA’s Paisley Beer Festival from 25 -28 April;

– the British Pipe Band Championships last year brought 19,000 people to St James Playing Fields and Saturday 19 May will be the third time the event – one of the biggest in world piping – has come to Paisley. Renfrewshire recently secured the championships for another three years, to 2021;

– Sma’ Shot Day – one of the world’s oldest workers festivals – and the multi artform Weave programme will take over Paisley town centre on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July;

– in a first for the area, Scottish Opera will bring a massive outdoor production of Pagliacci to an outdoor circus tent in Seedhill Playing Fields on 26 – 29 July, with members of the community joining the chorus alongside professional singers;

– the most coveted prize in Scotland’s music scene – the Scottish Album of the Year Award – returns to Paisley Town Hall for a third year in late August.

Autumn will see Renfrewshire Doors Open weekend (15 – 16 September), followed by the area’s flagship arts festival The Spree (12-21 October).

And winter will bring established favourites Paisley Halloween Festival (26-27 October) and Fireworks (3 November), plus the area’s various Christmas Lights Switch-ons.

Dates for other established community events – including the various gala days – will be confirmed in the new year.

Annique Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “Paisley offers a remarkable range of world-class events and it looks like 2018 will be another fantastic year for Scotland’s largest town. With a record year for The Spree and a first ever Weave festival taking place, 2017 saw Paisley once again show that it is a key destination on Scotland’s events map.

“Through events like the Monte Carlo Classic Rally and Sma’ Shot Day, 2018 will see the town continue to build its reputation and play an important role in positioning Scotland as the perfect stage.”

More than 1.1m people have attended events or festivals in Renfrewshire over the past five years, with numbers growing by 25% and 33% in 2016 and 2017.

This year saw a third of attendees from outwith Renfrewshire, a 93% satisfaction rate, and £1.3m pumped into the local economy.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire’s events programme has grown massively in recent years with events of national importance added to established family favourites.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 helped put Renfrewshire on a nationwide stage, raising our profile and awareness of the area’s unique story and heritage.

“The major events programme is a key part of a wider plan to use our unique selling points to attract visitors and drive footfall to our town centres – while helping showcase Renfrewshire as a place of cultural excellence.

“We aim to offer a range of days and nights out with something for everyone – from free family fun in our communities, to chances to see and even perform alongside artists of international stature.

“With bigger events in the 2018 programme it is shaping up to be the best year yet.”