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Gerry Rafferty exhibition set to open its doors


Gerry Rafferty exhibition set to open its doors.

A unique exhibition showcasing the life and work of one of Scotland’s greatest-ever songwriters – Gerry Rafferty – is opening its doors in his home town of Paisley.

Bring it all Home: The Exhibition will feature items from Gerry’s career – from gold discs and guitars to hand-written lyrics to his biggest hits.

The exhibition is expected to attract interest from around the UK and abroad, given the worldwide fanbase of the man best-known for iconic songs such as Baker Street and Stuck in the Middle With You.


Many of the personal artefacts have been loaned to Paisley Museum by Gerry’s daughter Martha, who helped curate the exhibition in her father’s memory.

Also on show will be original artwork from Gerry’s close friend and fellow Paisley Buddie John Byrne, who designed many of his album covers – while work by the artist from Renfrewshire Council’s own collection will also feature.

The free-to-enter exhibition will run at Paisley Museum from 7 March until 18 May and will coincide with an eight-day music festival in the town in April inspired by Gerry’s legacy.

Martha Rafferty said: “My father’s home town meant a huge deal to him and helped inspire a lot of his work, so it is fitting to be able to hold this event here in Paisley.

“There remains a huge deal of interest in his music from his fanbase throughout the UK and abroad – and I hope they will find plenty to interest them in the exhibition.”

Bring it all Home is being organised and promoted by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of the Homecoming 2014.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “Bring it all Home is a celebration of the life and work of one of Paisley’s best-loved sons.

“We are delighted to be able to host the exhibition and festival and are ready to welcome the visitors we expect them to attract. We would also like to thank Martha Rafferty and John Byrne for their generous contribution to the event.”

Bring it all Home: The Festival takes place from 11 to 19 April and includes a star-studded celebration of Gerry’s music featuring Martha and many of his friends from the music world, such as Rab Noakes, Barbara Dickson and Eddi Reader.

The gig – due to take place in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 16 April – sold out within three hours of going on sale last month.

The festival will also include appearances from Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Midge Ure, James Grant, Karine Polwart and Kathryn Williams as well as an international concert and a series of free songwriting masterclasses.

For more information and tickets, visit

Bring it all Home is supported by Renfrewshire Council, Homecoming Scotland, Creative Scotland, and the Rafferty family.

All photographs above were taken for by Alex Slaven Photography.

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Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Paisley is gearing up to honour one of its favourite sons with a series of songwriting events in the town this May.

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of song inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.  The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who died in 2011, is known for his iconic hits ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists such as Love and Money’s James Grant as well as a celebration of Paisley songwriters.

James Grant will open the event in Paisley Abbey on 2 May, where he will welcome friends Chris Thompson(Friends Again and The Bathers), Graham Skinner (Hipsway), Monica Queen (Belle and Sebastian collaboratrix), Fraser Spiers and bandmate and producer Paul McGeehan.

Home-grown songwriting talent will feature with Carol Laula and Yvonne Lyon performing in the Wynd Centre on 3 May and Michael Cassidy, local artist and winner of a council-sponsored songwriting prize in 2012, opening the Abbey concert.

In this first year of a new annual event, budding songwriters can join a free ‘masterclass’ in the town in a special session in Paisley Museum with James Grant.

Paisley’s Songwriting Guild will also perform free in The Bungalow Bar on Thursday 2 May and in Hamishes Hoose (just after the masterclass in the Museum) on Saturday 4 May.

Martha Rafferty, Gerry’s daughter, said: “Gerry’s talent is recognised as much today as it ever was and he would have hoped to inspire people from Paisley to pick up a guitar and try writing a tune or two themselves, I’m sure.”

“He was passionate about his music and he was passionate about his hometown – any combination of the two is a great way to remember him.”

Renfrewshire Council is backing the event with Council Leader Mark Macmillan describing it as “another step in promoting Paisley as an exciting cultural venue”.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Paisley music scene has always been incredibly vibrant and we’re doing all we can at Renfrewshire Council to encourage musicians and music fans to the town.

“We’ve been blessed to have talents like Gerry Rafferty over the years and it’s great to have this opportunity to celebrate what he and his music brought to Paisley.

“This is a huge year for music in the town.  In October, Paisley will take centre-stage as the showcase for traditional and contemporary Scottish culture when we see the return of The Spree festival and we play host to the Royal National Mòd.

“All of these events attract people into the town and that’s what we need as we work to regenerate Paisley after some tough years.”

Tickets for the shows on 2-3 May can be bought from on 08444 155 221 or from the food counter of Marks & Spencer, High Street, Paisley.

More information about the festival is available online at

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Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) legacy of Gerry Rafferty.

gerry rafferty

Legacy of Gerry Rafferty

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of songwriting inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.

The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who passed away in 2011, is best known for iconic hits like ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ which was recorded with band Stealer’s Wheel.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists and some of the best local songwriting talent in the area.

gerry rafferty

On Thursday 2 May, Paisley Abbey will play host to a concert from James Grant and Friends which promises to be one not to miss!

On Friday 3 May, the action moves over to the Wynd Centre for A Night at the Wynd featuring Carol Laula and some special guests in what promises to be another must-see event.

Free songwriting events in the town, including one very special James Grant Masterclass in Paisley Museum & Art Galleries on Saturday 4 May, will look to inspire a new generation of singer-songwriters.Watch this space for more details!

Tickets for the shows on 2-3 May can be bought right now from on 08444 155 221 or from the food counter of Marks & Spencer, High Street, Paisley.

For more information about Bring It All Home, e-mail us at and follow us on Facebook or on Twitter@BIAHFestival

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Baker Street legend gets ‘own’ Drive

Martha and Mark Rafferty

Baker Street legend gets ‘own’ Drive
Daughter Martha’s delight at home town tribute to Gerry Rafferty

The daughter of legendary singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty today (Thu) told of her pride after a street bearing his name was officially opened in his home town.

Martha Rafferty joined her singer-songwriter cousin Mark Rafferty in Shortroods, Paisley, to mark the formal unveiling of Gerry Rafferty Drive.

The new street is situated within the second phase of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association’s regeneration of Shortroods. Both Sanctuary Scotland and Renfrewshire Council were inundated with suggestions after it emerged the street would need to be named.

Martha and Mark Rafferty

Martha, 41, said: “Being recognised in this way in his home town would have made dad incredibly proud. Pride’s definitely what I feel when I see his name on the street signs.

“Many residents have been telling me they love their new homes through dad’s fan page on Facebook. Many of my family still live in and around Paisley, so that’s obviously nice for us to hear.

“Dad grew up in the old tenements in Underwood Lane about a mile from Shortroods but those buildings were demolished years ago.

“The new homes by Sanctuary Scotland are a fitting and lasting tribute to dad’s memory and musical legacy. He would have been delighted to have his name associated with quality social housing built for local people”.

Today’s event takes place exactly one year after Sanctuary Scotland honoured Gerry’s fellow ‘Humblebum’ Billy Connolly. On 22nd November 2011, the housing association unveiled a mural of the comedian at its £50 million regeneration of Anderston, Glasgow, near to where Connolly was born.

Gordon Laurie, director – Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “This occasion effectively completes the latest phase of our regeneration of Shortroods and it’s a wonderful way to sign off.

“The name was ultimately a decision for Renfrewshire Council but they could not have made a better choice. It’s a fitting tribute to a brilliant musician who lives on through his music.

“We are delighted Martha was able to attend and see the warmth of feeling for her father. I never knew we’d get the opportunity to honour both ‘Humblebums’ but I’m delighted our development bears Gerry’s name”.

Sanctuary Scotland has now built 223 affordable homes for local families in Shortroods. Of the 83 houses built in Phase 2, 62 are for rent with 21 being sold on a shared equity basis. Gerry Rafferty Drive’s 34 homes are a mix of two and three-bedroom properties, plus two wheelchair-accessible bungalows. Plans for a third phase of houses are being worked up in partnership with Renfrewshire Council.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “The council is committed to providing our community with high quality, affordable housing. We’re delighted to be working with Sanctuary Scotland on the regeneration of Shortroods and in particular the provision of much-needed family homes. It’s also great that Martha Rafferty has leant her support to the initiative in her father’s name”.

To find out more about Sanctuary Housing please click here.