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Mystery headliner launches new comedy strand ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’

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Mystery headliner launches new comedy strand ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’

Laughter, Buddy Guaranteed! Top Scottish comedian to launch Renfrewshire’s latest comedy strand 

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums and local comedy promoters Dead Sheep Comedy are delighted to be working in partnership this autumn to bring you a fantastic new brand of live comedy at Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Town Hall.

A+Buddy+Good+Laugh_482With each gig MC’d by Dead Sheep Comedy creator and comic Scott Gibson (regular performer at The Stand Comedy Club), ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ will feature some of the best names in Scottish stand-up over four nights between September and December.

And to mark the launch of this brand new comedy strand, we have arranged for a special mystery comedian to take to the stage on the opening night.

Although their identity is a closely-guarded secret, we can reveal that this act has performed to sell-out audiences all over Europe, Australia and South East Asia and has appeared on numerous TV shows including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (2010), 8/10 Cats and the Rob Brydon Show.

Comedy fans will have to wait until the opening night of ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ to find out exactly who this act is!

Joining the mystery headliner on September 26 will be Chris Forbes and Michael Redmond.

Widely regarded as one of Scotland’s hottest comedy talents, Chris Forbes gained a legion of new fans when he supported Kevin Bridges on his 2012 tour The Story Continues… Charismatic and confident, Chris’ conversational style never fails to engage his audience or deliver laughs loud enough to bring the house down.

Well known for his portrayal of Father Stone in the classic channel 4 comedy, Father Ted, Michael Redmond is lined up to deliver his own brand of deadpan humour. A regular performer on the Scottish comedy circuit, Michael is currently resident host of his own show Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service at The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow.

The very first A Buddy Good Laugh comedy night will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 26 September. Doors open 8.15pm and show starts 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Tickets for the following ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ show on Oct 31 will be available at the Box Office in Paisley Arts Centre immediately after the first show, costing £6.

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Music to Paisley’s ears

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Music to Paisley’s ears

With just 10 weeks until The Spree and Royal National Mòd 2013 arrive in Paisley, both festivals have added even more traditional Scottish musical acts to their already busy line-ups.

The Spree (10 – 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd 2013 (11 – 19 October) which will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square. Historic Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year, will provide unique surroundings for a number of events.

Traditional music acts confirmed for the Spree festival this week are:

  • Hugely-popular fiddling duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain who will appear with Ross Ainsie and Jarlath Henderson for a vibrant mix of original compositions and traditional tunes (Saturday 12 October)
  • The award-winning Mànran who perform a unique and powerful blend of Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary music (Wednesday 16 October)
  • Gaelic supergroup Dàimh with a brand new album of high octane Hebridean dance-based instrumentals and imaginative arrangements of Gaelic songs (Tuesday 15 October), and
  • Famed singer Horse McDonald for a rare acoustic performance, specially put together to coincide with the Mòd celebrations (Sunday 13 October).

Tickets for all these shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Friday 2 August.

Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni. Comedy nights with Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club will provide the laughs and Denise Mina and Vic Galloway will be showcasing their literary efforts. Tickets for these shows and more are available from The Spree website now.

Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.

While the main Mòd competitions will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall and venues across the town, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and cèilidh dances – will also take place.

To celebrate the Royal National Mòd coming to Paisley, Mòd Gold Medal winner James Graham hosts an afternoon concert accompanied by James Ross on Saturday 25 August at Holy Trinity & St. Barnabas church.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing James Graham to Paisley. James is a renowned Gaelic singer, and will showcase the depth of Gaelic talent that will be coming to the town this October.’

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. The website www.modphaislig.org has more details.

The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, a historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time. To find out more, please visit http://www.acgmod.org/

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Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill added to Spree festival bill

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Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill added to Spree festival bill

Top Scottish comedians Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill are on their way to Paisley after becoming the latest big names to be announced for October’s Spree festival.

The Spree (10 to 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to run alongside the Royal National Mòd.

The Mòd (11 to 19 October) is the premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language and will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history, with Spree and Mòd fringe events combining to create a festival feel for the town.

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Telly funnymen Craig and Fred have been added to a Spree programme which already includes a mixture of music, comedy and literary events.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in County Square.

Camp comic Craig – who returns to Paisley after wowing the crowds at last year’s Spree – will help kick off the festival on Friday 11 October in the Spigeltent.

He will be performing his new show ‘Tartan About’, billed as a ‘wickedly delicious evening of pure, unadulterated fun’.

BBC radio presenter Fred – ‘Scotland’s most successful bald comedian’ – will play the Spiegeltent on Friday 18 October.

Visiting Paisley ‘to talk about all things funny’, he has been described as ‘rib-achingly funny, one of the funniest men alive’.

The Spiegeltent will also host to two editions of Whose Lunch is it Anyway, over the lunchtimes of Friday 11th and 18th October.

The event – in association with The Stand comedy club, will allow workers to take a break from the office as the resident comics create improvised hilarity from the crowd’s suggestions.

Tickets for all these shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Friday 26 July.

Events already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro, Rachel Sermanni and two Best of Scottish Comedy nights, with tickets on sale for these and more from The Spree website now.

Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.

Craig HillWhile the main Mòd competition will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and ceilidh dances – will take place around the town.

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. Keep an eye on www.modphaislig.org for more details.

The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, an historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time.