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Top local talent to go head to head on The Spree stage

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Top local talent to go head to head on The Spree stage

Local musical acts are getting the chance to appear alongside headline acts such as Edwyn Collins, Admiral Fallow and The Twilight Sad at this year’s Spree Festival in Paisley.

The cream of the area’s top talent will go head-to-head during a nightly contest on the Danny Kyle Open Stage.

thespreeThe Spree is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and will this year run alongside the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language, on its first-ever visit to Paisley.

The stage is a celebration of the life of the legendary Scottish singer-songwriter who was a passionate supporter of traditional music and a constant campaigner for its revival in Scotland.

The Danny Kyle Open Stage will run between Friday 11 and Thursday 17 October with the chance to progress to the final night showcase concert on Friday 18 October in the fantastic Spiegeltent in County Square. Each event will be broadcast live on www.celticmusicradio.net.

Each day at 5pm three successful applicants will take to the stage and be scored by a panel of industry experts.

The top three artists are then invited back to the final-night showcase and receive a live session on Celtic Music Radio, with the winner also being awarded with a slot at the 2014 Spree festival.

Rikki Kyle, son of Danny Kyle, said: “I am excited the Spree festival is holding a Danny Kyle Open Stage in Paisley. My dad would be very proud it had come to the town.

“He loved the town and was so involved with Sma’ Shot Cottages. He helped come up with the idea of restarting Sma’ Shot Day in the eighties to get the local community involved in showcasing their talents.

“In the nineties he also set up the ‘Gies A Break Club’ which went down a storm at festivals throughout the country and is now known as the Danny Kyle Open Stages.”

Other musical acts already announced for The Spree include Rachel Sermanni, Miaoux Miaoux, Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Horse McDonald, while Craig Hill and Fred MacAulay and more will provide the comedy.

With huge amounts of interest in these Open Stages, acts are invited to apply to take part by downloading the application form from www.thespree.co.uk and returning it by Thursday 3 October to dkos.info@yahoo.com.

There will be over 70 Spree and Mòd fringe events over 10 days in October. For further information on The Mòd visit www.modphaislig.org.

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Kids can enjoy the best of the fest too The Spree and Mòd Phàislig

Toybox - who will be providing comedy for kids in the Spiegeltent

The Spree and Mòd Phàislig

Kids can enjoy the best of the fest too

Renfrewshire kids will have an action-packed time this October with The Spree and Mòd Phàislig running a full programme of music, comedy and drama events to keep them entertained.

The Spree is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and will this year run alongside the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language, on its first-ever visit to Paisley.

And with the festivals set to coincide with the school October break, festival organisers have included a wide range of events for children among the listings for The Spree and the Mòd fringe.

Toybox - who will be providing comedy for kids in the Spiegeltent

Highlights include a Spree Kids’ Comedy Club, with top comedians including Vladimir McTavish and Bruce Devlin performing special shows aimed at a younger audience.

There will also be a two-day children’s Mòd fringe, with a vibrant mix of arts, crafts and games delivered in partnership with Gaelic community group organisers, Sradagan, and featuring a special appearance from BBC Alba’s Dè a’ Nis.

And music-lovers will have plenty to keep them entertained, with gigs showcasing the best young musical talent in the area, featuring artists from Create Paisley and Loud ‘n’ Proud.

Other events will include:

– five fun-filled drama workshops for kids aged five to seven delivered by renowned youth theatre group PACE;

– fiddle and tune-writing workshops designed especially for kids;

– a bookbug session in Gaelic at Paisley Central Library.

Tickets for all children’s shows and workshops are on sale now. Links for these and more information can be found on the festivals websites at www.thespree.co.uk and www.modphaislig.com.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan, said “It’s fantastic to see such a diverse line-up of children’s events in the town throughout the Spree and Mòd and it should make for a very exciting school holiday.

“We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the town this October and know they will find plenty to see and do while they are here.”

Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Edwyn Collins, Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni, while Craig Hill and Fred McAulay will provide the comedy.

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

A programme of Mòd fringe events will be happening around the town, in addition to the main Royal National Mòd competitions.

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Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill added to Spree festival bill

Fred MacAulay

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.

Fred MacAulay

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.