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A Buddy Good Laugh Paisley Review

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A Buddy Good Laugh Paisley Review.

Interview by Peter Greenwood of Paisley.org.uk

Paisley’s annual comedy festival, aptly named A Buddy Good Laugh, returned to the Paisley Arts Centre in February. I must admit, going in I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to write about. As I said last time, comedy is such a subjective thing that it’s difficult to get a handle on to review.

Another aspect to writing a comedy review, is that you have to be careful what you actually write. Some comedians take weeks and months to perfect their set, then some bozo like me comes along and writes “then big Stevie said this about the microwave” and it ruins their act.

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So going into this, I’ve chosen to write from a few angles; firstly, touch on the elements that the comedians spoke of, and secondly, I went with my friend Emma to this event, and I picked up on what I think she did and didn’t enjoy, so I’m going to try to look at this through Emma’s eyes as well.

We arrived at the Arts Centre and took our seats. The stage was decorated with banners for the Dead Sheep Comedy, something which immediately grabbed Emma’s attention. “Why do the sheep need to be dead” she protested. “Because living sheep aren’t as funny?” I suggested.

The audience filtered in slowly, and the show started with host Scott Gibson coming out to welcome us, and inform us how he felt about a performance going on at the Paisley Town Hall that night.
As he likes to do, Scott turned to the crowd and started chatting with a member of the audience, who informed us he’s a cow farmer. During the course of the evening we’d find out that you can get £1,000 for a cow, farmers tend not to have favourite cows and that Scott can do a pretty decent impression of a cow giving the “come hither” look.

The first act onstage was Kier McAllister, which started a slight East Coast takeover in the room. A regular at the Strand comedy club in Edinburgh, as well as a pod caster, Kier started talking about Scotland, and his observation that we don’t really do anything proper for tourists in this country. He then shifted over to a story about an unfortunate accidental stalking incident in Edinburgh, which I think every man in the room could relate to at some point in their lives. As an opener, he was great fun and as he left the stage, Scott came on to tell us it was the first break, but that we had a special surprise guest coming on directly after.

I only got the surprises first name, Gareth, but he was pretty great. He looked like he was about fifteen though, something he immediately addressed and admitted to by sharing a story about how a group of teenagers outside asked him to buy them alcohol, and how well that ended up for him. Gareth was only on for a short amount of time, before giving way to Owen McGuire.

Owen came out, and divided the crowd, but by the end of his set he won people back with stories about how he was a teacher, and the highs and lows of vegetarianism before we were released to our second break.
Then headliners Stu and Garry came on, and I’ve got a slight confession to make. I’d already seen these guys perform live at the first Spree festival, as part of Scotland’s only improv group they come through from Edinburgh and play Glasgow sometimes too, and I knew they were hysterical. And right I was. Emma was beside me, tears streaming down her face with joy, as Stu and Garry re-enacted a scene set on a train in different styles, such as Star Wars characters, from the suggestions of a delighted audience.

A Buddy Good Laugh gets better every time I go, this is something every Buddy should get behind and support as much as possible.

Interview with Stu and Garry by Peter Greenwood and S.J Gribben

 

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The Chaplins Play Paisley Review

The Chaplins Play Paisley Review by Peter Greenwood

While waiting for the Chaplins to come out on stage, among the buzz floating through the audience, more than a few times I heard talk in the vein of “what instrument does Charlie play”?

The link between the band and the man isn’t actually very far removed.

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The Chaplins formed as a three piece in 2012 with singer-songwriter Jill Jackson, drummer Lisa Tring and double bass player John Allan and named themselves after local Paisley lady Jill’s love of film star Charlie, going to far as to outfit the band in 20’s period fashion and styling. Since then they’ve played all over Europe and the UK and supported Runrig at their sold out tour.

This is their first night in Paisley as the Chaplins, what Jill describes as the home town show. “I’ve got family and friends coming to the gig, this’ll be my way of introducing them to all the new music and the band.” Does Jill feel extra pressure then? “A bit, aye, but we’ll feel like that when we play Lisa’s hometown of Nottingham too.”

The venue helped create an intimate atmosphere, with almost every seat in the house filled. There’s clearly a lot of local support for the band, with audience members of all ages coming to see the show, including Jill’s friends and family who were in the audience.

Their musical style is described as an “alternative bluegrass style” and their influences range from Alison Krauss to Dolly Parton which shine through, while still presenting the band in their own completely unique sound. The Chaplins have created their own take on not just bluegrass but country and Celtic and have written songs that match well with the talented musicians who bring them to life.

The real joy of seeing the Chaplins, though, was how much they were clearly enjoying themselves. Every song was lovingly performed by the band, and as an audience member you can’t help but find yourself under their control; a huge smile on your face during Saving All My Love, feeling thoughtful and like you want to explore the world with The Rambler or even just rocking with their take of Foreigner’s 80’s power ballad I Want To Know What Love Is.

The band effortlessly creates an atmosphere you want to be a part of which due to the size of the venue, you soon got the opportunity. At one part the band wanted audience participation for one song which involved Lisa leading the audience in a rather complicated rhythm of clap-stomp-clap-stomp-pause-pause-clap-clap-clap. Or was it clap-stomp-stomp clap- clap-stomp-clap-pause-clap-clap?

Their enthusiasm for their music and for performing really drags you in, whether you want to or not. It’s hard to believe they’ve only been around for a year. The Chaplins go on a larger tour in support of their album towards the end of this year.

You can find out a lot more about the Chaplins by visiting their website www.thechaplinsofficial.co.uk

Many thanks to the band, their management team and Mike Dillon of Apollo Music for their help.

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Free Promotion in Paisley and Renfrewshire

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Free Promotion in Paisley and Renfrewshire

Paisley on the web is a community organisation which is here to promote the town of Paisley not only to local people but also to an international audience. We like to let everyone know what is going on in and around the town and there are a few ways your organisation can take advantage of our excellent services listed below.

Services

  • Free Event Promotion
    • Via our Blog
    • Via our social media websites
    • Via our newsletter
    • Via our partner organisations
  • Free event listing with our partner website  ‘Whats on Renfrewshire’
  • We will try our best to cover the event by having a photographer attend*
  • We will also interview forthcoming acts and artists for radio or podcasts*
  • Free after event promotion showcasing the photographs
  • Free event reviews
  • Business Advertising*
  • Promoted Posts for Business (see below)*

Our audience is huge and hits all demographics, ideal for just about anyone to use our services. Our website has around 13-14 thousand visits per day and our social media channel impressions are around three hundred thousand per week. More precise data can be provided on request.

To take advantage of any of our services please contact us with as much information you can and we shall reply to you as soon as we can. Contact us now..

Promoted Posts

Businesses can take advantage of our new promoted posts feature, when we will work with you to maximise impressions and hits to help promote your business or product on our blog and social media outlets. We will ensure that the integrity of the business is upheld at all times via social media by our management team. Promoted posts are not free and a price will be agreed with the organisation and Paisley on the web beforehand. Contact us now to enquire about promoted posts.

 

* For anyone wishing copies of photographs, the photographer’s name will always be credited and you can discuss purchasing copies at their discretion.

*Interviewer is available upon request.

*Promoted posts and business advertising are not free, costs will be agreed before commencement.

 

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Hardeep Singh Kohli Indian Takeaway Paisley Review & Photographs

Hardeep Singh Kohli Indian Takeaway Paisley Review & Photographs

The following review is by Peter Greenwood for Paisley on the web..

“When it comes to curry, the British can’t get enough” smiles Hardeep, from behind his pots and pans. And from the smell wafting up through the crowd as he cooks it’s not difficult to know why.

Hardeep Singh Kohli is known for many things. Comedian. Author. TV host. But tonight, as he steps out onto the stage at the Paisley Arts Centre his primary role is “chef”.

His live show, Indian Take Away, has toured the length and breadth of the UK for the last two years and now he’s hitting his home away from home, Paisley. Barely a minute out on stage in a very fetching kilt and Lion Rampant shirt combo, and he’s already captured the audience with a slightly modest “I haven’t done anything yet!”

The show begins as Hardeep takes us back through his childhood, to the dishes his mother (who was late to her own son’s show) made when he was younger, in a time when money and tolerance were scarcely found among Glasgow’s west end. He tells a story about attempting to become a tree to avoid bullies and how it was a rare occurrence when he wasn’t chased for his differences. But for all there was back then Hardeep is so happy and proud of where we are now and he wasn’t afraid to tell us many instances, good and bad, from his past which brought us right back to the present as he starts cooking. Almost.

First of all, before anything can begin, he had a phone call to make. Placing the call to a local takeaway is a part of the show; Hardeep will call what he feels is the best Indian restaurant in town, order a delivery and while it’s arriving he’ll prepare his own take on a dish. Tonight we‘re treated to a Lamb Jalander from the Indian Scene Take Away.

As he cooks, he tells us some more stories about his family and what inspired the tour, with the true answer earning an “aww” and a smattering of applause from the audience as he tells us it was his mum. “With mum in the house, no matter what I do with divine intervention it’ll always be the second best curry in the house” he says. “I can’t wait for her to tell me what I’m doing wrong tonight!.

Dish prepared, delivery delivered, with the audience sharing around poppadoms, Hardeep invites three members of the audience up onto stage to try a blind taste test. His vs. the Take Away.

However there‘s doubt in Hardeep‘s eyes, he‘s tasted the local dish and he mouths to us quietly how good theirs is. But no, those gathered onstage take the test and Hardeep is declared the winner – by one point! A narrow victory, but still one he’s delighted with.

Indian Takeaway was a great night out, there was a great atmosphere as Hardeep chatted with members of the audience, offering advice to young Liam in the crowd and even taking the time to introduce his mum and dad to us all.
And the dish Hardeep made? Delicious.

Paisley Arts Centre Photographs

Photos from Saturday night in Paisley Arts Centre, all photographs taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

To find out more about the tour and dates please visit www.hardeeplive.com

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNWdMsXpEfQ