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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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Music to Paisley’s ears

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/