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Musical Mills – Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Anna MacDonald

MUSICAL MILLS

A celebration of Paisley’s industrial and cultural heritage

PAISLEY THREAD MILL MUSEUM

MILE END MILL

SEEDHILL ROAD, PAISLEY

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 12- 4PM

ENTRY FREE

 

  • MUSIC     
  • HISTORY
  • POETRY
  • ART…

 

…four good reasons to celebrate Paisley (as if you needed a reason!) and you’ll find all of them at Musical Mills in the Thread Mill Museum on Saturday 3 November.  Weaving Musical Threads and University of the West of Scotland orchestrate an afternoon of some of the best talent to be found in Renfrewshire. Not to mention a few guests from its sunny Glasgow suburbs.  Here are just some of the names who’ll lend their talents to a symphony of culture and entertainment:

 

Sandy Stoddart

Yes, you’ve blinked and his name is still there!  Musical Mills hosts the premier of a new, never before revealed artwork from the internationally acclaimed sculptor!

 

Graham Fulton

Paisley punk poet extraordinaire and author of such collections as The Iron Bar Man and Speed of Dark

 

Dave Manderson

Author of the critically acclaimed novel, Lost Bodies.  Read this and you’ll never walk alone in the dark again!

 

Brian Whittingham

Reading poems from his new collection, Clocking in Clocking out, recently launched from the Titan Crane in Clydebank (not Brian, the book)

 

Anna MacDonald

“…has angelic vocal tones so hair raising, it’s like walking down a cobbled street with a Scottish breeze sneaking up your neck ….” (Ark Magazine); Anna will premier her beautiful new song, based on the Mill Girls poetry – yes indeed – those same mill gals you’ll be meeting!

 

Pauline Vallance

Winner of the 2009 Glasgow Songwriting Festival, Pauline delivers her own unique and inventive brand of clarsach and vocals.  Eat your heart out, Cowell!!

Throughout the day, the Mill Girl Poets (Tracy Patrick, Gwen McKerrell, Mo Blake and Kathryn Daly) will bring you their perspective in verse of what was good, great or fair to middling about life in the mills for the thousands of women who worked there.   We’ll also have the eloquent Ray Evans, winner of the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Poetry competition; G W Colkitto from Read Raw Ltd, Jim Gilbert, one half of musical duo A Wing and a Prayer, and Wullie Purcell, the oldest man in Paisley, reciting songs and poetry on his 200 year old guitar.

 

And if all that isn’t harmonious enough, we’ll have art from Karen James, and a special film interlude that will take you back in time to the Paisley that was.  Or you could just drop by for a chat and a look round the Museum and its many archives.

 

Oh yes, and if you’ve never heard Gerry Rafferty performed on a harp before, now’s your chance!

 

Join the Musical Mills symphony.

 

And last but not least, another good reason to celebrate Paisley:–

 

ALL VISITORS ARE WELCOMED WITH A FREE DRINK!

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West End Wurdz Paisley Events

scottish mental health arts and film festival renfrewshire

WEST END WURDZ Paisley Events
asks
‘D’ye Mind o’ the Mills?’
Sunday 28 October, 2.30-4.30pm
Starlight
16 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley
Entry Free

scottish mental health arts and film festival renfrewshireIf you’ve never been to a poetry event in Paisley, now’s your chance! Five female Paisley poets (Oh, who can resist that alluring alliteration?), one Dundee poet, and one Glasgow poet get together to ask, ‘D’ye Mind o’ the Mills?’ In case you didn’t know, Paisley and Dundee are toons that are alive with mill history. Dundee made the jute, and Paisley made the thread. So come and hear the gallus mill girls poets (Tracy Patrick, Mo Blake, Kathryn Daly and Gwen McKerrell) tell you what was great and gory about life in the mills. Mark Thomson gives his unique perspective in Dundonian patter. Mo Blake sheds her mill girl persona and delivers poetry with true wummin’s wit. And Barrheid’s own Jim Ferguson gives his take on… well, wait and see. Come and say your piece at the open mike. With music from Coleslaw and a special guest appearance from John Lennon’s elbow!
Oh yes, and did I mention the FREE WINE!