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Countdown is on until Mòd and Spree

Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association

Countdown is on until Mòd and Spree

The countdown is on until Paisley becomes the centre of Scottish cultural activity with less than 100 days to go until it hosts the Royal National Mòd and national music and arts festival The Spree.

Wednesday 3 July marked the start of the 100-day countdown until the Mòd (11 to 19 October), Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture, which is taking place in the town for the first time.

Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association

And it will be joined by The Spree (10 to 20 October), which has been designed to wrap around the Mòd and is set to feature some of Scotland’s top music and comedy acts.

The Spree made its debut in 2012 and has been expanded to 11 days this year, building on the success of last year’s event.

Renfrewshire Council is backing and helping to organise both festivals as part of its strategy to promote the area as an events destination, and is looking to involve residents, businesses and visitors.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to welcome these two festivals to the area, and expect them to further Paisley’s reputation as a Scottish entertainment destination.

“The Mòd and Spree festivals will see thousands of visitors arrive in Renfrewshire, bringing considerable economic benefits to the area.

“Paisley has some stunning and distinctive venues which will add to the flavour of these events – including Paisley Abbey, which celebrates its 850th birthday this year, and Paisley Town Hall, fresh from a £2.4m revamp.

“When October comes around, the town will be buzzing with activity, and it will be the perfect opportunity to showcase everything the area has to offer.”

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of the Mòd Phàislig 2013 Organising Committee, added: “With 100 days to go we are working very hard to ensure the visit of the Royal National Mòd to Paisley will very memorable.

“We know it is an honour to host the Mòd and we are grateful to An Comunn Gàidhealach for bringing this historic and culturally-significant festival to our town.

“The town is looking forward to a great Gaelic experience and is very excited about welcoming everyone to Paisley in October.”

Full line-ups will be revealed soon, with tickets going on sale viawww.thespree.co.uk on 15 July. More info on the Mòd can be found at www.modphaislig.org

With great transport links, easy access and lots to see and do in Paisley, the town is gearing up for a very busy October.

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

John MacLeod, president of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “We are really looking forward to the first visit of the Royal National Mòd to Paisley.

“An Comunn Gàidhealach have been working very closely with the Local Organising Committee to ensure that Paisley is the heart of Gaelic culture this October.”

Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and with just 100 days until The Spree and The Royal National Mòd get underway in Paisley anticipation is building for what will be a fantastic 10 days of entertainment and celebration of Gaelic culture.

“We are delighted to be supporting The Spree again this year, following the success of 2012, which laid strong foundations for a strong cultural legacy from hosting the Mòd.”

Brian Ó hEadhra, Gaelic Arts & Culture Officer, Creative Scotland/Alba Chruthachail said: “Creative Scotland is committed to supporting our indigenous Gaelic arts, language and culture.

“Congratulations to An Comunn Gàidhealach and Renfrewshire Council on their great work to date in preparation for the Royal National Mòd and the complimentary festival, The Spree, both of which we’re really looking forward to.”

For more information see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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The Spree Festival Houston, we have a sell-out

The Spree Festival

A show by one of Scotland’s top musicians is attracting international interest to a new Paisley festival.

And such has been the interest in the performance by Roddy Frame that ticket buyers from Houston, Renfrewshire, to Houston, Texas, have made the show a sell-out.

The show, in Paisley Abbey on October 27, will be one of the highlights of The Spree, Paisley’s national festival, which takes place from 25-28 October.

Organisers of the inaugural festival, which also features a range of music and comedy acts, are delighted at the response to the Roddy Frame performance which has also attracted gig-goers from Germany and Japan, as well as across the UK and Ireland.

“It’s brilliant to be part of this new festival and to learn that so many fans are willing to travel so far to see the show,” said Roddy Frame.  “I’m also looking forward to performing in a working abbey – that will be a first!”

Lisa Whytock, who is programming the Spree, said:  “We are really excited to see that news of The Spree has spread so quickly across the world.”

The concert goers from Houston in Scotland and Houston in the USA are both long-standing Roddy Frame fans.

Scott MacKay from Houston, Renfrewshire, said: “I was delighted to learn of The Spree festival in Paisley as I have travelled to gigs and festivals all over the UK and it is brilliant to see this level of talent on my doorstep.

“I have also seen Roddy Frame on three previous occasions and it is great that he is coming to see me this time rather than me travelling far to see him.”

Jeffrey Barlow, from Houston, Texas, said:

“Since my first chance to see Roddy perform live (in London, 2002) I’ve tried to attend as many shows as I can. For me The Spree is worth a trip ‘across the pond’ to enjoy the energy, passion, and genius he delivers when performing live.

“This will be my fifth trip to the UK, and eighth live show to see Roddy.

“I saw his concert in Glasgow at the Old Fruit Market in 2006 and have wanted to return to Glasgow since then.  Another reason for making the trip is that my birthday falls on 28 October, so for me this all too rare live show from Roddy is like a birthday gift.”

The four venues to host the events include a specially erected Spiegeltent at County Square, Paisley Abbey, Wynd Centre and Paisley Arts Centre. Roddy Frame’s concert will be held in Paisley Abbey.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival and can be bought through Ticket Scotland and Renfrewshire Council’s box office-  www.tickets-scotland.com / www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thespree.