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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire Council has approved an investment package that will see more than £340,000 a year pumped into crucial advice services until autumn 2017.

The move has committed £238,000 a year to Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and £110,000 a year to Renfrewshire Law Centre, to support both organisations in their delivery of valuable services to the area.

Councillor Eddie Grady, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance and Resources Policy Board, said: “This funding package is about putting residents first and demonstrates our on-going commitment to making sure residents across all our communities can receive a broad range of free advice and support when they need it.”

The investment continues the council’s support to both organisations and was renewed by the Finance and Resources Policy Board on 21 January.

The cash approval follows a review of advice services, and comes with a stronger focus on early intervention and prevention, building community resilience, and a more joined-up approach with the council’s own Advice Works service and other advice providers.

Councillor Grady added: “Unfortunately some Renfrewshire families continue to live in poverty with far too many having to choose between heating and eating. Benefit changes continue to put pressure on many of our households, and there are vulnerable people out there who not only need support but who also need someone to be their advocate.

“I welcome approval of this longer term investment package for local advice services which is a commitment to all of our residents who need a voice now and also to those who may need support in the future.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Candidates standing for election in the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament election in March are set to hit the campaign trail.

Visiting schools, further and higher education establishments, the candidates will talk to pupils and young people about their manifestos and why young people should vote for them.

Five Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament will represent Renfrewshire in the Scottish Youth Parliament for its next two-year term. Two will be returned for the Paisley constituency, one for Renfrewshire South, and two for Renfrewshire North and West.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “Young people have never before been so engaged in the democratic process and the Scottish Youth Parliament elections are a great way for young people to make their voice heard.

“Over the next few months the candidates will be taking their campaign to schools, the University and the College to talk about their manifestos. It is important that young people should take the time to listen to the candidates talk to help them decide which candidate is best to represents them.

“I would urge everyone to get involved in the democratic process.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament is made up of 150 young people, aged 14-25, who are selected through nationally co-ordinated elections held across Scotland every two years. Young people will be able to cast their vote to elect their local MSYP between Monday 2 March and Thursday 12 March 2015.

Elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament campaign on key issues on behalf of young people in their local area and ensure that their voices are heard by decision makers.

Candidates:

Andrew Ogwu – Paisley

Emma Eck – Paisley

Drew O’Donnell – Paisley

Osama Nadeem – Paisley

Chiara Oppo – Renfrewshire North West

Callum Reid – Renfrewshire North West

Eilidh Harkness – Renfrewshire North West

Mark Dougan – Renfrewshire North West

Stirling McGee – Renfrewshire South

Carrie McIntyre – Renfrewshire South

Stacey Anderson – Renfrewshire South

Candidates’ manifestos are available at www.syp.org.uk.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrew residents are being given a chance to have their say on the annual Remembrance Service event.

The service, which is held on the nearest Sunday to Armistice Day, has been held at various times during the last few years at the request of local people and the council is now seeking views on when to hold the service.

Two options are being put forward in the survey – whether to hold the service at 9.45am or 10.45am, with a two-minute silence on the hour.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said “Renfrew Remembrance Service is an important event for the town and it is vital that the people of Renfrew come together in remembrance at a mutually agreeable time. That’s why we’re asking everyone in Renfrew to make their views know in this survey.

“The survey asks people to pick one of two options on when to hold the service. Whatever the majority of people vote for will be the time that the service will be held in future. I would encourage everyone to put forward their views by taking part in the survey.”

The survey is open from Monday 2nd until Friday 27th February 2015.

Residents will be able to fill out the survey online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/remembrancesurvey. Paper copies are available from Renfrew Town Hall.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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People with hearing issues in Paisley are about to be offered award-winning audiology treatment as Black & Lizars, Scotland’s largest independently-owned optometrist, extends its service to the town.

From the end of January, the newly refitted Black & Lizars practice at 6 New Street in the town will offer regular consultations with European award-winning audiologist and hearing care specialist Stephen Douglas.

Mr Douglas, who was named UK Audiologist of the Year in 2012 and went on to become European Audiologist of the Year, joined Black & Lizars earlier this year as part of a major expansion of its fast-growing hearing service.

Along with leading audiologist Colin I’Anson, he provides a comprehensive service which uses the most advanced technology available while retaining a tailored and personal approach.

Mr Douglas, from Fife, said: “Black & Lizars, which will be 185 years old this year, is investing heavily in helping people to regain the use of their hearing and to fully participate in life and I am delighted to be bringing its service to Paisley.

“One in seven people over the age of 55 in the UK have hearing problems of varying orders of magnitude and more than 10 million people in Britain have been affected by hearing difficulties at one time or another.”

Mr Douglas began his career in health care as a nurse, working in fields as diverse as psychiatry, orthopaedics and oncology in locations including Fife, Inverness, Wales and Saudi Arabia.

It was at the King Faisal Hospital in Saudi Arabia that he decided to train in audiology, after having been moved by the plight of children in the desert kingdom who had lost their hearing as a result of cancer treatment.

He now has 21 years experience in the field of audiology, having run his own businesses and partnered with some of the main names in hearing care, as well as winning his prestigious awards. In his spare time, he is a keen brown trout fisherman and hillwalker.

For further information, contact Mark Ross, chief executive, Black & Lizars, 17 Robert Drive, Glasgow G51 3HE. T: 0141 445 8380. F: 0141 445 8381. W: www.blackandlizars.com enquiries@blackandlizars.com.

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Monte Carlo Classic Car Rally Paisley Photographs..

All photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk if you have photographs and would like to showcase them please get in touch.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley went classic car crazy this evening as thousands braved the weather to soak up the timeless glamour of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally.

The only UK start leg of the world-famous event saw around 70 vehicles set off from outside Paisley Abbey on the 2,688km trek over the Alps to the French Riviera.

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Drivers of lovingly-preserved Porsches, Mini Coopers and Linwood-built Hillman Imps happily mingled with the public, who enjoyed getting up close to the vehicles.

Paisley is one of just five host cities for the event – the others being Barcelona, Copenhagen, Turin and Reims – helping put the town on the map ahead of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The first car over the ramp was driven by Glasgow 2014 judo gold medallist and classic car fanatic Chris Sherrington, who is taking part in the rally.

And he was followed over by Caroline Carslaw, Scotland’s fastest modern lady rally driver, accompanied by a spectacular pyrotechnic send-off.

Renfrewshire Council – which was hosting the event – had laid on a programme of entertainment, with Capital FM’s Des and Jennie helping to warm up the crowd.

There was also kids’ comedy and giant games in Paisley Town Hall, as well as street entertainers out in Abbey Close.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We are delighted to have welcomed this prestigious event back to Paisley after a successful debut last year.

“Our hosting of this event fits perfectly with the ambitious plans we have to use culture and heritage to drive a wide-ranging programme of regeneration over the next decade.

“That will include a bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 and events like the Monte are helping to establish the town as a key destination on Scotland’s cultural map.”

Douglas Anderson of the Rally Start Committee, added: “This was another memorable occasion enjoyed by young and old alike.

“Once again, Paisley Abbey provided a stunning backdrop to the glamour of the cars, and the public turned out to support the event.

“I would like to wish bon voyage to all the drivers currently on their way to France for the adventure that lies ahead for them.”

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Three Glasgow-based writers have come one step closer to achieving their dream of having their work published, after being named as the recipients of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award 2015.

Julie Martis, Michael Richardson and Claire Squires are three of the 10 recipients of the coveted award, run by Scottish Book Trust in association with Creative Scotland. The awards provide 10 talented, unpublished writers with financial support to enable them to concentrate on developing their work, as well as professional guidance to help them move towards publication.

Each recipient receives £2,000, as well as a tailored package including mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training in public relations, social media and performance and the opportunity to show their work to publishers and agents.

Julie Martis grew up in Hamilton, and now lives in Charing Cross, Glasgow. She studied English Literature at the University of Glasgow, and then completed the MLitt in Creative Writing. She was awarded a Clydebuilt Poetry Apprenticeship in 2012, and works as an actor, amongst other things.
She once did the highest bungee jump in the world and is working on a short story collection.

Commenting on the award, Martis said:

“Winning a New Writers Award is such an unexpected pleasure. I’m hoping to finish a short story collection in 2015, and I’m really grateful to the lovely people at the Scottish Book Trust for their help and support.”

Michael Richardson is a writer and youth worker based in Merchant City, Glasgow. He graduated with Distinction from Glasgow Caledonian University’s Masters in Television Fiction Writing. In 2013, his Young Adult comedy script, Real Life Experience was ‘highly commended’ for the Trans Comedy Award. In 2014, his comedy script, Monster was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Award. He also published his first short story, ‘Last Night’, in an IdeasTap anthology of Young Adult fiction. He writes warm, character-driven comedy and loves experimenting in different mediums. He is currently working on a comic book script, a children’s drama and his first Young Adult novel.

Commenting on the award, Richardson said:

“Third time’s a charm! I’ve been shortlisted for the New Writer’s Award for the past two years, so I’m absolutely over the moon to have won it this time. It’s a real boost at this point in my journey as a writer, and a great way to kickstart 2015!”

Claire Squires lives in the West End of Glasgow, and is Professor of Publishing Studies and Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling. She was born in Lincolnshire, and has studied and worked in York, Norwich, London and Oxford before moving to Glasgow in 2009. She is a judge for the Saltire Society Literary Awards and Publisher of the Year Award, and previously worked at Hodder Headline publishers. Her academic publications include Marketing Literature: the Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain and Philip Pullman: Master Storyteller. She regularly speaks about publishing to audiences in Scotland and beyond, tweets from @stirpublishing and @clairesquires, and blogs at http://centralbeltshuffle.wordpress.com/. She is currently working on her first YA novel, set in a city very loosely inspired by early twentieth century Glasgow.

Commenting on the award, Squires said:

“My first reaction on finding out about the award was: WOW! REALLY? WOW! I should add, in slightly less excitable terms, that I’m delighted, and honoured, to receive the award: it’ll give me both the support and the push I need to finish my book, and plan for those that hopefully will follow it. But actually, the first reaction still stands: thanks, Scottish Book Trust!”

The judging panel, including authors Kevin Williamson, Christine De Luca, Lari Don and William Sutcliffe, reviewed over 380 entries before selecting the final 10.

Caitrin Armstrong, Head of Writer Development at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Selecting our New Writers is always tough, there are some really talented writers out there, and with applications rocketing from 150 in 2008 to nearly 400 the decisions are getting harder. As a result, the panel meetings were very lively and there was a great deal of debate, but in the end the decisions were unanimous. We are very, very excited about the 2015 New Writers Awardees and look forward to working with them.”

Jenny Niven, Portfolio Manager Literature, Publishing and Languages at Creative Scotland, said:

“The Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards, in association with Creative Scotland, is consistently proving to be the most significant accelerator program for talented new writers in Scotland. The track record and publication success of graduates from the program tells that story very eloquently indeed, with a confident, energised new crop of writers emerging every year and rapidly making their way into books pages and festival programs in Scotland and beyond. High quality, engaged support at critical junctures in a writers’ career, particularly in these straitened financial times for artists, can be the make or break of a career. We’re delighted for this new intake to the program and wish the awardees the best of success for the exciting, and challenging year ahead.”

Many New Writer Award recipients go on to secure publishing deals. Upcoming publications for 2015 include Lucy Ribchester (NWA 2013) who has signed a two book deal with Simon and Schuster, with her debut novel The Hourglass Factory published in January 2015. Wayne Price (NWA 2010) will have his novel Mercy Seat published in February 2015 by Freight and Kirstin Innes (NWA 2008) will have her novel Fishnet published by Freight in 2015. Kirsty Logan (NWA 2009) will have her second book, The Gracekeepers, published by Harvill Secker in May 2015, and Catherine Simpson (NWA 2012) will have her debut novel Truestory published this year.

The full list of the 2015 New Writers Awardees is as follows:

Fiction & Narrative Non Fiction

Olga Wojtas
Rachelle Atalla
D P Colgan
Basil W Davies
Julie Martis

Poetry

Stephen Keeler
Lindsay Macgregor
Aiko Greig

Children’s and Young Adult Fiction

Michael Richardson
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What is a Kuka?

The team at Kuka Studios have moved their office from Glasgow centre out to Lochwinnoch raising 3 questions: Who are you?  Why Lochwinnoch?  And what on Earth is a Kuka?!

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Who are you?

We’re a web design and marketing agency – in plain English that means we do everything from carrying out brand and marketing consulting, through to developing websites, designing logos, printing fliers, managing companies’ social media and PR and…well, pretty much anything you can think of to do with marketing!

We’re just a bunch of marketing geeks – no sales guys, just Harry (the designer), Jill (the techie), and Caroline (the marketer) working together to help companies in Renfrewshire (and beyond!) with their websites and marketing.  Harry started the company in 2006, and in 2008 Jill came on board.  Caroline came along through the fantastic (I can’t stress enough how fantastic) Invest in Renfrewshire scheme just last year and, all going well, we’ll have another developer joining the team in 2015.

Lochwinnoch – not the first place you’d think of for a Creative Agency!

Maybe not, but we (Harry and Jill) live in Lochwinnoch and, to be honest, we were sick of sitting on trains to get to our office!  Caroline’s a local too and was happy to join us here.  If you saw our office, you’d understand.  We have a beautiful little shop front, with comfy sofas (and plenty of coffee and biscuits!) and we can eat our lunch looking out at Castle Semple Loch…who would choose an office block over this?!

It also puts us right in the middle of so many small businesses!  There are some amazing, creative and innovative companies in Renfrewshire and our clients love that when they need help, we’re just down the road.

So what do you do in Lochwinnoch?

I guess our main services are:

Print and Design: Harry is originally an illustrator so provides some awesome original design work.  We have our own printing facilities in Lochwinnoch and a partnership with a bigger print firm if you’re looking for something a little more unusual.

Websites:  Our range of specialties mean we can create full websites in house, with no outsourcing.  That means higher quality projects delivered more quickly and less expensively than most other agencies.

Copywriting: Jill is a qualified copywriter with more years’ experience than she likes to count.  She writes articles for all sorts of companies every day, making her very useful in a Pub Quiz.

Blogs and Social Media: Caroline is our SM expert.  She has achieved some amazing things for our clients in the last few months, generating new business for them rather than just getting them ‘likes’.

And we can’t help asking…what is a Kuka?

Kuka is the leaf of a cool looking African tree called the Baobab.  The story goes that during creation, all the animals were given a tree to plant. The hyena was given the Baobab which he planted upside down. That’s why it looks like the roots are in the air.  We figure the hyena sees the world a little differently, and so do we, so we named our company after it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A group of global economics advisors are visiting Paisley to study ambitious multi-million-pound proposals to use culture and heritage to transform the town’s future.

A team from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) flew in to Renfrewshire for a two-day study mission to examine how the plans will work.

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy – agreed by Renfrewshire Council last year – aims to use the town’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets to drive regeneration, and includes a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

As part of this process, the OECD visited Paisley to see for themselves the ambitious plans for the future of the town and to advise on how the implementation can impact on the wellbeing and prosperity of residents.

The OECD promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well being of people around the world and their engagement in Paisley confirms the significance of its regeneration plans.

Paisley is now part of OECD’s Local Economic and Employment Development programme, meaning the town can tap into expertise from five continents on the economic and social issues facing it.

 

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “For us to be hosting the team from OECD is proof that the work we are doing here in Paisley is making people sit up and take notice at a high level.

“What we have set out to achieve is ambitious and we are confident that it will stand up and benefit from the scrutiny which OECD will bring.

“OECD will help us to make the most of what we have got and focus our energies on the projects and programmes that will make the biggest impact on the lives of people Paisley.

“We are home to the second-highest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland, plus our historic place at the heart of the global textile industry and our thriving events, arts and cultural scene make Paisley unique.

“We are using these assets as the engine to drive regeneration throughout Renfrewshire and the OECD will help us to maximise the impact of this work.”

The Paisley Town Centre Heritage Asset Strategy aims to transform the town into one of the key destinations on Scotland’s cultural and tourism map.

The proposals include the redevelopment of Paisley Museum into a national museum of textile and costume, the building of a Paisley Fashion and Design centre on the town’s High Street, a study into a new 300-seat theatre space and a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

These signature projects sit alongside plans for an expansion of the area’s existing cultural and events programme. All of this has the potential to create 800 jobs, contribute an extra £45m a year to the local economy and improve the wellbeing of the community.

The OECD team will review the current platform for regeneration set by PTCHAS and assess how the economic and social benefits of the delivery programme can be optimised, including how complementary programmes run by community planning partners and national organisations can be aligned.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire residents are being urged to don their aprons and get baking for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Bake Off, which takes place on Saturday 28 February at 1.30pm, aims to encourage residents to seek out Fairtrade ingredients to use in the competition.

Entrants need to sign up by Friday 20 February to take part and bring their cake along to the Bake Off for judging.

Anyone signing up before Friday 6 February will receive a bag of Fairtrade sugar to help get them started.

The winning entry will receive a top prize of a KitchenAid mixer, after going through the heats on the day in Paisley Town Hall.

The Bake Off supports the Fairtrade Foundation’s campaign to put a spotlight on the difference buying Fairtrade makes to the lives of Fairtrade farmers, helping them support their children through education and making ends meet for their families.

By simply making small changes to our daily habits, such as changing our regular brand of chocolate to a Fairtrade version, or looking out for the Fairtrade logo when we shop, we can help transform the lives of others in poorer parts of the world.

Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, Councillor Jim Sharkey, said: “Renfrewshire Council is a proud supporter of Fairtrade and is committed to promoting fairness and sustainability both at home and abroad.

“Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Bake Off is a great way for people to get involved in Fairtrade. While the competition may be stiff, a key component of the event is to promote the huge variety of Fairtrade products available and why making an informed choice to buy Fairtrade really helps make a difference to others.

“Together with a range of local organisations, we are building on our commitment to Fairtrade. We do our utmost to promote the value of Fairtrade to our employees, customers and communities, we support campaigns to give farmers a fairer deal and we continue to work with local retailers to stock Fairtrade products.”

Rainbow Turtle will be joining the Bake Off with a Traidcraft Big Brew, hosting Fair Trade tea, coffee and other cakes for everyone coming along to support the event.

People can sign up to the Bake Off by emailing fairtrade@renfrewshire.gov.uk or calling 0141 618 6745.

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Monte Carlo Rally

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Monte Carlo Rally Organisers Expect 10 000 Crowd for Paisley Start

Over 10 000 spectators are expected to throng the streets of Paisley tonight (wed) to wave off competitors at the start of the 104th Monte Carlo Classic Rally.

Seventy eclectic classics from the glamorous age of motoring will cross the start ramp at Paisley Abbey bound for the French Riviera.
On the 2688 km odyssey over the Alps they will join competing cars from the other start cities of Barcelona, Turin, Copenhagen and Reims.

Amongst the drivers departing Abbey Close will be 2014 Commonwealth Games Judo Gold Medalist and Royal Marine Commando, Chris Sherrington, and wife, Zoe.

The pair will be one of the first to head for the Channel in a 1966 Triumph Spitfire Mark 11, assembled from a ‘box of bits’ by Chris.
The Paisley crowd will also be treated to a guest drive by Scotland’s fastest lady rally driver, 22 year old Caroline Carslaw from Ayrshire, in a car from the modern era.

“It is a real honour to be part of an event known across the globe,” said the 2013 Scottish Ladies Champion.

“I watched in 2011 and marshalled at the 2013 Start. There is a massive effort goes into staging it, a great atmosphere, and the fans see a brilliant event, right on their own doorstep.”
Competitors gathered yesterday (tues) for an official photocall at the former Rootes Group factory at Linwood, which paid homage to the region’s role in motoring heritage.

Around 6000 locals built cars such as the Hillman Imp (pictured) which put Scotland on the car construction map until the plant’s closure in 1981.

Amongst attendees at the photo-shoot was 58 year old Ranald White from Bearsden, who will be competing in the Monte for the first time.
Driving the last remaining Rover 2000 on British roads, he decided to enlist after catching the Monte bug in 2013.

“I took part in the Heritage Run support event and I basically feel in love with the Monte. As long as you have a car, a will and a little bit of bank balance, you can do it. I am a complete novice and I’ve pulled in a lot of favours to get everything ready for this, but I can’t wait now.”
This year’s rally will generate over £1 million, with hosts Renfrewshire Council building momentum towards a bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021.

For the competitors, though, reaching the sunshine of the famous casino town of Monte Carlo is all that matters.

“This is our second Monte. We were disqualified outside Valence last year because we missed one of the time trials but that just makes us more determined to complete it this time,” said Stewart Hutton (63) from Busby, who is hopeful he, his co-pilot Shaun Hanlon and their 1965 Austin 1800 will make it all the way to the Principality.

“I had one of these cars when I was a young boy but this particular one was imported from Australia. It rallied there and competed at Brooklands in the UK and it came on the market about a year or so ago. We’ve done lots of work on it and it’s running like a Swiss watch. We’re really looking forward to the Start.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who will help wave the drivers off from the start ramp, added: “We are delighted to be able to host the world-famous and event here in the historic town centre of Paisley.

“Last year’s event was a really memorable night with a great atmosphere and the sight of the cars setting off from outside Paisley Abbey made for a magnificent spectacle.

“We have a programme of entertainment laid on from 4pm and we look forward to seeing another bumper crowd on the day.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Images to accompany the story: Monte Carlo Rally Organisers Expect 10 000 Crowd for Paisley Start.

Image: sct_montecarlo_free_jsh3.jpg. Caption: Mike Marsh (with flag) and Guthrie Anderson show off their Hillman Imps at the former Hillman Imp Factory at Linwood on the eve of the 2015 Monte Carlo Classic Rally in Paisley.

Image: sct_montecarlo_free_jsh4.jpg: Caption: Mike Marsh (with flag) and Guthrie Anderson show off their Hillman Imps at the former Hillman Imp Factory at Linwood on the eve of the 2015 Monte Carlo Classic Rally in Paisley.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Three members of the BBC acclaimed TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS will perform as part of a unique UK tour. It’s a rare chance to see three of the world’s finest musicians share a stage together.

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

John McCusker Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle Trio tour playing Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 27 February.

Ticket Info:

Paisley Arts Centre, show 7.30pm Tickets £14/£12 conc. Tel. 0300 300 1210  www.boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle three members of the BBC acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions will play (insert venue) as part of a unique European tour. With both Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker also having toured for the past year with Mark Knopfler, this is a rare chance to see three of the world’s finest musicians share a stage together.

Master of flutes, whistles and Uillean pipes Mike is a founding member of Flook , and Lunasa and is  a current member of Capercaillie. Regarded as one of the greatest flute players of all time, Mike has toured Bob Dylan and  Mark Knopfler, as well as with The Afro Celts, RTE Orchestra and Kate Rusby .

He has  collaborated with the likes of Jim Kerr, Youssou N’Dour, John Cale and Zakir Hussian amongst many others. BBC Radio 2 folk Musican of the year  2006, he was again nominated this year and has just completed his first soundtrack for TG4 and the Smithsonian channel.

John McCusker’s unique fiddle playing has earned him a worldwide reputation as one of the most gifted and versatile musicians of any genre. John was also part of the legendary band that toured with both Bob Dyland and mark Knopfler.  Joining the Battlefield band at just 17 John spent 11 years touring the world with the now legendary folk outfit. Renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries he has worked with artists ranging from Paulo Nutini and Jools Holland to Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash and has recorded with Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene to name but a few.

John’s expanding portfolio as a producer includes debut albums by Kris Drever and Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble. He’s also manned the controls for top folk chanteuses Eddi Reader, Heidi Talbot, Eliza Carthy, Linda Thompson & Kate Rusby.

In 2013 John performed as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Proms in the Park, playing his own compositions live on BBC TV. 2015 will see John Celebrate 25 years as a professional musician, publishing a book of his compositions, releasing a new solo record & embarking on an extensive UK & European tour.

John Doyle’s gifts as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Now living in the states, John was the recent musical director for Joan Baez and toured with her for 2 year. One half of the stellar duo Liz Carroll and John Doyle, he is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Solas.

Please see attached 2015 UK tour dates.

For more information and the latest news, please visit www.johnmccusker.co.uk

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