Sma shot day 2020

This weekend marks the digital debut of Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations as a series of virtual events and workshops will take place to mark this important date in the town’s calendar.

Sma shot day 2020

The online event will take place on Saturday 4 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally always take their holidays.

The move to take the event online for 2020 is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure celebrations can still take place in adherence with national guidance.

The traditional Sma’ Shot holiday in Paisley takes its name from a famous dispute between the local shawl weavers and manufacturers in the 19th century. In 1856, following a long dispute, the manufacturers backed down and an agreement was reached to pay for the Sma’ Shot, the invisible stitch which bound the Paisley shawls, with a new table of prices published on 1 July 1856.

This year’s event will not only mark this important date in the town’s history but will also celebrate our fantastic key workers.

The event always offers plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and have fun and this year is no exception.

The day will kick-off in style at 12pm as The Charleston Drummer himself, Tony Lawler, will lead a mass online drum-off where the public are being encouraged to make as much noise as they can and share their celebrations on social media.

Aerial dance theatre company, All or Nothing, will be performing dance and music project – Connecting Threads – inspired by the background and history of Sma’ Shot. Everyone is invited to join in and dance along to the new Sma’ Shot inspired music track by Dave Boyd.

In the run-up to Connecting Threads local groups and individuals have been participating in online classes and creative tasks with the group and have submitted videos that will feature in a short film that can be viewed online on the day.

Local theatre company PACE will be hosting live drama workshop sessions created especially for the day – an interactive storytelling workshop suitable for 3-7 year olds and an activity-based session aimed at children aged 7 and above.

Sma’ Shot Day favourite – The Tea Dance – will also take place this year, albeit it from the comfort of your own home, as Renfrewshire Leisure and Paisley FM bring a special Sma’ Shot Day radio broadcast of this popular event.

For those who want to be fully immersed in the day’s events, local upcycled fashion innovators ReMode have put together some online video tutorials to show how people can get crafty and make their own costumes or window decorations to celebrate the day.

It would not be Sma’ Shot Day without the popular Poetry Slam. This year the spoken-word event will be known as the ‘Dooslan Staying Hame’ where people can enjoy some poetry written during lockdown and performed by some of Renfrewshire’s finest contemporary poets and spoken-word artists.

In addition, Renfrewshire Leisure and The Bungalow are partnering up for the Sma’sh Hits Sma’ Shot Special music event, showcasing a selection of local musicians.

For those looking to start Sma’ Shot weekend off early join CREATE Paisley and host Jordan Stewart for an unplugged Live Open Mic night on Friday 3 July featuring young singer/songwriters from across Renfrewshire.

This will be followed on Saturday 4 July by ‘Paisley in Song’ where people can enjoy five songs from young Renfrewshire songwriters in this exclusive online showcase. The youngsters worked alongside Paisley-songwriter Michael Cassidy to develop a set including two new collaborative songs celebrating our key workers and NHS, and three songs exploring Paisley’s incredible history of song writing and poetic legacy, written in 2019 as part of Renfrewshire Council’s THCARS2 project.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron, said: “Sma’ Shot Day is such a popular date in the town’s calendar and it’s excellent that we can still celebrate it this year through a series of fantastic online events.

“The digital programme is packed full of fun, interactive and creative activities that the whole family can participate in and enjoy – helping to create the amazing sense of community that is always so present at this event.

“I can’t wait to welcome you all to Saturday’s event and I look forward to logging on and enjoying some of the great activities planned.”

For all the information on what’s taking place as part of this year’s digital Sma’ Shot Day and how you can get involved, please visit www.paisley.is/featured_event/sma-shot-day/.

ModStuff is always a Spree festival favourite – and this year’s event is now the latest sell-out show on this year’s bill.

The celebration of all things Mod – run by LNP Promotions – returns to The Spiegeltent on Saturday 12 October, and the last tickets for the evening show have now been snapped up.

But if you missed out you can still take in the ModSuff afternoon show – it’s free, no ticket is needed, loads of bands are playing, and includes the spectacle of the annual scooter rideout. Both shows are being run in support of Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Gary Kerr of LNP Promotions said: “ModStuff has been a big part of The Spree for a few years now and the event has grown in popularity with the festival as a a whole. We are delighted to once again take over the Spiegeltent on the first Saturday of the festival in aid of a great cause.

“We are thrilled to be bringing some incredible bands to Paisley for you to enjoy… we look forward to seeing you all there!”

Spree tickets have been flying out the door this year with ModStuff one of several sell-outs. All tickets are gone for the Gerry Rafferty Songbook, Hue and Cry and Jerry Sadowitz, while The Snuts sold out The Spiegeltent within hours of going on sale in July.

But if you hurry there’s still time to get tickets for other acts including Glasvegas, Gruff Rhys, PP Arnold, Karine Polwart, Hayseed Dixie and our late-night comedy nights on Friday 11th and Friday 18th.

Paisley could be set for a six-figure economic boost if it can bring Scotland’s primary celebration of Gaelic language and culture back to the town in 2021.

action from the parade when the Mod last came to Paisley in 2013

action from the parade when the Mod last came to Paisley in 2013

Work to on a bid bring The Royal National Mòd back to the town is well advanced, with financial plans being put in place to cover the expected costs.

If the bid is successful, the nine-day festival would become a key part of the proposed programme for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board will next week be asked to set aside a budget of £300,000 to meet event hosting costs, plus £12,500 per year for four years to fund a programme of Gaelic language events locally.

An independent analysis of Paisley previous hosting of the Mòd in 2013 found it attracted more than 8,000 visitors, 38% from outwith the area, and with total visitor spending of £700,000.

The same report found the return on Renfrewshire Council’s investment was six to one, and the economic activity was the equivalent of 33 full-time jobs.

Public meetings have already taken place to create a local organising committee, which – with support by council staff – will submit a bid by June.

Paisley’s Mòd ambitions have been supported by prominent Gaelic musicians Donnie Munro and Skerryvore, who both played the town’s Spree festival this year.

The town has also started to build a Gaelic legacy with an annual festival for under-18s – Fèis Phàislig – running each summer and which this year saw almost 100 young people take part in a week of musical workshops.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “We were delighted to bring the Mòd to Paisley for the first time three years ago – and I am sure residents will remember how busy the town was during that week.

“Hosting the Mòd again in 2021 would bring another massive economic boost to the Renfrewshire area.

“If we win UK City of Culture 2021 it would be a key part of the year-long programme of major events that would involve.

“But even if not it will help us maintain the momentum the 2021 bid has already created in terms of establishing Paisley as a key destination on Scotland’s cultural map.

“It would also allow us to create an even stronger Gaelic cultural legacy within Renfrewshire, building on the good work already being done.”

The Leadership Board will consider the plans when it meets on Wednesday 30 November.

Edwyn Collins at Paisley Abbey Photographs

The fantastic Edwyn Collins performs in Paisley Abbey as part of the Spree Festival, all photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with paisley.org.uk

 

 

HRH Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal visits Paisley.

Today saw HRH The Princess Royal pay a visit to Paisley and the nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature. The Royal National Mod runs from 11th – 19th October 2013 and is to attract thousands of spectators from across the central belt as it visits the Renfrewshire city for the first time in its 121 year history.

Amongst the venues visited by HRH The Princess Royal were Paisley Abbey and also Paisley Town Hall helping raise Paisleys profile nationally.

Here is a fantastic set of Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk.

The Twilight Sad and Admiral Fallow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Photographs of last nights musical extravaganza in Paisley Abbey as part of The Spree Festival, All photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with www.paisley.org.uk

ModStuff Paisley Photographs.

Paisley festival ModStuff was a complete success this weekend thanks to the LNP Promotions bringing some excellent bands such as The Laynes, Button Up, The Beatroots, The Responsible, The Beat Movement and The Underground Jam to the Bungalow Bar, Shuttle Street, Paisley.

All this as well as a fantastic Scooter Rally on the Saturday which saw up to 85 Mod Scooters taking part in a ride out in town made for a great atmosphere. With ModStuff running alongside The Spree and The Royal National Mod, Paisley has proved it can accommodate such diverse and major events.

The series of gigs & events was helping to raise funds for local charity Loud n’ Proud through LNP Promotions.

Here are some photographs from the various bands playing at the Bungalow Bar, all photographs were taken by Jean-Marie Stewart and kindly allowed for use on the website. You can find more of Jean-Maries Photographs by visiting her Flickr Photo Sets.

You can find Video and Photographs from the Scooter ride-out by clicking here. 

phil and aly

Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain in concert with Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Photographs.

Photographs from the Spiegeltent in County Square, part of The Spree Festival in Paisley.

In 1988, two  members from two of Scotland’s leading bands, “The Boys of The Lough” and “Silly Wizard”, came together to work on a television series. You could say ‘the rest is history’.

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham enjoyed performing together so much that they decided to have a small tour that year. That was beginning of a remarkable working relationship and friendship that has endured and continued to thrive taking them all over the world.

Ross & Jarlath fortuitously formed at Celtic Connections 2012, following a double bill of the two frontline pipers’ trio line-ups, the pair have fast become one of the most enigmatic duo’s to emerge from Scotland, these young musicians are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with energy.

A fusion of pipes and flutes the duo push the boundaries of what the instruments can achieve in a performance which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes. [text courtesy of The Spree]

All photographs by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with www.paisley.org.uk

Scooter Rally Video and Photographs Paisley.

Scooter Rally Video Paisley.

Video of the Scooter Rally through Paisley as part of the #Modstuff Festival organised by LNP Promotions. This would be a fantastic event to have each year in town, well done to the organisers.

Photographs of Scooter Rally Paisley.

Photographs and Video courtesy of www.paisley.org.uk

MOD Scooter Ride-out Paisley.

Up to 85 Scooters had a ride-out in Paisley today as part of the LNP Promotions Festival called MODSTUFF which was launched last night in the Bungalow Bar, Paisley. The Festival is billed as an alternative fringe event to the Royal National Mod which is also happening in Paisley right now.

Paisley has been quite literally buzzing this week to the sound of music from all corners of the town and many local businesses are putting on their own small events in celebration.. Paisley is the place to be right now…

All Photographs above were taken by Ian McDonald on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk