Capercaillie in Concert

Capercaillie in Concert at Paisley Abbey Photographs

From their homeland roots of Argyll, Capercaillie have been credited with being the major force in bringing traditional Celtic music to the world stage.  With some of the finest musicians on the scene:  Manus Lunny; Charlie McKerron; Donald Shaw; Ewen Vernal; Michael McGoldrick; David Robertson; Che Beresford and the exquisite voice of Karen Matheson, their innovative approach to traditional sources and influences and the excitement they create through live performance explains the widespread esteem in which they are held in the current explosive folk scene.

Photographs courtesy of Digitalpict Photography in partnership with www.paisley.org.uk text courtesy of www.thespree.co.uk

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Paisley set for unique festival double

Paisley is getting ready to welcome thousands of visitors as the town gets set for a unique festival fortnight double.

The Royal National Mòd is coming to Paisley for the first time in its one hundred years-plus history.

Paisley will host the world-famous celebration of Gaelic language and culture from 11-19 October.

Running alongside the Mòd, from 10-20 October, The Spree, Scotland’s national arts festival, returns to venues across Paisley.

(All photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography)

This year’s event includes a unique collaboration between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the RSNO, plus live music from Edwyn Collins, Capercaille, and Donnie Munro, and comedy from Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill.

With more than 70 Spree and Mòd fringe events taking place over ten days, in addition to the Mòd itself, the town will have a festival feel, with a full kids’ programme, as well as workshops in everything from drama to Gaelic language and fiddle playing.

Council chiefs in Renfrewshire believe the combination of both events will deliver a significant boost to the ongoing regeneration of Paisley town centre.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:  “It is an honour for Paisley to welcome the Mòd and the thousands of visitors and competitors who make it such a special event for the host town.

“I am sure that the welcome from the people of Paisley, and the town’s rich cultural, historical and architectural traditions will provide an appropriate setting.

“There’s something extra special this year for our visitors and our own community with the Mòd running in parallel with The Spree.   That combination offers a unique chance for people to try different performances and activities that they might not have done before. There’s something for everyone to appreciate, enjoy or take part in personally.

“The unique combination of Scotland’s oldest and newest cultural festivals will also support the continuing regeneration of Paisley town centre.

“As part of the council’s regeneration programme for Paisley town centre, we have significantly expanded our events programme.  Paisley’s Fireworks Display, and Christmas Lights Switch-On attract crowds approaching 40,000 people into the town centre.

“We’re seeing people coming back to live in the centre of Paisley.  There are recently-agreed proposals for retail and residential development to revive the iconic former Arnotts store.

“There’s a lot going on to boost Paisley and we have the perfect opportunity to showcase that to residents and visitors alike.”

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convener of   Mòd Phàislig said:  “We are very excited about the arrival of the Royal National Mòd in Paisley.

“There’s a special celebration to start the proceedings with a torchlight parade through the centre of Paisley starting at 7pm on Friday (October 11) from the top of the High Street and culminating at Paisley Town hall where the Mòd flag will be unfurled.

“Organisations, businesses and members of the public in Paisley have showed tremendous support to the local organising committee as we have been preparing to host The Mòd.

“Now it’s time for the town to see at first-hand this world-class cultural festival.”

John MacLeod, President of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said:  “The opening of The Royal National Mòd, Gaeldom’s biggest national festival celebrating Gaelic language and culture is almost here, and we are delighted that the town of Paisley is hosting this special event.

“This has been an important year for Gaelic in educational and social terms and we can now confidently face the future in the knowledge that our language and culture will continue to prosper in the care of the new generation of Gaelic speakers.”

Information and booking details on all the events is available at www.thespree.co.uk and www.modphaislig.org

Photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with Paisley on the web.

Photographs of, Ealasaid MacDonald,   Convener of   Mòd Phàislig   Emma Creighton, 11, Councillor Jim Harte, Renfrewshire Council’s Culture Spokesperson, Sarah England, 10, and Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan are pictured outside the Spiegeltent in the  centre of Paisley as the town prepares for a unique festivals fortnight  with The Royal National  Mòd and The Spree, Scotland’s national arts festival.

Emma and Sarah will be performing at the  Mòd as part of RJ’s, the Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association

Paisley Christmas Lights

Its all happening in Paisley.

Paisley is gearing up for a busy October and November of events, there is quite literally something for everyone in the forthcoming months everything from a scooter rally right through to the Festive Lights Switch On  in the town centre.

Only a few years ago the fireworks display was the only thing happening remotely close (at Seedhill Playing Fields), and the town centre had not yet seen any big events happening in or around it.  St Mirren going through Paisley in the open top bus in 1987 from the triumphant Scottish Cup win saw the town covered in ‘Black and White’, and then again in 2006 when the Buddies won the First Division to be promoted to the SPL, those were momentous occasions.

The arrival of the big centrepiece Fireworks event and Festive Lights Switch On a few years back changed things and in my opinion these may just have been defining moments for the fortunes of Paisley.  Thousands of people love to come to these events showing that the town centre can cope with these large scale occasions. It has proved to be a safe environment although there is still a lot more to be done with toilet amenities and food shops and local traders combining their efforts to make the best of these events.

Paisley is turning a corner, maybe we can’t see it yet but there is change coming.  Local traders are now combining their efforts, resulting in a process called the Business Improvement District (BID) to be known as Paisley First which officially launched last week. This is the first time many local traders and business owners have actually sat in the same room, now that is no mean feat in itself! There is progress although it may be slow but at least there are signs of promise.

Events in Paisley

The Farmers Market has now moved to the Cenotaph and is much more central and visible to the public and the change in timings has also helped, so the market will go from strength to strength.  The next one is tomorrow, Thursday 10th, 10am-2pm.

The Spree, which I love, is calling itself Paisley’s National Arts Festival  and is now in its second year. You will be able to see the massive Spiegeltent being erected in County Square, this is the venue for an event which covers every taste of music, comedy, arts and drama. Last year I attended a few events and there was plenty of local talent on display as well as some big headliners such as Roddy Frame.  The Spree begins this Friday and runs as a fringe event to the Royal National Mòd.  To find out more please visit www.thespree.co.uk

Modstuff is a local event aimed as an alternative to everything else, but working in tandem with local businesses and organisations. This is all about the traditional MOD style and the music associated with it. Their will be a scooter rideout in town this Saturday 12th October and the winner will be announced by the sponsors the Piazza Paisley. They will also have various acts performing live on the Friday and Saturday this week. LNP Promotions have done an excellent job with this mini festival and hopefully it will go on to be an annual event in Paisley. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LNPPromotions

Royal National Mòd, It is a fantastic honour for this prestigious Gaelic event to be held in Paisley for the first time. The very fact its coming to Paisley shows just how far the town has come, and showcasing such events as the Paisley Choral Festival, which has been running in the town for six years, it brings a string of high profile classical musicians to Paisley, helping the town earn the unofficial title of Scotland’s Festival Town.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is the oldest and most respected Gaelic Language organisation. Founded in Oban in 1891, it has long been a leading light in the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language and the study and cultivation of Gaelic literature, history, music and art. Through the organisation and running of the Royal National Mòd and grass roots community development work, An Comunn Gàidhealach continues to further support and develop all aspects of the Gaelic language, culture, history and heritage at local, national and international levels. You can find out more by visiting the official website www.modphaislig.org

Renfrewshire Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2013, is currently ongoing with various events throughout Paisley and Renfrewshire, some highlights over the next couple of days are..

1. Wed and Thurs Workshops and Artist in Residence with weaver Joanne Kaar, 32 Old Sneddon St, at the bottom of stairs to Gilmour St Station. Go by and say hello and have a look!

2. Gilmour St Giants Reception, platform 1 Gilmour St train station Thurs 10 11am

3. World Mental Health Day Book Club and Event 12.30-1.30 10 Oct Spiegletent, County Square, Paisley with author and RMHAFF 2013 song, ‘Your Perception, My Reality’ come and get your free cd!

4. Creativity Works on Monday Reid Kerr, some places left, employability and creativity 9.30-12.30. book with Lorraine.Ewing@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

5. Angus Weaver of Grass dramatic performance Thurs 17th 9.30am, Paisley Arts Centre, only free performance, please help me fill the house. See more by clicking here..

We of course have the Festive Lights Switch On and the Fireworks to look forward to. This year’s Festive Lights Switch On ceremony will be performed by Tynchy Stryder and The View, to find out more information on this event click here..

Blog by Brian McGuire..

Weaving Musical Threads in association with RMHAFF and the Royal National Mod presents

Angus Weaver of Grass 

An inspiring story portrayed through drama, film and literature about Angus MacPhee who was raised in the crofting community of South Uist. Traumatised by his experience of WWII, he barely spoke again. This is a tale of lost traditions, mental illness and magical hats of grass. An award-winning creative documentary film followed by an exquisite, moving performance incorporating drama, masks and puppetry with Gaelic narrative and song. Poignant and inspiring… Having toured Scotland in 2012 to sell-out audiences and rave reviews, this is a performance not to be missed.

“Physical, emotional and aural beauty…their collective artistry is awesome” (The Stage)

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In addition to the film and performance, there will be:

The Silent Weaver: Booksigning and talk with author Roger Hutchinson

Reading and book signing with author Roger Hutchinson. Also featuring live music and an exhibition of woven art.

Thurs 10th Oct 12:30-1:30 pm, The Spiegletent, County Square, Paisley, Free entry

Weaving the Landscape

A drop-in workshop by Joanne B Kaar, fibre artist from Caithness,  www.joannebkaar.com

Wed. 9th & Thurs. 10th October 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, 34 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley. Free. Contact info@weavingmusicalthreads.com or call Elise 0141 882 4520

 

Puppetry Workshop   

World class puppeteer, Mark Whitaker from Horse & Bamoo Theatre company teaches you how to articulate puppets. Fun for all ages. Limited spaces, please book.

Fri 18th & Sat 19th October, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, 34 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley. Free.

Contact info@weavingmusicalthreads.com or call Elise 0141 882 4520

 

Double bill  with “Hidden Gifts” , award winning film directed by Nick Higgins, and  followed by the outstanding performance “Angus, Weaver of Grass” by Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company. (For ages 12yrs+)

Thursday 17th October, 7:30 pm

Friday 18th October, 7:30 pm

Saturday 19th October, 2:00 pm

Paisley Arts Centre,15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ,  Booking office: 0300 300 1210, Tickets £5.00

Scottish Album of the Year winner RM Hubbert added to Spree bill

Scottish Album of the Year Award winner RM Hubbert has been added to an already stacked festival line-up at The Spree in Paisley this month.

‘Hubby’ will join his Chemikal Underground label mates, Emma Pollock and Miaoux Miaoux, in a special performance with the Cairn String Quartet on Friday 18 October.

The Spree is returning after a successful debut in 2012. This year, it will run alongside the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language, on its first-ever visit to Paisley.

RM Hubbert won the 2013 SAY Award with his album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’. It was described as having; “evocative solo pieces nestled alongside spontaneous and experimental collaboration”.

The result is eclectic and beautiful; featuring voice, percussion, violin, piano, accordion, vibraphone, gu zheng and, above all, Hubbert’s extraordinary guitar playing.

His follow up album, Breaks & Bone, is an entirely solo effort, notable for the inclusion of Hubby’s vocals on each alternate song. It’s an album of hair-raising beauty and no little emotional clout.

Breaks and Bone is also the 200th release from the seminal Glasgow label, Chemikal Underground and so is a landmark release in every conceivable sense.

The Spree’s musical line up is Scottish, contemporary and creative.

It includes a unique performance from Admiral Fallow and The Twilight Sad who will appear along with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the spectacular setting of Paisley Abbey.

Rachel Sermanni, Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Horse McDonald will all play another uniquely glamorous stage in the Spree’s Spiegeltent.

There will be comedy too from Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club.

For the second year, the Spree offers a chance for unsigned talent to perform on the Danny Kyle open stage, named after the legendary Scottish singer-songwriter.

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.

RM Hubbert will take the place of Oregon band, Loch Lomond, who had to pull out of this year’s Spree due to unforeseen circumstances.

There will be over 70 Spree and Mòd fringe events over 10 days in October. For further information on The Mòd fringe visit www.modphaislig.org.

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

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival Outreach

Presents a Pre-Mòd Concert featuring The Largs Gaelic Choir and our own Witches’ Brew aka  Clare Robertson and Pauline Vallance

The Factory Street Quartet featuring Colin Frame, Dominic Snyder, Connor Burgess & Alan Dixon and Willie Gamble

Saturday 28th September 2013
Lochwinnoch Parish Church
7.30pm,  tea/coffee included

Tickets £5 and £2.50 cons available at
Calder Gallery and The Junction

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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.

The 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.

A celebration of Gaelic Heritage and Culture at Paisley Museum

To coincide with the Royal National Mòd, Paisley Museum presents three exhibitions, collectively titled ‘A Celebration of Gaeldom’ running from 27 September to 27 October.

The exhibition, ‘A Wing and A Prayer: Paisley’s Gaelic Chapel Graveyard’ will reveal how research into a secluded former graveyard has illuminated the rich cultural heritage of Gaelic speaking people who migrated to Paisley in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Their lives were hard but Gaelic speakers performed a huge diversity of crafts and trades. Nowadays the site shows a diversity of a different kind – of wild plants and animals – providing a small wildlife refuge in the heart of Paisley.

‘A View of Gaeldom’ is an art exhibition, featuring works from the Paisley Museum collection that depict the beautiful scenery of those parts of Scotland in which Gaelic was traditionally spoken. Indeed Gaelic place names are in evidence in many of the titles. In addition some excellent examples of Celtic Revival Art will be displayed.

The final exhibition, ‘Weaving and Waulking’ will look at the traditional methods and skills of producing cloth in Scotland. ‘Waulking’ is a method of shrinking or ‘fulling’ newly woven tweed and is carried out by a group of women who sing in unison as they work the cloth on the table. During the week of the Royal National Mòd there will be opportunities to see a traditional hand loom in operation and demonstrations by waulking groups.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Sport, Leisure and Cultural Policy Board at Renfrewshire Council states ‘ As we celebrate Paisley hosting the Royal National Mòd this year, these exhibitions are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the links Renfrewshire has with Gaelic heritage and culture.’  

 

The Spree and Mòd Phàislig

Kids can enjoy the best of the fest too

Renfrewshire kids will have an action-packed time this October with The Spree and Mòd Phàislig running a full programme of music, comedy and drama events to keep them entertained.

The 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.

And with the festivals set to coincide with the school October break, festival organisers have included a wide range of events for children among the listings for The Spree and the Mòd fringe.

Toybox - who will be providing comedy for kids in the Spiegeltent

Highlights include a Spree Kids’ Comedy Club, with top comedians including Vladimir McTavish and Bruce Devlin performing special shows aimed at a younger audience.

There will also be a two-day children’s Mòd fringe, with a vibrant mix of arts, crafts and games delivered in partnership with Gaelic community group organisers, Sradagan, and featuring a special appearance from BBC Alba’s Dè a’ Nis.

And music-lovers will have plenty to keep them entertained, with gigs showcasing the best young musical talent in the area, featuring artists from Create Paisley and Loud ‘n’ Proud.

Other events will include:

– five fun-filled drama workshops for kids aged five to seven delivered by renowned youth theatre group PACE;

– fiddle and tune-writing workshops designed especially for kids;

– a bookbug session in Gaelic at Paisley Central Library.

Tickets for all children’s shows and workshops are on sale now. Links for these and more information can be found on the festivals websites at www.thespree.co.uk and www.modphaislig.com.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan, said “It’s fantastic to see such a diverse line-up of children’s events in the town throughout the Spree and Mòd and it should make for a very exciting school holiday.

“We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the town this October and know they will find plenty to see and do while they are here.”

Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Edwyn Collins, Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni, while Craig Hill and Fred McAulay will provide the comedy.

Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey sold out with 12 hours of going on sale.

A programme of Mòd fringe events will be happening around the town, in addition to the main Royal National Mòd competitions.

Dick Gaughan

Sound of Scots – Dick Gaughan at Paisley Arts Centre

Celebrate Gaeldom mere weeks before the Royal National Mòd arrives in Paisley with an intimate live set from talented folk singer, songwriter and musician Dick Gaughan at Paisley Arts Centre.

Brought up immersed in the culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, it is clear Gaughan’s upbringing has helped shape his musical style.

Dick first turned professional musician and singer in 1970, and over the course of his hugely successful career has played with legendary Scottish folk-rock band Five Hand Reel, composed music and film for television dramas, recorded countless solo albums and was commissioned to create a 90-minute orchestral work that was performed at the closing concert for Celtic Connections in 2004.

Dick Gaughan

Gaughan’s act is simple. He is a stunning singer with a wonderfully expressive voice belying passion, allied to a dazzling guitar technique. Dick just doesn’t deliver gigs that are ‘ordinary’, which music fans will discover at Paisley Arts Centre on the night.

This simplicity has seen Gaughan remain at the cutting edge of Scottish music for over four decades, earning serious acclaim from his industry peers along the way. Currently, Gaughan is the only performer to hold the joint honours of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Music Awards and an induction in to the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

See Dick Gaughan at Paisley Arts Centre on 7 Sept at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Mòd Phàislig announces charity partner

The local organising committee for the visit of the Royal National Mòd to Paisley later this year has announced Accord Hospice as its official charity partner.

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage.

The nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature, which takes place from Friday 11th until Saturday 19th October, is set to attract thousands of participants and visitors.

Ken Mathie from Accord Hospice said: “Being a well-known local organisation which over the years has touched the lives of thousands of people from our community, ACCORD is very proud and honoured to be associated with the Paisley Mòd.

“We look forward to having a presence at every performance and wish everyone involved with the Mòd every success.”

In addition to having collectors at all the venues throughout the period of the Mòd, there will be the traditional Grand Prize draw.

All money raised will be used to assist with the hosting of Mòd Phàislig with the remainder going direct to Accord Hospice.

The first prize of the draw is £1,000 cash, with many other prizes still to be announced. The draw will be made on Friday 18 October.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Mòd Phàislig 2013 Convener said: “We are delighted to be linking up with Accord Hospice, our official charity partner.

“They do a considerable service for Renfrewshire and we hope the visit of the Mòd can contribute to that.

“Our exciting prize draw has a number of great prizes, and a top prize of £1,000. We hope people will support the Mòd’s visit by buying a ticket, and at the same time know they are supporting one of Paisley’s most treasured organisations.”

Tickets are £1 each, £10 per book, and are available from modphaislig2013@yahoo.co.uk or 07535514385.

Running alongside the Mòd and the Mòd Fringe will be The Spree Festival (10 to 20 October), which is returning after a successful debut in 2012.

The Spree will see 10 days of music, comedy and literary events and a full children’s programme will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square, and Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year.

Headline acts include Edwyn Collins, Capercaille, Donnie Munro, Rachel Sermanni and a unique collaboration between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the RSNO. Top comics Craig Hill and Fred McAulay will provide the laughs. Tickets are available from www.thespree.co.uk

Edwyn Collins

Edwyn Collins is latest big name to sign up for The Spree

Legendary Scottish songwriter Edwyn Collins has become the latest big name to be added to the line-up for Paisley’s Spree festival later this year.

One-time Orange Juice frontman Edwyn will appear in the unique setting of Paisley Abbey on Saturday 19 October.

The Spree (10 to 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to run alongside the Royal National Mòd.

The Mòd (11 to 19 October) is the premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language and will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history, with Spree and Mòd fringe events combining to create a festival feel for the town.

Since suffering two cerebral hemorrhages and undergoing a precarious neurological operation in 2005, Edwyn Collins has found the strength, through surgical brilliance and his own willpower, to get back on stage.

Expect to hear him visit milestones from his illustrious career, from the Orange Juice hit ‘Rip It Up’ to his solo smash hit ‘A Girl Like You’ through to material from his most recent album ‘Understated’.

 

Also added to The Spree bill is a night featuring top artists from Glasgow’s seminal record label Chemikal Underground Records on Friday 18 October and a Final Fling closing party on Sunday 20th with an eclectic mix of artists from around the world.

The Chemikal Underground night will feature acclaimed solo artist, ex-Delgado and label founder Emma Pollock; a rare Scottish performance by Loch Lomond (the label’s US signings from Portland, Oregon) and a full band workout for electro-pop dancefloor alchemist Miaoux Miaoux with a special appearance from the Cairn String Quartet adding a unique touch.

The Final Fling features Breabach, current holders of ‘Best Group’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, who return to Paisley after playing last year’s Spree and will be joined by Amelia Curran from Canada, Maori artist Waiora (Horomona Horo & Joshua Rogers) and local talent Andrew Howie.
Both shows will take place in a Spiegeltent in County Square. Tickets for all three shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Monday 12 August.

Other musical acts already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni, with comedy from Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club. 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 in the Abbey sold out with 12 hours of going on sale.

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage.

The eight day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature is set to attract thousands of participants and visitors.

The main Mòd competitions will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall and venues across the town, and will be accompanied by a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and cèilidh dances.

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. For full festival programme and details, visit www.acgmod.org or 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.