The DeRellas are fully locked and loaded and are ready to raise the roof at Rocknrollas tonight and tickets are still available on the door for this much talked about Glam Punk bash. The current line-up features Timmy DeRella, who has the looks of Sid Vicious and Stiv Bators (bass/vocals), Luca DeRella, who is also in Spizzenergi (lead guitar/ backing vocals), Steve Grainger, from Chelsea (drums) and Marky T, ex Sex Pistols Experience (guitar).

Support for this electrifying night will come from the rather superb Fire Exit who are a classic punk party band. Songs like Going Crazy and We’re Gonna Drink will get you going and raise your spirits, get your heart pumping and spread a smile across your face. To make up this trio of top punk and kicking things off is 2Sevens. Doors are 7pm.

The Bungalow Introducing Night on Thursday has a great 3 band line up starting with Kloans  a 5 piece indie rock band formed in Paisley then they have Cloak another 5 piece bandthis time from Glasgow and last but not least is The Barely Responsible who are a three-piece indie band hailing from Irvine and Glasgow. The band features The Voice Kids UK 2020 semi-finalist Blair Gilmour. £5/3 on the door and entry is at 7pm.

The Keg has one of their favourite bands in tonight from 9pm. They are Old Bohemia who are one of Scotland’s best and most loved acoustic duo’s who have played in Berlin, L.A, San Francisco, New York, London and all the way to Asia and beyond. At 18 years old they were playing to audiences of 10,000 working with Sony as the tour support for Glasvegasand they’ve continued with that level of professionalism throughout their career. They have since played 1000 gigs, working with some of the biggest names in the industry along the way. They can be generally found as resident performers in some of the U.K’s best loved music venues, playing well known songs of the last 50 years or so

entertaining at gigs and now they are back at The Keg for another up-tempo night of great songs.

Graeme Kerr will be on The Keg stage tomorrow night with his ‘Loopmaster’ show. Graeme is a solo acoustic entertainer but has made his name mastering the loop pedal to build live backing tracks which make him sound like a full band. Nothing is pre recorded, he builds his loops seamlessly and speedily to enhance the live sound. Graeme plays music from all genres and artists across the decades. Expect a party with an upbeat set, perfect for a Saturday night out.

Well known musician Johnny Morton will be playing with his band Hot Banana at The Old Swan from 7pm tonight. Hot Banana are a soul, blues and rock covers band, based in the Glasgow area. They describe themselves as ‘Four top musicians having the time of their lives

Dead Flowers one of the most popular rock cover bands in the country are playing in the ‘Shopper’s Slot’ tomorrow at 4pm. Lee James is performing his Swing Classics show on Tuesday from 3pm then on Thursday he is back at the same time this time with his Through the Decades Show. Clyde are playing on Monday in their usual resident spot at 5pm

After a hugely successful Malawi Day last Saturday at which The Cave fundraised a grand total of £3434 it is back to normal for them with Revival on tomorrow night at 6pmfollowed by Kong at 9pm then on Sunday it is Sad Ida from 6pm. Congratulations to all involved.

This week’s Open Mic sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday with Dunky Hunter at 8pm, Jason Flood is

the host at Gantry on Tuesday from 9pm, Johnny Barr will be at The Keg from 8.30pm. Andy Lindsay’s Open MicAfternoon at the Columba Club in Renfrew is on Sunday from 3pm and it is all ages welcome. Have a great week and Keep Music Live.

Jess e Ska of Esperanza

Whats on in Paisley This coming week 22nd September

Great to see Esperanza are back at The Bungalow tonight. Esperanza is a nine-piece Ska collective from Glasgow famed for live shows where their infectious rhythm has the crowd involuntarily jumping in time. The band has supported some of the biggest names in Ska, including Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Heptones and The Toasters. In support is Rudebeard. Doors at 7pm tickets £9.

Jess e Ska of Esperanza

Tomorrow afternoon the very popular Cosmopolitan Big Band a Glasgow-based 20 piece crew will be playing a mix of swing standards and funk/soul tunes. Starts at 2pm, doors are 1pm and it is Free Entry. In the evening Complete Stone Roses the UK’s most well-known, most seen and most authentic Stone Roses tribute band play another packed out show at The Bungalow. Doors 7pm and tickets are £12

Monday as part of The Tannahill Festival The Well Happy Band kick off things with their up-beat songs about happiness, love, life, laughter and gratitude.  This lot are bound to keep a smile on your face long after the show is over. Expect the band’s unique blend of brass, percussion and keyboards, as well as their signature combination of performance, laughs and audience participation. Doors are at 7pm and it is Free Entry.

The Tannahill Festival continues on Tuesday with a one-act play ‘THE END’ by Karen Herbison. The night is a sort of A Play, A Pub, A Pint or Prosecco and Patter. Doors at 7pm and tickets are £10. Followed by a Q and A hosted by Script to Stage Renfrewshire.

On Thursday The Bungalow Bar and Events staff get a chance to perform both original and cover material in their own gaff. The lineup of this talented Bungalow Crew is Jennifer Leitch, Jamie Welsh, Erin Hephzibah, Katt Kerr, Becca Starr and Scunnurt. Come down, tickets £5 on Eventbrite and the door, and grab a drink and have a listen to the staff you love so much

At The Cave tonight from 9pm is Rheumatoid Rockers, live band tomorrow at 6pm is TBC followed by Blues Mama at 9pm. On Sunday at 6pm it is Midnight Hour followed by Grants After Party from 9pm. 

The Old Swan has the talented Feeva in tonight. Tickets are £10 on the door from 7pm. Saturday Full Hog is in the ‘Shoppers Slot’ from 4pm. Monday is The Casual Swans from 4pm and on Tuesday Mr Smooth himself Lee James will be the entertainment for the Swing and Afternoon Tea which includes homemade banana loaf, scone butter and jam with fresh cream, chocolate mousse with a mint after eight all served with a mixture of fresh sandwiches on tiger bread with tea or coffee. All for £4.50pp. Haud me back big yin.  

The Keg have Fat Lips in tonight from 9.30pm. Zambretto has live acts on at 8.30pm both Friday and Saturday. 

The Paisley Open Mic scene looks like it’s getting back to what it used to be like before all the Covid restrictions crippled what was a very vibrant music scene. On Monday Dunky Hunter will be the host at The Abbey from 8.30pm. On Tuesday it is the first night back for Gantry starting at 9pm, The Anchor Bar is also back on Tuesday kicking off at 8pm and on Wednesday The Patter Bar has its first night back and starts at 8pm. Andy looks like he is having a busy week. He messaged me to tell me that ‘After a regrettably lengthy, yet unavoidable break, the next Columba Club Renfrew Open Mic ‘with Andy Lindsay and Friends’ – is back – this coming Sunday afternoon, 26th September – from 2 pm ’til teatime. All ages are welcome, so it’s great for families. Whether you want to play or just watch and listen – welcome back to live music in a safe, spacious and comfortable environment 



Sma' Shot Day celebrations online (1)

Renfrewshire Council’s spring and summer events programme will be going online over the coming months.

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival will take a different shape for 2021 – with an online programme across 10 days in April.

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The Festival will showcase the rich diversity of Renfrewshire’s food and drink offer along with interactive culinary experiences, including cooking demonstrations and workshops, ways to grow your own food and much more.

More details about the programme for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Following the success of last year’s event, Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will once again be marked with a programme of online events to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers.

This year’s online event will take place on Saturday 3 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

The move to take the events online for 2021 is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure celebrations can still take place in adherence with national guidance.

The British Pipe Band Championships, which were due to be staged in Paisley in May, will no longer take place.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Paisley Food and Drink Festival is always one of the highlights of our annual events calendar – and this year’s online programme will provide a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the exceptional food and drink offer we have across Renfrewshire.

“We look forward to telling you more about the festival programme and how people can get involved very soon.

“Sma’ Shot Day represents an important part of Paisley’s heritage and we were delighted with the warm reception last year’s online celebrations received from local people, as well as those from further afield who wouldn’t normally be able to take part in the day’s events.

“This year’s online event will look to carry on these traditions and feeling of community spirit, while offering opportunities for everyone to get involved in celebrating this great day.

“Due to the current restrictions on major events, it’s a great shame that we will be unable to host the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley this May. The Championships is a fantastic event which draws competitors and spectators from over the UK and across the world and it’s just not possible to stage such an event right now.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed partnering with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association since 2016 and it’s disappointing that the last two years of our partnership – 2020 and 2021 – have coincided with the pandemic.

“We wish the Association, and everyone in the piping world, the very best in successfully resuming competition when it’s safe to do so – and we will continue our dialogue with the Association, actively seeking alternative events and activities to partner on in the future.

“Decisions on the remainder of our 2021 events programme will be made throughout the year, in line with national guidance and public health advice. We will continue to work with events sector and other local authority partners to ensure that we can deliver a safe, accessible, and inclusive programme when physical events are permitted again.”

Renfrewshire Council advises everyone to stay safe and continue to follow the national guidance on coronavirus set out by the Scottish Government.

For the latest local updates, visit our ‘Information, help and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)’ webpage:

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One lucky reader can win a pair of tickets for the Paisley 2021 album launch in the Spiegeltent on Monday October 23.

Part of the annual Spree festival, the event from Brick Lane Records features 12 great local acts including Linzi Clark and Christy Scott performing their specially written tracks celebrating the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

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The Spree Festival runs until October 24 and features a fantastic bill of music, comedy, film, theatre and much, much more packed into various venues across the town.

It comes as Paisley bids to be UK City of Culture 2021, with a decision expected from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport this December.

For more information and tickets for the Spree go to or call the box office on 0300 300 1210.

the bungalow

The Bungalow is an independent and ethical live music venue nestled within the heart of Paisley Town Centre (Central Scotland). We are well known for our relaxed atmosphere and laid back attitudes, not to mention having the friendliest team of staff (we feel) on the planet!

The Bungalow legacy began in the late seventies on Renfrew Road (the original premises) with artists such as; The Fall, The Skids, The Tourists, Orange juice, Roddy Frame, Alan McGee, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Alarm, The Jam, The Teardrop Explodes, The Clash and many many more rolled through the doors to perform to a packed Paisley crowd every night! To the disappointment of many The Bungalow closed its doors in the early eighties.the bungalow

In 2008, The Bungalow revival was born opening up in its current residency of Shuttle Street with a mission to bring the upcoming and the legends into Paisley as the music home of Danny Kyle, Jerry Rafferty, Paolo Nutini, Jukebox and many more with the likes of The Rezillos, The Quireboys and The Blockheads already making their way back through our doors and inspiring up and coming bands to fulfil their music talents and dreams (We have a big dream here and everyone is part of that).

We do not support any form of Pay to Play or unethical practices within our venue, we aim for; artists, customers and staff alike to be treated with an equal degree of respect and such a practise is unwelcome here. We always aim for gig tickets to be as cheap as possible however, you will probably find most of our events are free! Please come down and support live music within our independent and ethical venue.


Opening Times:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 6pm-12am
Thursday: 6pm-12am
Friday: 6pm-1am
Saturday: 6pm-1am
Sunday: 6pm-12am




Carol Laula

Paisley’s own Carol Laula makes a welcome return to her hometown when she performs part of her latest tour on Saturday 13 February at Paisley Arts Centre.

2016 herald’s the release of Laula’s latest album – ‘The Bones of It’. Recorded at The Barne Studios, Laula worked closely with her long time friend and colleague Marco Rea; who also plays on the record, along with many others, including Ken McCluskey (The McCluskey Brothers & The Bluebells) and Davie Scott (The Pearlfishers).

Carol Laula

Carol Laula first captivated the attention of the media and her audience in 1990, when her single ‘Standing Proud’ was chosen to represent Glasgow in its year of culture. Since then she has worked with a whole host of top musicians such as the late Stuart Adamson of Big Country and Jane Weidlin of the Go-Gos and produced eight albums, all showcasing her vibrant voice and soulful folk-pop songwriting, interwoven with strands of country and blues.

Tickets to see Carol Laula are £10 (£8 conc)+ bkg fee* and are available from the Box Office at 0300 300 1210 or

Eddi Reader

Paisley will take centre stage this September when six of Scotland’s best-known singer-songwriters perform a never-to-be-seen-again collaboration as part of the town’s Bring it all Home festival.

The event will see a star-studded line-up of national treasure Dougie MacLean, chart-topping Justin Currie of Del Amitri fame plus Eddi Reader, Findlay Napier, Emma Pollock and Paisley’s own Michael Cassidy.

The Celebration of Scottish Songwriting concert in Paisley Town Hall on Friday 18 September will be the flagship event of Bring it all Home – a songwriting festival inspired by the legacy of Paisley’s Gerry Rafferty

With an electric evening exploring Scotland’s vast treasure trove of songs, each artist will play a selection of the nation’s best-loved hits as well as their own favourites from other Scottish songwriters.

The Bring it all Home festival (17 to 19 September) this year features a special music conference for music professionals (Thursday 17 September) and an evening with Deacon Blue singerRicky Ross (Saturday 19 September).

The day long music conference in Paisley Town Hall will includeBiffy Clyro and Prides managers, Belladrum’s Tartan Heart Festival, Celtic Connections, Hebridean Celtic Festival,Edinburgh Fringe and Wickerman festival organisers, plus renowned composer John Logan and master behind the modern reworking of GritGreg Lawson.

Grant bodies Creative Scotland and PRS for Music Foundation, plus digital publishing experts Absilone and Emu Bands will give their top tips on promoting music and maximising incomes for musicians.

Bring it all Home is returning after a spectacular Gerry Rafferty concert last year saw the Baker Street singer’s friends and family perform his greatest hits in Paisley Town Hall on what would have been his 67th birthday.

The event is run by Renfrewshire Council as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

And it isn’t the town’s only major musical offering, with tickets on sale now for October’s Spree Festival, which will see nine days of music and comedy, including a now-sold-out collaboration between Idlewild and the RSNO in Paisley Abbey, plus shows from James Grant, Karen Matheson, Kathryn Joseph, Barbara Dickson and more.

Council leader Mark Macmillan said: “Bring it all Home is inspired by Paisley’s songwriting past but also our present and future, with homegrown talent Michael Cassidy a welcome addition to the festival’s flagship concert.

“With some of the nation’s greatest songwriters showcasing their talent here, Paisley is once again showing the world what we have to offer.

“The festival brings a lot of people into the town and we are delighted to be able to put this event on. As the town’s bid for UK City of Culture gathers momentum we hope to hold even more events of this calibre.”

Tickets are available from Renfrewshire Arts and Museums box office on 0300 300 1210 or from, and

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A youtube channel which features singer songwriters from Paisley, performing original material on various stairways in Paisley.


When did it begin?
Very recently, the channel only launched in April and has already received great feedback! 3 sessions have been uploaded and a further 2 sessions will be uploaded later on this week. We have also confirmed a further 2 singer songwriters for filming later on this month.

Where do we film?
Anywhere! From inside Paisley tenements to the Paisley Abbey. If there is a nice looking stairway we’ll make it work!

How can you get involved?
If you’re a singer songwriter from (or around) Paisley and would like to get involved send us a link to some of your material via email: stairway sessions@outlook.comor find us on Facebook under ‘Stairway sessions’. (You must be aged over 18 and give full permission for the sessions to be made available online!)

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Paisley Songwriters' Guild


Paisley Songwriters’ Guild Bring it all home.

The Bungalow Bar hosted a free showcase of live music from the members of the Paisley Songwriters’ Guild as part of the Gerry Rafferty Bring it all home showcase events.

The guild aims to provide a platform for local songwriters by educating, inspiring, and assisting music creators and copyright owners and consists of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur.

Date: Sunday 13 April
Time: 8pm
Venue: Bungalow Bar
Price: Free

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Paisley Songwriters’ Guild Photographs

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The Paisley Songwriters’ Guild.

The following blog is a brand new feature to the Paisley website and is written by Alan McKim who is a talented musician and song writer from Paisley. I have followed Alan’s progress over the years and I have to say his talent and hard work is abundant. I just had to invite Alan to share his journey and explain just what goes in Paisley’s Music scene, please click the links below to find out more information and show your support for local talent.

Alan McKim Blog.

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to Brian McGuire for the opportunity and invitation to post my first ever blog on Paisley’s official website ( It gives me great pleasure to be one of the many people involved in Paisley’s current music scene, which it seems for generations, has been a hot-bed of thriving talent and diverse creativity.

I’m lucky to be involved with both The Bungalow and the Paisley Songwriters’ Guild, two great platforms for such musicianship. Having been open for just over a year and a half, The Bungalow has already played host to countless quality performances from hundreds of artists and bands. Our initial goal was to create a welcoming space, atmosphere and environment for both musicians and gig-goers alike, and this continues to be our main objective to this day. We have many great things in store, and all upcoming events can be found on the ‘Gig Listings’ section of our website at The Bungalow consists of a great team of wonderful and hard-working people who all aim to make your visit to our venue as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. The Bungalow was built with pride, love and integrity, and I believe the spirit of such work continues to resonate throughout the entire building to this day.

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It is without doubt, one of the most humbling projects I have ever been involved with. That’s not to say I take any credit whatsoever in the creation of the venue, as my job mainly consisted of making cups of tea and coffee, and mixing the odd dodgy batch of cement! The Bungalow to me represents more than just a music venue; it represents the coming together of like-minded souls who share an equal passion for the spirit and sense of community both musical and otherwise. To say that The Bungalow is run by friends is an understatement; it is more like a family. This not only includes those who work there and those who helped to build the venue, but the customers as well.

I joined forces with Chic O’Connor, founder of The Paisley Songwriters’ Guild, when several years ago outside the Paisley Beer Festival over a cigarette he asked me if I’d like to be involved. Knowing the sheer volume of talent I had witnessed in my days hosting the Crow Bar open mic night, it was without hesitation I came on-board. We held our first night in Caffe Luna on Storie Street (what is now De Beers), and the success of this evening encouraged us to continue with the project. From there we moved to the original Hamishes Hoose, which saw many an evening of cracking original song-writing talent. After two years, and with the opening of The Bungalow music venue, it was mutually decided that it made sense to move the Guild there and make this our new home. The Paisley Songwriters’ Guild hosts nights on the first Sunday of every month at The Bungalow, running from roughly 5:30pm to 8:30pm (next one is this Sunday 2nd of February).

It doesn’t stop there though; at the end of last year, the PSG released their debut album, ‘The Paisley Songwriters’ Guild, Volume 1’. This contained 16 members who had all put forward a song to be included. If you’d like to purchase this album, it is available in not only The Bungalow, but also The Argyll Bar, The Old Swan Inn, as well as Apollo Music in Causeyside Street and both The Record Market and The Music Centre in the west-end. Physical copies of the album can also be ordered and delivered worldwide directly from To download a digital version of the album, it is available on iTunes, Amazon, HMV Digital (all the usual digital download websites etc.), and is even available to stream on Spotify if you simply fancy a listen. This is an album that both Chic, I and all of those involved are immensely proud of, and believe it showcases some of the incredible level of song-writing, the PSG has to offer. In fact, already since its release there have been many more talented musicians come forward and request to be included in Volume 2, which we aim to begin work on at some point this year.

The latest addition and branch to the PSG tree, is the creation of PSG Radio, Paisley’s very own musical internet radio show, which broadcasts around the world live every Monday from 7-8pm (GMT), streaming directly from We’ve already had some wonderful guests and featured artists on previous shows (all of which can be heard as podcasts found on the site), and we aim to continue this high standard of musicianship long into the future!