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.

Edwyn Collins

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.

Music to Paisley’s ears

With just 10 weeks until The Spree and Royal National Mòd 2013 arrive in Paisley, both festivals have added even more traditional Scottish musical acts to their already busy line-ups.

The Spree (10 – 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd 2013 (11 – 19 October) which will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square. Historic Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year, will provide unique surroundings for a number of events.

Traditional music acts confirmed for the Spree festival this week are:

  • Hugely-popular fiddling duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain who will appear with Ross Ainsie and Jarlath Henderson for a vibrant mix of original compositions and traditional tunes (Saturday 12 October)
  • The award-winning Mànran who perform a unique and powerful blend of Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary music (Wednesday 16 October)
  • Gaelic supergroup Dàimh with a brand new album of high octane Hebridean dance-based instrumentals and imaginative arrangements of Gaelic songs (Tuesday 15 October), and
  • Famed singer Horse McDonald for a rare acoustic performance, specially put together to coincide with the Mòd celebrations (Sunday 13 October).

Tickets for all these shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Friday 2 August.

Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni. Comedy nights with Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club will provide the laughs and Denise Mina and Vic Galloway will be showcasing their literary efforts. 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 sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.

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

To celebrate the Royal National Mòd coming to Paisley, Mòd Gold Medal winner James Graham hosts an afternoon concert accompanied by James Ross on Saturday 25 August at Holy Trinity & St. Barnabas church.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing James Graham to Paisley. James is a renowned Gaelic singer, and will showcase the depth of Gaelic talent that will be coming to the town this October.’

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. The website 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.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, a historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time. To find out more, please visit http://www.acgmod.org/

Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill added to Spree festival bill

Top Scottish comedians Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill are on their way to Paisley after becoming the latest big names to be announced for October’s Spree festival.

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.

Fred MacAulay

Telly funnymen Craig and Fred have been added to a Spree programme which already includes a mixture of music, comedy and literary events.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in County Square.

Camp comic Craig – who returns to Paisley after wowing the crowds at last year’s Spree – will help kick off the festival on Friday 11 October in the Spigeltent.

He will be performing his new show ‘Tartan About’, billed as a ‘wickedly delicious evening of pure, unadulterated fun’.

BBC radio presenter Fred – ‘Scotland’s most successful bald comedian’ – will play the Spiegeltent on Friday 18 October.

Visiting Paisley ‘to talk about all things funny’, he has been described as ‘rib-achingly funny, one of the funniest men alive’.

The Spiegeltent will also host to two editions of Whose Lunch is it Anyway, over the lunchtimes of Friday 11th and 18th October.

The event – in association with The Stand comedy club, will allow workers to take a break from the office as the resident comics create improvised hilarity from the crowd’s suggestions.

Tickets for all these shows will be available from www.thespree.co.uk from 9am on Friday 26 July.

Events already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro, Rachel Sermanni and two Best of Scottish Comedy nights, with tickets on sale for these and more from The Spree website now.

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

Craig HillWhile the main Mòd competition will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and ceilidh dances – will take place around the town.

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. Keep an eye on www.modphaislig.org for more details.

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

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, an historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time.

Recruits are Mòd-el pupils during festival challenge

A group of Renfrewshire teenagers are planning a festival of fun – after devising a series of events for young people when Paisley hosts the Mòd later this year.

The youngsters on Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were tasked with creating a programme of activities for 11-15-year-olds during the event by festival organisers.

The Royal National Mòd – Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic language and culture – will come to Paisley for the first time between 11 and 19 October.

The Recruit is a popular council-run youth employment scheme loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice, which sees young people compete through a series of business-related challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

This summer, there are two programmes, one for S5/6 school leavers, and one for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24.

For the Mòd task, the youngsters on the S5/6 programme were asked to prepare a presentation on their proposals for a fringe programme for young people.

They were also charged with considering budgets and with speaking to local businesses to see if they could secure any deals.

The team judged to be the winners were Team Endeavour, made up of Mateusz Hajdecki, 18; Craig Woods, 17; Rachael Fletcher, 17; Lauren Goldthorp, 16; Shannon Boyle, 18; and Chloe Swordy, 17.

Running the rule over the youngsters’ presentations was Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of the Mòd Phàislig 2013 Organising Committee.

She said: “The Royal National Mòd will be a massive event for the town, with thousands of visitors expected over the nine days.

“The aim of the Recruit task was to ask the young people to generate ideas to help keep other young people entertained, which will complement the main Mòd events.

“The committee will now look to implement the best of the ideas. The young people showed a great deal of initiative and enthusiasm, and I was really impressed with the quality of their suggestions.”

The Mòd is being brought to Paisley by An Comunn Gàidhealach. The main competitions will take place in Paisley Town Hall, with fringe events spread throughout the town.

Taking place at the same time is The Spree national arts festival, which returns after a successful debut last year and has been designed to wrap around the Mòd.

This year’s Recruit will culminate with a finale in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 14 August, at which the winning Recruits will be revealed.

Recruits given marketing challenge by centre boss

Renfrewshire’s latest batch of young Recruits are aiming to show they are backing the right horse after being set a business task by the boss of an equestrian centre.

Ian Maxwell, general manager of Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton, visited the young people on the popular youth employment scheme to set them a brief for a marketing challenge.

The Recruit is a Renfrewshire Council-run programme loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice and sees young people take part in a series of enterprise-related tasks, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Recruits with Ian Maxwell of Ingliston and Sarah McEwan of Renfrewshire Council

This summer sees two programmes – one for S5/6 school leavers, and one for unemployed young people aged between 18 and 24.

The Ingliston challenge sees the Recruits on the 18-24 programme split into teams and each given a small budget to produce a marketing campaign to promote the centre.

The teams will return next week to present their ideas to Iain, who will judge which group is the winner.

Ian said: “I got involved in the Recruit after attending the finale last year as a guest, and was then asked if I would consider mentoring some of the young people who needed help with interviews.

“Young people are looking for experience, and opportunities are only available for the most committed. The Recruit helps give them a flavour of what the business world involves.

“It was a day I really enjoyed. It was great to see their confidence levels – they weren’t put off by having a guy in a suit walk in. It was lovely to see they were eager to listen and to ask questions.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Board, added: “Jobs and employment are two of the big priorities of the council.

“The Recruit, along with our £7m Invest in Renfrewshire programme, is one of the ways in which we are providing practical help for local young people.

“Once again, the Recruits are getting the chance to learn about a variety of different business sectors from people working in that field.

“We are grateful to all the organisations who give up their time to help the young people on this scheme widen their horizons.”

This summer will see the Recruits take part in challenges with a wide range of local partners, including Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, St Mirren and Cosmopolitan Hotels.

The winning Recruits will find out who has been successful in their job hopes at a special ceremony in Paisley Town Hall on 14 August.

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Fun in the sun as Sma’ Shot Day celebrated

Renfrewshire residents had fun in the sun when the area’s big summer event calendar continued with Sma’ Shot Day.

Around 2,000 people gathered in Paisley town centre for the popular annual day out, designed to celebrate the 19th-century mill workers’ victory over their bosses in an industrial dispute.

The day kicked off at noon with the annual parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, headed by the familiar pounding of the Charleston Drum, carried by Freeman of Renfrewshire Tony Lawler.

The parade was joined for part of the route by St Mirren mascot Paisley Panda, who brought with him the League Cup.

At Abbey Close, speakers including Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell addressed the crowds, before DJs from Pulse FM took over the stage to provide entertainment.

Visitors were able to enjoy funfair rides, charity stalls, bouncy castle, craft market and mini-farm.

There was also a tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, and a film and display at Central Library on the life of celebrated Paisley trade unionist Willie Gallacher.

The day culminated, as always, with the spectacular Burning of the Cork – an effigy of a mill owner, which always meets a fiery ending.

Depute Provost Caldwell said: “Sma’ Shot Day is always a popular event for all the family, and I’m glad to say this year turned out no different.

“Events like this are a key part of the council’s strategy to get people into our town centres, so I was glad to see the day was so well attended.

“The event’s roots are connected to an important chapter in the history of Paisley and Renfrewshire and it is great to see people celebrating that to this day.”

Sma’ Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma’ Shot Day.

Photographs courtesy of www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Paisley Photographs July 2013

Paisley, for once, was basking in glorious sunshine today so what better excuse than to take the camera out and snap some fantastic shots of its wonderful skyline. That’s exactly what Ian McDonald did and he shared the results for all to see…

Paisley Skyline

Paisley Skyline featuring the John Neilson Institution to the left, Thomas Coats Memorial Church then Orr Square Church and Trinity High Church to the right.

Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Town Hall, with the current new super hospital at the Southern General being built in the background

 

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Sma’ Shot day Parade, Paisley 2013

Photographs of Paisley’s Sma’ Shot day parade 2013. All photographs taken by Tracey Clements for Paisley on the web. If you would like to share you photographs of the day please send them in by email to brian@paisley.org.uk plus the info you wish to be credited to for the photos.

Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association

Countdown is on until Mòd and Spree

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

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

Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Area gets set for Sma’ Shot Day

The countdown is on to one of the biggest events in Renfrewshire’s summer calendar when Sma’ Shot Day takes place on Saturday 6 July.

The popular annual event – one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – will run from noon until 5pm in its usual location at Abbey Close.

Tony Lawler with Depute Provost John Caldwell

The fun begins at noon when the parade, headed by the beat of the Charleston Drum, sets off from Brodie Park.

Attractions include funfair rides at Abbey Close and Paisley Cross, a stage hosted by Pulse FM, plus bouncy castle, craft market, a mini-farm and charity stalls.

The day will culminate with the spectacular Burning of the Cork at 5pm.

Elsewhere, older folks can step away from the crowds at a tea dance in Paisley Town Hall at 1pm, with free tickets available from the town hall.

And in keeping with the event’s roots as a celebration of the local textile workers’ victory over the 19th-century mill owners, Central Library will be hosting a display and film of the life of celebrated Paisley-born trade unionist Willie Gallacher.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell said: “Sma’ Shot Day is great tradition which celebrates an important episode in the town’s history.

“It is always a popular day for families, with plenty to entertain grown-ups and families alike, and I would encourage locals to get themselves along.”

Meanwhile, the man charged with drumming up a following for the event is hoping to stay injury-free this year.

Paisley man Tony Lawler is preparing for his 21st year beating the drum at the head of the parade.

He was at the centre of a brief drama last year when his enthusiastic drumming left him with a badly-cut hand – promptly bandaged by Provost Anne Hall, an ex-nurse.

Tony said: “I’m sure it will be great day, although I hope to avoid any injury this year!

“This will be the first Sma’ Shot Day I have done since being made a Freeman of Renfrewshire earlier this year, which means a lot to me.”

Tony Lawler with Depute Provost John Caldwell

Sma Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma Shot Day.

Residents are reminded that parking is free in all council-metered bays on Saturdays and Sundays.