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The Glasgow Clan and Paisley Pirates are jointly delighted to announce a new working partnership that will see both clubs further strengthen their links. 

The Clan, who compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League, and the Pirates, who compete in the Scottish National League, both play out of the 3,500 capacity Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire. 

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The new partnership will see the Clan provide the Pirates with commercial and marketing support while ultimately providing a pathway for young Scottish players in the Greater Glasgow area to progress from junior hockey to opportunities to train and play with the Clan.

 

Clan Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers commented: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm this new working partnership with the Paisley Pirates.

“It’s something we have been discussing for a couple of years now and will not only benefit both the Clan and the Pirates, but I believe the wider West of Scotland hockey community.

“With the Pirates rich history and the fact they’re right on our door step, this is really something that should have happened a number of years ago, so it’s really exciting to get it finalised.

“We’re looking forward to working with Adam Walker, Jackie & Ian Turley & everyone at the Paisley Pirates.

Pirates Operations Manager Jackie Turley commented: “I’m delighted that we are able to solidify our relationship with Gareth and the Glasgow Clan. This partnership will bring hockey and the local community closer together and provide a platform for our young players to strive for. The Pirates are dedicated to developing top level British players and are excited to see what the future holds for both clubs.”

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Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot day event will take place this year but not as you know it. For the first time a full programme of online events and activities will take place to celebrate this historical date in the town’s calendar.

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

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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 social distancing rules and 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 day will commence with a mass drum-off on Saturday 4 July where the community will be invited to come together and make noise to mark the start of the day’s celebrations which will include a range of activities from film, dance and music, to spoken word performances by members of the local community and online tutorials and workshops.

Aerial dance theatre company, All or Nothing, will be delivering a dance and music project called Connecting Threads, inspired by the background and history of Sma Shot. The group will be inviting local groups and individuals to get involved by setting creative tasks and asking people to submit videos for inclusion in a short film that will be published online on Sma Shot Day.

Local upcycled fashion innovators ReMode will be showing the public how they can take inspiration from workers of the past, present and future to design and create a costume to wear on the day to get fully immersed in the day’s events. The group will also be encouraging people to get crafty with pattern to create some fantastic displays to decorate their windows.

Local theatre company PACE will also be developing some exciting new work for Sma’ Shot Day as well delivering online drama workshops for young people.

Young people involved with CREATE will be collaborating with local musician Michael Cassidy to produce a piece of music to be included as part of a film showcasing music by young people from Paisley on the day.

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.

There are still more events and activities taking place on Sma’ Shot Day still to be announced and there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in the lead up to the event.

The change to this year’s event does unfortunately mean that the planned Colours of the Cart performance, supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 events fund, managed by EventScotland, is no longer able to take place.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron, said: “Sma’ Shot Day is always one of the highlights of the annual events calendar, representing an important part of Paisley’s heritage. It’s excellent that we can still celebrate it this year albeit it in a different way.

“There is always a wonderful family atmosphere at the event and a real sense of community coming together – I’m sure this will continue this year when it has undoubtedly never been more important.

“The online programme will offer great opportunities for everyone to get creative and involved in celebrating this great day in a new way. I for one will be looking forward to logging on and getting involved in the fun.”

For the latest information on this event please visit www.paisley.is.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES

Paisley Art Institute is delighted to announce its 132nd Annual Online.

After the fabulous success of our 131st Annual Exhibition, held last year in the Piazza, Paisley Town centre, this year, due to the COVID-19 lockdown the Annual, the 132nd no less, will be an online presentation.

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The Management and Exhibition Committees are working hard behind the scenes to create a virtual space with a bespoke team to showcase new work by members and non-members alike in all media. Works may be for sale and we will do our utmost to share your artwork on our platform with buyers’ preview nights and incentives.

ENTRY DETAILS (in brief) are here below. or at this link

  • Online Registration:  open 11 May 2020 till 7 June 2020
  • Selection announced:  15 June 2020
  • Online Launch:  25 July 2020

FEES for ENTRANTS 

All entrants must pay £5 per artwork entered.  There is a maximum of 2 works that can be entered (£10).  All works submitted for the online exhibition are considered by the Selection and Hanging Committee. Payments are accepted by Paypal, or debit or credit card. Submission fees are non-refundable.

NEW ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

You will need to sign up to Submittable before accessing the entry form. Applications must be completed by the deadline 7 June 2020. Assistance will be provided for any entrant who has accessibility issues with the form. Please contact mailto:admin@paisleyartinstitute.org

All artists must register their entries online at using this site. https://pai.submittable.com/submit

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Halloween

Renfrewshire Council has today announced that all large-scale Council-run events will be cancelled until the end of October in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision means that the following events will no longer take place: Renfrew Gala Day; Barshaw Gala Day; Johnstone Fire Engine Rally; Renfrewshire Doors Open Days; The Spree festival; and Paisley Halloween Festival.

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Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will be marked this year – but in a different way. A programme of online events will take place on Saturday 4 July to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers, as well as the invaluable contribution of today’s key workers across Renfrewshire.

All Council-run events after October will continue to be reviewed in line with national guidance from the Scottish Government and public health advice, with a further decision on the staging of Paisley Fireworks Spectacular and the Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew Christmas lights switch-on events expected by June 30.

The Council announced in March that its spring/summer events programme, including the Paisley Food and Drink Festival and the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley, had been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are hugely disappointed to have to announce this news today but, given the ongoing public health and government advice, it’s the safe and prudent action to take.

“Since we announced the cancellation of our spring/summer programme, festivals and events in the UK and further afield scheduled up until October have continued to be cancelled. The current advice on mass gatherings and events is expected to be in place for some months to come, along with significant physical distancing restrictions.

“Our events programme is regarded among the highlights in Renfrewshire’s annual calendar – and we’re rightly proud of the economic and social impact it brings for our communities. As with many of our Council services, and sectors of our local economy, we want to be in a position to restart and support recovery as soon as possible – but only when the public health advice recommends it is safe to do so.

“Despite the cancellation of our large-scale events until the end of October, we will still celebrate Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day – but in a different way. The online programme of events will allow us to honour the historic victory of local weavers and thank the key workers in Renfrewshire today, who are doing a fantastic job on the frontline to support us all during this unprecedented time.”

Renfrewshire Council is continuing to plan its major events programme in Renfrewshire for next year, whilst monitoring the latest government and public health advice.

The Council advises everyone to continue to follow the national guidance on coronavirus set out by the Scottish Government and to consult www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus for up to date medical advice.

For the latest local updates, visit our ‘Information, help and guidance on Coronavirus’ webpage here: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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AN online fun-filled version of the Olympic Games is being launched for primary school pupils during lockdown.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Sports Services Team has organised a seven-week sports tournament that Primary One to Seven youngsters can enter through their schools.

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Every Monday from May 11, schools will send their pupils the rules and a video description of that week’s RL Online Olympics sporting event they can practise before entering their best results to special website page.

An explanation of each week’s event will also be posted each Monday on Renfrewshire Leisure’s social media channels.

Pupils can practise the particular week’s sporting or fitness event before they log their result on a website page they’ll be given a link to. The deadline for any particular week’s event will be the following Sunday at 11.59pm.

Each pupil’s results will go towards their school’s total and weekly league tables will be published on Renfrewshire Leisure’s social media.

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At the end of the seven weeks the school that is at the top of the league and outright winners of the first-ever RL Online Olympics will be announced and once lockdown is over, they will be presented with a trophy.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our RL Online Olympics will be great fun for pupils to take part in and it’s a good way of keeping them active, fit and healthy during lockdown.

“We’ve got some amazing events for the pupils to compete in and we’re keeping the activities under wraps until the start of each week.

‘Families needn’t worry about needing sports equipment, they should have everything they need at home’.

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Lisa Kowalski and the Accord Hospice are working on pulling together an online music event to raise funds for the hospice. It’s on 25th April and will be called Chords for the Accord.

We have pulled together 10 local artists who Lisa has worked with before to take part and they will be livestreaming their sets into a 5 hour music session with any donations to go to an Accord just giving page.

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Chords for the Accord Rosta

 

Artist Time FB Link
Liv Dawn 4.00 – 4.30 https://www.facebook.com/livdawnmusic/
Liam Doyle 4.35 – 5.05 https://www.facebook.com/liamdoyle22/
Charlene Gordon 5.10 – 5.40 https://www.facebook.com/charlene.gordon.37
Jordan Stewart 5.45 – 6.15 https://www.facebook.com/jostewartmusic/
Graeme Kerr 6.20 – 6.50 https://www.facebook.com/graemejkerrmusic/
Hollie Robinson 6.55 – 7.25 https://www.facebook.com/HollieRobinson22/
Lisa Kowalski 7.30 – 8.00 https://www.facebook.com/lisakowalskimusic/
Alan McKim  8.05 -8.35 https://www.facebook.com/alanmckim123/
Laura Murray 8.40 – 9.10 https://www.facebook.com/LauraMurrayMusic/
Johnny Barr 9.15 – 9.45 https://www.facebook.com/Jbmusic91/

 

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Liv Dawn

Although from the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, Liv is a friend of the Paisley music scene and recently wowed the audience with her pop/ country styled set at a gig at CCs – Callums Cavern. 

Liv started off 2020 with a bang by supporting Tom Walker on his U.K Home Run tour and was a finalist in the BBC Scotland Singer/Songwriter competition last year.

Liam Doyle

Liam Doyle graces the streets of both Paisley and Glasgow with his wonderful voice.  His singing ability has won him a number of national awards and a strong fan following. He is also an accomplished song writer, who writes from the heart and has released a charity single for Alzheimer Scotland. 

Charlene Gordon

Paisley based singer Charlene, of Rock Choir fame, is a polished performer and accomplished vocalist. Charlene’s vocal ability means she needs no accompaniment and can hit all notes, genres and eras.

Jordan Stewart

18 year old Jordan has already been a fixture of the Paisley youth music scene for a number of years and is a real rising star. With her flawless voice, impressive work ethic and warm heart, Jordan is sure to continue to grow her audience.

Graeme Kerr 


Graeme Kerr is a dedicated acoustic performer from Paisley. His set list is wide and varied and includes songs that are rarely heard but are instantly recognisable.

 

Hollie Robinson

Hollie is a, fun loving but 100% professional 16 year old singer/songwriter who loves to perform and entertain people.

Hollie represented the UK at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in the summer of 2017 returning home with 3 bronze medals and an Industry award in her vocal categories. Not long after this she won Paisley’s Got Talent 2017, singing her way to the win with ease. 

Lisa Kowalski


Lisa’s music career really took off with the launch of the Paisley 2021 bid in 2017 and the release of her EP and Hearts of Gold video, which was about busking in the town.  Lisa has since been honoured to perform at many great venues, from St Mirren FC to an open top bus on 6th Avenue New York.  As NYC Tartan Week 2020 has been cancelled, this week she sang Hearts of Gold live on Scott Mill’s Radio 5 Live show.

 

Alan McKim

 

Paisley singer-songwriter Alan McKim is a passionate performer. Alan possesses a refreshing back-to-basics and gritty approach ideal for these austere times whilst succeeding to keep his sound wholly new and fit to fill city stadiums. Alan is a past winner of the highly prestigious Best Acoustic Scottish Alternative Music Award and is a fine example of why Paisley is considered to be a richly talented music town.

Laura Murray

Laura is a Paisley born Singer/Songwriter with a pop-orientated, soul twist. 

In November 2018 she was flown to Germany to represent the UK in Project Aloft Star 2018, performing her original music to many industry professionals. A subsequent single was quite a hit on Spotify and in Germany.

Johnny Barr


Johnny Barr is a Paisley Singer/Songwriter, Music Teacher and Events Organiser. He is member of the London based singer/songwriter collective Winter Springs (https://www.facebook.com/winterspringsmusic) and is capable of performing a wide mix of songs ranging from Motown to Modern. If you enjoy a musician that is capable of creating a performance totally based on where the mood takes everyone then this is not to be missed. Get your requests in!

John Byrne

THE world premiere of John Byrne’s new play, Underwood Lane will now take place next year.

The eagerly-awaited performances were due to be staged between Thursday, June 25 and Sunday, June 28.

But due to the restrictions imposed following the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty when theatres will be allowed to re-open, the shows have been rescheduled for Thursday, June 24 to Sunday, June 27, 2021.

John Byrne

Originally, the Underwood Lane premier – in association with Glasgow’s Tron Theatre Company – was to be held in Paisley Arts Centre, but with the centre due to be closed for a major refurbishment later this year, the venue for next year’s performances has still to be confirmed.

The Arts Centre refurbishment is part of Renfrewshire Council’s cultural capital infrastructure programme.

Box Office staff at Paisley Arts Centre will be contacting everyone who had bought tickets for Underwood Lane to organise transferring the tickets to next year’s performances, refunds or credits.

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Artist and playwright John Byrne set the musical play Paisley telling the story of a young skiffle band trying to make the big time. He wrote Underwood Lane in memory of his close friend and fellow Buddie, singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty who died nine years ago.

Byrne is one of Scotland’s most talented artists and writers and is best known for his paintings, theatrical masterpieces like The Slab Boys Trilogy and the hit TV shows, Tutti Frutti and Your Cheatin’ Heart.

Underwood Lane is part of Future Paisley, the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural story to transform its future.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We are living in unprecedented times and I’m sure people will understand why we’ve had to reschedule performances of Underwood Lane.

“However, the world premier is still coming to Paisley and it’s something we can look forward to next year.”

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A MUSIC festival at Paisley Arts Centre that had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic is now going ahead… with bands performing an online gig instead.

The Sma’sh Hits all-day festival was due to take place on April 25 and now four bands – The Vegan Leather, Drift, V.C.O and The Gateway Clash – have each recorded a set on video to be broadcast online that evening from 8pm.

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The digital music festival features established and up-and-coming bands from the local area that play a wide range of genres like pop, rock and electronic music.

The Sma’sh Hits event, promoted by Renfrewshire Leisure’s arts team, is being broadcast on the Renfrewshire Leisure website and social media channels.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We may have had to close Paisley Arts Centre, but the show most definitely goes on.

“Although it’s not going to be the live event we had planned, we are still going to showcase some of our talented musicians. It’s important that we continue to celebrate and nurture the vibrant local music scene.”

Following a string of successful early singles and festival appearances, The Vegan Leather recorded their debut LP ‘Poor Girls/Broken Boys’ in the legendary Chem19 studios in Glasgow.

Released in October 2019, the album has attracted wide critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from the likes of Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Radio One’s Jack Saunders.

Shortly after the album release and the band’s BBC Radio One Maida Vale session in October 2019, the band won Best Live Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and were named by The List magazine among the year’s Hot 100 most influential cultural figures in Scotland

Drift is a Paisley-based electronic duo that merges the folk influences of songwriter Linzi Clark with the electronic styling of producer Andrew Quinn to create ambient pop beats.

Formed as a solo recording project in 2018, V.C.O is the brainchild of Josh Adams that has expanded to a seven-piece live band featuring Ellie Buglass, Lewis Docherty, Lizzie McCreadie, Jon Joe McGirr, Calum Stuart and Nathan Syed Tollan.

The Gateway Clash is a versatile post punk band. The band has drawn on the talents of a group of young artists who attend Gateway – a day centre for people with Autism, learning disability and complex needs. Its material is derived from an eclectic mix of influence from all band members.

Go to www.renfrewshireleisure.com to see the Sma’sh Hits festival performances.

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Coorie Doon in Gallowhill
 
Parents and carers from the Tiny Tiddlers playgroup in Gallowhill write personal heartfelt songs for their children with musicians from Chamber Music Scotland.
 
Coorie Doon is a very special song writing project – where the creative team from Chamber Music Scotland (CMS) worked with families to write personal songs for their own children. Since beginning in 2015, Coorie Doon has involved families at North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Rachel House Children’s Hospice and the Neonatal Unit at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.
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The Coorie Doon project in Gallowhill began in early February – with the musicians joining the families at the Tiny Tiddlers pre-school group each Wednesday morning. Over the weeks, lyrics and music for the songs were written and developed by the mums, dads and aunties at the group alongside the CMS creative team of Kim MooreAlice AllenKatrina Lee and Una MacGlone.
 
The finished songs were due to be performed at a community event in Gallowhill in the last week of March. Unfortunately this had to be cancelled due to the COVID 19 lockdown. Instead, the four beautiful and tender songs made during the project are available to listen to online:https://soundcloud.com/chamber-music-scotland/sets/coorie-doon-paisley. Interestingly one of the songs was given the title Yous Make Us Stronger, appropriate in the current climate that we are faced with.
 
Angela Gilmour, who runs the Tiny Tiddlers group and also took part in the project by writing and performing a song for her family, said: I found it really hard to try put words to paper when we were sitting talking about our wee girls but the ladies from Chamber Music Scotland were amazing as they managed to choose words from us while talking about the kids and when they showed us what they came up with I couldn’t wait to start singing our song for our wee girls. It was very emotional hearing our song finished and I’ve started playing and singing it to the girls in the house.”
 
Coorie Doon is part of a wider Artists & Residents programme in Gallowhill – developing creative community projects with an underlying ethos of warmth, kindness and care coordinated by Kate Drummond, Visual Arts Producer at Renfrewshire Leisure. These Artist & Residents projects in Gallowhill will continue to develop over the next two years and is funded through Renfrewshire CouncilFuture Paisley strategy, developed from the towns 2021 City of Culture bid.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes added: “Music and song is a wonderful way of communicating and touching people’s emotions. Creating a song for your children is something that will last forever and when they get older, the wee ones will be able to look back and know how much they were loved by their parents and carers.”

Future Paisley is the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the towns unique and internationally significant cultural story to transform its future.
  
For more information about Renfrewshire Leisures projects in Gallowhill contact: kate.drummond@renfrewshire.gov.uk
 
For more information about Coorie Doon / Chamber Music Scotland contact : Danielle Price: danielle@chambermusicscotland.com
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MEMBERS of Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools team have created an amazing video showing them juggling a loo roll then appearing to pass it on to each other in their own homes.

They’ve used some clever video editing to create the illusion and then posted it on their @RLSportServices Twitter feed.

Now they are challenging the Active Schools teams from local authorities all over Scotland to match their efforts at the #ASCoordinatorChallenge.

Fourteen of Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools team took part in the video, which has had more than 4000 views since it was posted on Tuesday evening.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Since most of us are being asked to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s good to have some light relief in our lives.

“I have to admit I laughed out loud when I saw the video. Well done to the Active Schools team for coming up with the idea and using some technical wizardry to put the video together.”