Paisley Underground

Paisley Underground returns for the third consecutive year with 3 nights of live music from 3 Scottish record labels.

First up on September 14, Gerry Loves Records presents Rick Redbeard and Wounded Knee at Paisley Arts Centre.

Rick Redbeard is the solo musical alias of Rick Anthony, singer from acclaimed Glasgow sextet The Phantom Band. Born and raised in the Aberdeenshire wilderness, Anthony began using the Redbeard name for his solo material sometime around 2006-7 after swindling it from a pirate. He has performed sporadically around Scotland since then, and the Gerry Loves Records split 7″ is the first Rick Redbeard release of any nature. He is currently at work putting the finishing touches to his debut album.

Paisley Underground Second on the bill is Wounded Knee. Wounded Knee is Drew Wright, a singer and experimental vocalist based in Leith, Edinburgh. He has been making music since 2004 and is an experienced live performer. Inspired as much by minimal techno as folk forms he creates a strange and timeless Janus music that looks both to the chants, ballads, shanties and worksong of the old and the mechanised minimalism of the new: future primitive music.

Paisley Underground is once again providing platforms for local artists by offering Reid Kerr College students, Deerhound, a support slot for the show on September 14.

Doors are at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased by calling 0141 887 1010 or logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

Later in the programme, (Fri 5 Oct) Fence Records will be showcasing The Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap (Adam Ross solo set) with support coming from Reid Kerr graduates KiDD.

Finally, the mighty Chemikal Underground roll into Paisley on Thurs 25 Oct with Human Don’t Be Angry and Miaoux Miaoux, who will be playing in a Spiegeltent on County Square, opposite Paisley Gilmour Street train station. The Chemikal Underground night is also included in The Spree Festival line up which takes place in Paisley from 25 – 28 Oct.

Paisley Underground is again committed to developing emerging talent by providing support slots for young musicians and running free Music Industry led Panel Events with industry professionals prior to the Fence Records and Chemikal Underground Nights.

For further information on any of the Paisley Underground events please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme

Superb line-up of Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme:

Autumn has arrived in Renfrewshire with a new and exciting arts programme jam packed with music gigs, plays, film screenings, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, dance pieces and outreach classes and events taking place at venues across the region.

The music programme kicks off with Heidi Talbot sharing a stage with John McCusker, Kris Drever and Ian Carr, quickly followed by a new series of Paisley Underground gigs which returns for its third year focusing on artists from 3 of the country’s most dynamic record labels as well as developing and promoting emerging talent.

Again the theatre programme boasts a diverse mix of themes, from the heart-warming and hilarious ‘The Matchmaker’ to the wonders of witchcraft, Wi-Fi and wild imagination in ‘The Scarlett WWWeb’. Moreover, the newly refurbished Renfrew Town Hall will play host to ‘The Monster in the Hall’ by award winning playwright David Greig and come November you are encouraged to lose control as ‘Sing-a-long-a Grease‘ hits Paisley Town Hall with an electrifying performance.

The countdown to Mòd 2013 is now well underway and as a taster, Gaelic musicians Mairi Morrison and Alasdair Roberts take to the stage to perform their stunning new recording of ‘Urstan’ during The Spree festival in October.

Renfrewhire Arts and Museums is again working with The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to bring you insightful discussions, films, such as ‘My Name Is Joe’, and a drama performance called ‘Piece of Mind’; which brings to life the experiences of young people suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

Two exhibitions not to be missed at Paisley Museum this season are Paisley Artists 100th Annual Exhibition and ‘Paisley’s River’, a presentation of the role that the White Cart Water has played in the town’s development over the years.

Once again our talented outreach team will be running an extensive programme of creative art, fashion design and animation classes, as well as family favourites Playdays! @ the Museum and themed Baby Discos.

The new Autumn What’s On brochure, complete with the full arts programme is available from various venues and hotspots across Renfrewshire and Glasgow.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts and Museums by following www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts, logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or signing up to their e-newsletter by emailing rem.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk where you have the chance of winning a £50 Amazon gift card if you do so before 2 November.

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at www.paisley10k.com

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email spdev.els.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Image copyright of Phil Packer website www.philpacker.com

Glasgow Warriors scrum down with Glasgow Airport in new partnership

Glasgow Warriors will have the chance to attract an army of potential new supporters after it was today confirmed they are to join forces with Glasgow Airport in an innovative new partnership.

Some seven million passengers travel through the airport every year and the Warriors will now be able to tap into this mix of travelling Glaswegians and visitors as part of the partnership agreement.

Glasgow Airport will display good luck messages to the Warriors team throughout the terminal area when they fly out for matches in the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup, and will also provide lounge access for key coach and commercial meetings.

To enhance the partnership, Warriors players plan to stage skills drills and signing sessions in the terminal, the first date intended to coincide with the airport’s Best of Scotland campaign which is currently showcasing the best of what Glasgow and Scotland have to offer.

 

The partnership was announced as the Warriors prepare to take on Exeter Chiefs in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly at Millbrae, home of Ayr RFC.

Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys told www.glasgowwariors.org: “We’re delighted to welcome Glasgow Airport as an official partner of Glasgow Warriors.

“Nearly every weekend of the rugby season Glasgow Warriors and opposition teams and supporters travel through Glasgow Airport to destinations across Europe as part of our schedule in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup.  As we grow and achieve greater success in these competitions, more home and away supporters will be travelling through Glasgow Airport to watch the Warriors.

“With the move to our new home at Scotstoun Stadium, increased investment in our squad from Scottish Rugby, and record season ticket sales, we believe that we are on the verge of achieving something that has never been done before at Glasgow Warriors and give Glasgow and the west of Scotland a successful and thriving professional rugby team.

“But we know we can’t achieve this without support, and Glasgow Airport’s official partnership is a great example of a business seeing the opportunity to get behind what we are trying to achieve.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The Glasgow Warriors are regular travellers through the airport, as are their many competitors and legions of supporters, so it is a natural fit for the two of us to come together in this way.

“With Gregor Townsend at the helm and the move to the fantastic Scotstoun Stadium complete, this season promises to be an exciting one for the Warriors and we are looking forward to working with Nathan Bombrys and his team as they strive to bring more success to Glasgow.”

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend and back-row star Peter Horne were today on hand to get the partnership off to a flying start when they took to the tarmac at the airport.

The Warriors’ sponsor stable includes such renowned companies and brands as Canterbury of New Zealand, QBE, The Famous Grouse, McCrea Financial Services, The Malcolm Group, The Greenbelt Group and Hotel du Vin and Malmaison.

w: www.glasgowairport.com
t: twitter.com/GLA_Airport 

 

Did you know we offer SEO, Social Media Marketing and Management services?

We do it daily on the www.paisley.org.uk website so it’s natural for us to be able to do this for business and organisations and it helps us keep the Paisley on the web community site free and constantly updating and changing.

So what do we offer?

Search Engine Optimization

In the highly competitive world of search engine optimization, everyone wants to reach the top – the top position in search engine rankings, that is. We listen to your business’s goals and then translate them into a customized SEO strategy proven to improve rankings, traffic and leads.

Effective SEO isn’t all about the rankings though. Success is dependent on a broader range of factors, including:

  • Keyword research
  • Content creation
  • On-page optimization and usability
  • Link building

Our Approach

Over a decade of online marketing and SEO experience has qualified us to dominate search engine results. Our strategy has been tested and refined across a diverse clientele from different backgrounds and I must stress not just the Paisley area, we work worldwide.

Now, instead of attempting to outsmart the world’s best engineers with ‘black hat’ tactics, we focus on building direct and long-term relationships with major search engines. With a full line-up of experts and resources at our fingertips, we can confidently serve each of your online marketing needs. From web design and development, to creating newsworthy and shareable content, we go to work for you.

Website Review

We will perform a comprehensive, in-depth review of your website in order to develop an SEO campaign that is targeted and effective. On the technical side, we will analyze more than 50 content factors as well as the various technologies utilized on your website. Then it is time for action, with a list of strategic changes that will significantly improve search engine relevancy.

Social Media

Social media is more than a competition over who has the most friends (and of course we dont go in for that we prefer real relationships). The social media movement has grown into a powerful means for communicating with and engaging consumers, not to mention a personal fan base for your business.

With a sea of social media strategies out there, we’ll help you navigate through the options – setting up a proper campaign that complements and executes the goals of your business. Whether you’re looking for initial training, help with the day-to-day management, or you wish to optimize your current social media presence, we can help.

Social Media

Social media is more than a competition over who has the most friends (and of course we don’t go in for that, we prefer real relationships). The social media movement has grown into a powerful means for communicating with and engaging consumers, not to mention a personal fan base for your business.

With a sea of social media strategies out there, we’ll help you navigate through the options – setting up a proper campaign that complements and executes the goals of your business. Whether you’re looking for initial training, help with the day-to-day management, or you wish to optimize your current social media presence, we can help.

Which Platform is Right for Me?

There are hundreds of social networks online today, but we focus on the channels proven to be most effective in reach and SEO. One network may not be the right fit for every brand, that’s why we customize our strategy to go hand-in-hand with your initiatives. Our favourite platforms include (but are not limited to):

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google +
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

In the world of social media, the possibilities are endless. Discover the value of social media marketing for your business and learn how you can gain valuable insight into your consumer base by contacting us today.

Management and Marketing

Now you have a brand new shiny website and you want people to see it and buy shiny new items or to see how wonderful you are, and this is where we come in. We are adept at building partnerships via social media and of course in real face to face scenarios (never forget your customer sometimes likes to meet real people rather than deal solely with a website).

We use tools to help us process all the information and potential customers which will be seen every day on social media websites. We need to ultimately convert them to sales.

Interested?

You can find out more using the contact box below – email Brian at brian@paisley.org.uk (best and quickest method) and we can talk and work out your requirements. We look forward to doing business with you.

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Second set of Paisley Photographs of the Scottish Cycling Championships which made its return to Paisley town centre. The competition was hard and fast and resulted in a few crashes, hopefully all cyclists were ok. The action however continued and the crowds which flocked to see the event were thrilled by the competitors.

If you have any photographs of Paisley and surrounding areas and would like your images to feature on here then please send them into brian@paisley.org.uk full credit will be given.

All of the Paisley Photographs taken by Cameron Pollock for www.paisley.org.uk

Sunday the 19th August in town we took some amazing Paisley Photographs of the Scottish Cycling Championships which made its return to Paisley town centre. The competition was hard and fast and resulted in a few crashes, hopefully all cyclists were ok. The action however continued and the crowds which flocked to see the event were thrilled by the competitors.

Annie Crawford of Paisley on the web was on hand to take the first batch of photographs, Cameron Pollock was also at the event and we will post up his photos very soon.

These I am sure you will agree are some stunning photographs, Paisley at its best.

Players of all ages turned up at the hockey pitches in Bellahouston Park this morning to take part in the Kelburne ‘Join In’ session on the back of Olympic sporting success. Around twenty children, the youngest aged just 3, and adults of all ages – some of them parents of existing members, joined in the fun in the sun.

You can find out more about Kelburne Hockey club by visiting their website http://hockey.kelburne.com

All photographs are taken by Anne Mcnair for www.paisley.org.uk

Today Saturday 18th August marked the annual commemoration of the 1820 Radicals at Woodside Crematorium Paisley.

The Radical War, also known as the Scottish Insurrection of 1820, was a week of strikes and unrest, a culmination of Radical demands for political reform under the banner of ‘Scotland Free or a Desert’.   Artisan workers, particularly weavers in Scotland, sought action to reform an uncaring government, gentry fearing revolutionary horrors recruited militia and the government deployed an apparatus of spies, informers and agents provocateurs to stamp out the movement.

The main leaders of the uprising were Andrew Hardie, John Baird and James Wilson who were executed for their actions.  A monument to them stands in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley.

For further info: 1820 Radical War: wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_War

Pictures from the Annual Commemoration at Woodside Crematorium Paisley, pictures taken by Mags MacLaren.

Here are various photographs of the  Fire Engine Rally in Gilmour Street, High Street and County Square, Paisley.

All photos are taken by Mags MacGee for www.paisley.org.uk

Please send any photographs you have in and we shall showcase them to all our visitors.