paisley songwriters guild

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!

Good news to a talented Paisley Solo singer / songwriter from Paisley who has just won The Best Acoustic at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

Congratulations from everyone at

and the winner is…

I’m thrilled to inform you all that I won ‘Best Acoustic’ at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2011 – I’d like to say a HUUUUUUGE thank you to all who voted, I am truly, truly grateful.

EP Launch – 16th April 2011 Stereo, Glasgow

Tickets for this gig are on sale now and can be bought HERE for a tiny five pounds. This full band show is not be missed, there may even be a suprise or two in store! You’ll also be able to get your hands on a lovely copy of the new EP, ‘What I Know Now…Changes Everything’.

Venue: Stereo, Glasgow
Date: Saturday 16th April
Doors: 7pm
Tickets: £5 [click here to buy tickets]

live in the studio…

With already 650 views and counting, please check out this video if you haven’t already seen it!

Find out more about Alan by clicking the links below


Featuring Local singer / song writer from Paisley, Alan McKim.


As anticipated, Alan is steadily progressing with a musical career which is brimming with commercial promise. Consecutive shows and energised, emotive performances at King Tut’s resulted in a recommendation that he perform at Hydro Connect Festival 2008, which he did, to great response.

Over the past few months Alan has also had the privilege of working with some extraordinarily talented songwriters in London, Leeds and Derbyshire. These have included; Steve Chrisanthou & John Beck (the guys who co-wrote Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Put Your Records On’), Tim Kellett (ex member of Simply Red and James Morrisson co-writer) and Dele Ladimeji (London based songwriter signed to Peer Music, the same people who manage Newton Faulkner). They have all contributed in developing him as a musician. For their guidance, he is extremely grateful.

Already a well respected Scottish performer, Alan is now being taken as seriously as befits his talent and has recently signed a publishing deal with Nettwerk One Music Ltd.

Alan has recently been working with a full band. With the first two sell-out shows under his belt, he’s really looking forward to his first ever headline show at the Captain’s Rest on Friday 30th October. This show will kick-start a Scottish tour in order to promote the release of his forthcoming EP. So far.

Links to Alan McKims profile and music

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We now have a great bunch of volunteers who help with the Paisley website. All our volunteers have Paisley at heart and are always telling people all about how good Paisley is and that they should visit I would like to thank all our volunteers who work tiresely for the website and dont get enough thanks.

I am still looking for volunteers to help out with this website and it does not matter if you dont know much about computers “or even own a computer” it doesnt matter if your physically able or not either, I just need people who are passionate about Paisley and would like to try to raise the profile of the town.

It could be in many forms i.e pictures, history, stories, local information etc

I especially need someone who is great in these areas of expertise.

  • History of Paisley
  • Funding “or form filling”
  • Old pictures
  • Genealogy expertise
  • Promotion and/or leaflet delivery
  • Sales “advertising”

The funding one is critical for the future development of the website and I would be grateful to anyone who has good knowledge of this area and also if anyone could do a few telephone sales and if they are good they could be paid on a commission basis.

Once again thanks to all our existing volunteers you know who you are..