Mod Paisley and The Spree
Paisley set for unique festival double
Paisley is getting ready to welcome thousands of visitors as the town gets set for a unique festival fortnight double.
The Royal National Mòd is coming to Paisley for the first time in its one hundred years-plus history.
Paisley will host the world-famous celebration of Gaelic language and culture from 11-19 October.
Running alongside the Mòd, from 10-20 October, The Spree, Scotland’s national arts festival, returns to venues across Paisley.
(All photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography)
This year’s event includes a unique collaboration between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the RSNO, plus live music from Edwyn Collins, Capercaille, and Donnie Munro, and comedy from Fred MacAulay and Craig Hill.
With more than 70 Spree and Mòd fringe events taking place over ten days, in addition to the Mòd itself, the town will have a festival feel, with a full kids’ programme, as well as workshops in everything from drama to Gaelic language and fiddle playing.
Council chiefs in Renfrewshire believe the combination of both events will deliver a significant boost to the ongoing regeneration of Paisley town centre.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “It is an honour for Paisley to welcome the Mòd and the thousands of visitors and competitors who make it such a special event for the host town.
“I am sure that the welcome from the people of Paisley, and the town’s rich cultural, historical and architectural traditions will provide an appropriate setting.
“There’s something extra special this year for our visitors and our own community with the Mòd running in parallel with The Spree. That combination offers a unique chance for people to try different performances and activities that they might not have done before. There’s something for everyone to appreciate, enjoy or take part in personally.
“The unique combination of Scotland’s oldest and newest cultural festivals will also support the continuing regeneration of Paisley town centre.
“As part of the council’s regeneration programme for Paisley town centre, we have significantly expanded our events programme. Paisley’s Fireworks Display, and Christmas Lights Switch-On attract crowds approaching 40,000 people into the town centre.
“We’re seeing people coming back to live in the centre of Paisley. There are recently-agreed proposals for retail and residential development to revive the iconic former Arnotts store.
“There’s a lot going on to boost Paisley and we have the perfect opportunity to showcase that to residents and visitors alike.”
Ealasaid MacDonald, Convener of Mòd Phàislig said: “We are very excited about the arrival of the Royal National Mòd in Paisley.
“There’s a special celebration to start the proceedings with a torchlight parade through the centre of Paisley starting at 7pm on Friday (October 11) from the top of the High Street and culminating at Paisley Town hall where the Mòd flag will be unfurled.
“Organisations, businesses and members of the public in Paisley have showed tremendous support to the local organising committee as we have been preparing to host The Mòd.
“Now it’s time for the town to see at first-hand this world-class cultural festival.”
John MacLeod, President of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “The opening of The Royal National Mòd, Gaeldom’s biggest national festival celebrating Gaelic language and culture is almost here, and we are delighted that the town of Paisley is hosting this special event.
“This has been an important year for Gaelic in educational and social terms and we can now confidently face the future in the knowledge that our language and culture will continue to prosper in the care of the new generation of Gaelic speakers.”
Photographs taken by Digitalpict Photography in partnership with Paisley on the web.
Photographs of, Ealasaid MacDonald, Convener of Mòd Phàislig Emma Creighton, 11, Councillor Jim Harte, Renfrewshire Council’s Culture Spokesperson, Sarah England, 10, and Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan are pictured outside the Spiegeltent in the centre of Paisley as the town prepares for a unique festivals fortnight with The Royal National Mòd and The Spree, Scotland’s national arts festival.
Emma and Sarah will be performing at the Mòd as part of RJ’s, the Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association
Top local talent to go head to head on The Spree stage
Local musical acts are getting the chance to appear alongside headline acts such as Edwyn Collins, Admiral Fallow and The Twilight Sad at this year’s Spree Festival in Paisley.
The cream of the area’s top talent will go head-to-head during a nightly contest on the Danny Kyle Open Stage.
The Spree is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and will this year run alongside the Royal National Mòd, Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture and language, on its first-ever visit to Paisley.
The stage is a celebration of the life of the legendary Scottish singer-songwriter who was a passionate supporter of traditional music and a constant campaigner for its revival in Scotland.
The Danny Kyle Open Stage will run between Friday 11 and Thursday 17 October with the chance to progress to the final night showcase concert on Friday 18 October in the fantastic Spiegeltent in County Square. Each event will be broadcast live on www.celticmusicradio.net.
Each day at 5pm three successful applicants will take to the stage and be scored by a panel of industry experts.
The top three artists are then invited back to the final-night showcase and receive a live session on Celtic Music Radio, with the winner also being awarded with a slot at the 2014 Spree festival.
Rikki Kyle, son of Danny Kyle, said: “I am excited the Spree festival is holding a Danny Kyle Open Stage in Paisley. My dad would be very proud it had come to the town.
“He loved the town and was so involved with Sma’ Shot Cottages. He helped come up with the idea of restarting Sma’ Shot Day in the eighties to get the local community involved in showcasing their talents.
“In the nineties he also set up the ‘Gies A Break Club’ which went down a storm at festivals throughout the country and is now known as the Danny Kyle Open Stages.”
Other musical acts already announced for The Spree include Rachel Sermanni, Miaoux Miaoux, Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Horse McDonald, while Craig Hill and Fred MacAulay and more will provide the comedy.
With huge amounts of interest in these Open Stages, acts are invited to apply to take part by downloading the application form from www.thespree.co.uk and returning it by Thursday 3 October to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be over 70 Spree and Mòd fringe events over 10 days in October. For further information on The Mòd visit www.modphaislig.org.
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.
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.
The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.