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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A star-studded line-up led a powerful musical tribute to Paisley songwriting legend Gerry Rafferty during a unique event to honour the singer in his home town.

Paisley Town Hall provided a spectacular setting as a spellbound capacity crowd was treated to an evening of Gerry’s greatest hits by his family, friends and fans.

The show – on what would have been Gerry’s 67th birthday – was directed and compered by his lifelong friend and collaborator Rab Noakes.

Featured artists Barbara Dickson, Roddy Hart, Emma Pollock and Siobhan Wilson all took turns as the lead singer, with Gerry’s daughter Martha and other family members providing backing vocals on various songs.

A 24-piece orchestra made up by members of the RSNO added an extra musical layer as songs spanning Gerry’s career – from his early Humblebums days through to his million-selling solo work – were reworked.

The concert opened with the aptly-titled New Street Blues – inspired by his home town – with international hit such as Baker Street and Right Down the Line following.

Between songs, artists talked of how Gerry’s work had helped inspire theirs, with Rab Noakes adding a personal touch with the tale of how the pair had first met as up-and-coming musicians – introduced by Billy Connolly – back in 1969.

The concert was the centrepiece of a week-long festival of music at various venues in Paisley, all inspired by Gerry’s songwriting legacy.

It was timed to take place alongside an exhibition into his life and work, which will run at Paisley Museum until 18 May.

The Renfrewshire-Council-supported-festival will close on Saturday with a Celebration of Scottish Songwriting Show in Paisley Town Hall featuring Midge Ure, James Grant, Hamish Stuart, Karine Polwart and more.

Each artist will perform some of their own songs, plus other material from their favourite Scottish performers.

The remaining tickets for that show are available on a buy-one-get-one-free basis from or by calling 0300 300 1210. They will also be available on the door at Paisley Town Hall from 5.30pm on Saturday.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall – who hosted a short reception for artists and guests in the town hall after the show – said: “It was a wonderful occasion and there could be no more fitting setting for this concert than here in Gerry’s home town.

“This was a great way for the people of Paisley to celebrate the life and work of one of the town’s greatest sons.

“We are very proud of the town’s cultural and musical heritage and Gerry’s work takes its place at the forefront of that tradition.”

The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council, with support from Homecoming Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Rafferty family.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bring It All Home at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Museum welcomed over 70 guests on Thursday night to mark the opening of the exhibition ‘Bring It All Home – Celebrating the music and art of Gerry Rafferty and John Byrne‘. Special guests included Martha Rafferty, daughter of Gerry Rafferty, John Byrne and Rab Noakes. Councillor Jim Harte officially opened the exhibition, which runs until 18 May. Admission to the exhibition is free.

2nd pic (l-r) Mhairi Cross, (Arts and Museums Manager), Provost Anne Hall, Councillor Jim Harte, Martha Rafferty, John Byrne, Andrea Kusel (Curator of Art at Paisley Museum)

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Arts.


Gerry Rafferty exhibition set to open its doors.

A unique exhibition showcasing the life and work of one of Scotland’s greatest-ever songwriters – Gerry Rafferty – is opening its doors in his home town of Paisley.

Bring it all Home: The Exhibition will feature items from Gerry’s career – from gold discs and guitars to hand-written lyrics to his biggest hits.

The exhibition is expected to attract interest from around the UK and abroad, given the worldwide fanbase of the man best-known for iconic songs such as Baker Street and Stuck in the Middle With You.


Many of the personal artefacts have been loaned to Paisley Museum by Gerry’s daughter Martha, who helped curate the exhibition in her father’s memory.

Also on show will be original artwork from Gerry’s close friend and fellow Paisley Buddie John Byrne, who designed many of his album covers – while work by the artist from Renfrewshire Council’s own collection will also feature.

The free-to-enter exhibition will run at Paisley Museum from 7 March until 18 May and will coincide with an eight-day music festival in the town in April inspired by Gerry’s legacy.

Martha Rafferty said: “My father’s home town meant a huge deal to him and helped inspire a lot of his work, so it is fitting to be able to hold this event here in Paisley.

“There remains a huge deal of interest in his music from his fanbase throughout the UK and abroad – and I hope they will find plenty to interest them in the exhibition.”

Bring it all Home is being organised and promoted by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of the Homecoming 2014.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “Bring it all Home is a celebration of the life and work of one of Paisley’s best-loved sons.

“We are delighted to be able to host the exhibition and festival and are ready to welcome the visitors we expect them to attract. We would also like to thank Martha Rafferty and John Byrne for their generous contribution to the event.”

Bring it all Home: The Festival takes place from 11 to 19 April and includes a star-studded celebration of Gerry’s music featuring Martha and many of his friends from the music world, such as Rab Noakes, Barbara Dickson and Eddi Reader.

The gig – due to take place in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 16 April – sold out within three hours of going on sale last month.

The festival will also include appearances from Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Midge Ure, James Grant, Karine Polwart and Kathryn Williams as well as an international concert and a series of free songwriting masterclasses.

For more information and tickets, visit

Bring it all Home is supported by Renfrewshire Council, Homecoming Scotland, Creative Scotland, and the Rafferty family.

All photographs above were taken for by Alex Slaven Photography.

Scottish songwriting stars team up for Rafferty tribute.

Paisley hosts Bring it all Home festival to celebrate Gerry’s legacy

The cream of Scotland’s songwriting talent is teaming up for a series of unique concerts to celebrate the memory of the late Gerry Rafferty in his hometown of Paisley.

Bring it all Home (11 to 19 April) will bring together some of the finest Scottish artists of the past few decades for a star-studded tribute to Gerry and his life’s work.

The festival – a key part of the Homecoming Scotland celebrations – coincides with a two-month exhibition of the singer’s memorabilia at Paisley Museum, featuring artwork from his friend and another of Paisley’s best-known sons, John Byrne.


The centrepiece of the festival will be Bring it all Home: The Gerry Rafferty Concert (Wednesday 16 April, Paisley Town Hall) – a very special evening of Gerry’s songs performed by his friends, family and fans on what would have been his 67th birthday.

Led by Gerry’s daughter Martha and his long-time friend and collaborator Rab Noakes, the night also features Eddi Reader, Barbara Dickson, Emma Pollock, Roddy Hart, Siobhan Wilson and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

It will include all his most popular songs as well as some lesser-known work, with many pieces specially arranged for the RSNO.

Later that week will be From Burns to Biffy: A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting (Saturday 19 April, Paisley Town Hall) with a unique collection of talent paying tribute to the breadth and depth of Caledonian hitmaking.

Veteran songwriters Midge Ure (Ultravox), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band, Paul McCartney) and James Grant (Love and Money) will be joined by contemporary artists Siobhan Miller, Karine Polwart and Blue Rose Code.

Each artist will perform some of their own material alongside their favourite songs from other Scottish writers, showcasing the country’s rich treasure trove of words and music.

Other shows on the bill include:

– an international concert in Paisley Abbey featuring Irish multi-instrumentalist and songsmith Paul Brady and US singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier

– a show from Mercury Prize nominee Kathryn Williams and local rising star Michael Cassidy

– a series of musical masterclasses from acts including the RSNO, RM Hubbert and the Cairn String Quartet, and Stevie Wonder’s manager Keith Harris.

All shows will take place at various venues around Paisley. Tickets will go on sale from from 9am on Friday 21 February, and from the box office at Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, on 0300 300 1210.

Running alongside the festival will be Bring it all Home: The Exhibition (7 March to 18 May).

The unique exhibition at Paisley Museum will feature Rafferty memorabilia from guitars to album artwork and gold discs to hand-written lyrics.

Paisley artist, and close friend of the Rafferty family, John Byrne will also showcase some of the artwork that brought the pair so close.

Gerry’s daughter Martha said: “I’m looking forward to marking what would have been his 67th birthday with a great bunch of artists and musicians. Breathing new life into his songs is always a pleasure.”

“It’s also fantastic to be able to stage this festival in Paisley – his home town meant a lot to him and inspired much of his work, I’m sure he would be delighted to be able to help shine the spotlight on the town.”

Bring it all Home is being organised by Renfrewshire Council, with funding from Homecoming Scotland and Creative Scotland.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “Gerry Rafferty is one of Paisley’s most-famous sons and there remains an incredible amount of affection for him and his work.

“We are delighted to host Bring it all Home – which comes after the area successfully hosted The Spree and The Royal National Mòd last year – and Paisley is ready to welcome the national and international interest we expect it to attract.”

Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland Director, added: “We are delighted to have the Bring it all Home festival as part of the packed programme of Homecoming Scotland events.

“For many people, his music brings back memories of a wonderful talent so it is fitting the success of Gerry Rafferty should be celebrated with a fantastic line-up of musicians and songwriters, in his home town and on his birthday.”