Tommy McGrory talks you through the latest news and gig nights taking place around Paisley this week.
I hear that the ‘mantle’ of The Bungalow has been handed over to a new team. Alan Corrigan has moved on after taking over a few years ago from his brother Stevie. The new team is Gary McCaw (Bianco Nero) Trevor Mills (Burger and Keg) and John Lyon (NNE). I was talking to Gary McCaw one of the new owners this week and he tells me that they have big plans for The Bungalow. He said: “Look out for more bands, longer opening hours and a wider range of musical tastes to suit everyone.”
The guys are looking to work with promoters, bands, organisations, other local businesses and of course, live music lovers. If you would like to be part of the new set up, give them a shout. I wish them all the best in the future.
It’s business as usual at The Bungalow though. Tonight sees an evening of Mod Anthems from Afterglow, including songs by The Small Faces, The Who, The Kinks, Paul Weller and many more. Starts at 10pm and tickets are £3 at the door.
Gordon’s Alive – a rock covers band – has this message: “Come and join us tomorrow night at The Bungalow in Paisley for our last date of 2018! We will be playing tracks from our first two Eps, as well as some rock covers from the likes of Van Halen and Thin Lizzy to Deep Purple and Motley Crue.” The band rocks out from 8.30pm.
The Bungalow is delighted to introduce you to some new original bands next week. On Thursday night from 8pm the line up is: Quinzel, Vague Reality and Cortne
Vague Reality are a four-piece alt-rock band based in Glasgow. Their sound is a mix of fast punk rhythms with hard rock melodies and riffs.
Cortne are an Indie Pop band from Glasgow, formed in 2017, and have played venues such as King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and the O2 ABC. Just one year after they formed, in 2018, Cortnë released their first single – “Not Alice” which was funded by Creative Scotland and Young Scots Time to Shine Fund.
The Old Swan Inn have Wireless in tonight from 8pm and tomorrow in ‘The Shoppers Slot’ at 4pm it is Vintage Vinyl. The Casual Swans are back in their usual slot at 3pm on Monday for some more afternoon fun and great music. Martin James is playing and acoustic set on Wednesday from 6pm.
Tonight at The Cave, the ‘Magnificent Four’ in a row starts with Under Wraps from 9pm. Tomorrow at 6pm, Moonshine Mojo and then later at 9pm, Wreckless will be taking to the stage.
Sunday it is the Jim Keilt Blues Jam at 6pm. After 20 years, the State Bar Blues night is the UK’s longest continuously running weekly Blues jam at the same venue and with the same House Band. Bring your guitar or bass down, join in with a song or get behind the drum kit. Jam sessions are great, especially if you’re working with these guys. For the newer musician, you’re playing with someone whose skills are more advanced than yours and it gives you a chance to learn from their knowledge and experiences. You can learn a few tricks of the trade, if you will.
The Anchor has finished their refurbishment and it is looking great. The live Sunday Sessions are back on and singer Jen McLaughlin will be performing there on Sunday from 4pm.
David Bain is at Zambretto from 8.30pm to sing some laid back tunes and entertain you.
Open Mic Nights next week are:
- Tonight: Stevie Johnstone at Hamishes Hoose from 8pm
- Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm
- Monday: The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter
- Tuesday: Andy Lindsey is at The Anchor from 8pm and there is a new Open Mic session started at The Gantry with Cat Caldwell as your host
- Wednesday: Johnny Barr is the host for Burger and Keg at 8pm and Andy Lindsay is at The Patter Bar from 8pm
- Thursday: Manhattan’s at 8pm