Tommy McGrory of Loud ‘n’ Proud gives you the ultimate gig guide to what’s happening in Paisley this week.
Voting for the 7th annual Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards is now closed and I am absolutely delighted that two Paisley music venues have landed in the top ten.
Callum’s Cavern and The Bungalow have both made the Best Venue category and will be at the final on Sunday 29 April 2018 at Merchant Square.
An independent voting campaign took place from January to March inviting communities from across the country to support their favourite local and national businesses by voting for them online.
Both venues will qualify for the Molson Coors VIP Gala Final by making the shortlist.
Judges will visit each of the finalists and decide who is the best by assessing everything from on-site service to engagement with the public.
On Saturday (24 March), The Bungalow welcomes back The Complete Stone Roses who are one of the UK’s most well-known tribute bands, for another cracking show.
They have regularly sold out venues across the UK and Ireland and have helped to carry on the music of one of the UK’s most influential bands – The Stone Roses.
The Complete Stone Roses play to acclaim from fans themselves, the press, and even original Stone Roses band members.
Stone Roses bassist Mani said: “I’m all for anything that keeps the Roses’ music alive. They do our songs real justice. At times, they play even better than we did.
“They keep their partying until after the show.”
Support on the night is from A Northern Soul – The UK’s leading acoustic tribute to Richard Ashcroft and the Verve, so this will be an absolute cracking night of live music.
The only tickets that are left for this show are hand backs on the night. The show starts at 8pm.
This weekend, The Bungalow is introducing a new Sunday Session and they have a fantastic band to kick it off.
Wall of Floyd will be taking you through some of Pink Floyd’s best known tunes. They are one of the best Pink Floyd tribute acts doing the rounds.
You know the music, you know the show, so why not try something different on a Sunday afternoon? Doors 1:00pm and tickets are £7.
Unfortunately there isn’t a band on tonight (Friday 23 March) at The Cave but they have a great double header tomorrow starting at 6pm with The Lynsey Dolan Band.
I first saw the band over ten years ago and they are still one of my favourite groups. Lynsey has always surrounded herself with fantastic musicians and this time will no different.
In the later slot of 9pm, The Fabulous Dead Flowers will take you into the small hours and on Sunday at 6pm is Overdrive – how’s that for hangover Sunday?
Loanhead will be playing at The Old Swan tonight (Friday 23 March) at 8pm and Wildcard is in The Shoppers Slot tomorrow at 4pm.
The Spuds are back at 3pm on Monday and on Wednesday it is the turn of Heavy Load at 6pm.
Blues Mama are at The Tea Gardens from 6pm on Sunday, The Anchor have FreeSpeech in from 4pm on Sunday and Jen is taking the Monday Club at 4pm.
Open Mic Nights next week:
Sunday – The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm.
Monday – The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter from 8pm.
Tuesday – The Anchor with Andy Lindsey from 8pm.
Wednesday – Burger & Keg open mic hosted by Johnny Barr at 8pm and The Patter Bar with Andy Lindsay from 8pm.
Thursday – The Gantry has a new Open Mic hosted by Johnny Barr and Co.
Support your local venues and keep music live.
Finally, if you are a classical guitar lover, there is a guitar recital by Sacha Silvoni and Marco Ramelli at Paisley Abbey tomorrow (Saturday 24 March) at 12.30pm.
They are studying for their doctorate in music at The Royal Conservatoire and as you would expect, they are fantastic players. Tickets cost £5.