Paisley Gig Guide – 4 May 2018

Thursday 3rd May, 2018

Paisley had another fantastic serving of great music last week.

The usual venues were packed with live bands and to add to that the Food and Drink Festival had a stage full of great acts with a mix of local young talent and top bands. As you entered the site you were being treated by some amazing buskers too.

Sadly, I missed it all because I’ve gone away to Tenerife on holiday for my birthday. So what do you do when you get settled into the hotel? Yeah, you’ve guessed it – check out the live venues in town.

I’m glad to say that all the bands I have seen so far are up to the mark. Some of them are performing 6 nights a week, so are pretty well polished.

But what we have going on here in Paisley is just as good and we’re pretty lucky to have such a thriving music scene that is so full of quality.

There is a Mini Festival going on at The Cave on Sunday from 1pm. They have an amazing line up of 9 bands and a whole host of musicians joining in to add to the fun.

The day is a fundraiser for the Classrooms for Malawi Project, so come along for a full day and night of live music to raise funds for the cause. There will be raffles and prizes throughout the day and it is donations on the door.

The line-up looks like this:

1pm – Trunk Monkey

2pm – Underwood Lane

3pm – Sad Ida

4pm – Fool’s Circle

5pm – Gordon’s Alive

6pm – 117

7pm – The Big Jam Session

9pm – Wreckless

The usual slots are jam packed and starting with tonight it’s Judy and The Jaywalkers at 9pm. Tomorrow in the early slot at 6pm, M65 will be playing followed by Blind Panik from 9pm. It looks set to be a fantastic weekend.

Tonight at The Bungalow, Saints of Arcadia are rocking up for what looks like a great night. Fans of the band from the North East of England have given varied descriptions of their sound. Guitarist Jon Page said: “I think what we’ve discovered is that different people hear different things within our music. Some really focus on the twin-guitar thing, while others hear more of the synth/dance side.

“It’s hard to predict what people will say next. Some days we are compared to Alter Bridge, other days it is 30 Seconds to Mars and other days Aerosmith.”

In support is Black King Cobra, who have garnered a lot of attention lately. Here is what they are saying: “Is this Glasgow’s best kept secret?”  – Chris Glen (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Michael Schenker Group).

“I’ve seen Black King Cobra a couple of times and have been impressed on both occasions. The band are energetic, entertaining, tight and well-rehearsed with the benefit of some good original songs.” –  Tom Russell (Rock Radio Scotland).

Also on the bill is local singer songwriter Cat Caldwell and it all kicks off at 9pm.

The Old Swan have Auld Skool in tonight from 8pm and tomorrow in The Shoppers Slot from 4pm is The Dangerous Brothers. On Monday afternoon at 3pm, The Spuds are back for some fun playing a mixture of Trad, Americana and Pop. On Wednesday, The Pre Fab Four will be playing from 6pm.

The Anchor has a fantastic bunch of musicians in tomorrow from 6pm. Expect some Allman Brothers, 10cc, Fleetwood Mac and Supertramp with Nightfly, who are worth checking out. Live act Destination Anywhere are back once again on Sunday at 4pm then, on Monday, Jen is in her usual slot at 4pm. Sad Ida is at The Tea Gardens from 6pm on Sunday.

Open Mic Nights this week:

Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell

Monday: 8pm at The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter

Tuesday: Andy Lindsey is at The Anchor from 8pm

Wednesday: Johnny Barr is the host for Burger and Keg from 8pm. Andy Lindsay is also at The Patter Bar from 8pm

Thursday: Cat Caldwell and friends will be at Cosmopolitan from 8pm.

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I've lived and worked around Paisley for the majority of my life and so it holds a special place for me - it'll always be a place I see as home. Paisley is unique with a great mix of people, places and events to enjoy throughout the year.

Gary Chittick