Paisley Gig Guide this week – 27 July 2018

Friday 3rd August, 2018

What a music week we have in store and Saturday 4 August is Paisley Busking Day!

Sponsored by Paisley First – Paisley’s Business Improvement District – and organised by young musicians from Loud n Proud, the event includes first timers and Paisley’s regular buskers.

Workshops have been held over the summer to train young people to take part and the sessions which have been funded by Cashback. The aim is to involve young people in the community to gain experience volunteering and managing projects as well as performing. The Busking Stations will be starting from County Square to Causeyside Street and to The Museum.

The idea of the Paisley Busking Festival is that it will bring the heart of Paisley alive. All over the centre of the town will be buzzing with music, art and performance, from the people who do it for love, not money.

The festival will showcase musicians who bring diversity and entertainment to our streets and music and culture into our everyday lives.

On Tuesday from 7pm, The Bungalow has a fantastic line up of rock bands headlined by Skiltron from Argentina – the leading Folk Metal Band from South America.

The band is heavy metal mixed with a pure celtic vibe giving you a real Scottishness to their sound. With titles such as ‘Gathering of the Clans’, ‘The Highland Way and ‘The Lion Rampant’, surely, they must have Scottish ancestors?

The band remind me of German heavy giants Grave Digger, with whom they shared a South American tour in 2010, promoting then the album ‘The Highland Way’. Last year the band had a very successful tour of Japan, sharing 3 shows together with Equilibriam and Suidakra. Throughout the last 13 years, Skiltron have constantly earned recognition within the Folk and Metal scene, projecting themselves as one of the references of the style.

In support is Warsaw band Lux Perpetua. The band released their first album in 2015 and is influenced by Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Manowar and Gamma Ray. Also on the bill is Merichane from Lancaster. It’s not often bands like this play in Paisley and they are well worth turning out for.

The Old Swan has the young rockers, FreeSpeech, on Friday with their set of old and new classics played at full pelt, as usual. The action starts at 8pm. On Saturday, in the ‘Shoppers Slot’, at 4pm is the very popular and talented band Dead Flowers. Monday at 3pm, is time for The Casual Swans featuring Calum Frame on vocals and on Wednesday, Roy McLellan and Noel McCormack will be playing from 3pm. The duo are renowned for playing some blues and rock favourites from The Who to the Temperance Movement.

Fabulous Four in a row at The Cave this week is:

  • Friday: Trunk Monkey at 9pm
  • Saturday in the early slot at 6pm: Ikon
  • Saturday in the later slot at 9pm: Rule of Three
  • Sunday from 6pm: MMC

Sad Ida will be playing The Tea Gardens on Sunday from 6pm.

Why don’t you check out some of Paisley’s vibrant Open Mic Sessions during the week? The hosts all work hard to deliver a professional and consistently enjoyable night of entertainment. Everyone involved works together to provide the very best service for both the venue and the performer – and ultimately build a reputable live music night that people can enjoy.

 Open Mic Nights next week are:

  • Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm
  • Monday: The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter from 8pm
  • Tuesday: Andy Lindsey is at The Anchor on Tuesday from 8pm
  • Wednesday: Johnny Barr is the host for Burger and Keg 8pm and Andy Lindsay is at The Patter Bar from 8pm
  • Thursday: Manhattan’s at 8pm

 Support your local venues and keep music live.

Paisley has a good reputation with the bands – they want to play to a crowd that appreciates them and they get that here.

Tommy McGrory
Founder, Loud n Proud music charity

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