There’s loads of top gigs and music nights taking place around Paisley this week – and you can find out more with with local music man Tommy McGrory below:
What a reaction Paisley Busking Day got last weekend for its fourth year! Previous Busking Days didn’t get the weather it deserved but the sun was out on Saturday and the rain stayed away.
Paisley First was behind the great day as they sponsored both the Jurassic Bricks Dinosaur Trail and the Busking Day, which worked well together. There were 10 busking stations with 20 musicians playing a wide range of pop, rock and jazz – and wandering through the town felt a bit like the Edinburgh Festival at times.
Comments from The Paisley Busking Day Facebook page were very positive: “Great day wandering through the town listening to the music.” “What a lot of talent we have in Paisley.”
At The Bungalow on Thursday 16 August is PlanB who are all the way from Australia. A spokesman for the band said: “We are very excited to be able to include The Bungalow as part of the band’s 2018 ‘Back2UK’ Tour.” Alan Corrigan of The Bungalow added: “Come and see this musically and visually exciting band as they bring their brass-driven sounds to Paisley. PlanB will be performing 2 x 45 min sets so lock up your grandmother and get on down to the Bungalow for some Aussie Rock’n’Soul.”
In today’s world of synthetic beats and manufactured idols it is not uncommon to crave something more bedded in the reality of life experience. Unlike the corporatised pop music of the moment, the Rock and Soul sounds of PlanB’s recent recordings hark back to the days when bands cut their teeth on live shows for real people. This is not surprising considering PlanB’s heritage; the group formed in the mid eighties in Adelaide, South Australia, where they shared the stage with the huge bands of the day, including The Eurogliders, Goanna, Pseudo Echo, Mondo Rock, The Models, John Paul Young and The Allniters.
Performing internationally is subtly changing this grass roots Australian band. While still full of bold brass and richly textured lyrical content, the material recorded on tour reflects the cultural impact of the Vietnam and Cambodian experience on the band, as well as the aggregation of years of life and industry experience. The show is free and starts at 8pm.
The very popular Scooby Snax are back at The Bankhouse on Saturday 11 August. Scooby Snax are widely considered the most original and entertaining two-piece band in Scotland. They have built a reputation through having a great repertoire, accurate versions of great songs, and outstanding musicianship. Although Glasgow based, they have been playing in Paisley for years and no doubt will get a big crowd in.
At The Old Swan tonight (Friday 10 August) is Underwood Lane, one of Paisley’s best known bands and has been on the circuit for many years now. Midnight Moses are in The Shoppers Slot from 4pm tomorrow (Saturday 11) and on Monday (13 August), The Casual Swans are back for an afternoon of fun and music. On Wednesday (15 August), The Pre Fab Four are back and will be playing from 6pm.
The ‘Four in a Row’ this week at The Cave is Straw Dogs tonight (Friday 10 August) at the earlier than usual time of 7pm then in the first slot at 6pm tomorrow (Saturday 11 August) it is Memphis followed by Blues Mama at 9pm. On Sunday (12 August), to finish off the weekend from 6pm it’s Lonehead.
The Tea Gardens have local, young band FreeSpeech in on Sunday (12 August) from 6pm and also on Sunday, Destination Anywhere are playing at The Anchor from 4pm.
Open Mic Nights next week are:
- Tonight (Friday 10 Aug): Stevie Johnstone at Hamishes Hoose from 8pm
- 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 at 8pm and Andy Lindsay is at The Patter Bar from 8pm
- Thursday: Manhattan’s at 8pm.
Support your local venues and keep music live.