By Tommy McGrory
Tonight, Friday 1st July, The Bungalow has a double header featuring two of the best up and coming new bands on the circuit. They are Esquire and The Sankaras. Both of them are worth checking out. It is free entry and doors are at 7.00pm.
Saturday, 2nd July is Sma’ Shot Day, and if you are a Paisley Buddie, and you don’t know what that is, it is a parade and a celebration of the famous weavers strike that ended in them getting a fair deal for their work. The event has taken place in Paisley every year since 1856.
The Bungalow is joining in on the fun with a full day of free entertainment. And starts with a family ceilidh with music from Gordon McCulloch at 1.00pm then it is Tom Urie from 2.30pm with his Human Jukebox Show. Shaun Moore, Renfrewshire’s Poet Laureate or Makar as the position is also called, is next with the Annual Sma’ Shot Slam which starts at 6.00pm. After that at 9.00pm there is a stage full of traditional music talent and Iona Fyfe. Iona is an Aberdeenshire folk musician and she is one of Scotland’s finest singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. In 2021, she became the first singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Iona is a fierce advocate for the official recognition of the Scots Language.
On Thursday 7 July, The Bungalow Introducing Night features Kloans, Cloaks and The Barely Responsible. Doors are 7.00pm and you can pay on entry.
Tonight, Friday 1 July, Arizona will be playing at The Old Swan from7.00pm and tomorrow, Saturday 2 July in the ‘Shopper’s Slot’ at 4.00pm. Abbey Road are making an appearance in Paisley. They will be playing a whole host of your favourite tunes from the decades. The band are one of the busiest groups in the country so it’s well worth it to get down The Old Swan and catch a hold of one of the most popular bands around. The band features ex students from the town’s music charity Loud n Proud and the standard of musicianship is amazing. Clyde are on at 5.00pm on Monday 4 July, with their usual jam style set of songs from anywhere, Lee James is playing a swing set on Tuesday, 5 July from 3.00pm and on Thursday 6 July, he is playing his ‘Hits Through the Decades Show’ also from 3.00pm.
The Cave has got an absolutely outstanding day of Rock ‘n’ Roll and starts at 2.00pm on Saturday 2 July. The all day event is to raise funds for Malawi. The money will be used to build much needed classrooms for young people in an impoverished area of the country. Stephen McAllister who is been behind this annual event explained: “I hope the money raised will provide a new start for needy youngsters. Our basic job is to build classrooms for the kids”
Jen Sloan of The Cave said: “Come and join us on Saturday for Bands for Malawi Day. It is hosted by Del and as always it will be a great day of live music, there is a raffle and the prizes a signed Jim McCalliog autobiography, a Beauty hamper worth £400, a signed match-worn St Mirren football and a brand new handcrafted guitar especially made for this fantastic day.” The line up is: 2pm – Trunk Monkey, 3pm – Sad Ida, 4pm – Dirty Jewels, 5pm – Lynsey Dolan Band, 6pm – Gordon’s Alive, 7pm – Wildcard, 8pm – Blackout, 9pm – Wreckless.
Drty Luv will be at The Anchor on Sunday. They kick off at 4.30pm.
Overdrive at Kennedy’s on Sunday from 3.00pm.
The Keg have St Mungo tonight, Friday 1 July at 9.00pm and tomorrow night, Saturday 2 July also at 9.00pm it is Fire In.
This week’s Open Mic Sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday 4 July with Dunky Hunter at 8.00pm; Jason Flood is the host at Gantry on Tuesday 5 July from 9.00pm, Johnny Barr will be at The Keg from 8.30pm.
Have a great week and Keep Music Live.
The Cave Paisley, 38 New Street, Paisley PA1 1YG
Gantry, 12 New Street, Paisley PA1 1XY
Whisky Joes, 7b New Street, Paisley PA1 1XU
The Old Swan, 20 Smithhills Street, Paisley PA1 1EB
The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley PA1 1YD
The Keg, 15b Gilmour Street, Paisley PA1 1DD
The Anchor, 23 Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1ES
The Abbey, 8 Lawn Street, Paisley PA1 1HA
Zambretto, 42-46 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AP
Patter Bar, 66-70 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AP
CC’s, 66 Old Sneddon Street Paisley PA3 2AP
Burgh Bar, 64 Glasgow Road, Paisley PA1 3PN
Harvies Bar, 86 Glasgow Road, Paisley PA1 3NU
RockenRollas, 5 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley PA1 2EF
Kennedy’s, 33 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UL
Tannahill’s Bar, 100 Neilston Road, Paisley PA2 6EN
Columba Club, 3 Clyde Street, Renfrew PA4 8SL