It’s New Year 2020 and the first of the weekly Tommy McGrory Paisley live music gig guides of the year – just click here or use the tab at the top of the page under What’s On to get the full guide.
Tommy says: “I hope you all had a great time over the festive season, and I wish you a very prosperous and Happy New Year. As always, New Year acts as a finish line, a starting place and a marks a barometer for the following year based on what happened last year.”
Tommy adds: “A growing body of evidence supports the developmental benefits of music learning. Findings from recent scientific research have highlighted the benefits music making has on learners’ brains. It helps not only young people, but adults at any age too to develop: their capacity to work faster and more efficiently, ability to tap into multiple skill sets, creativity, as well as linguistic neural connections between language and music that prime neural networks for learning.
I hope if you bought someone an instrument for their Christmas, they practice and stick with it till they can play.
The rewards can be more than just playing a tune. It can introduce you to new friends and social groups and maybe, just maybe, one day you will get on a stage and be featured in this column. I know many who have done this already went from beginner and now play every week.”
Picture: Euan Malloch and Alex Bayliss, part of The Casual Swans, play the Old Swan Bar, Smithhills Street, Paisley.