By Tommy McGrory
Esperanza is back headlining The Bungalow Stage again on Friday 27 May.
This time in support is their special guests The Dughoose Ska Band. It’s the quality of the band’s live shows that has led to them being increasingly in demand supporting some of the biggest names in ska, punk and reggae including The Wailers, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Selecter, Neville Staple and The Undertones.
Tickets on the door from 7.00pm. Modtastic Start are playing an afternoon gig on Saturday 28 May from 2.00pm, and it is Free Entry.
The much anticipated Dirty Harry gig is on Saturday night, 28 May. The band has not only the original sound, feel, attitude, and full back catalogue of the band but a look- a- like of Debbie to deliver the good stuff. If a recap of some of the top tunes are required, lets remind ourselves; Heart Of Glass, Call me, Rapture, Sunday Girl, Dreaming, Atomic, Denis, Hanging on the telephone, Maria, One way or another.. Dirty Harry do it all plus plenty more of the best chart toppers and fan’s favourites. And if you made it to The Bungalow sell out gigs in recent years, you’ll know exactly what lies in store for you this time. Tickets on the door from 7.00pm.
On Sunday 29 May it is a homecoming gig for Paisley’s own Tony McManus appearing in duo format with multi talented Julia Toaspern with support from Danny Bradley. Tony McManus is known as ‘the best Celtic guitarist in the world’ he has been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player magazine.
Conjuring a unique but universal language from that most ubiquitous of instruments, the acoustic guitar, Tony has both extended and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music.
Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora – Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, Asturias, Cape Breton, Quebec – along with still further-ranging flavours, such as jazz and east European music.
Long applauded for his uncanny ability to transpose the delicate, complex ornamentation characteristic of traditional bagpipe or fiddle tunes – even the phrasing of a Gaelic song – onto his own six strings, McManus is increasingly being acknowledged also as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres. Tickets on the door from 7.00pm.
On Thursday, 2 June, The Bungalow welcome back Paisley bands Scunnurt, Red Bandits and Klaise. Doors 7.00pm, with the first act on at 8.00pm Tickets £5/3 students available on Eventbrite and on the door.
Kirk Strachan is at The Old Swan on Friday night, 27 May from 7.00pm and on Saturday 28 May, the annual Maggie’s Day event at The Old Swan continues again this year with another bumper line up of live bands playing all day starting from 2.00pm. The line includes: Trunk Monkey, Memphis, Mod Life Crisis, Sin City, Back in the Day Judy and the Jaywalkers, End of a Century and Wreckless. There is a full card of solo artists in the beer garden running in conjunction with the indoor main stage. Clyde are in their usual slot on Monday at 5.00pm, Lee James is performing his Swing Show on Tuesday 31 May and Songs Through the Decades on Thursday, 2 June 2022 – both at 3pm.
The Cave have Overdrive in on Friday night 27 May from 8.00pm. On Saturday 28 May, due to the Champions League Final 2022, Hung Jury will be on at 5.00pm to 7.00pm and on Sunday 29 May, from 6.00pm it is the monthly Jim Keilt Blues Jam.
Check out live bands at The Keg on Friday night and on Saturday night, 28 May at 9.00pm.
Kennedy’s on Sunday 29 May, from 3.00pm, also The Anchor on Sunday at 4.30pm. Stephen Henry will be playing at Tannahill’s on Saturday night, 28 May from 8.00pm.
This week’s Open Mic Sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday with Dunky Hunter at 8.00pm, Jason Flood is hosting at Gantry on Tuesday 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