Tommy McGrory’s Paisley live music

80s sensations The Christians are at the Bungalow on Friday night, 18 October. Garry Christian the band’s lead singer known for his distinctive soulful voice, heads up the band with the multi-talented Joey Ankrah on lead guitar/vocals; the backbone of the group Neil Griffiths on acoustic guitar/vocals and their very own keyboard wizard Mike Triggs, writes Tommy McGrory.

The band are fortunate to have some hugely talented guys sharing drum and bass duties – Craig Connet and Lionel Duke on drums and Bobby Kewley Jnr and YoYo Buys on bass guitar. After nearly 30 years Garry and the guys are still touring, still writing, still loving it and looking forward to their gig in Paisley on Friday night, 18 October.

Their first five singles all made the Top 40 in Britain, and their debut album The Christians (1987) entered the UK Albums Chart at number 2. It eventually sold over a million copies. The highest-placed single from this album was “Ideal World”, which reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart.

There will come a time when Garry hangs up his mic and concentrates more on gardening, walking his dog and generally getting in the way at home. But reassuringly he said: “That won’t be for a good few years yet.” He explains what he is up to these days: “Well, at this present time, I’m writing new songs with Joe, I’m taking a detour from Pop/Soul to a more Funky Swampy Bluesy Messy kind of vibe. I’m confident we’ll come out the other end with some very interesting thought provoking tunes for everybody to either love or hate”

Well if you love them the gig starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be bought at the Bungalow door for £19.

The multi talented Tom Urie is doing his Juke Box Session at The Bungalow on Saturday 19 October from 2.00pm. The free tickets have gone like hot cakes and there are none left, but there should be some ‘no show’ so why not pop down and check it out.

Dead City Disciples, Kingfishers and others to be confirmed will be playing on Thursday at the regular up and coming sessions at The Bungalow. It is £5/£3 on the door and starts at 7.30pm.

Plenty going on in The Swan which has been The Spree Festival Club during the last week, and it continues with Charlie Gorman from 3.00pm followed by Zoe Tait at 5.00pm then Hollie Robinson at 6.00pm.

To finish off Trunk Monkey are onstage at 8.00pm. On Saturday, 19 October in ‘The Shoppers Slot’ at 4.00pm it is the turn of Mojo Filter. The Casual, Swans are back on Monday from 3.00pm and on Wednesday from 6.00pm there is the regular live session.

The Spree for All programme has Scunnart, Adam Dolan, Robyn Brown, Diane Walker, The Stoned Immaculate and The Lines at Lochbarr are in Lochwinnoch from 7.30pm. The Glass Cheques at The Trust, Kilbarchan from 9.00pm and the M65s are at Burns Howff, Renfrew from 9.00pm. Jordan Stewart, Adam Dolan, Sasha Kaloheris, Zoe Tait and Thea Raeburn are at Johnstone Band Stand in Houston Square, Johnstone from 1.00pm.

Charlie Gorman is at Zambretto on Friday night, 18 October from 8.30pm and Charlene Gordon is on Saturday night, 19 October at the same time. Bad Boy Boogie is at The Cave on Friday starting at 9.00pm then Ikon on Saturday from 6.00pm. To finish off and going into the wee hours is Underwood Lane at 9.00pm. On Sunday, 20 October, Nightfly are performing from 6.00pm. Casper and Co are back at Harvies in Paisley from 9.00pm. Local band FreeSpeech are at The Anchor on Sunday from 4.30pm.

Check what is happening in Paisley’s vibrant Open Mic Nights. There is plenty local talent about this week and nearly every night.

Open Mic Night sessions which look like this: Monday 8pm at The Abbey Bar will have Dunky Hunter looking after things while Andy Lyndsay will be at The Anchor Bar on Tuesday at 8pm. Then at The Patter Bar on Wednesday also at 8pm. Cat Caldwell will be playing and helping things along at The Gantry from 8pm on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Johnny Barr will be the host of Burger and Keg Open Night from 8.30pm and finally Manhattan’s is Thursday and Sunday from 8pm.

Keep Music Live.
Tommy McGrory

Venues address guide

The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley PA1 1YD
The Abbey Bar, 8 Lawn Street, Paisley PA1 1HA
The Anchor Bar, 23 Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1ES
The Patter Bar, 66 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AP
The Gantry, 12 New Street, Paisley PA1 1XY
Burger and Keg Open Night,15B Gilmour Street, Paisley PA1 1DD
Manhattan’s, 51 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1YN
The Tea Gardens, 69 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1YT