Paisley live music gig guide for the weekend and the week ahead by Tommy McGrory

23rd Aug 2023

Friday night, 25 August, is the second sold out show for Deke McGee at The Bungalow.

Mark ‘Deke’ McGee started playing saxophone at the age of 13, after hearing Bill Doggetts ‘Honky Tonk’ played by the legendary Clifford Scott.

He began studying the sound and the stylings of all the great Swing and Rhythm n’ Blues horn men of that era; such as Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Herschel Evans, Lee Allen, Sil Austin, Red Prysock, Big Al Sears, Plas Johnson, Sam ‘the man’ Taylor and the great Texas Tenor King Curtis.

Get in quick for tickets if you want to catch him next time. Support is singer-songwriter Ann Gair.

Outside The Original is an exciting project by James Finnigan of Hue and Cry and Stiltskin fame. This 6-piece band faithfully reproduces timeless masterpieces from the giants of progressive rock, performing a selection of classics by: Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd and Rush – the ultimate evening of prog rock.

James was telling me that they are delighted to be playing live at The Bungalow Paisley for the very first time, and hope that the local Paisley ‘Proggers’ will come along to enjoy our show.

This is one not to be missed, the set list is full of all the best that Prog Rock has to offer and a few surprises. I’ve heard them in rehearsals, and I think they sound fantastic. Maybe I’m biased because I’m a big fan, so why don’t you pop in and judge for yourself. Tickets are on the door Saturday night from 7.00pm.

Richie McMahon hosts another Bungalaff  on Sunday 27 August. The line-up as usual is great and looks like this – Bruce Morton (The Still Game undertaker) Michael McElhinney, Cubby, Harry White, Jamie Kirk and Kirsty Lynch. Tickets on the door from 7.00pm.

The Bungalow Jam Session starts at 7.00pm on Tuesday 29 August and it includes a Paint and a Pint theme. Doors are 7.00pm.

The Bungalow has a Spree for All Special Introducing Night on Thursday, 31 August, featuring The Nohans, Del Rosario and Careo. Doors are 7.00pm and Tickets £5/3.

This the start of a Spree for All weekend at The Bungalow. Keep your eye out for more details in next week’s page for all that is going on in the town for the community music and arts event.

Do you dig a high energy performance?

That’s what you will get if you pop into The Keg on Friday night, 25 August to see Mark McMillian at 9.00pm. Saturday night, 26 August, Peely Wally is back, and they kick off at 9.00pm.

The Old Swan have Head Hunters on this Friday night from 7.00pm and on Saturday 26 August afternoon, Kong will be on stage from 4.00pm. The Sunday Soul Club starts at 4.00pm and on Monday 28 August from 6.00pm, Clyde are back for another eclectic mix of music. Lee James will be singing all the best from over the decades on Tuesday and Thursday from 3.00pm and Duncan McLellan will be performing on Wednesday from 4.00pm.

The Cave has sold out a double bill on Friday night, 25 August. The show is an Abba Tribute night which includes a Psychic floor show. (Hand-ins may be available). Sad Ida are on Saturday 26 August at 5.00pm, and they are followed by Aimless Nomads at 8.00pm.

If you fancy a jam with some amazing musicians, get along on Sunday 27 August at 6.00pm for the Jim Keilt Blues Jam.

The Sunday Live Sessions at Kennedy’s start at 3.00pm and over at The Anchor from 4.30pm, Jenni and the Blockheads will be ready and waiting to get you up singing and dancing along to their songs.

Open Mic Sessions next week are: The Abbey at 9pm on Monday 28 August; The Gantry at 9pm on Tuesday; The Keg on Wednesday at 8.30pm; and Cottons in Renfrew starts at 2pm on Sunday.

The Cave, 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 Bar, 8 Lawn Street, Paisley PA1 1HA
Kennedy’s, 33a Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UL
Cottons Bar, 27 Ferry Road, Renfrew PA4 8SA

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