National treasure Dougie Maclean is set to thrill music lovers when he takes to the stage in a star-studded line-up of Scottish songwriters for A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting, the flagship concert for Paisley’s Bring it all Home festival.Dougie will be joined by chart-topping Justin Currie of Del Amitri fame plus Eddi Reader, Findlay Napier, Emma Pollock and Paisley’s own Michael Cassidy for a unique, never-to-be-seen-again performance.
Exploring the nation’s best-loved hits, each artist will perform some of their own material as well as their own favourites from other Scottish songwriters on Friday 18 September from 7.30pm in Paisley Town Hall.
This year’s line-up also includes a star-studded Music Conference with some of the biggest names in the industry on Thursday 17 September, Paisley Town Hall and Youth Music Day featuring today’s Scottish music stars on Saturday 19 September, Paisley Arts Centre.
Bring it all Home – run by Renfrewshire Council – is inspired by the legacy of Paisley’s Gerry Rafferty. The event – organised in association with Active Events and Hit the Road and Create – is part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
And it isn’t the town’s only major musical offering, with tickets on sale now for October’s Spree Festival, which will see nine days of music and comedy, including a now-sold-out collaboration between Idlewild and the RSNO in Paisley Abbey, plus shows from James Grant, Karen Matheson, Kathryn Joseph, Barbara Dickson and more.
Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “With some of the nation’s greatest songwriters showcasing their talent at the Bring it all Home festival, Paisley is once again showing the world what we have to offer.
“Songwriting is at the heart of Bring it all Home, a festival inspired by Paisley’s Gerry Rafferty, and this flagship concert is a unique performance of these six spectacular artists.
“On top of the concert, there are two star-studded events for musicians and performers – a Music Conference and Youth Music Day – with hundreds already having signed up.
“We are delighted to be able to put this event on, which brings a lot of people into the town. As the town’s bid for UK City of Culture gathers momentum we hope to hold even more events of this calibre.”