Hundreds turn out to Paisley’s songwriting conference Hundreds turn out to Paisley’s songwriting conference
Hundreds of music stars and professionals, both local and national, descended on Paisley for a unique music conference launching the Bring it all Home... Hundreds turn out to Paisley’s songwriting conference

Hundreds of music stars and professionals, both local and national, descended on Paisley for a unique music conference launching the Bring it all Home festival.

Over 400 people came to hear leading music industry stars giving their top tips and sharing their experience of building a career in the music industry.

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back row Left to Right – Caroline McLennan of Hebridean Celtic Festival, Lyndsey Jackson of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sam Barker of Tartan Heart Festival, Lesley Shaw and Alison Lewis of Celtic Connections. front row l-r Katch Holmes, Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, Janice Forsyth, TV and radio presenter and Grainne Braithwaite,

Headline speakers at the event – the managers behind Biffy Clyro and Prides, Dee Bahl and Ally McCrae, plus Nostromo Management Senior Vice President, Paul Craig – spoke about their own personal journey and thoughts about the music industry to a sold-out crowd.

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Left to Right – Dee Bahl, manager of Biffy Clyro, Ally McCrae, manager of Prides and Paul Craig, Senior Vice President of Nostromo

The day also featured top notch professionals with a wealth of experience in the music scene including festival organisers, agents, digital distribution and publishing experts and money gurus – all essential pieces of information for up and coming musicians.

Plus, John Logan, Royal Scottish National Orchestra arranger and composer who will be working with Idlewild at this year’s Spree Festival, spoke about writing and reworking material with big names.

l-r Dee Bahl, manager of Biffy Clyro, Paul Craig, Senior Vice President of Nostromo Management, Davy Scott, University of the West of Scotland and Ally McCrae, manager of Prides

Left to Right – Dee Bahl, manager of Biffy Clyro, Paul Craig, Senior Vice President of Nostromo Management, Davy Scott, University of the West of Scotland and Ally McCrae, manager of Prides

Bring it all Home – organised by Renfrewshire Council 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: “Bring it all Home is a fantastic event for everyone passionate about songwriting, whether they are musicians or music fans.

“Paisley’s most famous son – Gerry Rafferty – was the inspiration for the festival and it is great to see up and coming music talent being nurtured by the overwhelming talent speaking at the Music Conference.

“But the festival has plenty more on offer including a special concert A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting with well known and modern Scottish artists. This one-off performance is definitely not-to-be-missed.

“And young musicians can also get a head start on their musical career with four special panels with artists such as Kerr Okan of the The LaFontaines at Youth Music Day.

“The town is always buzzing when the Bring it all Home festival is on and we are delighted to be able to put this event on. As the town’s bid for UK City of Culture gathers momentum we hope to hold even more events of this calibre.”

The festival’s flagship concert A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting features six hugely talented artists – Dougie Maclean, Justin Currie, Eddi Reader, Findlay Napier, Emma Pollock and Paisley’s own Michael Cassidy – and takes place on Friday 18 September in Paisley Town Hall from 7.30pm.

Billy Sloan was one of three panels on media training for musicians and professionals

Billy Sloan was one of three panels on media training for musicians and professionals

Plus, Youth Music Day on Saturday 19 September in Paisley Arts Centre features four free panels with top artists on social media, bedroom productions, breaking a band and songwriting for young musicians.

For more information, visit the Bring it all Home website.