As part of Scotland on Tour, the exciting initiative to support the recovery of our live music industry, James Grant will play The Tannahill Centre on Friday 3rd June.

Regarded as one of the country’s finest singer-songwriters, James first shot to fame with the band Love and Money, writing four classic albums for the band. Recording all four in New York, James worked with world-renowned producers such as Gary Katz of Steely Dan and Tom Dowd (who produced Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin). The band produced several hit singles, racked up silver disc sales and created a devoted world-wide fanbase.

James has gone on to have a hugely successful solo career with seven critically acclaimed albums – one of which was BBC Radio 2’s Album of the Week.

Internationally recognised as one of the great songwriters of recent decades, James draws from a broad palette of pop, folk, soul, country and blues influences. He twins darkly literate, melodically lush songcraft with rich vocals and virtuoso guitar work for every performance – leavening it all out with a wickedly acerbic humour.

He has performed or toured with artists as diverse as U2, Nanci Griffiths, Tina Turner, and BB King and appeared on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, The Tube, The Transatlantic Sessions and Wogan!

James Grant said: “I am really looking forward to the show in Ferguslie Park – last time I played Paisley was at the Abbey – I’d been commissioned to write a show for their bid to become City of Culture. I have a real fondness for the place and its history.”

Scotland on Tour will take place over a period of 12 months between April 2022 and 2023, the remaining concert taking place at The Tannahill Centre, Paisley as part of the initiative is Dean Owens and the Sinners who will play the venue on Friday 11th November.

Paul Irwin, Centre Development Officer at the Tannahill Centre said: “We are delighted that someone as renowned as James Grant will be playing at the Tannahill Centre and we look forward to welcoming James and his fans in the not-too-distant future. Whilst not a traditional music venue, our much-loved community space will bring a whole new feel to experiencing James’ unique talents. We’re all looking forward to it here in Ferguslie!”

The Tannahill Centre has recently established a volunteer led events team of local residents and this upcoming gig marks the first time they are putting on such a high-profile concert since forming upon reopening the venue last year.

They have put on a variety of events for local people including an 80s night, the community gala day, a children’s Christmas party, alongside up and coming events such as a roller disco and comedy nights. All the funds from this concert will go back to the group who put on all the events for young people and children for free.

Scotland on Tour supports the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at much-loved arts centres, town halls and community venues across Scotland. More than 120 artists are set to perform at more than 100 venues across the country as part of the initiative.

The project, which has been created and managed by Active Events, was made possible by £750,000 of Scottish Government backing and will focus on increasing the number of opportunities to showcase and enjoy live music, while bringing exciting acts to the doorstep of city, towns, villages and rural communities.

The year-long Scotland on Tour bill includes both emerging and established artists with genre-spanning acts appearing across the breadth and width of the country, with rock, pop, jazz, classical, folk, trad and acoustic genres all being showcased.

Tickets for these and a raft of other shows are on sale now at www.scotlandontour.com.

By Events Reporter

Staff reporter writes about events coming up in Renfrewshire.

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