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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 04 Editor’s Note An anecdote from Robert Blair 06 WHAT’S ON All the autumnal fun you could need. 14 PAISLEY ART INSTITUTE Riveting insights from Jean Cameron and artist John Walter 17 HALLOWEEN A look at 2019’s dark circus

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FEATURES 20 ALAN BISSETT A chat with Lochwinnoch’s preeminent author and playwright 22 DANCEDREAMS Celebrating the storied legacy and gleaming future of the Barr family 25 THE SPREE A comprehensive guide to Paisley’s premier arts festival 33 UPHUB The centre for sustainability 46 INCUBE Renfrewshire’s creative programme 48 A LOVE LETTER TO… ELDERSLIE Annie Maguire praises her hometown 52 RENFREWSHIRE TALKS Dispatches live from County Square 53 TREE HEALTH CHECK David Treanor’s arboreal advice 66 PEOPLE Linwood’s next top model Emily Trotter speaks about her journey LIFESTYLE 35 FASHION Born to ride 42 HEALTH & BEAUTY All the latest products 50 TRAVEL Unusual places to stay in Scotland 60 FOOD & DRINK Quaint cafes, gourmet food and masterful cocktails CULTURE 54 MUSIC Elderslie’s folk troubadours on their debut album and The Vegan Leather’s Gianluca Bernacchi on the records that moulded him 58 ENTERTAINMENT Robert Blair’s essential viewing

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Culture and lifestyle for Renfrewshire The Spree: Glavegas, Karine Polwart Paisley Art Institute exhibition A love letter to Elderslie

ISSUE 007 - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

All the best,

CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

The date is Thursday 26th February 2009 and I, a prematurely-angsty 15-year-old from Foxbar, Paisley, am making my inaugural trip to the live music mecca that is The Barrowlands. After watching The Wombats trot out one sardonic indie banger after another, my impressionable young mind is redirected to the image of an impenetrably cool, black-clad four piece hanging on the wall. Gazing out from behind dark wayfarer lenses, the image of Glasvegas’ James Allan and co was indiscreetly commandeered from the venue and was soon plastered to the bedroom door for the duration of my teenage years. Consequently, you can imagine my glee at having an interview with the band within my very first issue as Mill Magazine’s editor! Alongside this reverb-drenched outfit, we’ll be examining the aural delights on offer at 2019’s The Spree including insights from Karine Polwart and Pictish Trail. Elsewhere, we catch up with Lochwinnoch-based scribe Alan Bissett, lift the velvet curtain on Paisley Art Institute’s 131st annual exhibition and even speak to Linwood’s next-top-model among much, much more. As a lifelong Renfrewshire resident, I’m ecstatic to be entrusted with transposing the unique essence of our area into these very pages. So, without further ado, dive in and let me know what you think if you see me about.

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WHAT'S ON

We pick out some of the highlights taking place on your doorstep in September and October.

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3-15 SEP

PAISLEY YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL

Conceived as a way to engage kids, teens and young adults in all mediums of the arts, the inaugural edition of PYAF will have over 50+ events during a two-week period in September. Featuring everything from gigs at UWS Paisley’s Union through to live video games podcasts and plays by budding stars, check out their full calendar over at youthartsfestival.co.uk.

WED 4 SEP 9.30am

INVEST IN RENFREWSHIRE JOBS FAIR

This job fair will enable anyone who is unemployed or looking for a fresh start to have faceto-face contact with possible employers, hand them a CV or fill out applications. Open 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Lagoon Leisure Centre.

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SAT 7 SUN 8 SEP

RENFREWSHIRE DOORS OPEN DAY

Primed to encompass venues in Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, Erskine, Inchinnan, Linwood, Bridge of Weir, Kilbarchan, Houston and Lochwinnoch, Doors Open Days lift the curtain on some of the region’s most iconic locations. With over 50 landmarks to explore, the main attractions come in the shape of the exhuming of the Paisley Abbey medieval drain for lucky competition winners. As a fun aside, you can also hear the harmonious tones of RockUs Choir at Sma’ Shot Cottage on Saturday at 1:30pm. For all info, visit paisley.is.

SAT 7 SEP 9.30am

PAISLEY NORTH GALA DAY

Ten years on since its last instalment, the historic Fountain Gardens will play host to a gala day on Saturday 7th September. Devised by local stalwart Mike Dillon, the line-up will feature Renfrewshire based acts King of Birds, Glenburn’s John Rush, Lisa Kowalski (pictured) and the RockUs choir plus countless stalls for attendees to peruse.


WHAT’S ON

SUN 15 SEP 2pm

FRI 13 SEP 7pm

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

PACE Youth Theatre perform a poignant dramatisation of Anne Frank’s world-famous diary at The Wynd Centre, Paisley, originally created by their youth cast as part of PACE’s Fest! 2019. Tickets £5 at pacetheatre.com/boxoffice

SAT 14 SEP 2pm

ROCKUS CHARITY CONCERT

Held in support of a 13-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, RockUs Community Choir are admirably hosting a free show at Stow Brae Kirk, Paisley with any donations going directly towards helping Jade experience her bucket list of activities. Head down and show your support.

EATEN

Based around the thought-provoking premise of “what if your food started talking back?” Eaten charts the strange rapport that soon develops between the carnivorous Lionel McLion and his latest meal, Mamoru. Held at The Paisley Arts Centre the show will open up the realm of food chains and digestion to its young, wide-eyed audience.

SUN 15 SEP 11am

WEDDING FAYRE

Greeted by a complimentary drink and a goody bag bustling with a litany of discounts and offers, this event at Johnstone Town Hall will allow soon-to-be wedded couples to liaise with kiltmakers, photographers and specialists in bridal garb or floristry among other vocations. Kicking off at 11am sharp, this event will give couples with impending nuptials plenty of inspiration.

THU 19 & FRI 26 SEP

REMODE MAKE WORKSHOP

Versatile and almost eternally stylish, the bomber jacket has been a staple of wardrobes in countless decades and now, ReMode is giving you the chance to make your own. On the evenings of Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September, this Lochwinnoch based enterprise will offer a free crash course on how to transform upcycled fabrics into a desirable piece of bespoke outerwear. Booking is essential and you can take your new jacket home with you for a paltry £20! Ages 11 and up, visit remodeyouth.org. MILL 7


20-29 SEP

FRI 20 SEP 7pm

BACK TO THE 80'S

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS: 100 YEARS OF MAGIC

Spanning everything from Frozen to Fantasia, Disney On Ice Presents: 100 Years Of Magic is coming to Braehead Arena as part of their lengthy UK tour. Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King, Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more.

As part of her ongoing work in support of St Vincent’s Hospice, our Provost Lorraine Cameron cordially invites you to fire up the DeLorean and head back to the decade of Duran Duran and Dirty Dancing at the Normandy Hotel. Split between a retrocentric quiz and a party night, tickets are priced at £35 and include a drinks reception and three course meal. Email civicevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk to ensure that you’ll be there “All Night Long (All Night)”.

SUN 22 SEP 11am

OAK TREE ARTS' CAMPFIRE CLUB

Designed as a means of fusing “the early stages of creative writing with drama, role-play and traditional oral storytelling to create a unique and exciting session, Oak Tree Arts are hosting another instalment of their campfire club. Intended for kids between the age of 3-5, it’s priced at only £5 and will take place at Wevolution on Moss Street, Paisley.

29-30 SEP

FRI 27 SEP 7pm

BOOGIE BINGO

Get your dancing shoes on for an explosive evening of Boogie Bingo at the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone. Think interactive bingo game, dancing, cocktails, three-course meal and their resident DJ until 1am for only £19.95pp. Book your tickets by calling 01505 324 331. 8 MILL

FOODFEST AT INGLISTON

A brand new mouth-watering indoor food and drink event coming to Ingliston Country Club & Hotel in Bishopton during the September weekend. Food and drink lovers can expect a line-up of top-class chefs including Scotland’s national chef Gary Maclean (pictured), MasterChef – The Professionals winner. Visitors can indulge in food and drink stalls including a champagne bar, live music, whisky tastings and food masterclasses for the kids.


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amed after a Peter Gabriel-era Genesis number, Glasgow’s Toby Messenger is venturing to the Piazza in order to craft something engaging from what was once so frivolously discarded. Running in coincidence with the Paisley Youth Arts Festival, the project will carry on his penchant for object assemblage from last year’s “Ballast Nation” at Trongate and will hinge on the recreation of a teenager’s bedroom. Pieced together every afternoon by Messenger himself, there will be an interactive aspect to the exhibition as Pop will host after school drop-ins and workshops with a

myriad of local Renfrewshire schools. While Messenger constructs the bedroom’s furniture and other focal points from cardboard, the pupils that pay a visit will have the chance to design album sleeves, bespoke zines and even carboard garments that’ll hang in Toby’s ecologically beneficial wardrobe. Rikki Payne, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Manager, says; “This project highlights RL’s creative approach to environmental sustainability in a recycled space, a commitment to inclusion and a celebration of young people's creativity during Paisley's first

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Housed in the Piazza’s new POP! Space, artist Toby Messenger is reclaiming disused cardboard to create something contemporary.

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Youth Arts Festival. Looking wider, it's part of a narrative about Paisley's reputation as a town where young creativity is deeply respected and supported and a message for the future that young people's creativity holds the key to regenerating our town centres through a mixed cultural and ecological approach.” Running between Tuesday 3rd to Sunday 15th September and attendees can watch Toby’s craftsmanship between the hours of 12-6pm for free. Ages of 11 and up. Pop! Space, Unit 34 – 36, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley. MILL 9


A SELECTION OF SHOWS FROM

RENFREWSHIRE LEISURE’S AUTUMN SEASON… DANCE

FAMILY

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Company Chordelia presents THE CHOSEN Wed 4 Sept at 7.30pm A new show from Scotland’s acclaimed Company Chordelia, The Chosen is a deeply personal reflection on how we experience the time left to us. Paisley Arts Centre, £10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee, suitable for ages 14+

Red Bridge Arts & Catherine Wheels presents WHIRLYGIG By Daniel Padden Sat 21 Sept at 2pm Four brave musicians, thirty instruments, and countless musical puzzles to solve. Join us for an extraordinary theatrical experience where music will happen in ways you have never seen before. Foxbar Community Centre, £4 + bkg fee, suitable for ages 6+

Indepen-dance presents GROW Fri 11 Oct at 11.30am Spring is well and truly sprung in this curious, hypnotic and playful adventure for 3-5 year olds! Johnstone Town Hall, £4 + bkg fee, suitable for ages 3-5 years

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MUSIC

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Lost Map’s LOST WEEKEND SUNDAY SOCIAL Sun 13 Oct at 7pm An eclectic showcase of stripped back, loved-up, and spaced-out acts from LOST MAP, the lo-fi label run by Pictish Trail on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg. Featuring Callum Easter, Molly Linen, Fell as well as twisted folk nonsense from Pictish Trail himself. Paisley Arts Centre, £16 (£14 conc) + bkg fee, suitable for ages 14+

Malcolm Middleton + Megan Airlie Sat 19 Oct at 8pm “Middleton shows off impressive acoustic guitar skills oddly reminiscent of a young Paul Simon” (The Times). Paisley Arts Centre, £16 (£14 conc) + bkg fee, suitable for ages 14+

Occasion Theatre presents THE MONSTER AND MARY SHELLEY Thurs 24 Oct at 7.30pm Over 200 years since the publication of ‘Frankenstein’, The Occasion is delighted to present a new production drawing inspiration from Mary Shelley’s extraordinary life. Paisley Arts Centre, £10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee, suitable for ages 12+

Please visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on for more information, or pick up a copy of The Guide! For tickets please ring the RL box office on 0300 300 1210


WHAT’S ON

WED 2 OCT 9.30am

INCUBE BRANDING MASTERCLASS:

Want to learn how to define your brand, raise your brand profile and connect with your audience? This halfday interactive workshop at Incube, High Street, Paisley will be run by Fiona Chautard - qualified business coach, experienced mentor and adviser to the creative industries with specialism in fashion, textiles and design. Events can be booked via incube.ren/events.

SAT 12 OCT 12noon

14-28 SEP

TANNAHILL ARTS FESTIVAL

A brand-new cultural offering that will celebrate the area’s rich history of contributions to the art world and its prosperous future. The Tannahill Arts Festival will take place at various venues across Paisley and act as a conduit for drama, jazz, spoken word, opera and much more. Set to feature performances from Shaun Moore, Evelyn Laurie, Doyenne Duo and a screening of Christina Littleson’s Cleek, visit tannahillarts.com.

SCIENCE AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AWARENESS FAYRE

Autoimmune Conditions UK are proud to present their Science and Autoimmune Disease Awareness Fayre at Intu Braehead. Come along and meet our scientists from Glasgow University and The University of the West of Scotland to garner a newfound understanding of autoimmune diseases.

19-20 OCT

HB FILM FESTIVAL

Taking place over the course of two enthralling days, the HB Film Festival intends to bring a litany of fascinating local and international films to Oakshaw’s The Wynd Centre, Paisley. Encompassing both short productions and features, organisers intend to “to support the creation of networks between filmmakers and the local communities and to initiate inspiring exchanges between filmmakers and professionals coming from different artistic disciplines”. Visit filmfreeway.com for listings.

18-19 OCT

SOUNDPLAY DOME

Situated at Johnstone Town Hall, the Soundplay Dome is a Creative Scotlandhelmed “magical sensory space where children and adults of all ages can explore sound and light.”

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WHAT’S ON

MON 21 OCT 7pm

STARGAZING EVENING

Another opportunity to attend the popular Stargazing Evening at Lochwinnoch’s Castle Semple Visitor Centre. A local astronomer will host this ever-popular event and from what we’ve heard, this is a high demand event so book your space today. Adult £5.00, child £2.50.

SUN 20 OCT 11am

LOCHWINNOCH'S CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Set to be held on Sunday 20th October, this year’s Lochwinnoch Classic Car Show will expand on the success of previous years with over 80 noteworthy automobiles cooling their engines at Castle Semple. Entry is free but there’ll be a chance to donate to the organiser’s chosen charity of St Vincent’s Hospice.

FRI 25 OCT 7.30pm

FRASER JOHN LINDSAY'S BLUES INCENTIVE

SAT 26 OCT 7pm

THE ROYALE MASQUERADE BALL

Although it falls beyond the boundary of Renfrewshire, The Royale Masquerade Ball is worth making the short excursion up to Glasgow for. Held in the Grand Central Hotel on Saturday 26th October, the ball feature musical performances from X Factor alumni Nicholas McDonald and Caitlyn Vanbeck alongside comedian Jamie Dalgleish. Visit facebook. com/royalemasqueradeball for more information.

An extremely virtuosic guitar player, Fraser John Lindsay is prepping to return to a familiar haunt in the Paisley Arts Centre with his Blues Incentive outfit. Equally adept at cranking out original material as they are at broaching the old, time-honoured standards of the genre, catch the band on at Paisley Arts Centre, tickets available for £12.

SAT 2 NOV 7.30pm

GNOSS + FÈIS PHÀISLIG CEILIDH TRAIL

An outfit devised by the Orkney-based tandem of fiddler/mandolinist Graham Rorie and the rousing tones of Aidan Moodie, Gnoss have been a hot property on the Celtic music circuit for some time now. Comprised entirely of current students and alumni of Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire, don’t miss their show at Paisley Arts Centre. 12 MILL


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(P)Art Of The Community

Set to open this September, Paisley Art Institute President Jean Cameron and artist John Walter give us a guided tour of the kaleidoscopic wonders that await us in the Piazza.

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or the uninitiated local resident, the term “Paisley Art Institute” will hold only a faint semblance of recognition. However, 131 years into their existence, it’s clear that the PAI’s story is an unsung part of our collective history that deserves a larger platform. In a rare moment of respite, PAI president Jean Cameron expanded on not only its storied past, but how it feels to be entrusted with its promising future. “It’s exciting as someone who grew up in the town and fostered their love of arts by seeing the amazing collections at Paisley Museum,” she beamed. “I would be 14 MILL

there every Saturday doing classes, and what most people don’t know, is that many of the paintings in their collection were gifted to the town by PAI. At a time where Paisley is telling its amazing story, ours is still one of those untold tales.” For Jean, the decision to repurpose a disused shopfront in the Piazza Shopping Centre as a gallery space could unimposingly increase local engagement. “It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to go over the threshold of a museum”, Cameron conceded, “but people have their own sense of ownership of where they do their shopping. When I was a wee girl, I

remember it being Presto when it had the plastic bags with the wee wizard on it! Hopefully people will be curious so if an art gallery isn’t for them, a bit of life happening in a space that everyone’s familiar with is great.” Primed to display “500 plus works of art”, injecting a healthy dose of creativity into a commercial monolith is more than just a clever way to bolster foot traffic. In fact, the exhibition will bring the PAI’s 131year journey full circle: “In the 1800s, that site was the Paisley Government School of Art and Design”, she explained. “So, in a


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way, the PAI came out of that and it’s good to go back to our roots in order to reimagine our future.” A proponent of “maximalism”, the work of John Walter will serve as the fulcrum of the exhibition. For this London-based artist, displaying his art in what he sees as a “thoroughfare” for locals is a method that’s tailormade for inclusivity. “Whether or not they choose to encounter it, they will encounter it as they’ll see it through the window,” Walter proffered. “I’ve done a lot of projects in non-arts spaces so I think it’s a classic way of bringing work towards people. From what I’ve gathered, people use the museum really well. So now that it’s shut, it’s really important that you make the work accessible. Not that you should lower the work,” he affirmed, “but that you’re hospitable about it.” After a chance encounter at the Glasgow International Festival — “I was wearing a Paisley Pins badge and John was wearing a Paisley pattern

Stills from John Walter’s virtual reality piece The Fourth Wall

t-shirt!” — the duo conspired to bring his thought-provoking artistry to the town. Walter, who is not only bringing his VR piece The Fourth Wall but will leave a permanent mark on the Piazza with an array of vinyl murals, is infatuated with the iconic design and hopes to contort it into new, radically modern shapes. “It’s been at the forefront of my mind and I’m just completely obsessed with it, so it’s great that I’m bringing this to Paisley,” he remarked. “I’m trying to update what the pattern could be, because it had this really fertile life in Paisley during the Victorian period. Now, it could be reactivated in new ways that we don’t know about yet, ways that we can invent.” For anyone that’s fretful about using VR for the first time, John assured us that the PAI have taken steps to make the dimensional transition as seamless as possible. “There’s chaperones that help you with the VR piece and make sure you’re safe but they’re

also there to talk to about the work. Those things make a real difference, especially when you’re not used to going to a gallery where it can be a bit intimidating.” An integral cog in Paisley’s 2021 bid, ploughing her energy back into the town has been incredibly rewarding for Jean, but none of it would be possible without the cumulative efforts of those striving to make this unorthodox exhibition a success. “It’s brilliant to work with colleagues from the Arts Centre, Renfrewshire Leisure and Caroline (Gormley) from Made In Paisley,” Jean enthused. “It’s cliché to talk about weaving the threads together, but it’s heartening to draw on the strengths of these community groups.” The exhibition will run from 7 September - 20 October 2019. Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am - 5pm, Sunday: 12noon - 4pm. For more info, visit www.paisleyartinstitute.com. MILL 15


WHAT’S ON

Roll up, roll up, the dark circus is coming

Paisley Halloween Festival After an immensely successful 2018, Renfrewshire’s lauded fright-fest returns and promises to be bigger and, somehow, even better this October.

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aden with gothic architecture, folkloric tales of ghostly apparitions and other supernatural entities, it only makes sense that Halloween is properly celebrated on the streets of Paisley. The site of the last mass witch execution in Western Europe back in 1697, the modern-day descendants of those who bore witness to such condemnable sights thankfully keep their relationship with the macabre in much more jovial and family friendly territory. Among the crown jewels of the UK’s festivals of fright, the award-winning Paisley Halloween Festival is returning in all its beguiling splendour on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October. Designed to captivate not only the 16 MILL

community of Renfrewshire but incentivise people from around Scotland to visit Paisley town centre, last year’s edition saw over 34,000 congregate in order to immerse themselves and their families in all things otherworldly. Charged with bringing the festive atmosphere of a Rio De Janeiro or New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration to the west central lowlands, helming this event is none other than Bristol’s Cirque Bijou. Heralded as one of the nation’s leading outdoor theatre specialists, these creative masterminds have helped instil shock and awe for everyone from Welsh alt-rock icons Muse to Take That and the British Paraorchestra. Devised within his mind and those of his trusted collaborators, Artistic Director Julian Bracey told us of how this partnership with Renfrewshire Council came about: “Several companies were asked to pitch for the role of creative directors for this year’s Paisley Halloween festival, and after a formal application and a number of


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interviews with Renfrewshire Council, Cirque Bijou were incredibly excited to be awarded the role,” he explained. “The council came up with the idea of ‘Dark Circus’ as the creative brief and Cirque Bijou have been busy coming up with ideas involving giant lions, Svengali ringmasters and even a life-sized elephant to create a spooky circus parade. Cirque Bijou create carnivals and circus shows across the world and our approach is to collaborate with artists wherever they go. So, over the past months, we’ve been busy searching the local area to find artists to be part of their core creative team.” Bolstered by “magnificent floats, voodoo acrobats, fire performers, creepy clowns, jinxed jugglers and a host of other circus characters”, the parade may serve as the centrepiece of the event but it is far from the sum total of what’s on offer. Supplemented by 18 MILL

...THE PARADE MAY SERVE AS THE CENTREPIECE OF THE EVENT BUT IT IS FAR FROM THE SUM TOTAL OF WHAT’S ON OFFER

dazzling aerial acrobatics from Edinburgh’s All Or Nothing, their “haunted carousel” will be sure to leave jaws ajar and eyeballs fixated on each superhuman feat that they execute from pulse-quickening heights. Interspersed with a cavalcade of street performers, SPARK’s LED drummers, facepainting stalls, pumpkin carving and much, much more, another exciting new addition to this year’s itinerary comes in the shape of a silent disco. A firm favourite of music festivals and club nights around the world, this event will bring the inaudible, headphone-assisted phenomenon to Dunn Square with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children with deals available for families. Among the cornerstones of a new, revitalised Renfrewshire, find out more about the 2019 Paisley Halloween Festival via paisley.is/halloween.


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FEATURES

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The acclaimed playwright, performer and author has started gigging again following a move to Lochwinnoch and the birth of his second child. Words by Nadine McBay. 20 MILL

Photo by Lesley Adams, taken in The Corner Bar

INTERVIEW


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lan Bissett published his debut novel Boyracers soon after graduating from the University of Stirling. The Pink Floyd super-fan grew up in Hallglen, the Falkirk housing scheme which became the setting for many of his creations, most famously Moira Bell, the star of two hit productions. Subjects of his successful plays have Included his favourite band’s late psychedelic pioneer Syd Barrett and feminist campaigner Andrea Dworkin before exploring Scotland’s colonial past in 2018’s It Wasnae Me. Speaking from his adopted home, he tells us about his new work, the people that moulded him and what’s special about the nearby public houses. When did you move to Lochwinnoch? In spring of 2015. It’s been a great move for us, especially as we’ve got kids now, as it’s a proper community. People are friendly and open and the clichés about people saying hello to you on the street are true. It’s not too big, not too wee and there’s a good mix of social classes. You don’t feel people are either up their own arse or are rough as f ***. The village is home to many creative people; is that a coincidence? It’s great to have things like Lochwinnoch Arts Festival and it’s a creative culture in general. If you go somewhere during the week like The Corner Bar, there will be folk musicians playing. Not to anybody specifically, just playing. There’s no Sky Sports or fruit machines, people go there to talk. They are proper rural pubs from hundreds of years ago, before technology came along and all pubs became the same. Your first book Boyracers was published when you were 25. Was there someone who particularly influenced you as a young person? I was always quite driven, always writing. I had some really good teachers who were encouraging. In my early twenties I was at Stirling University and going along to Stirling Writers Group. There was a tutor there called Magi Gibson and we had this really good pupil-mentor relationship. I owe all those women, especially Magi, an awful lot. Most creative people will have had

THEY ARE PROPER RURAL PUBS FROM HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO, BEFORE TECHNOLOGY CAME ALONG AND ALL PUBS BECAME THE SAME

Q&A FAVOURITE PART OF RENFREWSHIRE? Paisley Abbey. It’s an oasis of calm where you’re surrounded by history. BEST PLACE FOR DINNER? The Brown Bull in Lochwinnoch, especially their steak. BEST PLACE FOR COFFEE? Blend in Paisley. They do a nice macchiato. BEST PUB? The Corner Bar in Lochwinnoch. Great banter.

people like that in their lives, people who took that energy and guided you in a way you couldn't yourself. You never forget them. You've written four novels and 15 plays. Is there a creation you are particularly proud of ? I could stand by pretty much everything I've done. While I've never had a massive, huge breakthrough success, I've never really had a dud. There are some I think I did particularly well. Moira Monologues is an obvious one, because nine years after it was first performed, people are still turning up for that show and enjoying it. With the books, Death Of A Ladies' Man which, though probably the darkest, is the book that has the most depth and complexity. Funnily enough, in Moira Monologues she actually goes on a date with the main character from Death Of A Ladies' Man, so those two texts kind of talk to each other. Is there a part of your job that surprises people? People who aren't writers are surprised about the amount of travelling you do. There's a tendency to think writing all happens in one stationary place, where you spend all day every day working. But you also have to promote your work and you get invited to places. I like doing that anyway – I like an audience. What does the rest of the year hold for you? I've just done the first draft of a stage adaptation of Alastair McIntosh's book on land ownership, Soil and Soul, which hopefully we will build towards a full production. I am waiting to see if he thinks it's any good. I've also just written Mr Francis and The Village of Secrets for a youth company in the north east of Scotland. It's the true story of a guy called Frances Lethom who was a famous 18th century Gothic novelist. He's now almost completely forgotten. He was banished from his home town of Norwich and appeared years later up in Inverurie under a different name. Nobody knows why. Keep up to date with Alan's work at alanbissett. com and follow Falkirk's hardest woman Moira Bell on Twitter via @MoiraMonologues. MILL 21


FROM BALLROOMS TO BROOMLANDS STREET: THE JOURNEY OF DANCEDREAMS THEATRE SCHOOL

On the precipice of opening the doors to their new studio, we spoke to Bonnie, Sharon and Ashleigh Barr about the history of their prestigious academy.

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ome people crumble in the face of mounting pressure. Others, such as the familial unit at the core of Dancedreams Theatre School, take even the most cumbersome hurdle in their stride. Standing in their soon-to-be finished new headquarters in Paisley’s West End, Bonnie, Sharon and daughter Ashleigh Barr exude an unfettered can-do energy that’s practically airborne. Just weeks away from ushering in a new era for their celebrated academy, they took time out of overseeing the renovation of the Broomlands Street premises to discuss the lineage of the business and their intentions going forward. Formerly known as The Barr School of Dance, the artform is enmeshed into the very DNA of the family by their late patriarch, Bobby Barr. A 70-plus-year veteran of 22 MILL

the ballrooms and boleros, Bobby’s eldest daughter Bonnie speaks with unmistakable pride as she recounts the Paisley native’s unlikely journey. “He was born in 1919 so it’s a long time ago”, she laughs. “He actually started dancing when he was 17 years old. He was dragged by his older brothers and within six months, he was hooked. By 19, he was winning tango and quickstep competitions in the Paisley Town Hall. He became consumed by it. Some of his brothers moved to America and he joined them in 1948, where he got a job teaching for Fred Astaire. He worked there for 11 years but sadly, due to my mum’s health, we moved back. Then, Sharon was born here in 1960 and he opened a studio on the High Street. We had breakfast, we had dinner, we had tea and then we had dancing”, Bonnie recalls. “That was our life from when we could walk.” A cyclical industry in nature, the Barrs’ history is filled with enthralling tales such as becoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s favoured majorettes’ troupe during his tenure as St Mirren manager and offering “Saturday Night Fever”


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LEFT TO RIGHT: Bonnie Barr, Sharon Barr, Ashleigh Barr and the late Bobby Barr

“BY 19, HE WAS WINNING TANGO AND QUICKSTEP COMPETITIONS IN THE PAISLEY TOWN HALL”

classes that would’ve purchased them a one-way ticket “to the Bahamas” if the demand persisted. But even as business was booming, the sisters were made aware of the importance of a fallback. “My mum and dad made us do something else aside from dancing in case it all fell apart,” Sharon explains. “Bonnie was—reluctantly—studying secretarial whilst I went in to nursing. I don’t know how we kept up with it all.” Armed with the single-minded determination that only an unquenchable love of your craft can provide, Sharon recalls her dad remaining active right into his twilight years. “He was teaching right up to the age of 94. He didn’t have his own classes as such, but he’d help out. Particularly when a lot of the charity Strictly… events started up. He’d still be reading his technique books, studying all of the rule changes that came in and he expected us to do the same.” No strangers to a rigorous schedule, Bonnie can trace the work ethic that’s kept them ticking over directly back to some indispensable wisdom from her father. “His words were ‘you get out what you put in’ and I cling to that whenever I need to rally the students. I was considering retiring in a couple of years, and now I’m taking this new studio on! You do it because you want to do it and you’re still inspired. It’s not about the money, it’s the love of it, the passion.”

Now that they’re preparing to prise open the next chapter of their history in Paisley, the sisters have been left overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that’s come their way. “I can’t tell you how many ex-pupils got in contact. It’s been lovely to receive messages telling us that dancing gave them confidence or something to look forward to. You don’t really think you have an impact, but you’re blown away by the effect that you have on people.” As for what the future holds, it’s clear that the late Bobby Barr’s credo is still etched in their minds. “We’re still doing the same thing but moving with the times,” Bonnie declares. “We’ve been a forward moving school right from my dad’s day and he always said that you never stop learning. It’s a family tradition and I can’t see that changing.” With aspirations for everything from carer’s classes to “Mummy and Me” sessions that will ensure they cater to every audience, Dancedreams plan to remain a pillar of the town and have the perfect new base from which to exact that vision. Dancedreams Theatre School at B3 Studios, 31 Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2UA. Also at Bishopton Community Centre, Gledstane Road, Bishopton, PA7 5AU. For information on classes and how to book, please visitdancedreams.co.uk or email dancedreamsenquiries@hotmail.co.uk. MILL 23


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et to descend upon Paisley town centre and further afield this October, here’s a comprehensive rundown of everything you need to know about the latest instalment of the county’s premier arts festival. Seven years into its existence, The Spree has upheld its reputation for bringing culturally vital artists and cherished performers to an increasingly revitalised Renfrewshire. In many ways, the exorbitant growth of the event has mirrored that of the surrounding area as it renounces the malaise of previous decades in favour of ushering in an exciting new golden era. Split between comedic offerings, a wide array of musical acts and other events that will cater to any given demographic, find out how the event is catering to you from here on in.

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MUSIC GLASVEGAS SPIEGELTENT TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 7pm

11 years since their last visit, Glasvegas; James Allan is returning to Renfrewshire with a renewed perspective.

Last year, you embarked on a mammoth tour that commemorated ten years of your seminal debut. Now that you've been rehearsing rarities such as 'Whitey', can The Spree expect a career-spanning set? The truth is it gets harder and harder to make a setlist after each album we make. It’s hard to keep some of the songs out of the setlist. There are always certain songs that I would have liked to introduce. B-sides as well, so maybe there will be a surprise or two. We have a bit more time at the acoustic shows and squeezed in 18-20 songs in the set and we’ve always rehearsed more than we end up playing. But for full band shows, it’s hard to pick. It’s a constant struggle between what we think the audience wants to hear, what I want to play and what everyone else in the band wants. Sometimes we need to look backwards in order to see the future with greater clarity. Was that the case with the anniversary shows? Aye, I think so. The 10-year 26 MILL

anniversary tour was the first time we played the first album in order and I didn’t expect it to flow so effortlessly. Well, effortlessly isn’t the right word, it’s just that the set flies on its own in that order. When you start your first album, you’re a bit less experienced, but then there is a certain spirit that is freer because you don’t know of the pitfalls. When you are visiting the past, it reminds you of what not to lose. This'll be your first visit to Paisley since December 2008. Are you excited to return? We’re really looking forward to it. I do remember that gig in Paisley in the town hall, it was just mad. The audiences that we’ve had have been glorious, I never get used to it. It’s something that I don’t take for granted and I don’t expect that kind of love for the songs, but I appreciate it every single time and I’m not just saying that. For an outsider, it seems as though the band is really loving playing together and feeding off the crowd. Is there truth to that?  I would say

so. It’s the way that you just asked the question. It’s exactly that, but even more exhilarating. It’s hard to describe what it’s like when you have this thing that you can just lose yourself in. Playing the acoustic shows, it’s a bit more like having a house party and the bigger gigs are more like a street party. We get to play songs in a different way and it’s rawer. Even before the shows, I get to hang out with my cousin in the studio and we just play music together with a pint or two and it’s like the days before the band when we’d practice Oasis songs in my auntie’s living room. Playing with the full band is amazing, but in a different way. We had a blast at Belladrum, Rab was saying that he didn’t think anyone would show up. But when we were onstage, it was full, and people were still trying to get in. Song after song, the tent was just bouncing. We’re so lucky to have that kind of reaction to the music. Catch Glasvegas headlining the Spiegeltent on the 15th October. Find out more about the band at glasvegas.net.


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MUSIC OUR PICKS: HUE AND CRY SPIEGELTENT MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 7pm

No strangers to playing Paisley, the sibling duo of Pat & Greg Kane are venturing back to regale their attentive audience with the sights and sounds of their classic material. Capable of poignancy and exuberance in equal measure, the duo behind seminal albums such as Seduced and Abandoned, Remote and 2017’s Pocketful Of Stones are sure to incite mass singalongs and dewy-eyed nostalgia in the Spiegeltent.

GRUFF RHYS SPIEGELTENT WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 7pm

Just as accomplished as a solo artist as he is with the acclaimed Super Furry Animals, Welsh songsmith Gruff Rhys is heading to Renfrewshire in support of September’s Pang! LP. Expect frenetic pop and rock from a man that’s been fashioning his own distinct lane for over 30 years.

PP ARNOLD SPIEGELTENT THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 7pm

Six decades into her spell in the spotlight, soul chanteuse PP Arnold exhibits no signs of slowing down. Popularised by the Northern Soul phenomenon of the early 60’s, her vocal pedigree is so widely recognised that she’s worked with artists ranging from Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart to Barry Gibb, Peter Gabriel and The Beatmasters. Overseen by Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock, “The First Lady Of London Soul” will have the square jumping when she brings her back catalogue and new album The New Adventures Of… PP Arnold to Paisley. MILL 27


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KARINE POLWART SPIEGELTENT FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 7pm

Was the Scottish Songbook a brainchild you’d had for a while? “The catalyst came from last year at the Rip It Up! exhibition in Edinburgh. I was dead surprised to sneak into the Scottish voices bit at the end, sandwiched in-between Deacon Blue, Eddie Reader and King Creosote (laughs). They were curating a run of concerts at Leith Theatre that were inspired by the event and I said, ‘I’d love to do a night of folky covers of classic pop’ and that’s what sparked it. The process of narrowing down the setlist was such a labour of love that my brother suggested ‘why not make an album out of this?’ So, we came into Chem19 {recording studio} after the gig and did just that.” Socially pertinent themes have always been at the forefront of your own material. Was it important to keep that motif intact in this project? “Definitely. It sounds like a random thing to do on paper, but they weren’t randomly picked. I’ve chosen ones that are most like folk songs where you can strip all the production layers down to singing with piano or a guitar. For me, I’ve picked them because there’s a common feeling. One of the things that Scottish pop does well is ‘euphoric melancholy’ and all these artists nail that. It’s not a compilation album, the songs are designed to sit next to each other and hopefully, hearing one changes how you hear the next one. The closing lines of Biffy Clyro’s 28 MILL

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Fresh from turning in an acclaimed album of reimagined Scottish pop songs, Karine Polwart discussed what to expect from her upcoming trip to Paisley.

Machines sum it up for me — take the pieces and build them skywards. Things might be broken but something beautiful can still come out of it.” You’ve recently netted your first top 40 album on the UK Charts. How did that feel? It’s the only thing that ever made me cool to my kids (laughs). Even if it’s for one day, that moment where I was sitting between Lewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish is gold-dust stuff. Does this show differ from your regular gigs? “Oh, it does, it’s much more celebratory. My usual gig is as a trio and what we do is quite reflective. Obviously, a lot of these songs are intimate, but this live show is quite joyous. Some of the live stuff that hasn’t been recorded is really up-tempo; There’s a bit of Primal Scream and Altered Images. There’s an energy to the show and for me, it’s a complete treat to get to play with a six-piece band — which includes Admiral Fallow’s Louis Abbott — and there’s a bit of banter to it. We’ve only done it twice before, so it’s still fresh. There’s such a vibrant music scene in Scotland and it needs people to turn out to things like The Spree. It’s all about grassroots festivals, some of which are not-for-profit or are civically run. Folk like me have no career without that infrastructure. The Scottish Songbook is available now.


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PAISLEY ART CENTRE OUR PICKS: LOST MAP'S SUNDAY SOCIAL PAISLEY ART CENTRE SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 6.30pm

One of Scotland’s most forward-thinking imprints, we spoke to Lost Map’s Johnny Lynch, aka Pictish Trail, about returning to The Spree alongside his labelmates.

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How would you define the philosophy behind Lost Map? It’s more of a compulsion. I’m a big music fan, and there’s no greater thrill than championing what you love, made by people you love. I’m wary of any label that is run by someone who hasn’t had experience as an artist. You need some awareness of what it feels like to put out something that carries your identity — the sheer embarrassment of it, the elation, the anxiety and the sordid feeling of being exposed. I’m hyper-sensitive to how that affects musicians we work with. Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records

Rather than consolidating all the fun over at County Square, Paisley Arts Centre will also play host to myriad of enticing shows. Amid a host of Paisley In Song events that will feature songwriters’ cafes from Fatherson’s Ross Leighton and fast-rising blues revivalist Emme Woods, folk aficionados will be more than accounted for for courtesy of performances from the renowned Withered Hand and Aidan O’Rourke, who’ll be accompanied by piper and hotly tipped artist Brìghde Chaimbeu. For those who’d like to immerse themselves in a highly influential period of musical history, heading to Friday 18th October’s screening of Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records is a must. Centred on the continued kinship between Britain and Jamaican artists such as Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and The Maytals, the film will be bolstered by the formidable Mighty Oak soundsystem and a blues-oriented afterparty will keep revellers dancing long after the credits have been and gone.

Throughout the label’s history, you’ve released everything from lo-fi indie pop through to Romeo Taylor’s gabber anthem ‘The Kingdom Of Scotland’. Did you aim to capture this eclectic spirit when curating the Spree bill? Ha! I’d be surprised if one of the DJs doesn’t give ‘The Kingdom of Scotland’ a spin. I knew the event was going to be seated, and I’ve tailored the line-up so that it suits that vibe, each act has their own distinct sound. Fell is the alter-ego of Nicolas Burrows, who creates beautifully intricate psych-pop. Molly Linen is a singer-songwriter from Shropshire but lives in Glasgow and sings dreamy folk-tinged songs. Callum Easter is a rising star in our roster, whose debut album Here or Nowhere is unlike anything out there. Edgy, distorted, Caledonian drone-hop. Our last visit to The Arts Centre [in 2017] was a long day, about six hours long! So, we made sure to make The Spree event a bit more compact. Six years into Lost Map’s existence, are you happy to be in the position to showcase your artists to unacquainted audiences? Absolutely. It’s a real pleasure and events like these are the lifeblood of the label. Getting to hang out with the different acts and spending an evening with the folks willing to buy a ticket, it’s really important to me. It’s nice chatting to folk in between the sets, finding out where they’ve travelled from and what they’re listening to. Music is all about sharing, isn’t it? MILL 29


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JERRY SADOWITZ: MAKE COMEDY GRATE AGAIN SPIEGELTENT SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 7.45pm

Well versed in whipping audiences up into a bewildered frenzy, comedian and magician Jerry Sadowitz is a revered agitator plying his trade in a sterilised era that he was never intended for. Forty-plus years into his career, this steadfast counterculture will go down a storm with anyone who’s unafraid to inspect the deepest, darkest parts of the human psyche. Over 18’s only.

COMEDY LATES SPIEGELTENT FRIDAY 11 & 18 OCTOBER 10.30pm

Hosted by Fred McCauley and Scott Gibson respectively, Comedy Lates at The Spree will provide a coterie of the nation’s wittiest minds. Spanning rising stars and perennial veterans, expect biting observations and expertly crafted witticisms from Christopher McArthur-Boyd, Susan Riddell, Rosco McLelland and more.

THE SPREE: A HISTORY OF DIVERSITY Where some of music’s biggest events have been criticised for remaining as disproportionate as ever, The Spree has always had its doors open to performers from across the spectrum. Since its inaugural edition in October 2012, The Spree has placed an emphasis on bringing eclecticism to Renfrewshire. At a time when many festivals have come under fire for focusing on one market to the detriment of others, its history is as richly woven as those brocades that made its host town famous the world over. With one foot in the traditional and the other embedded in the contemporary, performers have come from all genders, creeds and colours. Whether it was the poignant folk stylings of Rachel Sermanni & Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson or the Mercury Prize award-winning Young Fathers’ entrancing hybrid of hip-hop, gospel and electronic 30 MILL

dissonance, organisers have always placed inclusiveness high on the agenda. Capable of playing host to The Delgado’s Emma Pollock and the Afrobeat-indebted Francoise and The Atlas Mountains right alongside a show that celebrated their partnership with the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, this onus on incorporating a range of unique voices isn’t consigned to the music. Kicked off by the proudly gay and eternally kilted Craig Hill in 2012 (pictured), the comedy bill has featured everyone from Des Clarke and Susie McCabe to Glaswegian firebrand Janey Godley among others. Speaking in 2016, then-Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron

epitomised exactly what the festival is and always will be about when she declared it to be “outward-looking and internationally-flavoured, yet also unmistakably Paisley.” A permanent fixture on the cultural calendar, The Spree shows no signs of deviating from that ethos anytime soon.


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Far from being adults-only, there’s plenty of fun for all the family at The Spree.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ METHODIST CENTRAL HALLS TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 10am & 2pm

Comprised of two separate sessions, Bricks 4 Kidz is a continuation of the ongoing Lego-oriented events in Paisley. Poised to teach kids a host of craft skills whilst making new friends along the way, the three-hour event can be attended without parental supervision and will take “on a Paisley twist with lions, walruses and crocodiles in the mix.”

BABY LOVES DISCO SPIEGELTENT SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 10.30am

Complete with bubbles, balloons and a whole host of tunes that are tailormade to get both parents and kids gyrating, Baby Loves Disco is a two-hour whirlwind of “play zones and prizes” in the Spiegeltent that’ll be a ton of fun for all ages.

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Other standout events in the Wee Spree include: AERIAL EDGE SHOWCASE: A CABARET OF CIRCUS SPECTACLE Monday 14 October, 2pm FUNBOX: ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD Tuesday 15 October, 2pm STRAMASH WITH FÈIS PHÀISLIG Saturday 19 October, 1pm

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HAYSEED DIXIE SPREE PARTY SPIEGELTENT SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 10.30pm

Hailing from the depths of Tennessee, Hayseed Dixie are set to bring the curtain down on this year’s event with one final, momentous hoedown. Widely cited as the progenitors of their own ‘rockgrass’ subgenre, expect uniquely countrified takes on everything from ACDC and Black Sabbath to Toto, Kiss and Journey among many more. For full line-up, more details and tickets, please visit thespree.co.uk. MILL 31


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Upcycling the future Rebecca Johnstone uncovers a local revolution

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PHUB WORKS. Fact. The first of 12 creative ‘hubs’ supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Business Development Fund, the brand new UPHUB retail, exhibition and workshop space will open for business at 34 High Street, Paisley in September 2019. That’s only after the premises have been used for filming key scenes in Andrea Gibb’s adaptation of Emma Healey’s best-selling novel Elizabeth is Missing, featuring the phenomenal two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson as Maud. Fêted from the start, this impressive new space will provide a platform for creatives far and wide to exhibit their wares, collaborate, network and benefit from subsidised workshop space; often one of the key barriers for creative start-ups. Makers will pay monthly to ‘rent’ shelf, wall or floor space with 100% of all sales being

paid back to them, commission-free, making it easy to budget as they get started. With an emphasis on upcycling, environmentally-friendly materials and zero-tolerance on single-use plastics (‘Paisley’s fantastic – there’s no plastic!’ – a new mantra-in-the-making), UPHUB WORKS is a grassroots endeavour, powered by two very resourceful and determined ladies – Angela Poultney and Anna Piasecka. Building on the success of their two shops on Well Street in the town, their move to the High Street will see their business ambitions centrally placed to really make an impact in the local community. Working closely with Skye Paints, the pair are up on the latest techniques such as sanding, polishing, distressing, stencilling and varnishing in order to meet deadlines and boast

the propensity to work magic – literally – on chairs, stool, sideboards, chests, tables, fireplaces and much more. One of my favourite pieces was a chest that had been painted with a Harry Potter map. I wished I’d been able to find a home for it myself! When asked about their mission for the business, here’s what they had to say: “We want to change people’s mindset. By pulling creatives and makers together, we want to raise awareness and convince people to take recycling seriously. Having a shop full of unique, upcycled products furniture, lighting, gifts and clothing — will help people understand that together we can make a big difference.” What are you waiting for? UPHUB WORKS, 34 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2DQ, info@uphubworks.com, 0141 887 1940. Twitter: @Dainty_Dora. MILL 33


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T-Shirt, £18, Squid & Nib available at Etsy.com. Jewellery and trousers as before. Photo by David Adam.

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T-Shirt, £39, boots, £164.99, necklaces, from £275, bracelets, from £195, rings, £99 each, all West Coast Harley-Davidson Trousers, model’s own. Photo by Heather Gibson.

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OPPOSITE PAGE: T-Shirt, £18, Squid & Nib available at Etsy.com. Boots, £164.99, necklaces, from £275, bracelets, from £195, rings, £99 each, all West Coast Harley-Davidson Trousers, model’s own. Photo by Christy Cannon. ABOVE: Glasses, £149, Kenzo at Specsavers Paisley. Top, £24, trousers £39, shoes, £36, all from Lixie. Bracelet, £70, Harley back pack, £249, both West Coast Harley-Davidson. Photo by Heather Gibson.

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Photographers: David Adam, Christy Cannon and Heather Gibson. Styling: Sian Flavell. Model: Robyn Dawson. Location: West Coast Harley-Davidson. Thanks to Scott Cadenhead and Robert Tabor at West College Scotland, and to all the staff at West Coast Harley-Davidson.

BUY FROM: Lixie 14 New Street, Paisley PA1 1XY, 0141 840 2173, lixie.co.uk Specsavers 5 Moss Street, Paisley PA1 1BG specsavers.co.uk Squid & Nib Etsy.com West Coast Harley-Davidson Pit Lane, 8 Mossland Drive, Hillington Park, Glasgow G52 4FA

Leather jacket, £480, West Coast Harley-Davidson. Skirt, £30, boots, £36, both Lixie. Photo by Christy Cannon.

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ROLL WITH IT Next time you’re feeling stressed, step away from the bar and reach instead for Neal’s Yard Remedies To Roll stress-busting Meditation blend, £8. Roll on the pulse points and inhale. Ok, so it’s not quite the same as a double gin but at least you can drive afterwards.

ACCEPTABLE IN THE 80S Chanel, Dior and YSL Beaute are all championing the return of coloured mascara but we reckon it’s more of a fun purchase than an investment buy, so we’re championing these purse friendly £8.99 Limited Edition options from H&M. 42 MILL

DARK DESTROYER We’d love to know what they put in the tea of those boffins at Boots No7 Laboratories as each product they produce is genius. The Dark Circle Corrector, £28, is the latest to impress. Despite the ‘see the difference in 4 weeks’ claim, our tester saw improvement in her under eye shadows after just 10 days of continuous use. As we said, genius.


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MONDAY GLENBURN Glenifer Hotel 5.30 & 7.30pm Call Leeann 07535648028

HOUSTON Compass Centre, South Street 9.30am & 11.30am Call Liz 07748104366

ELDERSLIE East Gate church Glenpatrick Road 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Carolyn 07740067869

GLENBURN St. Peter’s Men’s Club 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Tracey 07443644761

ERSKINE Salvation Army Hall 9.30 & 11.30am Call Heather 07828051860

NEW VENUE & CONSULTANT PAISLEY Martyrs Church Broomlands Street 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Danielle 07784 250063

ERSKINE Salvation Army Hall 5.30 & 7.30pm Call Lynsey 07932580297 NEW GROUP PAISLEY Sherwood Greenlaw Church 9.30am Call Laura 07921395659 PAISLEY Sherwood Greenlaw Church 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Laura 07921395659 TUESDAY GLASGOW Go Glasgow Urban Hotel 517 Paisley Road West 5.30 & 7.30pm Call Liz 07748 104366

LOCHWINNOCH Lochwinnoch Golf Club Bumfoot Road 7.30pm Call Michelle 07782324114

PAISLEY Wallneuk North Church Hall Abercorn Street 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Sarah 07834517569

FOXBAR St Columba Church Hall Amochrie Road 8am & 10am Call Grace 07928531481

RALSTON Ralston Bowling Club, Allanton Ave 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Elaine 07846282105

HOUSTON Compass Centre South Street 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Liz 07748104366

JOHNSTONE Hazel Arms, 34 Hazel Avenue 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Stephanie 07749966001

LINWOOD St Convales Church Hall Greenfarm Road 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Stephanie 07749966001

LINWOOD St Convals Church Hall Greenfarm Road 3.30, 5.30 & 7.30pm Call Louise 07900665196

PAISLEY Wallneuk North Church Hall Abercorn Street 9.30am Call Sarah 07834517569

WEDNESDAY ARKLESTON Arkleston and Newmains Community Centre 5.30pm Call Heather 07828051860

JOHNSTONE Lynhurst Hotel 6pm Call Carolyn 07740 067869 NEW VENUE Johnstone Town Hall from 4th September

JOHNSTONE Masonic Hall Collier Street 9am & 11am Call Janice 07469925280

FOXBAR St Columba Church Hall Amochrie Road 5pm & 7pm Call Jennifer 07887981262

slimmingw world.co.uk 0344 897 8000

BISHOPTON Community Centre 7.30am & 9.30am Call Heather 07828051860 THURSDAY KILBARCHAN Steeple Hall 6pm Call Tracey 07443644761 NEW VENUE LINWOOD St Convals Church Hall Greenfarm Road 9.30am Call Stephanie 07749966001 RENFREW Town Hall The Cross 5.30pm & 7.30pm Liz 07980075276 BARRHEAD Union and Crown Masonic Hall Cochran street 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Sarah 07834 517569 PAISLEY Stow Brae Kirk Church Halls Causeyside Street 9.30am & 11.30am Call Lynn 07774077103

PAISLEY Stow Brae Kirk Church Halls Causeyside Street 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Call Lynn 07774077103 FRIDAY PAISLEY Stow Brae Kirk Church Halls Causeyside Street 8am, 10am & 12noon, Call Lynn 07774077103 BARRHEAD Union and Crown Masonic Hall Cochrane Street 9.30am Call Joanne 07941 870483 ELDERSLIE East Gate Church Glenpatrick Road 9.30am Call Grace 07928531481 SATURDAY JOHNSTONE Masonic Hall Collier Street 9.30am & 11.30am Call Jennifer 07887981262 PAISLEY Stow Brae Kirk Church Halls Causeyside Street 8am & 10am Call Lynn 07774077103 RENFREW Normandy Hotel 9.30am Call Lynsey 07932580297

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

LOO K I N G

AHEAD

Specsavers Paisley are taking bold steps to make eye conditions a thing of the past.

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local opticians in Paisley has invested in cutting-edge 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before. Specsavers Paisley’s hospital-quality OCT (optical coherence tomography) machine can help detect treatable eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration with increased efficiency. It can also help detect glaucoma up to four years in advance. This means conditions can be managed before they get worse, preventing potential sight loss. Thanks to the latest investment by Specsavers Paisley in Moss Street, the scan is now available to the local community — an addition which has coincided with the second anniversary of the store’s relocation. 44 MILL

HOW DOES IT WORK? An OCT scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a crosssection view. It gives your optician an incredibly accurate picture of your eye and its structures, allowing them to check your eye health. The images will be stored so they can note changes over time. EYE CONDITIONS DON'T ALWAYS HAVE SIGNS Store director Gail Thompson says: “Glaucoma is a condition that can creep up on you without any signs or symptoms. An OCT scan is a key way to help detect any early changes. “At Specsavers Paisley, it’s vital that we prioritise continual investment,

both in our people and our facilities. Optometrists Ross Kirk and Amy Chotai have been taking a lead on the introduction of our OCT machine and we’re delighted to also be welcoming two trainee opticians this year, Jennifer Prouse and Asmara Izzadeen.”

HOW TO BOOK THIS SCAN The OCT scan, competitively priced at just £10, is in addition to your normal eye test and can be requested when you book your appointment or when you arrive in store. To book an eye test at the Paisley store, call 0141 8489191 or visit specsavers.co.uk/stores/paisley.


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expert A master of her craft that has all of the accolades to prove it, we spoke to Elaine Napier, Owner of Napier Hair & Beauty, about her decades of success in such a highly competitive industry.

MASTERFUL MAKEUP Garlanded as Scotland’s finest MUA, we spoke to Paisley’s Nicola Keegan about her next steps… You recently won Best Makeup Artist at the Scottish Beauty Industry Awards 2019, what does that mean to you? It feels like after ten years of hard work, I have finally reached my goal in being Makeup Artist of the Year. I can’t explain the feeling of accomplishment that I had when they called my name, it really feels like everything has finally fallen into place for me. To get this recognition after years of hard work is one of the best feelings in my life. From a business perspective, what comes next? I now have a newfound confidence and believe that I can reach any of my business goals. I am currently expanding and growing my business, taking on a makeup artist intern and honing my teaching skills. I really want to pass on my experience to other makeup artists and help them grow, learn and raise the confidence of fellow makeup artists throughout the industry. What should any brides-to-be look for when choosing their makeup artist? When looking into a bridal makeup artist, it’s important to check that they are insured, how long they’ve been in business and where they trained. Look at their portfolio of work and ensure that their style is suited to your needs. Also, check out what kind of service is offered as this is one of the most special days of your lifeyou will remember it forever and want the best makeup and the best service to along with it. To book Nicola contact her on 07470 470070. Alternatively email her on nikmakeupartist@aol.com. Visit nikmakeupartist.com for any further details.

How did you start? I’ve had an amazing career that’s spanned over 40 years and counting. With a true passion for colour and classic cutting, I worked from the bottom up. As my career developed, I had the privilege of working with Trevor Sorbie in London and met many more industry icons along the way. Then, 27 years ago, I opened my own salon and moved to Neilston Road. Back in 2009, I realised there was a growing demand for hair, nails and a wide range of beauty treatments all under one roof. Since we undertook this move, it has firmly placed us as a ‘destination’ salon and colour house. I have a wonderful team of talented professionals that are my ‘salon family’ and a loyal client list to boot, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of cutting and colouring for 35 years. It has been a fantastic journey and never felt like work. Most requested celebrity look? While salon guests might take inspiration from celebrities, most want what we do best. Bespoke colour to perfectly compliment them.  What’s your go-to product? A gem of a product for everyone is 10-in-1 spray by L’Oréal. It’s the best multipurpose product ever; anti-frizz, nourishment, detangling, heat protection and split end reduction. What’s not to love? One thing you’d advise all clients to do? To remember that you are paying for the experience a stylist/colourist has, as well as the quality of the products used and the standard of the salon. Your hair is the outfit you wear every day, invest wisely. In terms of hair trends, which is your favourite for summer 2019? Definitely the icy blonde look, made all the more perfect with the launch of L’Oréal Blond Studio 9.  Napier Hair & Beauty, 136 Neilston Road, Paisley, PA2 6QH, 0141 887 9559,   facebook.com/napierhairandbeauty. MILL 45


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INCUBE CREATIVE PROGRAMME

A resource that empowers Renfrewshire’s entrepreneurs to harness their full potential, InCube’s Cindy Robb regaled us with the fantastic services on offer down at their High Street base.

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t’s a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to start up a business. We provide a whole range of services; Business Gateway, digital boost workshops and we’ve got a Princes’ Trust workshop for people aged 18-30. However, the part I’m really engaged with is the InCube Creative Programme. It provides support for any productbased designers or makers. We work with milliners, ceramicists textile designers, jewellers and anyone who has something that they hope to sell. WHAT TO EXPECT The programme is through competitive entry and the next course is due to start in September. They come to us twice a week for about six months for masterclasses, workshops and one-to-one support. There’s a lot of peer support too as a lot of them have been working from their bedrooms or a 46 MILL

shed if they’re lucky. By coming down, a lot of creatives say that one of the main benefits is connecting with a network and bouncing ideas off one another. This programme also provides a year’s membership to Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and access to a whole raft of legal & HR support and networking meetings. We cover the whole range of skills that you need to start up a business, as there’s a lot of talented people out there but no-one is born knowing how to grow a brand or make it sustainable. On the marketing side of things, we help people to develop their story and teach them what it takes to engage with customers. Speaking of which, one of the new things we’ve done this year is ‘website in a day’ in which they can leave with a fully functioning platform and e-commerce facility for their wares. Another program that ran this year was the “Creative Toolkit” with business


InCube Creative Programme Want to: Start or grow your creative business? Convert your hobby into a viable business? Headboard cushions, Obsidian Ore

coach Marion Morrison, which aimed to develop personal and business resilience. It’s all about instilling skills that can help to improve their confidence. TAKING THE NEXT STEP “A lot of our creators had regular full-time jobs and did this as a hobby, then they reached a point in life where they realised ‘this is what I want to do.’ One of the very early groups featured Laura Provan of Paisley Pins, a brand which now is stocked at over 40 National Trust properties across Scotland. We’re looking for people who have a good product, the mindset to grow their business and are ready to make the transition to a full-blown business. The masterclasses are also open to anyone who thinks it’d beneficial to their profession. INCUBE SHOP This shop is based down at 9B Gilmour Street and all of our designers and makers have the opportunity to trade there without paying commission. For an early stage business, having a location to generate cashflow from is fantastic. In addition, the shop functions as a retail skills academy, which means that they take on people who are unemployed and give them an SVQ Level 2 qualification in customer service. These trainees act as ambassadors for the products and having them available to the public gives our designers a chance to attain pivotal feedback that aids their development. Being in the middle of Paisley, it also gives the local residents a chance to support homegrown independent designers and makers.

Access free masterclasses, workshops & funding? Sell your products with free retail space at InCube shop? Hot desk in fully equipped office space? Share ideas & resources with fellow creatives? Get 1-1 support & coaching from specialist advisors?

“I found the whole InCube Creative experience fantastic – it made a huge difference to my business & the team are so helpful” Sarah Johnston - FlipFlop Design Shop

InCube Creative programme starts 16th October apply now at incube.ren/incube-competition-2019/

For more Information, please visit incube.ren or phone them on 0300 300 1180. MILL 47


A Love Letter to

ELDERSLIE

A resident of Renfrewshire for most of her life, the BBC’s Annie McGuire gave us the lowdown on the village that helped mould her into who she is today and where she’s now settled with her family.

BUTCHERS STEAK & GRILL This is where I had my first ever job aged 17, when it was Brubeck’s Restaurant. It was quite a big deal at the time for Elderslie to have a 48 MILL

restaurant where people could gather, especially on a Saturday night. I loved working in there – despite all the cool jobs I’ve had since then, I don’t think I ever got quite as much job satisfaction as getting through a busy shift in Brubecks. It’s absolutely wonderful to see how it has been reinvented. The boys from the Elderslie Butchers are about as popular as anyone has ever been, there was so much goodwill for them taking on this ambitious venture and it is one of the best places to eat in the West of Scotland. During last year’s big snowfall when the shops were running out of bread and the roads were closed, we were forced to eat here! I’m told the original pub – which I knew as the Cabin Bar – was

so successful because it was allowed to stay open later than Paisley pubs so people would jump on a tram to Elderslie to get a final couple of drinks in. I love the thought of Elderslie as the Las Vegas of Renfrewshire. STODDART’S CARPET FACTORY It’s gone now, but the carpet factory was the industrial buzz inside a sleepy village. My dad worked here as a foreman in dye-works before becoming a teacher and it provided good jobs for local people. The stories of the carpets for the Titanic being made here made you feel like Elderslie was on the map. I was also a huge fan of The Slab Boys trilogy which is set in the factory. That hometown connection really got me

Main photo by Thomas Graham, Digitalpict.com

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spent the first 26 years of my life in Elderslie, before brief spells in Glasgow, London and then Paisley, eventually moving back to the street I grew up in when I got married. My mum still lives in our childhood home which is now five doors down from me. Some of the neighbours are still the same and I absolutely love walking down the same street I did as a wee girl: the braes at one end and Ben Lomond in the distance at the other – minutes from countryside but also an easy commute into the BBC.


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Lex Well, photo by Hidden Renfrewshire, Facebook

Butchers Steak & Grill, photo by Alan K. Gray

in to John Byrne’s work – I did it for my ‘Review of Personal Reading’ in fifth year at school and then for my Scottish Literature dissertation at university. Without getting too pointy-headed, the depiction of working-class Scots speaking in their natural way is really important. As the millennials would say, I felt “seen!” It’s a shame the factory has gone, hopefully those in what I still call ‘the new hooses’ know they are living on a site of literary importance! THORN INN Okay, I think this is technically in Johnstone, but for me it marks the borderline! This was my Uncle Hugh’s pub when I was wee, so some of my earliest memories are of sitting on the bar, eating crisps. It has been kept largely unchanged and is definitely worth a visit. My dad and his cronies used to drink in here on a Friday night and I’d quite often bump into him at

Elderslie Kirk, photo by Thomas Graham, Digitalpict.com

closing time when I was getting off the last train home from Glasgow and we’d walk home together. I still like that journey through Elderslie and it’s really important to me that I feel safe enough to do it on my own. These familiar streets just makes me feel like the world is okay! LEX WELL One of the great shames about Elderslie is that most people don’t know about the Lex Well, a site of enormous historical significance. It’s an ancient spring, reputed to have had healing properties and is said to have been worshipped in the iron age by Celts who placed clothing and ornamental trinkets on the trees. It’s also said that St Patrick preached there – leading to names like Glenpatrick and Altpatrick in the area. It's near the third tee in Elderslie Golf Course and can be found with a pair of wellies and a lot of determination.

In another country, it would probably be an official heritage site but Scotland is so rich in history that it remains unmarked. MONUMENT You can’t talk about Elderslie without mentioning the Wallace Monument. Before Braveheart was even a thing, we knew the stories of the Wallace Oak and his beginnings in the town to eventual execution down in London. Wallace Day was a big thing in the village, the march used to go down our street and the kids would sit out on their front steps with flags and things. Again, I’m not sure the village makes as much of the Wallace connection as it could. As local heroes go, we’ve also got Shereen Nanjiani, Richard Madden and Jim Leighton so we probably punch above our weight but I’d like to see Elderslie create more reasons for visitors to spend time here. It’s a great wee place. MILL 49


5 UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY IN SCOTLAND Fashioned from converted castles, country houses and centuriesold buildings, VisitScotland have assembled a list of unorthodox lodgings to stay in.

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hese five traditional accommodation options all come with intriguing histories that will wow your friends and family, from historic blackhouses that were once the hub of family life to majestic castles and country estates that have seen many grand parties and get togethers over the years. Browse these options to find historic places to stay that will transport you to times gone by and unusual accommodation that you won’t find anywhere else. A HISTORIC BLACKHOUSE OR BROCH If your heart soars at the thought of staying in a place with thick stone walls and deep

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Scottish connections, a stay in a traditional blackhouse (a stone built dwelling with a thatched roof ) will make your holiday truly unique. The Gearrannan Blackhouse Village on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides dates from the 1800s and has three historic blackhouse cottages and one large bunkhouse to choose from. Similarly, with their exposed stone walls, modern ‘broch’ properties take their inspiration from historic broch fortifications (such as Mousa Broch on Shetland) but throw in a whole heap of home comforts.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, ©Inverlochy Hotel Group

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A MAJESTIC CASTLE If you fancy staying somewhere with a serious dose of drama, choose an epic Scottish castle.


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Situated near Fort William, on Scotland’s mountainous west coast, Inverlochy Castle Hotel was built in 1863 and is set in beautiful lush grounds beside its own private loch. Do you belong to an ancient Scottish clan? If so, you might be able to stay in your ancestors’ historic stronghold. Many of Scotland’s castles have clan connections. A TRADITIONAL INN If cosy log fires, hearty food and an on-site pub are more your style, a stay in a traditional Scottish inn will be right up your street. Inns are packed with history and date back to the days when people used horse-drawn stagecoaches to get around the country. These traditional watering holes were popular stopping places for travellers as they made their way across the country and to this day you’ll still find inns located in some of Scotland’s most beautiful places. The Drovers Inn at Inverarnan, just north of Loch Lomond, is over 300 years old and makes a great base for exploring the beautiful National Park and surrounding area. A VAST COUNTRY HOUSE OR LODGE Looking for a countryside retreat? A country house or historic lodge will give you plenty of space to spread out, with easy access to outdoor activities in Scotland’s beautiful landscapes. The Torridon in Wester Ross is a former shooting lodge which was built in 1887. Nowadays you can expect plush hotel rooms

Newton Farm Holidays

The Drovers Inn, Loch Lomond, ©Gryffe Studios

and lots of exhilarating ways to enjoy the great outdoors, including guided walks and sea kayaking. A WORKING FARM Get a taste of authentic farming life in Scotland with a stay on a working farm. Farming has deep roots in Scottish culture. From centuries ago until the present day, generations of farming families have based their lives around their farms, producing succulent meat, hearty crops and fresh produce. Nowadays, some farms even offer cosy accommodation where you can immerse yourself in farming life. Enjoy the fresh air at Newton Farm Holidays in Angus, near Dundee, where you can take a farm tour to meet the animals, including sheep, cows, goats and gentle alpacas.

The Torrido

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RENFREWSHIRE TALKS

Jem Craig visits Brew to ask the locals what music they are into at the moment.

Candice Given, textile student. I’m currently listening to Dundee band The Roques, listen to Addicted.

Fiona Henderson, music student and part-time barista at Brew. I’m into loads of local bands including Baby Strange, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West, and Voodoos. 52 MILL

Josh Hope, taking a year out. I love disco and eighties music, but if I had to pick a band, I’d go for Lucia from Glasgow. Their song Blue Heart is amazing.

Rita Khtiar, nursing student. I like rap, Eminem, Khalid and NF’s latest album The Search. Change is a tune!

Kemi Oladokun, nursing student. I’m listening to Psychodrama by Dave, Location is my favourite tune at the moment.

Derek Kennedy, retired. I’m listening to Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook and hoping to catch her performance at The Spree in October.

Gillian Lochhead, Glasgow School of Art graduate. Maximo Park are my favourite band, but I’m currently rediscovering Amy Macdonald.


OUTDOORS

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t Tree Wise Tree Surgeons, we are expecting this autumn to be prolific for fungi which can often give clues as to the health of your tree. Some are insignificant and even edible, but others can weaken trees and make them unpredictable. As a tree owner, you have a legal duty of care to have your trees periodically inspected to gauge their health and condition so that you know they are safe and not a risk to people or property. A great time to have a tree inspected is after leaf fall, as this enables the crown to be examined with enhanced clarity. Therefore, it is easier to observe any damage which might have occurred due to high winds or heavy rainfall that was previously obscured by the leaves. Sometimes, we unfortunately must remove trees but always ensure that we notify the local authority in the case of any protection. Before this, we try to offer various tree surgery solutions to ensure the longevity of your tree so that it works better for you in your garden. Get in touch if you feel like chatting about trees. It’s what we love to do, and we are local too! For a free quote, call 0141 887 8125 or 07969 306 387, treewisetreesurgeons.co.uk.

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MUSIC

t h e s o u n d o f r e n fr e ws h i r e

KING OF BIRDS

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closer to home or stateside? I’d say we’re influenced by both old American and European music. There’s so much great material to absorb from both sides of the water, so it’s difficult to define the origins of what comes out.

Although it may be titled Eve Of Destruction, the release of your debut album is an exciting time. Has this been a long time coming?  Myself and Charlie [Gorman] began writing songs together in late 2015. We solely intended to write for other artists but our publisher suggested we release them ourselves. Those initial songs form the backbone of the album.

The album was mastered at none other than the revered Abbey Road Studios. How was the experience of working at a location that’s so synonymous with greatness? Mastering the record at Abbey Road was very special for us. It obviously lives with the incredible legacy from the time of The Beatles and all the other great music produced there but it’s still pushing the technological boundaries. In our opinion, Abbey Road is the greatest studio in the world today.

our years after their formation, Elderslie’s sibling folk duo King Of Birds will release their debut album on the 26th September. Ahead of its unveiling at Glasgow’s Stereo, we spoke to Stirling Gorman about influences, a richly musical childhood and wrapping up the recording process on hallowed ground.

Do you and your brother Charlie come from a musical household or was it something that developed organically? Growing up, the family home was always filled with great music such as The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison. Our mother is a beautiful pianist and both our parents have always been big music fans. As we got older, our influences shifted slightly but hearing those classic records was a great foundation.

What can fans expect from your upcoming launch show at Glasgow’s Stereo? The launch show at Stereo will be our biggest since these songs were written and we’ll be playing with the musicians who recorded the album with us. We’re all working hard to make it a special night.

Your material is a very resonant take on folk that has a certain timelessness to it and harbours welcome hints of Americana. Would you say that you take more from

Eve Of Destruction will be available from Thursday 26th September. Tickets for the launch show are available from tickets-scotland.com now.

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If you had to pick a favourite track on the record, what would it be? Probably track four on the album, ‘When We Were Kings’.

Photo by Keith Orr

A sibling duo on an upward trajectory, Elderslie’s King Of Birds make a compelling case as they prepare to embark on their next chapter.


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MUSIC

FOR THE RECORD

As Paisley’s own The Vegan Leather prepare to release their debut LP, frontman Gianluca Bernacchi has compiled a list of the albums that left an indelible imprint on him.

Cross by Justice One of the two first albums I bought at HMV on Buchanan Street in 2007. I walked out with The Hoosier’s Trick To Life and Justice’s Cross’. As much as I loved Goodbye Mr A and that rip off of The Cure’s Love Cats, the opening timpani of Genesis locked me in for life. Afterwards, the untethered synth-crunch of Waters of Nazareth made me realise that music could be unhinged and ridiculously heavy. Top Pick: New Jack

Nite Versions by Soulwax A rock band that does dance music? Surely not! By age 16, I thought I’d heard it all. Or at least that was until I watched [Soulwax documentary] Part of The Weekend Never Dies.Seeing a drummer syncing up with a sequencer instead of guitar blew my mind wide open. The Nite Versions LP was a revelation and they brought an organic feeling to a world that I’d viewed as click-measured and cold beforehand. Top Pick: Miserable Girl

St. Vincent by St. Vincent Birth In Reverse has the best guitar riff of all time. No can dispute that. Annie Clark treads the sonic line between tenderness and chaotic violence. Per example; Psychopath. The steady containment of the first verse is a masterclass in anxious songwriting, but the release that the chorus brings is quickly shattered by the guitar solo that immediately follows it. Beautiful. Top Pick: Digital Witness

The Vegan Leather’s Poor Girls/Broken Boys will be unveiled on the 25th October. The band will mark its release with a launch gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Saturday 2nd November.

Matangi by M.I.A I can’t seem to remember a day when I don’t think about the opening segment of Matangi. Never has a list of countries been so catchy. This album speaks to me on an arrangement level as each chorus and verse is thrown about with reckless abandon. Come Walk With Me is one of those special songs that flits between bliss and pandemonium. The ideas exhibited from 1:30 - 2:10 are more inspired than the entire Madonna discography from 2008 onwards. Top Pick: aTENTion

You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into by Does It Offend You, Yeah? My first exploration into the world of nu-rave, a realm which I feel has been criminally under-appreciated since its demise in 2009. The sheer colour and weight in the production of these songs still gives me shivers. They seemed still very much like the typical rock band I was used to at this point, but they were using a vaster sonic palette. Doomed Now could have nestled alongside anything on The Killer’s Hot Fuss if not for the sharpas-a-tack drum machine samples and the gratuitously OTT Vocoder singing the entire song. Genius. Top Pick: Being Bad Feels Pretty Good MILL 57


ENTERTAINMENT

CINEMA IT CHAPTER 2 27 years after The Losers Clubs’ initial run-in with the spectral entity known as Pennywise, we return to the sleepy town of Derry with an all-star cast featuring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader. In cinemas from 6th September.

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Editor Robert Blair’s rundown of September and October’s essential viewing.

After the floundering misstep of Suicide Squad, DC Comics have handed the reins of the clown prince of crime over to Joaquin Phoenix and director Tom Phillips. Produced by none other than Martin Scorsese, the film is more in league with Taxi Driver than it is with any traditional incarnation of the character and early reports suggest that it may become an Oscar contender. Out 4th October.

CINEMA SKIN

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Starring the ever-evolving Jamie Bell, the one-time Billy Elliot takes on his most transformational role yet as a white supremacist who’s scraping and clawing to turn his life around. Distributed by the acclaimed A24 Studios, it promises to be a visceral and gripping look at the true story of Bryon ‘Pitbull’ Widner. Out 27th September.

CINEMA THE ADDAMS FAMILY

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TV THE LOUDEST VOICE

A new take on the dysfunctional and somewhat unorthodox family, the adventures of Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and the rest of their motley crue have been recreated for a new generation of kids in animated form and with a stellar cast to match. Out 11th October. 58 MILL

An informative look at the building blocks of the fake news paradigm of today, Sky Atlantic’s The Loudest Voice sees Russell Crowe starring as Roger Ailes, the founder of the hotly contested Fox News channel. Now an advisor to Donald Trump, the series is said to look at “defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to his political career, and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end”. Starts 5th September.


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ituated on Lawn Street, Taste Buds is a true gem of a café. Embedded into the fabric of their community, their exuberant staff have gone above and beyond to get involved in a litany of recent events include a “takeover” of Gantry that fed the throngs of revellers on Sma’ Shot Day and manning a stall at Ingliston Country Club & Hotel’s Summerfest. Imbued with a welcoming homeliness, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that they aren’t steeped in a more rural location and are in fact located at the heart of Paisley’s commercial district. Offering a sit-in dining experience or takeaway options for those on the go, their food surpasses that of the archetypal café fare. Exemplified by their increasingly popular tapas night, the award-winning team will take any opportunity to show off their culinary prowess in new and delectable ways. Boasting an inclusive and affordable menu, our designer Paul and I’s trip to Taste Buds had a very clear division of labour. As a vegetarian, I’d handle any plant-based delights whilst he dove into the meatier cuisine. For the main event, I opted for a generous helping of vegetable fajitas (£4) that came with all of the accoutrement of guacamole, salsa and cheese while Paul tucked into a roast beef melt ciabatta with caramelised onions and an infusion of mozzarella and cheddar. A fragrant mix that

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incorporated both spiciness and a tangy hint of barbecue, their take on the signature Mexican dish was just the ticket for me while Paul lavished praise on the delicate balance of flavours that he’d enjoyed for just £4.85. As if that wasn’t enough, we were then treated to decadent helpings of homemade Victoria sandwich and Bakewell slice (£2.95 each) which I washed down with a barista-style latte. A convivial locale that is tailor-made for repeat visits, Elaine, Tracey, Susie & Co’s charmingly quaint eatery and its expansive menu is perfect for anything from en-masse family outings to quick business luncheons and anything else in-between. Taste Buds, 22 Lawn Street, PA1 1HF. 0141 889 9555. facebook.com/tastebudspaisley 60 MILL

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If you’re in the market for friendly ambiance and a hearty lunch, Paisley’s Taste Buds is for you. Editor Robert Blair pays a visit.


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DINNER AT THE FOX AND HOUNDS

A sumptuous trade-off between the traditional and the contemporary, Suzanne Oswald found plenty to rave about at this multi-faceted Houston establishment.

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alking into this idyllic country pub is like visiting an old friend; there’s a warmth and familiarity to its traditional decor that is immediately comforting, particularly when seeking refuge from the wet and windy Scottish summer. Nestled in the heart of leafy Houston, The Fox and Hounds is one of the most historic pubs situated on this side of the M8. Dating back to 1779, this listed-building houses three beautifully crafted areas, each with their own unique character and dining experience. Our entry point is The Vixen Bar – an old-timey casual village pub, brimming with charm and a bustling Friday night atmosphere. Deep red carpets, dark wooden beams, quirky wall art and bare stone walls set the scene; very much in keeping with its storied history. When it comes to the drinks menu, whisky lovers will find themselves at home with an eye-popping 128 to choose 62 MILL

from while there is also an enormous gin, ale, rum and wine selection. It’s the impressive cocktail list that immediately seizes the eye of this diner though. With a menu that would rival those of city centre bars, it offers a delectable array of signature drinks, martinis, daiquiris, classic and mojitos. The Garden Collins (£5 Mon-Fri) provides the perfect palette cleanser with its refreshing balance of Blackwoods, Edinburgh Rhubarb Gin, lemon, elderflower, apple and soda. We retreat to the elegant Stables restaurant for our meal. With its dark wooden beams decked in the warm glow of fairy lights, the restaurant offers a refined dining experience thats retains the cosy ambience of next door; a feeling that is enhanced by the welcoming and attentive staff. At first glance, the menu has an array of tantalising options. The restaurant is all about traditional pub food with a sophisticated twist, touching down on everything from fish & chips to Spanish paella, curry, enchiladas and carnivorous


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O delights. In addition, there’s a plentiful selection for vegans and vegetarians when it comes to mains – proof that the Fox and Hounds are striving to align the traditional dining experience with the 21st century. The starter of seared west coast scallops (£8.95) proves too good to resist. Lightly browned, they are beautifully presented with moreish haggis bon-bons, pickled peppers, onion and nutty cauliflower. Served with a velvety curried cauliflower puree, the colourful plate is beautifully presented and tastes as good as it looks. My dining partner opts for the homely classic Leek & Potato Soup (£4.95), which I’m told is the best he’s ever tasted. Prompt service ensures that there’s not much time to wait for the Chicken Balmoral (£15.95). A Scottish classic, the succulent chicken breast arrives stuffed with haggis and swimming in a delicious whisky sauce. Spring beans and honey roast carrots bring a crunch while the mash is fluffy and creamy, acting as a perfect accompaniment to the generous serving of sauce. The Tofu Burger (£10.95) proves the most appealing option on the vegetarian menu, and comes served with beetroot chutney, grilled pepper, vegan cheese and skinny fries. Dessert proves one course too many for these satisfied stomachs but there’s always next time. Whether stopping off for a quick lunch or settling in for a night out, The Fox and Hounds offers familiar yet polished dishes to an exceedingly high standard, and at a reasonable price to boot.

ne thing that Paisley has never been short on is camaraderie and The Ugly Duck is the latest bar that’s bringing good times to the High Street. Located just a stone’s throw away from the museum, the bar is brimming with an insatiable energy that is every bit as intoxicating as the refreshing cocktails that they dispense to the patrons. Decked out in a stylish manner that teeters somewhere between sleek, modern drinkery and an art-deco style 30’s speakeasy, it’s a pub that is devoid of pretension and prides itself on finding a way to cater to all customers. Billowing with night-time entertainment such as karaoke and live music from local artists, the liveliness of the evenings is offset by an emphasis on providing fresh and scrumptious cuisine. Confident in their decision to keep their menu small in order to “offer great value, which makes all the difference when you want to take the family out for a treat”, what merits an enhanced spotlight is another adaptable amenity that this new establishment provides. Nestled just upstairs, The Duck’s Nest is a fully furbished space that would be well-suited to any and all functions. Ornate, classy and with ample seating, this spacious suite is the perfect setting for any celebratory event. Complete with a separate bar that is intended purely for the use of party attendees, The Duck’s Nest provides a new and much-needed central venue for the momentous occasions in the lives of our local residents. So, whether you’re in need of a venue to mark hitting a landmark age or want to assemble all of your loved ones and friends for an engagement party or leaving soiree, get in contact via events@uglyduckpaisley.com to see what they can do for you!

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DRINKS AT GANTRY After venturing in to the pub on two consecutive Christmas Eves’, Editor Robert Blair discovers what a normal Friday night in Gantry has in store.

Afflicted by a longstanding love-hate relationship with tequila, I opted for the refreshing grapefruit-led punch of a paloma while Craig’s penchant for an old-fashioned was certainly satiated by a Gentleman Jack-infused iteration of the barroom favourite. Notably, neither of these tipples were on their current suggestions list and this is part-and-parcel of the Gantry manifesto. Rather than dictating what their varied clientele should drink, Jason and co love to work with their customers in order to ensure that their palette is accounted for. Whether it’s a meticulously crafted cocktail or a familiar pint of cider, Gantry is a bar that is free from rigidity it’s all the better for it. Soundtracked by a mix of hip-hop, R&B and soul that keeps spirits buoyant without overpowering conversation, the strains of Basement Jaxx, Eve and Kanye West provided a fitting accompaniment for a pair of hearty Long Island iced teas. From there, the staff got a chance to show off their dexterous approach to mixology as we were treated to a zombie—that arrived ablaze in a hard-carved Polynesianstyle cup no less—and a cherry-smoked old fashioned that inundated us with a sublime charcoal flavour. Knowledgeable, good-natured and accommodating, the atmosphere that’s conjured up in Gantry is one that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else and the bar has every conceivable attribute it would need to become an institution in the town. Gantry, 12 New Street, Paisley, PA1 1XY, 0141 848 7467, facebook.com/GantryPaisley

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mong the cavalcade of misconceptions that people have about Paisley, one of the most persistent is that its watering holes are all carbon copies of one another. Informed by the notion that the town’s nightlife is in eternal hibernation, the days where naysayers thought it catered solely to retirees are well and truly over. As the spirit of revelry lurches back into life, one establishment that’s leading the charge is none other than Gantry. The perfect intersection between technical mastery and laid-back ambiance, the bar was abuzz with patrons between the ages of 18-50 by the time we arrived. Headed up by owner Jason Smith, he and his team wasted little time in immersing myself and dear friend/attempted whisky connoisseur Craig in the finer points of this New Street tavern. By the time that Jason reached into the freezer and retrieved two pint glasses — that would soon be filled with Heineken Extra Cold — a good night was all but a foregone conclusion. Adorned in wood panelling, its décor is unobtrusive in a way that is almost transportive. Rather than having the hallmarks of a bar in Renfrewshire, this minimalist approach lets your mind wander to a place that’s far beyond its geographical location. After the Heinekens were dispatched, Jason set the tone for the evening by simply asking us what we’d like.


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Hailing from Linwood, we spoke to modelling prospect Emily Trotter about her journey.

How did you get started in the modelling industry? It began at 15 when I was scouted by Elite Modelling agency. At the time I wasn’t the age they were looking for so they were unable to sign me. My dad had read success stories from Colours Agency in the papers so I walked into their offices at 17 and was offered a contract on the spot. As someone from a small town in Renfrewshire, did you find that it was harder to get your foot in the door? Coming from a small area like Linwood didn’t negatively impact my career. Models come from everywhere and I actually know a couple of successful Colours clients from Johnstone.

Emily says..

Given the community’s storied involvement in fashion, are you excited to represent the area? Yes I am! I know that people in my community will be so supportive and proud. I’m aware of some of the heritage so to have the opportunity to represent it on a bigger stage would be a dream.

FAVOURITE PLACE IN RENFREWSHIRE? Barshaw Park on a sunny day

With such a pedigree of nurturing talents, is it exciting to have the prestigious Colours Agency tout you as one to watch? Colours are my mother agency and they have my best interests at heart. They always make sure that every model is looked after. I’m eager to explore future opportunities and knowing that Colours believe I have potential gives me a lot of confidence.

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BEST PLACE FOR DINNER? Nando’s

BEST PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS? The Lane in Paisley, it has a great atmosphere

You recently inked a deal with Elite Models, the “leading model management” company on the planet. What was your reaction? I couldn’t believe it! Colours had encouraged me to go to London and set up the appointment. When they said they wanted to sign me, I was completely overwhelmed with joy and disbelief. What are your ultimate career goals that you wish to accomplish? I would love to see more of the world in my modelling career, get international opportunities such as [New York] Fashion Week and work with big brands in the UK and further afield. Follows Emily’s Instagram @emilytrots. Emily Trotter @ Colours Agency


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