James sings 500 years of his­tory

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Castlemilk singer­song­writer is to get to the heart of one of Scot­land’s big­gest towns.

James Grant, best known as the front­man of pop band Love and Money, is putting the fin­ish­ing touches to a new project ‘Pais­ley: The Un­told Story’.

The one-off show will be per­formed as part of the Spree fes­ti­val at Pais­ley Abbey on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

It will touch on ev­ery­thing from the mu­si­cal con­nec­tions around the Pais­ley pat­tern to the work of play­wright John Byrne and the songs of Gerry Raf­ferty, among a host of oth­ers.

James, whose dad still lives in Castlemilk , ex­plained: “When I was ap­proached my ini­tial re­sponse was that they maybe wanted a folk singer be­cause of the whole Tan­nahill Weavers and Robert Tan­nahill his­tory that’s there.

“But I was told they were in­ter­ested in a more con­tem­po­rary look so the start­ing point for me was the sig­nif­i­cance of the Pais­ley pat­tern and rock’n’roll.

“You had the Bea­tles, the Stones, the Kinks and all these other bands wear­ing it.

“It was a good artis­tic bedrock for the orig­i­nal idea of the show, some­thing to go on from a con­tem­po­rary ba­sis.”

The rest of the show will draw from var­i­ous parts of the area’s his­tory.

James said: “There’s been a lot of other things to pull to­gether.

“One of the cen­tre­pieces is a piece of mu­sic that was found in a late 1980s ex­ca­va­tion at the Abbey that turned out to date from the 15th cen­tury.

“I was asked to com­pose some­thing around that and it’s not just a piece of mu­sic, it’s a piece of his­tory.

“It’d be the equiv­a­lent of some­one do­ing some­thing with my mu­sic 500 years from now so it’s a mind­blow­ing con­cept.

“It’s re­ally beau­ti­ful. There’s a change in the mid­dle that makes it quite un­usual.

“Then there’s go­ing to be a mon­tage of things from ‘Cut­tin a Rug’ by John Byrne, there will be a cou­ple of songs from Gerry Raf­ferty and a cou­ple from Don­ald MacIn­tyre, the Pais­ley bard.”

James would love to see Pais­ley awarded City of Cul­ture ti­tle for 2021, which it is cur­rently in the run­ning for.

“It’s such an in­ter­est­ing place his­tor­i­cally,” he said.

“When I delved into it all I spent a fair bit of time at the li­brary and there’s an in­cred­i­ble amount of pas­sion for the town.”

The show will take place at 8.30pm.

Visit www.thes­pree. co.uk/events for more in­for­ma­tion.

It’s a mind-blow­ing con­cept

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