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The Vegan Leather, Scotland On Sunday, 15 November 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 15 November 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 15 November 2015, The Vegan Leather

One of our festival highlights this summer, were The Vegan Leather performing at Electric Fields Festival back in August. The self-described art-pop four piece from Paisley, surfaced in 2014 with the song Days Go By, whose blend of female vocals and quirky keyboards boasts the joyous charm of Talking Heads spin-off the Tom Tom Club.

Recently, their track This House has been so deftly remixed by Lewis Gardiner from Prides [complete with a meaty bassline], it threatens to upstage his own compositions. The new version will be launched on 20 November at Glasgow’s Broadcast, as part of the free Basement Sessions night, with the video due to get its first airing on the trailblazing [].

LISTEN to This House via this link, as well as a French version of Days Go By [Les Jours Passent], complete with accordion accompaniment.

For those who can’t make the November gig, the band return to the stage for the EmuBands Christmas party on 3 December [at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint].

Already firm favourites of ours, we expect The Vegan Leather to become a highlight for many more people in 2016.

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminar and social evenings and are due to host a special youth music business event in Galashiels on 5 December.

** For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon

Bring It All Home

Bring It All Home is a three-day celebration of songwriting inspired by the legacy of Paisley’s Gerry Rafferty, taking place from 17 – 19 September 2015 at various venues throughout Paisley.

Bring It All Home Festival 2015, Paisley

A particular highlight is the Youth Music Day on 19 September. Four sessions, under the banners, How To Break A Band, Bedroom Production Masterlcass, Songwriting 101 and Engaging Social Media, aimed at helping early-stage artists develop their careers, gain exposure and learn from musicians and industry experts. Artists who will share their knowledge include; Hector Bizerk, Miaoux Miaoux, Findlay Napier, Emma Pollock, Stewart Brock from PRIDES and Kerr Okan of The LaFontaines
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Thanks to support from Renfrewshire Council, as part of a programme of events that back Paisley’s bid for City of Culture 2021, the majority of activities are FREE [however booking is required, see

Hosting a variety of workshops and mentoring sessions aimed at musicians, performers and anyone interested in music, the festival covers a range of subjects from Digital Distribution, Publishing through to Showcase Opportunities, Copyright, Media Training and Songwriting Masterclasses as well as a flagship concert on 18 Sept at Paisley Town Hall.

On 17 September the Music Conference features high profile guests including; Artist Managers for Biffy Clyro and Prides; representatives from Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Celtic Connections, Heb Celt, Edinburgh FRINGE and The Wickerman Festival see for information and free tickets

‘A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting’ is a star-studded concert at Paisley Town Hall on 18 September featuring; Dougie MacLean, Justin Currie and Eddi Reader, Findlay Napier, Emma Pollock and Paisley’s own Michael Cassidy.

The grand finale to the festival on 19 September, is a keynote ‘in conversation’ interview conducted by radio and TV presenter Bryan Burnett who chats with Deacon Blue singer Ricky Ross about his 30 year portfolio career as a songwriter, lyricist and broadcaster.

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