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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.

For more information about Bring It All Home and to book tickets visit: | Email: or
Phone: 0300 300 1210

Zoë Bestel, Scotland on Sunday, 17 May 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 17 May 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine 17 May 2015, Zoë Bestel

Zoë Bestel is a talented young 17 year old nu-folk singer songwriter based in the small village of Annan near Dumfries.

She was the only artist to receive unanimous praise from our music industry guests when we first heard her at our Wide Days A&R You Brave Enough event in April.

Zoë re-releases her stunning debut album Sir Lukas and the Moon tomorrow. A mix of delicate, beautiful and spine-tingling songs, combined with her unique ukulele skills.

She has supported acts including The PeatBog Faeries, Nathan Connolly from Snow Patrol, appeared on Janice Forsyth BBC Radio Scotland show, and performed at The Wickerman Festival, Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe and Cambridge Folk Festival.

You can catch her live 29 May, part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival at Faed Gallery, [] for BBC at The Quay 8 June, [Free tickets] and Eden Festival in Moffat 13 June. Listen

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry night Born To Be Wide visit For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon