SAMAs Paisley Takeover: In Pictures

Despite the crazy weather, we managed to beat the Beast From The East and host the first ever SAMAs Paisley Takeover Festival featuring workshops, seminars, live-sets & more! 

Take a look below.

All photography by Brendan Waters.

Workshop with The Vegan Leather. An insight to 'I Take American'.

When's the best time to showcase your music to the Industry?
Featuring Nicky Carder (Beyond Presents), Jim Gellatly (Radio Broadcaster) and Nadine Walker (Tenement TV), hosted by Johnny Barr.


How to do D.I.Y in music in 2018?
Featuring Conor Goldie (PUBLIC REC), Ian Crawford (El Rancho Records) and John Stout (Regular Music), hosted by Johnny Barr.


Live set with Emme Woods

Evening Showcase: Siobhan Wilson


Headliners: Pronto Mama

We would like to extend a massive thank you to Paisley Arts Centre, all the speakers, the artists, Pistonhead Lager, Brendan Waters, The Print Box, Renfrewshire Council and most of all the audience who braved it through the weather. 

Out Lines | Heir of the Cursed NEW RESCHEDULED DATE will be announced soon.


Interview: Heir of The Cursed


How did you make your start in music?

"I started gigging young, my first paid gig being Dumfries Arts Festival when I was 11, in the back of an articulated truck on the high street. It's all I've ever really done or wanted to do and the only thing that makes me feel alive and real.  I find inspiration and comfort in the music and stories of Nina Simone, Alabaster dePlume, Ella Fitzgerald, Sybille Baier, Bettye Swann, the beautiful (and not so beautiful) people in my life, Scotland, time...everything is a poem or song.

I guess I'm most proud of quitting my bar job and becoming a full-time musician. It was a terrifying decision but I had to do it and now I feel like I'm making some sort of space for myself. And both occupations are precarious; a zero hours contract or sporadic gigs? It's hard but its worth every bit of anxiety. I'd urge all musician bar wenches/tenders to quit and make art full time!"

What are your expectations of playing Paisley for our festival? Is it a place you’re familiar with?

"I've played in Paisley a couple of times and have family very near so I know it quite well. It's a beautiful town and the people are salt of the earth! It's always a soul-affirming time when I'm gigging in Paisley.
I think the SAMA takeover will be a really gorgeous run of shows which
makes it evident how much the Scottish music scene has to offer and how robust and healthy it is at the moment. I'm delighted to be part of it."

For first time viewers, what can be expected of your set, how would you want the music you make to be best described?

"If all the muses assemble on the night then people should expect to be transported to a warm, comforting, celestial corner of dark Kenya."

You also do poetry! How did you start that and has it ultimately changed your music?

"I would say all songwriting is akin to poetry but not all poems are songs. I love language, wordplay, vocalising and how you can build a whole world with words and melody. Consuming poems and prose comforts me, provokes me and I think makes me in turn want to do the same to others."

What do you have coming up for the rest of the year, where can people find you? 

"The rest of the year I'm working on a play with the wondrous Belle Jones which we'll be sharing a work-in-progress of in April. I've also started a collective, Astir, with my two pals and incredible musicians Susan Bear and Kim Moore so we're releasing a record under that label and collaborating on more art. I'm also working on my own wee piece of theatre and releasing the EP (finally!) and touring in the summer. My main goal is to record the EP and tour it. I'm a solitary cat so it takes time but once I birth this record it'll be swiftly onto the next one and hopefully more of that if I'm lucky."

Interview: Emme Woods


Describing her music as having: “The quality of a fine wine but the satisfaction of a late night kebab” local musician Emme Woods will be delivering what’s sure to be a captivating acoustic set in Paisley record shop Feel The Groove. For first time viewers of Morgan’s live set she ensures “groovy times, hopefully some top notch banter and a dug.” Despite her quick wit and charming knack for enthralling any audience in her path, what can be guaranteed is a vocal mesmerising and raw backed by graciously understated instrumentation.

Emme Woods is amongst a thriving hub of local talent of which she says: “I think the Glasgow music scene is bangin’. The quality is so high but it’s still really great, supportive vibes. A lot of great bands are doing well and everyone is happy about it. That’s what I like to see.” Heading off to SXSW in Austin, Texas next month, looking closer to home for the rest of 2018, coming up Emme will be “working tirelessly on a new record so hopefully some sexy new tunes will be out and about in the world, for all to hear.”

Her acoustic set as part of our Paisley Takeover is one not to be missed!

Full line-up announced for Paisley Takeover including Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods and more!



The Friday night line-up of SAMAs Paisley takeover festival on the 2rd March will feature Heir of the Cursed and headliners Out Lines. Heir of the Cursed is a wildly breathtaking solo musician and poet who commands a magnetising blend of calming instrumentals and vocal stylings with her lyrical retellings of the subtleties of life in Glasgow. Following a sold out set for Celtic Connections and UK tour with Mogwai, headliners Out Lines are a fusion of three powerhouses in Scottish music: Scottish Album Of The Year award winning singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, The Twilight Sad’s James Graham as well as producer Marcus Mackay. Having released their debut album ‘Conflats’ towards the end of 2017 amid much acclaim, this dynamic trio will be sure to lure in a Paisley crowd with a strikingly defiant live-set. 

Also announced are the remainder of the weekends events including an intimate live in-store session at record shop Feel The Groove with Emme Woods, ahead of her SXSW debut. This intimate setting will match well with the musician's brooding vocal to make for an unmissable set, as well as spoken word on the Friday evening from local wordsmith’s Robert Blair and Shaun Moore.

Saturday's afternoon of seminars will begin with How to do DIY in 2018? Featuring Ian Crawford of El Rancho Records plus J-Bone promoter Alana Hepburn and Conor Goldie of Public Records. Followed by When is the best time to showcase your band on a national level? which will feature artist manager and promoter Nicky Carder, Nadine Walker of Tenement TV and Broadcaster Jim Gellatly. This will culminate with a special “In Conversation” segment hosted by Vic Galloway and feature former Simple Minds manager and ex Record Store owner Bruce Findlay discussing his inspiring career in the music business.

Already announced are The Vegan Leather who are hosting their own music workshop and Q&A, plus live set’s from Siobhan WilsonSWAY and Saturday headliners Pronto Mama

Tickets are on-sale now from Eventbrite UK and Paisley Arts Centre (0300 300 1210)




1800 Festival Opening - Spoken word with Shaun Moore + Robert Blair - Access with Out Lines/Heir of the Cursed ticket - first come first served, limited to 50


1900 Music Showcase w/ Out Lines + Heir of the Cursed.


SATURDAY 3rd March


1300 Music Workshop with The Vegan Leather.


1400 In Conversation - Bruce Findlay (ex Simple Minds Manager) interviewed by Vic Galloway.


1500 PANEL: When Is The Best Time To Showcase Your Music To Industry?


Panelists: Nicky Carder (Artist Manager/Promoter), Nadine Walker (Tenement TV), Jim Gellatly (Radio broadcaster). Hosted by Johnny Barr.


1600-1630 - INTERVAL.


1630 PANEL - How do you D.I.Y in music in 2018?


Panelists: Alana Hepburn (J Bone Events), Ian Crawford (El Rancho), Conor Goldie (PUBLIC REC). Hosted by Johnny Barr.


1815 Feel The Groove - In-store with Emme Woods (Acoustic Session).


1900 - 2200 Music Showcase w/ Pronto Mama, Siobhan Wilson, SWAY.


SAMA Paisley Takeover: Saturday Line-up Announced

The Saturday night line-up of SAMAs Paisley takeover festival on the 3rd March at the Arts Centre will feature: SWAY, Siobhan Wilson and be headlined by Glasgow’s Pronto Mama, with guest speakers and much more announced soon!



The four-piece Renfrewshire band have already carved their worth in the local scene using the past two years to hone their rhythmically high-octane live set to secure support slots with the likes of Catholic Action and The View, having played an array of Glasgow venues despite still being a relatively young band. Matching that with the release of their latest single To Be a Man towards the end of last year to provide a youth tinged social commentary backed by a barrage of addictive instrumentals and a chorus line destined for crowd roars, this is the clear evolution of a charismatic local band waiting to be heard! 

Siobhan Wilson

Following the release of her album There Are No Saints over the Summer last year, this heartbreakingly ethereal musician has had countless radio plays and press coverage, and is entirely worth it for her unique blend of breathtaking vocals and understated use of words that makes for a haunting live set. Siobhan’s striking raw ability and classical training really speaks for itself during live performances and is not to be missed.

Pronto Mama

There’s no better way to end this evening than with a collective that has continually epitomised the charm and cultural identity of their hometown, weaving jazz sensibilities and captivating instrument and vocal use, bonded together by beloved chorus lines as the conductor in this six-piece orchestra whose traditional stylings make this unmissable, particularly since the release of their much anticipated debut album Any Joy, a mix of songs old and new can be expected to end proceedings in a blistering way. 

This follows previously announced workshop hosted by disco-synth quartet The Vegan Leather, with more to be announced over the coming weeks.

Tickets on-sale now from Eventbrite on the link below, or Paisley Arts Centre ( 0300 300 1210 ) 

For more info, follow SAMA on social media: @OfficialSAMA #SAMA2018


SAMAs Paisley Takeover 2/3 March 2018!

SAMA announce new music festival in Paisley this March!

The two-day event will include LIVE showcases, Music Workshops, Industry Seminars, In-store performances and more!

Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) return with the first event of 2018 with a two-day showcase and celebration of grassroots music including an array of seminars and live sets across various Paisley venues. 

Festival manager Richy Muirhead says: "We're thrilled to be hosting a range of new music events in Paisley this March! The SAMAs Takeover is a great opportunity for people to come and see some of Scotland's new and exciting artists at the showcases, and learn about the industry at the seminars, and everything else in between from in-store performances and workshops!" 

The first act announced are Paisley natives, disco-synth quartet The Vegan Leather who will be hosting their own workshop at Paisley Arts Centre as they unlock the key to their signature pop sound featuring a lesson in songwriting plus Q&A! 

  The full line-up will be revealed throughout January on @officialSAMA channels. 

The full line-up will be revealed throughout January on @officialSAMA channels. 

For tickets visit Eventbrite UK and Paisley Arts Centre ( Call: 0300 300 1210 ).

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