Tickets on sale from 9am on Wednesday 21 June
In keeping with the friendship theme of this year’s festival, we have commissioned the renowned singer-songwriter and frontman of Love and Money, James Grant, to curate a very special show centred around Paisley: The Untold Story.
This is a completely unique and one-off performance especially written for this year’s Spree Festival
Featuring the Hallellujah String Quartet, James will be joined by some of his musical friends in the unique and historical setting of Paisley Abbey. Exploring the musical connections around the Paisley Pattern, the show will also feature the very first re-interpretation of the oldest know piece of Polyphonic music in Scotland, which was discovered buried in a drain underneath the Abbey.
James Grant's career began in the early eighties, when he formed Friends Again with Chris Thompson (The Bathers). Although short-lived, their influence was huge, helping to define the emerging sound of the Scottish bands that followed them.
But it was in a band called Love and Money that James first came to international attention. Signed to Phonogram at just 18 years old, James wrote four classic albums for the band, including the astonishingly mature Strange Kind of Love and the classic Dogs In The Traffic. Recording in New York and LA, he worked with producers such as Gary Katz of Steely Dan and Tom Dowd (who produced Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin). The albums produced several hit singles, racked up silver disc sales and created a devoted world-wide fanbase.
Love & Money reformed in 2011 with another stellar collection of tunes, both statuesque and guilefully catchy; The Devil's Debt, released to widespread critical acclaim in 2012.
He has performed or toured with artists as diverse as U2, Nanci Griffiths, Tina Turner, Pete Seeger and BB King and appeared on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, The Tube, The Transatlantic Sessions and even Wogan! He continues to live in Glasgow, write and perform.