News - The Scottish Album of the Year Award Heads for Paisley

Kathryn Jones

The Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) will hold its prestigious 2016 award ceremony in Paisley - a town synonymous with musical talent...

The SAY Award, established in 2012, will be held in Paisley in 2016 and 2017 as part of the build-up to Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021, focussing on culture and heritage to transform the area's future. Paisley will be drawing on its broad musical roots, with internationally acclaimed musicians hailing from the town including; Gerry Rafferty, Paolo Nutini, Joe Egan, Nicholas Currie aka Momus, David Sneddon (Fame Academy), Kelly Marie (Feels Like I’m in Love), Stealers Wheel, and Chris Glen to name a few.

Jean Cameron, director of Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021, said "We are all very excited that Paisley will be home to one of the most prestigious events in the Scottish musical calendar. The SAY Award and Paisley are a great fit - the town has a wonderful musical heritage and continues to be a cultural hotspot for creative talent to this day. It is fantastic that Renfrewshire Council recognise the value of this important cultural event and support Scottish songwriters.”

Leonie Bell, Director, Arts and Engagement, Creative Scotland, added “The SAY Award has established itself as one of the most important events in the Scottish music industry calendar. Since its inception in 2012, the award has been immensely successful in recognising and celebrating the quality and diversity of Scotland's vibrant music scene.”

2015 SAY award winner Kathryn Joseph (pictured above) hasn’t stopped since winning the prestigious award, when she beat strong competition including; SLAM; Belle And Sebastian and Paisley-born musician Paolo Nutini, with her album entitled "bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled".

Kathryn is no stranger to Paisley, having performed at the town's annual Spree Festival in 2015. Speaking of the awards coming to Paisley, Kathryn said “Paisley has always been a place I’ve loved to be in. It has a warm and great feeling and it is also a very beautiful town - the equally beautiful SAY award will fit right in here.”

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017 and the winner at the end of 2017. Find out more at

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