The same venue will see the festival closed in style with a double bill of two of the hottest acts on the Scottish traditional circuit – The Treacherous Orchestra and Skerryvore on Saturday 22 October.
This year’s line-up also features two unique Spree Commissions performances with a focus on Paisley’s musical heritage, specially put together as part of the UK City of Culture bid.
The first will see Carol Laula and Friends celebrate Paisley, on Friday 14 October, with the much-travelled local treasure curating a special night featuring David Scott (The Pearlfishers, BMX Bandits), Mark and Claire Rafferty (relatives of the late musical legend Gerry), author Chris Brookmyre and special appearances from PACE Theatre group and St Mirren FC.
The second, on Friday 21 October, will see one of Scotland’s top traditional bands, The Tannahill Weavers, celebrate the work of the man they took their name from, Paisley’s weaver poet Robert Tannahill, joined by two ever-popular veterans of the Scottish scene, Eddi Reader and Dick Gaughan.
Both shows are in the specially-erected Spiegeltent in County Square, also set to host a triple bill of We Banjo 3, Michael McGoldrick and Friends, and the Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Trio (Saturday 15 October), and an acoustic gig with ex-Runrig frontman Donnie Munro (Sunday 16 October).
The Spree also hosts some of the top names in Scottish comedy, with headliners Daniel Sloss (Paisley Arts Centre, Saturday 15 October) and Craig Hill (The Spiegeltent, Thursday 20 October), as well as two Best of Scottish Comedy nights in association with The Stand Comedy Club in The Spiegeltent (Friday 14 and 21 October) featuring top comics including Mark Nelson and Joe Heenan.