Going nuts for Paolo: Paisley pop star is VIP guest at Great Scot champions’ theatre show

Daily Record
13 Mar 2016
By Record Reporter

PAOLO, who met the youngsters at the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards, was moved to tears by their musical spectacular and gave them a standing ovation.


WHEN superstar Paolo Nutini told kids from the Ups and Downs theatre company he would pop in to one of their performances, they only dared to dream that he would.

So there was great excitement last week when the singer and his family rocked up to one of their shows at the Hamilton Town House.

Paolo, who met the youngsters at the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards, was moved to tears by their musical spectacular and gave them a standing ovation. After the show, the Last Request singer – who was there with his mum Linda, dad Alfredo and sister Francesca – went backstage to congratulate them and pose for selfies.

Abbie Smith, nine, of Caldercruix in Lanarkshire, who danced with Paolo, 29, at our awards in October, was delighted to see her pal again.

Angela Jack, president of the theatre group for children and young adults with Down’s
syndrome and their siblings, said: “I think it will be a while before they all come back down to Earth.

“Paolo is such a lovely young man and went out of his way to make the kids feel special.”

Angela, whose son Aaron, 17, is a member of the group, added: “The young people spend eight months practising for the annual show. They put their heart and soul into everything they do. We are so proud of them.”

The Timeline

I thought other fans might enjoy seeing Paolo’s career in chronological order.  Perhaps the alternate name for this post should be A Stalker’s Paradise. 😉

Please note: This is very much a work in progress, as we’ve only made it to 2010.  I realize many, many dates/appearances are missing. If there’s anything you feel should be added to the years I’ve already addressed, please comment!


APRIL 2004

11 – The Bedford in Balham (London) Audio and Pictures

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Donny Little for Yamaha

Ah, yes. This is what we like to see – excellent musicians noted for their skill, even if it’s through a guitar endorsement.  We were thrilled and proud to see Donny lending his name to such a purpose alongside some other truly skilled guitarists.

And I have to admit, when I saw this first around Christmas time, my first thought (as a self-proclaimed major Donny fan) was Merry Christmas to me! 😉





From Donny’s Instagram


Paolo Nutini, Clare Grogan and the Bay City Rollers honoured at the 17th annual SSE Scottish Music Awards

Evening Times
Stacey Mullen, Digital Journalist / Sunday 29 November 2015 / News

Paisley crooner Paolo Nutini led from the front as he was presented with a major Scottish music award.


The 17th Annual SSE Scottish Music Awards took place at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, to raise much needed funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.

The night brought together some of Scotland’s most celebrated acts and artists and honoured them with numerous awards, handcrafted for the occasion by Scottish woodwork designer, Paul Hodgkiss.

Winning the SSE Best Live Act Award was Paisley born singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, who smashed a headline performance to 35,000 people for Glasgow’s Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park, as well selling out two SSE Hydro shows at the start of the year.

Of the charity, Paolo said: “It’s great to be invited along and to continue the relationship with Nordoff Robbins that we have built up over the last 10 years.

“The awards are a celebration of Scottish musicians which is great but more importantly, they are a catalyst for raising money to help this great charity do the fantastic work that they do.

“Please, if you don’t know about Nordoff and the work that they do then look into it and give them your support. Music can be a powerful thing.”

Colin Banks, Head of Sponsorship at SSE said: “The 2015 SSE Scottish Music Awards was a hugely successful evening, raising a significant amount of money for Nordoff Robbins Scotland, which will allow the charity to continue the life-changing provision of music therapy throughout the country.

“SSE is proud to have awarded the Best Live Act prize to the amazing Paolo Nutini following a year which saw him play sold-out shows at The SSE Hydro and Bellahouston Park, amongst a worldwide tour taking in almost 100 shows.”

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Paolo Nutini talks to us about his own charity, winning awards and.. dipping his toes into fairy pools

Daily Record
October 25, 2015

HUMBLED by incredible stories of the finalists at our Great Scots awards, soul superstar Paolo Nutini reveals plans to launch his own charity foundation.


HE MAY be a newly minted Great Scot, but superstar soulman Paolo Nutini let us in on his plan to help great causes.

The singer, who starred at our awards ceremony honouring Scotland’s unsung heroes last week, wants to launch a charity foundation to support Scots in need.

Paolo, who was presented with our Music Award by Scotland boss Gordon Strachan before delivering a sensational hits-packed set, said he was blown away by the winners on the 25th anniversary of our People’s Oscars and revealed he hopes their expertise can guide him as he tries to help.

He said: “I’m just happy to be here. I was looking at the information about the people nominated and, my God, it’s all about them.

“It is overwhelming the changes people in the room here have made. It is unbelievable. Especially now, that sense of community is really important for any town or city.

“Music can really help people, help individuals in beautiful ways.

“But the main thing I am looking at is what more can I do to help. There are people here running things like support groups and community projects.

“I am keen to see if these Great Scot nominees can help me to filter that kind of energy, those intentions and help me underline them a little bit.

“What I am trying to do is start something like a foundation so we can start to expand on that and do more and do better. That’s the best thing.


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Starstuck Caldercruix girl, 8, gets hug from hero Paolo Nutini at awards bash

Daily Record
23 Oct 2015
By Robert Fairnie

ABBIE Smith was in her element with the Paisley pop star as the Down’s Syndrome theatre group she is a member of won a prize.


A STARSTRUCK Caldercruix youngster has awarded a Scots musician ten out of ten after the pair shared a dance at a top awards bash.

Lanarkshire’s Ups & Downs Theatre group picked up the prestigious Community Champion prize at the Sunday Mail’s Great Scot Awards at the weekend.

And eight-year old Abbie Smith was one of twelve delighted group members who collected the prize at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on Saturday night.

But not before she shared the stage with Paisley hit-maker Paolo Nutini.

Abbie, who has Down’s Syndrome, was in her element as the youngster has a passion for dance.

And proud mum Theresa Zambonini told the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser: “She just loves to dance and when Paolo got up and started singing she ran for the stage.

“I tried to go after her but she managed to duck and dive past everyone and by the time I caught up she was at the stage.

“She was up dancing with her two favourite dolls – Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen.

“Paolo spotted her and they started dancing. He then leaned down and gave her a hug and everyone started cheering and clapping so Abbie bowed. It was lovely.”

Theresa, 47, explained that Abbie and her Ups & Downs co-stars were then invited backstage to meet the singer.


She continued: “Paolo was lovely with the group and he said he was going to come along to one of the upcoming shows in March.

“We joked that while tickets are quite difficult to get a hold of, we could probably sort one out for him.

“Our families are also from the same place in Italy, Barga, so that was another talking point for us.

“My plan was to bring that up if we got the chance to speak to him – it just turns out Abbie beat me to it.

“We also managed to speak to Scotland manager Gordon Strachan as he was at our table. Abbie’s dad Kevin was disappointed he missed out.”

Theresa helps out with the costumes at the winning Ups and Downs theatre group.

And she added: “There were tears when we won the award.

“It was a really special moment and the kids in particular were absolutely delighted that we managed to win.

“Abbie is in her third year with the group now and she loves it.”

The Ups and Downs theatre group is a Scottish charity formed as a creative outlet for young people with Down’s Syndrome and their siblings.

Great Scot 2015: The stars come out to hail our heroes on a night full of emotion and inspiration

Daily Record
18 Oct 2015
By Heather Greenaway

IT was a Buddy great night for Paisley boys as top awards went to TV and music legends.


Paisley boys Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat and Paolo Nutini.

YOU can take the boys out of Paisley but last night you couldn’t take Paisley out of our awards.

Two showbusiness giants, both Paisley Buddies, were hailed at the Great Scots – superstar soul boy Paolo Nutini and Doctor Who genius Steven Moffat.

Both won awards at our 25th anniversary celebration on a huge night for Paisley as they bid to become Britain’s City of Culture 2021.

Paolo, who has become a global star after a chart-topping 10-year career, picked up the Music Award before playing a stunning four-song set at our ceremony in the Hilton in Glasgow.

But he was not the only world-conquering musical Scots on the stage last night as the Bay City Rollers reunited for the first time in 40 years before their sell-out comeback dates at Christmas.

Paolo, 28, who has sold six million albums worldwide and has played to sell-out crowds across the globe, was given a huge ovation as he picked up his award from Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.


Paolo Nutini performs on stage during the awards

Last night, he said: “I’ve looked into the stories of the people who’ve been nominated and are being commended here tonight – and it’s amazing what they are doing.

“We’re here as a wee bit of a distraction that definitely plays as a sideshow to the important stuff.”

Paolo was born in Paisley and was expecting to follow his dad into the fish and chip shop business until teachers at St Andrew’s Academy recognised his talent.

After leaving school, he worked as a roadie for Speedway and gigged all over Scotland until he got his big break playing at a Clyde 1 concert in Paisley in 2003, when Fame Academy winner David Sneddon was late.

Paolo was snapped up by a manager and, aged 17, moved to London, where he started performing on the radio and as the support act for the likes of Amy Winehouse and The Rolling Stones.

He signed to Atlantic Records in May 2005 and in 2006 his debut album, These Streets, peaked at No3 in the UK charts.

Its jazzy follow-up, Sunny Side Up, went straight to No1. With demand for him at its peak, Paolo went off-radar for the best part of five years, returning in 2014 with the stunning album Caustic Love.

The star, who packed out Bellahouston Park this summer, has a host of celebrity fans including Pink, Rod Stewart and Taylor Swift.

His award was one of the highlights of the night, where stars of sport, TV, music, business and charity came together to celebrate Scotland’s people’s Oscars.