Dunipace’s Songbird to soar once again

Barry Frame will be singing for his supper at The Songbird in Dunipace on Sunday. Picture: Michael Gillen
Barry Frame will be singing for his supper at The Songbird in Dunipace on Sunday. Picture: Michael Gillen

Two guys who now own their local pub are relaunching it this weekend with a special gig that will bring back some memories.

The Songbird in Dunipace, synonymous with live music, is welcoming a new partner to the business with a celebration of song on Sunday with a few names local music lovers might remember from nearly 20 years ago.

Owner Simon Perry (35) asked pal Barry Frame (31), both from Denny, to join him in promoting the venue’s already sterling reputation as one of the best places for live music in the Falkirk district.

The friends have frequented The Songbird since they were old enough to hold a pint and are using their passion for music to drive their plans.

Guitarist Barry will be singing for his dinner at his own welcome party playing an acoustic set with his band Grand Central along with fellow member David Reid.

Following that he will join his dad Jimmy, a well known performer on the gig circuit, on guitar for the Jimmy Mac Show before Jimmy joins his old pals from Stressed Out – featuring Jimmy Mac, guitarist John McLean and drummer Peter Macis – who are reuniting for the first time 15 years for the one-off performance.

Barry said: “Simon took over the Songbird in January and I was helping to book acts and sort out the PA system. I was there so much that Simon asked me to become a partner and I was thrilled to get on board.

“We have big plans for the venue. We are looking to refurbish it in January and will be booking some really good live acts and put on the likes of poker nights, games and stuff for families. We’re looking into doing quality meals as well.”

Looking ahead to Sunday Barry added: “It’s fantastic Stressed Out are getting back together for the night.

“I used to play with them when I was as young as 14 so I basically did my music apprenticeship with them. They were a big pub band back in the late nineties, playing all sorts from The Beatles to Neil Diamond and other classics.

“It promises to be a brilliant night.”

Sunday’s gig will run from 5-8pm in The Songbird in Stirling Street. For more information call (01324) 228186.