Meet the Glasgow band who are supporting Paolo Nutini

PAISLEY crooner Paolo Nutini sets off on his European tour tomorrow to promote his new album Caustic Love - and he is taking a little bit of home with him.

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The star has announced that Glasgow band Haight-Ashbury are hitting the road with him after they impressed the singer with a one-off gig at the Barrowlands back in March.

Made up of brother and sister Scott and Kirsty Reid, and Jen Thomson, the trio are named after the hippie district in San Francisco and have been going strong with their psyedellic influenced music for the last five years.

They are currently signed to Lime Records, and have had a successful career so far with highlights including a support slot with The Waterboys and a European tour.

The studio had been their home until the news came in that Paolo wanted them for his sold-out Barrowlands show back in March.

"The gig was total last minute. We had been recording and we got a call - and obviously we said yes," explained guitarist Scott.

And it seems the group are not joking about how last minute the gig was, as when they arrived at the venue they discovered singer Kirsty's bass was broke.

"We had not used our gear for a while so we had no time to check it before the gig. Luckily one of Paolo's band let us borrow their bass."

The group have only had a brief meeting with the man of the moment but with dates in Utrecht, Paris, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, they are bound to have more facetime with one of Scotland's biggest stars.

"He is so big just now. You can't go anywhere without hearing his tracks at the moment.We are proud to have a support slot with him."

For more on the group, visit www.facebook.com/HaightAshbury.

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