A Renfrewshire arts group have secured funding as part of a new project that will involve Scottish musician James Grant.

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival were awarded £23,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to help deliver a whole-village multi-generational arts project.

The project, called Clachan, aims to involve residents telling stories and local folklore as inspiration.

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People, regardless of where they are in their artistic journey, are all invited to get involved.

The project will culminate in an album and local concerts.

James Grant, best known for the band ‘Love and Money’, will also provide support to collect stories, songwriting artistic direction, and master class workshops

He has worked with an array of legendary producers for Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin.

The Gazette: Morag ThowMorag Thow (Image: Supplied)

Morag Thow, a member of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival committee, spoke about her delight at the funding after first seeing the idea come to life on the Isle of Eigg.

She said: "I am very excited to get this underway after what has been a lot of hard work.

"It all stemmed from a trip I had to the Isle of Eigg where they put on a mini festival with lots of community artists.

"The music that was created was sold to people who wanted to listen and the money was redistributed back into the community.

"To have this come to Lochwinnoch now and be underway is exciting and although we are not "rural" as such, it is good to have something here which people don't need to travel to see."

Morag has confirmed that they plan on getting the full community in Lochwinnoch involved.

She said: "We plan on having all original work in the project and we will go out into the community and get stories and views from as many people as we can.

"We are targeting every person from young to old.

"It is still in the early stages and it will be another year and a bit before it is well underway but it is all exciting.

"The plan is that the funding generated from album sales and the live concerts will then fund other aspects to help us grow the community."