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Well, 2014 is upon us, and we look forward to welcoming people of Stirling as well as new visitors through the year, which is set to be full of cultural highlights alongside the momentous historical dates and major events in Stirling and across Scotland. To start the year, we welcome Canadian fiddler Gordie MacKeeman with his band. Over for Celtic Connections, this guy is quickly garnering a reputation for his cracking live performances, so be sure to catch him now. Another international first to the Tolbooth, Louisiana lumineers The Revellers visit us in March... We welcome back the outstanding McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle... they just get better and better, and we are delighted they can still fit us in amongst their ever busy schedules. For you guitar fans, as well as John Doyle, what a week-end in March with Tony McManus followed by an homage to Hendrix and Cream from Voodoo Room...

For fans of ReLoaded, we welcome back The Winter Tradition, and there are also plans afoot for the return of ReLoaded Fest - so look out for news there. We have comedy from Lucy Porter, a night for music fans with Stuart Maconie talking about his book The People's Songs and a play from Stellar Quines by locally based writer Christine Lindsay about her experience working in prisons, including Cornton Vale. And as ever, do keep an eye on the website for great gigs through the year in both the Tolbooth and in The Albert Halls, including the return of the RSNO in June... Our arts news includes current classes and workshops, as well as information on a new commission for 2014 The Bruce 700. So, an exciting year ahead - we hope you will take part. The Tolbooth Team

COMING SOON

The Tolbooth is owned and operated by Stirling Council The redevelopment of the Tolbooth was funded by

JAMES GRANT / emily smith / JJ GILMOUR / treacherous orchestra / JO CAULFIELD / SINGING NINA / LUKE DANIELS / CHRISTINE TOBIN SINGS LEONARD COHEN / GRAEME CLARK / HAMISH STUART

TICKETS 01786 27 4000

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm | Closed Sunday & Monday The Tolbooth is owned and operated by Stirling Council The redevelopment of the Tolbooth was funded by

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Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys Thu 30 Jan 8pm Tickets £12/£10

Hailing from Canada's Prince Edward Island, the award-winning fiddler Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. Dubbed 'Crazy Legs', Gordie's unique style of clogging captivatges audiences of all ages. The combination of fine fiddling, thrilling dance, blistering guitar solos and lively multi instrumentals make Gordie Mackeeman and his Rhythm Boys an unforgettable live experience.

THE WINTER TRADITION Fri 7 Feb doors 7pm Tickets £7 STANDING 14+

This grizzly comforting hybrid from Edinburgh rattle off arena sized stadium hooks so effortlessly, you wonder why every band doesn't do it. Their atmospheric brand of alternative indie rock is capable of filling any grand edifice in the land, so a gig in the intimate surroundings of the Tolbooth will be an experience to savour!

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WaTT NICOll Sat 8 Feb 8pm Tickets £10 Watt Nicoll's formative years were spent in Dundee and Glasgow. During the 60s and 70s he toured extensively as a songwriter and a folksinger recording several LPs for the Transatlantic label around the same time as Hamish imlach and Matt McGinn. Joined by his band, Watt is bringing the music from his early albums alongside his latest songs. All this combined with the comedic storytelling Watt is famous for will ensure an unforgettable evening of entertainment!

MCGOldrICK, MCCuSKEr & dOylE Thu 20 Feb 8pm Tickets £14/£12

A welcome return from three of the busiest and finest musicians from the current folk scene - after their stunning sell out last time they were at the Tolbooth, we are delighted they have found time to tour together once again. Master of flutes, whistles and Uilean pipes Mike McGoldrick is joined on stage by fiddler extraordinare John McCusker and acclaimed guitarist, songwriter and vocalist John Doyle. All three have worked with a stellar list of artists including, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopler, John Cale, Joan Baez, Paul Weller, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash.

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STuarT MaCONIE TONy MCMaNuS ‘THE PEOPLE’S SONGS’ Fri 21 Feb 8pm Tickets £12.50 Spend an evening in the company of this popular and prolific TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author as he talks about his new book and epic radio series, The People's Songs, a social history of modern Britain told through pop singles. Telling the story of modern Britain through the records that we listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day. As well as author of acclaimed official biographies of Blur and James, he is also one of the UK's top selling travel writers, with 'Adventures on the High Teas' bringing comparisons to Bill Bryson and The Times calling him 'a National Treasure'.

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Fri 7 Mar 8pm Tickets £12/£10 Acclaimed guitarist Tony McManus has been called 'the best Celtic guitarist in the world' by legendary English guitarist John Renbourn, and is known for his virtuosic fingerstyle performances on the steelstring guitar. To find a voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement. Scots born and now Canada based, from early childhood Tony's twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach. 'Tony McManus is the Jeff Beck of the acoustic guitar' Paul Reed Smith, PRS Guitars.

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VOOdOO rOOM Sat 8 Mar 8pm Tickets £10 A night of Hendrix and Cream tunes, performed with all the energy and virtuosity that you would expect from devotees of these massively influential artists. A new and exciting classic Power Trio, featuring some of the UK's finest musicians, Voodoo Room mash up the classic rif based rock anthems with the energy and style evocative of their time.

darE TO CarE by Christine lindsay Tue 18 Mar 7.30pm Tickets £12/£10 Arriving for a spell behind bars, where there are no secrets or boundaries, and carrying their life's baggage, a group of women tell their stories in a sometimes crazy, often poignant insight into their lives and the price they'll pay. Directed by Muriel Romanes. Presented by Stellar Quines and Fife Cultural Trust. Supported by Creative Scotland. JAN-MAR-14.indd 6

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Thu 20 Mar 8pm Tickets £10 Lucy Porter familiar from popular TV and Radio panel shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and The Unbelievable Truth - returns to the UK tour circuit, with her best show yet 'Northern Soul'. Does geography shape our destiny? Born in Croydon to a Northern irish dad and a Midlander mum (who met in Africa), Lucy never felt that she belonged down South. She tried moving to Manchester, marrying a Welshman and travelling the world, but she’s still - like the littlest hobo - seeking her spiritual home. “Fizzing with inventive one-liners, a treat from start to finish” The Herald

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THE rEVEllErS Sat 22 Mar 8pm Tickets ÂŁ12/ÂŁ10 Formed when founding members of two of the mightiest forces in American roots music - The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys - came together - Louisiana Cajun kings, The Revellers are now firmly established as true ambassadors for their music. it's nostalgic, gutsy and pulsating as they recall an era when music was played for no other reason than it was coursing through the veins and had to come out. 'This is Louisiana-bred party music perked up by an injection of contemporary pop, rock and R&B' Songlines

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TREACHEROUS JO CAULFIELD ORCHESTRA Fri 2 May, 8pm Sat 26 Apr, 8pm

BARBARA DICKSON & SINGING NINA RAB NOAKES Sat 3 May, 8pm

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Fri 6 Jun, 7.30pm

ANDY ABRAHAM'S SOUL BAND Sat 21 Jun, 7.30pm

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ARTS NEWS The Bruce 700

Scots Song Project

Pump up the Jam

We are so proud of our songwriting/performance workshops, which will be running again in February/ March... the performance from last term once again astounded in terms of the Already involved are growth in confidence and the Bannockburn Primary, standard of songwriting and Entitled The Bruce 700, this is St Margarets RCPS in Cowie a follow up to The Wallace, and East Plean Primary School. performance... This really is an amazing and will also involve Led by tutor Amy Lord, once young people from Stirling again she will visit each of the opportunity for local young people, and we would like to alongside professional schools followed by a take this opportunity to thank musicians. performance in the Tolbooth. our brilliant tutors for their This has been made possible input, especially to David Scott, with funding from Creative This time to mark events in Scotland for which we are very 2014, there will be a focus on who has been leading PUTJ for over 10 years now, and grateful. songs of the time of the Battle every time shares his incredible of Bannockburn, and also knowledge, enthusiasm and We hope the piece will be a of Stirling. We will bring all passion for music. fitting tribute to such an the schools together for a important time in Stirling's mass singing event in June. David, well known for his band history. The Pearlfishers, and as a broadcaster, is also a lecturer The performance will be in The at the Commercial Music Albert Halls on 26th June. course at the University of West of Scotland. We are delighted to confirm we are commissioning a new work from Allan MacDonald, piper and composer from Glenuig to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

With funding from the Youth Music Initiative, the Scots Song project continues, with big plans for 2014.

He recently created the first masters course in songwriting, and one of the first graduates was former PUTJ attendee Barry Maclean congratulations! Barry is now a PUTJ tutor and member of Stirling favourites Miniature Dinosaurs who are set to release their debut album in 2014.

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DRAMA and SINGIN' Forth Valley STIRLING Creative Learning Tutors for both drama and Singin' Stirling have decided to stop leading their workshops at the Tolbooth. A difficult decision for both, and we will miss them! We would like to say a huge thank you to Anne-Marie Hopkins and to Jo Miller for all they have given over the years on behalf of the Tolbooth and of all the participants, and wish them every success with future ventures. This sadly means both groups have ended for now. We will look at possible changes for after the summer in 2014.

Forth Valley Creative Learning will be launching its 2014 programme of Creative Conversations in the middle of January. This years theme is 'Creativity and Resilience'. Last year saw conversations from key speakers - Paul Collard (Creativity, Culture and Education), Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, Prof Brian Boyd and Keir Bloomer to the theme of 'What is Creative Learning'.

Heroes and Villains Stirling and Clackmannanshire Education in partnership with the Tolbooth are very proud to announce the successful funding by Creative Scotland of 'Heroes and Villains' which will be premiered at the Tolbooth in June 2014 as part of Stirling 2014. Heroes and Villains is a theatrical setting of songs based on stories written by children of Stirling and Clackmannanshire inspired by wild and wonderful characters of their area.

A multi award-winning team of Martin Green (of Lau, composer) and Karine Polwart (songwriter), with the support of composer and director Stephen Deazley will ensure a production of the highest calibre. Knights in shining armour and dastardly rotters will come to life through In February FVCL will also a cast of some of the finest be offering two programmes folk and pop singers and of 2 and 3 day professional musicians in Scotland alongside development for teachers, a children’s choir and an educators and creative ensemble of some of Stirling and practitioners who work with Clackmannanshire’s finest young children and young people and are interested in further exploring musicians. creative learning practice. We can't wait. FVCL is open to artists, educators, teachers and anyone who works with children, young people and adults who is interested in creativity and creative learning practice and its potential impact.

If you would like further information about the FVCL opportunities or you would like to go on our mailing list please email creativelearning@stirling. gov.uk

For more information please email creativelearning@stirling

CONTACTS:

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE ART

COWANE CENTRE Sat 1 Feb - 22 Mar Age 6 - 9 yrs: 9.45 – 11am Age 10 - 14 yrs: 11.30am – 12.45pm £34 (inclusive of materials)

Explore painting, printing and drawing - learn about colour, design and composition and have fun creating your very own works of art. Tutor: Lori Anderson

POTTERY

COWANE CENTRE Sat 1 Feb - 22 Mar Age 10 - 14 yrs: 9.45 – 11am Age 7- 9 yrs: 11.30am – 12.45pm £38 (inclusive of materials)

Explore the fabulous world of clay and learn different techniques to make wonderful original objects. Tutor: Lorraine Robson

FIDDLE, CLARSACH, GUITAR, ACCORDION & WHISTLE Sat 18 Jan - 22 Mar

Music classes run by Feis Fhoirt, to book please contact John Macneil, 07770 930295

HARMONICA

PUMP UP THE JAM Wed 5 Feb - 26 Mar Age 11+ yrs: 4.45 – 7.15pm FREE

It’s back! Led by Scotland’s top professional musicians this is the place to develop your songwriting or performance skills. Book now as it fills up FAST!

THE CITY MUSIC PROJECT Fri 7 Feb - 28 Mar Age 11+ yrs: 7 – 9pm FREE

Our Friday night music club. Come and have a go at playing an instrument and maybe even writing some songs. No previous musical experience is required.

TRAdITIONAL MUSIC WORkSHOPS

Monday nights 16th September 2013 – June 2014 Age 10 – 18, FREE Beginners Whistle: 5.30 – 6.15pm

For those who would like to learn the whistle but have no previous experience.

The Traddies (Access): 5.30 – 6.15pm

Group tuition in guitar, fiddle (violin) and whistle / flute / recorder (min 6 months exp)

The Session and The Session Extra (Intermediate): 6.20 – 7.20pm

Traditional music session and group tuition open to all trad instruments.

Tolbooth Trad Band (Advanced): 7pm – 8.15pm All trad instruments welcome (by audition).

See adult’s section for details

children MuSt have a signed consent form submitted BeFore the class starts. Download a form www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth or call 01786 274000.

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STIRLING & CLACKMANNANSHIRE YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE Tuesday nights 17th September 2013 – June 2014 Age 10 – 18

ACCESS ENSEMBLE: 5.30pM – 6.30pM (1 yrs experience of instrument minimum)

GUITAR

Thu 6 Feb - 27 Mar Beginners: 7 - 7.45pm £40/£32 Intermediate: 8 - 9.15pm £46/£38

Beginners will take you through the chord structures and basic techniques. Intermediate will explore different styles including contemporary. Bring your own guitar. Tutor: Lorne Ralston

STIRLING YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 6.30pM – 7.45pM

HARMONICA

The traditional music workshops are funded by YMI, the jazz workshops are funded by YMI and NYJOS. Both are open to pupils attending Stirling Council schools.

Join our regular harmonica group to play tunes and learn about this great wee instrument. Open to all ages. Tutor: Niall Lee

(4 years experience of instrument minimum)

ADULTS

16yrs+

STUDIO RECORDING Tue 4 Feb - 25 Mar, 7 - 9pm £56/£42

A great practical introduction covering the basic digital recording skills needed to record and mix your own music or a live band. Tutor: Mark Lough

FIDDLE

Wed 5 Feb - 26 Mar, 7 - 8.30pm £50/£42

For fiddlers keen to play together in a relaxed atmosphere, learning new tunes as well as technique. Not for complete beginners. Tutor: Marie Fielding

CERAMICS

COWANE CENTRE Wed 5 Feb - 26 Mar, 7 - 9pm £60/£50 (Incl Materials & Firings)

Demonstration and tuition in a wide range of handbuilt ceramic techniques including use of glazes but not potters’ wheel. Tutor: Lorraine Robson

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Thu 6 Feb - 27 Mar, 7 - 8.30pm £32/£28 (+ £5 for harmonica)

PAINTING

COWANE CENTRE Wed 22 Jan - 26 Mar, or Fri 24 Jan - 28 Mar, 10 – 3pm £140/£120

Participants to bring their own materials. Tutor: Peter Russell

KNITTING & CROCHET BEE Tue 21 Jan - 1 Apr, 5.30 – 7.30pm £1 per session, includes refreshments.

An informal gathering for chatting, swapping patterns, techniques and tips. All levels welcome, no booking required.

STIRLING WRITERS GROUP Tue 21 Jan - 1 Apr, 7 – 9.30pm £5/£3.50 per session

Advice, encouragement and constructive criticism for writers of all styles and abilities. Great record of success. Sessions with top tutors. It's not a course come along any week and see what we do.

Please note: classes may be cancelled if there are insufficient numbers.

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INFORMATION Tolbooth is Stirling’s venue for live music and the arts and is the home for Stirling Council’s arts development team.

TICKETS Book online www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth By phone

01786 27 4000 open Tue - Sat: 10am - 6pm

In person

Tolbooth Box Office is open Tue - Sat: 10am - 6pm 30 mins after a performance starts.

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Box Office: 01786 27 4000 Book online: www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth

Concessions

Conditions

Discounts are available to children (those under 16), students, people with disabilities, senior citizens, the unemployed and former and current members of the armed forces. Proof will be required when purchasing or collecting tickets.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless the event is cancelled. We reserve tickets for a maximum of 3 days. No reservations will be taken within 3 days of an event. Booking fees vary but you will be advised at the time of purchase.

ACCESS

Tolbooth is fully accessible and can accommodate a number of wheelchair users at each performance. Please mention at the time of booking if you require a wheelchair space. The Tolbooth has an induction loop system, please ask at Box Office for more details.

If you need information on tape, large print or Braille, contact 0845 277 7000.

GETTING HERE Public Transport

For information contact Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 22 33 www.travelinescotland.com

Parking On street parking is limited and metered until 5.30pm around Tolbooth. There are longer stay carparks in the city centre.

The information in this guide was correct at the time of going to print. © Tolbooth, Stirling Council 2013

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Thu 30 Jan

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys

8pm

Roots

p3

Fri 7 Feb

The Winter Tradition

doors 7pm

Indie

p3

Sat 8 Feb

Watt Nicoll

8pm

Trad

p4

Thu 20 Feb

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle

8pm

Trad

p4

Fri 21 Feb

Stuart Maconie - The People's Songs

8pm

Talk

p5

Fri 7 Mar

Tony McManus

8pm

Guitar

p5

Sat 8 Mar

Voodoo Room

8pm

Rock

p6

Tue 18 Mar

Dare To Care by Christine Lindsay

7.30pm

Theatre

p6

Thu 20 Mar

Lucy Porter - Northern Soul

8pm

Comedy

p7

Sat 22 Mar

The Revellers

8pm

Roots

p8

Thu 3 Apr

Emily Smith

8pm

Trad

p8

Sat 5 Apr

James Grant

8pm

Pop

p8

Fri 25 Apr

JJ Gilmour

8pm

Rock/Pop

Sat 26 Apr

Treacherous Orchestra

8pm

Trad

p9

Fri 2 May

Jo Caulfield

8pm

Comedy

p9

Sat 3 May

Singing Nina

8pm

Blues

p9

Wed 21 May

Luke Daniels

8pm

Trad

Fri 30 May

Christine Tobin sings Leonard Cohen

8pm

Jazz

Fri 6 Jun

Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes (Albert Halls) 7.30pm

Trad

Sun 8 Jun

Graeme Clark

8pm

Pop

Sun 15 Jun

RSNO (Albert Halls)

7.30pm

Classical

p9

Sat 21 Jun

Andy Abraham's Soul Band (Albert Halls)

7.30pm

Soul

p9

Fri 27 Jun

Hamish Stuart

8pm

Rock/Blues

p9

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