JAN - MAR 11
THE BLEND EXTRA MOGWAI RODDY WOOMBLE SKIP MCDONALD WITHERED HAND BLAZIN’ FIDDLES Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, p9
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Welcome Welcome to a new year of music and performance at the Tolbooth and to one of the best line-ups of any season we have ever had. So it is with some sadness that I have to announce that this will be my last season of bringing great music to you at the Tolbooth. On January 31st I will be leaving to develop new things in new pastures. I have been at the Tolbooth since it opened 9 years ago and I have to say those 9 years have been some of the most rewarding of my career. The Tolbooth and the wonderful team here have allowed me the ultimate music fanâ€™s fantasy, to be able to choose musicians to play at the Tolbooth and to be able to work with young and old alike to support them in developing their potential or even just to share a fantastic musical moment with them. Music to me is the ultimate social experience and it is the sharing of that experience that is most important. The Tolbooth has allowed me to share my love of this most wonderful of human endeavours.
There are so many people for me to thank that it makes it almost impossible but really I want to thank everyone who has ever been a part of the Tolbooth in any way, the people of Stirling, all the musicians that I have had the pleasure to work with and to create with, everyone that has participated in any of the Tolboothâ€™s workshops and projects, people who have travelled from afar to be a part of the Tolbooth and of course the Tolbooth staff who have supported me through all the crazy schemes I have cooked up (they are a wonderful bunch). I wish them and the Tolbooth all the very best for the future. The music lives on, the rest is noise.
Alasdair Campbell Artistic Director
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Wed 26 Jan, 8pm £17.50
Slow-burn, post-rock kings Mogwai come to Tolbooth on the first night of their world tour promoting their new album, “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will”.
The performance at the Tolbooth will be the first date in the band's world tour promoting the album and we cannot wait!
Formed in Glasgow in 1996 with the goal of being the 'loudest band on the planet' Mogwai quickly built a following throughout Scotland and the rest of the world.
"...the band create a wall of sound
Fifteen years later and they continue to push the boundary of where art meets rock with their sheer brutal, almost ambient, often lyric free sound.
optimism in fragile instrumentation
that reaches beyond the tumultuous guitars, discovering twinkling and sensitive synths...awe inspiring" The Guardian
Last summer they joined forces again with the producer Paul Savage, the man behind their exceptional debut album Mogwai Young Team, to produce their new album “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will” Tickets for this event have been on sale since Oct 2010.
Book if you like: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Company Flow
RODDY WOOMBLE Fri 28 Jan, 8pm £16/£14
Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter & performer. The softer, lyrical vein of Roddy’s songwriting saw his first solo release, My Secret Is My Silence, winning rave reviews across both the rock and folk press. He was also a key instigator behind the acclaimed 2007 album Ballads of the Book, bringing together leading Scottish poets and musicians to collaborate on new songs. Roddy went on to record and release the album ‘Before the Ruin’ with Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, which they toured extensively around the UK to much praise, including a sell out gig at the Tolbooth.
Roddy’s new album, recorded on the isle of Mull and produced by John McCusker, will be released in the spring of 2011 and this performance will feature songs from that album, alongside tunes from ‘My Secret is My Silence’, ‘Before the Ruin’ and several Idlewild numbers. Roddy Woomble - guitar, vocals Sorren Maclean - guitar Seonaid Aitken - fiddle Gordon Maclean - double bass Praise for ‘My Secret is My Silence’:
“A stunning piece of work” 5/5 - The Sunday Times “Tender and epic, enormous yet touching” BBC Music
Book if you like: Karine Polwart, Idlewild, Frightened Rabbit tickets 01786 27 4000
JAZZ SINGERS’ OPEN MIC NIGHT
£5 Singers / £3 Audience
As the world’s only “Stand Up Chameleon” Phil Cool is armed with a comedic rubber face and he’s not afraid to use it!
Thu 3 Feb, 7.30pm £15
Wed 2 Feb / Wed 2 Mar, 8pm
A friendly introduction to live performance with the backing of a fantastic jazz band and the support of an appreciative cabaret audience. If you love singing then this night is for you, even if you have never sung in public before, all you need is a sense of fun and a desire to sing. The open mic night’s are friendly and informal and full of like-minded lovers of the beautiful music of Sinatra, Holiday and Fitzgerald. If you’re not ready to sing then why not come along as a member of the audience to enjoy the atmosphere and see what it’s all about.
A major TV star in the eighties, Phil Cool shot to prominence with his amazing impressions and his ability to not only sound like but to look like his targets. One minute George W Bush, the next Paul McCartney, then Bill Clinton and later Bugs Bunny! With 5 top selling videos, 4 TV specials, 3 hit series for the BBC, 2 acclaimed series for independent TV he has become a British legend and treasure. www.philcool.co.uk
WITHERED HAND & WOODPIGEON + SUPPORT Fri 4 Feb, 8pm ÂŁ10/ÂŁ8
Edinburgh's alternative folk artist, Withered Hand makes a very welcome return to the Tolbooth. Anyone who managed to catch his performance last time around couldn't have failed to be impressed by the sheer beauty of his music and the tender, autobiographical and downright hilarious lyrics of his songs. I would suggest that a brief listen to his last album, 'Good News', will be all that you need to persuade you to get your ticket quick to this very special and intimate performance.
Woodpigeon are a musical collective from Canada whose semi-acoustic folk-pop hides a deeper and darker soul that is tormented with repressed longings and troubled fantasies. As frontman Mark Hamilton explains, "I wanted to write murder ballads but they all came out really pretty."
"Woodpigeon: they make the creepy sound charming." The Guardian
He has recently been receiving regular airplay from the likes of Gideon Coe, Marc Riley, Tom Robinson and Vic Galloway and has recorded live sessions on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music.
Book if you like: King Creosote, Neil Young, Jonathan Richmond tickets 01786 27 4000
TOMMY SMITH’S YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA Sat 5 Feb, 7.30pm £7/£4/FREE under 16yrs
Tommy Smith’s sensational Youth Jazz Orchestra are back at the Tolbooth for another series of concerts. Featuring some of the most talented, exciting and dynamic young jazz players in Scotland, the ensemble’s enthusiasm for the music comes out of every note and performance.
“...a swaggering confident testament to the ongoing high quality of Scottish jazz.” The Guardian
The orchestra have been performing regularly at the Tolbooth for a couple of years and have built up quite a reputation with our audience. An evening of fantastic music and entertainment, guaranteed. www.tsyjo.com
SKIP ‘LITTLE AXE’ MCDONALD Thu 10 Feb, 8pm £12/£10
SOLO PERFORMANCE Who has released records on all these labels: the legendary r’n’b label OKeh, the nu-blues stronghold Fat Possum, the key rap originators Sugar Hill, Tommy Boy and 4th & Broadway, Real World Records and the innovative On-U Sound? Which musician links Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, James Brown, Robert Plant, Mark Stewart & The Mafia, Sinead O’Connor, and Megadeth?
Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. The sound is raw, stripped down and intense, the message in the lyrics as important as Skip's virtuoso musicianship. The acoustic tradition of the blues crashes into the 21st century with Skip's use of effects that create his unique brand of Dub Gospel blues.
The answer to both questions is Skip McDonald. Skip made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years.
Book if you like: Adrian Sherwood, Howlin Wolf, Fred McDowell tickets 01786 27 4000
Fri 11 Feb, doors 7.30pm £5
TEA & CAKE RECITAL Sat 12 Feb, 2.30 - 5pm £8 incl tea & cake
Welcome to DisComBoBulate, where literature, performance and comedy collide.
Our amazingly popular afternoon recitals are back.
A ‘spoken word’ evening expertly guided by compere Ian Macpherson (The Comedian’s Comedian - Irish Times) and featuring Stirling Makar Magi Gibson, novelist Alan Bissett (Talent to Burn - The Scotsman) and poets Billy Letford and RJ Ritchie.
Is it the cake, the tea or the fantastic music that makes them so popular? Why not come along and find out for yourself.
‘a brilliant, thought provoking and highly entertaining mix...one of the popular hits of the festival and one of my personal highlights.’
This month we welcome the wonderful guitarist and former student of the RSAMD, Sean Shuji Tebble Shibe, for an afternoon of Bach, Granados, Albeniz, Terrega and more. With a slice of delicious homemade cake and a cup of tea, or coffee if you're that way inclined, included in the price you will need to book early to avoid missing out.
Nick Barley, Director Edinburgh International Book Festival 2010
BRIAN KELLOCK TRIO with CATHIE RAE & GRAEME STEPHEN Fri 18 Feb, 8pm £10/£8
Widely regarded as a world-class talent, Brian Kellock performs alongside critically acclaimed vocalist Cathie Rae and guitarist Graeme Stephen in a concert with a set from their new CD that includes original compositions, contemporary arrangements of classic pop tunes and some not so well known jazz standards. The new CD is the follow up to 2001's award winning Live at Henry's and the concert at the Tolbooth is one of the first chances audiences will get see it performed. A must for all jazz fans! www.thick-skinned.com
“Scottish virtuoso Brian Kellock (is) a master of almost every jazz piano style... richly resourceful, top-of-therange.” The Guardian “Ms Rae is confident enough in her arrangements and technique to deliver achingly delicate renditions of some well known tunes and original compositions that are quite breathtaking.” Jazz Views
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SAT 26 FEB
THE RELOADED INFO SESSIONS The Infamous Info Sessions are back to help your band get the best advice. Your chance to get one to one advice for your band from music industry professionals. For more information and a list of panellists please visit the reLOADED myspace. Entry << £3 Doors << 1pm
SAT 26 FEB
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FRI 25 FEB SAT 5 MAR
FRI 11 FEB << Creation Records Night FRI 11 MAR << Factory Records Night The best in local singer/songwriters
James Grant with Karen Matheson SAT 5 MAR Unusual Prospects - The Concertina THU 10 MAR Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet SAT 12 MAR Blazin’ Fiddles + support THU 17 MAR The Wiyos with Jarlath Henderson FRI 18 MAR The Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc + Samling SAT 19 MAR Les Freres Guisse with Coca Tenorio SAT 26 MAR Facing The Atlantic - Julie Fowlis with Rosa Cedron FRI 4 MAR
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KILLIN / STIRLING
the blend extra / march 2011
the blend extra march 2011 celebrating traditional music Welcome The Blend festival was set up and launched in 2003 as part of the newly opened Tolbooth’s commitment to the traditions of music. Over the past eight years the festival has developed a strong and important ethos and brand locally and nationally for supporting the continued development of Scottish traditional music. The festival has also nurtured a distinct focus on the other roots from around the world, juxtaposing world traditions with Scotland’s own. This year's The Blend Extra takes that even further. Venues: Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling | McLaren Town Hall, Killin With support from:
james grant with special guest karen matheson & friends Friday 4 March, 8pm £14/£12 James Grant has been a key fixture at the Tolbooth ever since it opened with his wistful take on contemporary song, so for Blend Extra we have asked him to gather some of his very special musical allies to produce an evening dedicated to the art of the song. Karen Matheson has been another key part of the Tolbooth’s programme and James has asked her for tonight’s show to perform her interpretations of some of his songs. They will also be joined by Donald Shaw and Fraser Spiers. A very beautiful way to kick off Blend Extra.
unusual prospects the concertina Saturday 5 March, 1pm £8/£6
Continuing our support for traditional music we take a look at one of the more unusual instruments that colour traditional music’s sound world, the concertina, or squeeze box. It’s one of those instruments that make you wonder how it’s possible to play, those buttons are all so small and so close together. Steve Turner is an absolute master of the concertina and for the first of our Unusual Prospects events he will be joined by Simon Thoumire and Steve Sutcliffe. The event is an informal performance and masterclass. Come along, ask questions and listen to some masterly music.
alejandro ziegler tango quartet Thursday 10 March, 6pm WORKSHOP £6 / 8pm PERF £14/£12
Tango dance workshop led by Stirling Salsa from 6-7pm. Alejandro Ziegler formed his tango quartet in Buenos Aires in 2007 quickly developing their own contemporary tango style inspired by the music of Julian Plaza, Alfredo Gobbi and Astor Piazzolla. The passion of traditional and modern tango with an orchestral sound. Astro Rocco - violin Matias Rubino - bandoneon Lautaro Guida - doublebass Alejandro Zielger - piano, conductor tickets and info 01786 27 4000 / www.theblendfestival.co.uk
the blend extra / march 2011
Saturday 12 March, 8pm £12/£10
McLaren Hall, Killin
Scotland’s award winning group, Blazin' Fiddles, come to Killin with their distinctive flavour of fiddle music that draws inspiration from the various regions of the highlands and islands. From solo to ensemble sets, they all come together in a fiery blend that raises the roof. The support for Blazin' Fiddles comes from an inspiring group of young traditional musicians many of whom have been members of the Tolbooth Traditional Music Workshops since they were established in 2005.
the wiyos + jarlath henderson, alanah henderson & ali hutton Thursday 17 March, 8pm £14/£12 In typical Blend style we open the Blend Extra Weekend with a St Patrick’s Day not to be missed. Fusing together the talents of Jarlath Henderson on uileann pipes, his sister Alana’s beautiful singing and cello playing and straight from New York the frenetic Americana sounds of The Wiyos (these boys must surely have some Irish blood in them). Jarlath Henderson is one of the most amazing Irish pipers around and will open this evenings St Patrick’s Day mix up with his sister Alana.
the nordic fiddler’s bloc samling Friday 18 March, 8pm £14/£12
The Nordic Fiddler's Bloc have blended three individual styles from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands but still allow their individual, distinct flavours to come through in a sound that is unique, meaningful, intense and invigorating. Samling is a four-piece band that binds together Norwegian and Scottish Gaelic vocal music traditions. Part of a new movement within the European roots scene known as Nu-Nordic, they take the two traditions and weave them together into a rich tapestry of harmony and rhythm with unexpected twists.
les freres guisse with coca tenorio & dj dolphin Saturday 19 March, 6pm WORKSHOP £6 / 8pm PERF £14/£12
Salsa dance workshop led by Stirling Salsa from 6-7pm. The brothers Guisse originate from Fouta Tooro in North Senegal. Their music is beautiful and sensitive and well rooted in the traditions of West Africa. With soaring vocal harmonies and swirling guitar lines. Ecuadorian born singer Coca Tenorio moved to Inverness in 1999 introducing the Scottish Highlands to her own blend of Andean tinged salsa. Her songs of life and love have poignant undercurrents but no unnecessary drama: they are utterly convincing. tickets and info 01786 27 4000 / www.theblendfestival.co.uk
the blend extra / march 2011
hallaig a celebration of sorley maclean Saturday 26 March, 1.30pm FILM / TALK / MUSIC £6
With Timothy Neat, Ian Balfour Kerr & Allan MacDonald. 2011 marks 100 years since the birth of the great gaelic poet Sorely MacLean and Blend Extra have brought together this event as a celebration of the Raasay man. MacLean’s poetry sings with the sounds of the Raasay landscape and the over bearing presence of the Cuillins of Skye. His work captures the life on the islands with its harshness and beauty but also places it in the context of a European and global struggle with the sense of change that people have no control over.
from a' gàidhealtachd to galicia Saturday 26 March, 4.30pm WORKSHOP £6 / 6pm TALK £FREE
Gaelic Song workshop with Gillebrìde MacMillan, 4.30-5.30pm £6 A superb workshop in Gaelic Song led by one of Scotland's finest singers. Pre Gig Talk With Gillebrìde MacMillan & Rosa Cedròn, 6pm FREE with ticket to Facing The Atlantic. The wonderful South Uist Gaelic singer Gillebrìde MacMillan has lived and worked in the Northern Spanish region of Galicia, a region that shares many similarities to the west coast of Scotland through the pipes and a common Celtic thread running through their traditions. Gillebrìde will offer this informal talk as a taster to the beautiful music to follow, which will feature singing from Julie, Rosa and Gillebrìde himself, and music from sought after instrumentalists Éamon Doorley, Alex Blanco and Matheu Watson.
facing the atlantic julie fowlis with rosa cedròn Saturday 26 March, 8pm £14/£12
This very special project, put together by Julie Fowlis and the Tolbooth, looks at two very different areas of the world that share historical ties, cultural connections, and the fact that they face out to the vast waters of the Atlantic. Galicia in Northwest Spain and the Western Isles of Scotland, brought together with music and song. Julie Fowlis is one of Scotland’s very special voices and also a committed bearer of the Gaelic tradition. Her latest CD was recognised at the Scottish Trad Awards as the best of 2010 and she has also been a recipient of the best singer award at the 2008 BBC Folk Awards. Rosa Cedrón began her career in the Galician band Luar Na Lubre and her sophisticated vocals and cello slip easily between her traditional background and a more contemporary European sound. This project sees voices from the Gaelic and Galician traditions linking and exploring each other’s sound worlds. The whole day will be dedicated to the opportunities in language, the language of song, music and of poetry. Julie Fowlis – voice, whistle Rosa Cedròn – voice, cello Éamon Doorley – bouzouki, fiddle Gillebrìde MacMillan – voice Alex Blanco – guitar Matheu Watson – guitar, fiddle, whistles
Buy a DAY PASS for only £20 and access all events on Sat 26 March.
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at a glance Fri 4 Mar
James Grant with Karen Matheson & Friends
Thu 10 Mar
Tango Dance Workshop led by Stirling Salsa
Sat 5 Mar
Thu 10 Mar Sat 12 Mar
Thu 17 Mar Fri 18 Mar
Sat 19 Mar Sat 19 Mar Sat 26 Mar Sat 26 Mar Sat 26 Mar Sat 26 Mar
Unusual Prospects - The Concertina Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet Blazin’ Fiddles + Support
The Wiyos + Jarlath Henderson...
The Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc + Samling
Salsa Dance Workshop led by Stirling Salsa
1pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 6pm
Les Freres Guisse with Coca Tenorio & DJ Dolphin 8pm Hallaig: A Celebration of Sorley MacLean
From A’ Gàidhealtachd to Galicia
Gaelic Song Workshop with Gillebrìde MacMillan
Facing The Atlantic - Julie Fowlis with Rosa Cedròn 8pm
The Blend Extra Venues: Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE McLaren Town Hall, Main Street, Killin FK21 8HW
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JAZZ AND TRAD WORKSHOPS
The project will be FREE to take The FREE weekly workshops for Stirling Council school pupils part in and is funded by YMI. We are in the process of continue at the Tolbooth. With creating an exciting project the workshops in Traditional You do not need to have had with the Glasgow Improvisers and Jazz music led by some any previous experience of Orchestra (GIO) and are improvisation, just a willingness of Scotland’s finest players, looking for young musicians this is an amazing opportunity to try. from the Stirling area to take to develop your skills. Funded part. by YMI and NYOS. See the If you would like to be kept classes and workshop pages in touch or would like further The project is in its early stages for full details. information please contact but we want to hear from you Clare. if you would be interested in taking part and would like to NATIONAL be kept in touch. RELOADED INFO We are hoping to bring together a group of young musicians between the ages of 12 - 19 to create and perform improvised music to the films and animations of Stirling born film maker Norman McLaren.
The infamous Info Sessions are back to help your band get the best advice. It’s your chance to get one to one advice for your band from music industry professionals.
There will be a number of workshops between Feb – May For more information and a list of panellists please visit our myspace.com/reloadedstirling page or facebook.com/ reloadedstirling
Since September 2010 children and teachers from St Ninians and Doune Primary Schools in Stirling have been working together on a project called Natural Identity. They have collaborated with visual artists Lesley Creevy and Andrew Mackenzie and poet Julian Colton as well as with environmental specialists from Stirling Council, Forth Environment Link, Scottish Natural Heritage and Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. The work that the children have produced is inspiring. An exhibition showcasing the project’s work will be open to the public in the Changing Room in February. See The Changing Room pages for full details.
Many thanks to Awards for All for funding the project and to Doune and St Ninian’s Primary Schools for their support and for making the artists and poet feel so welcome throughout. If you would like further information please contact Clare.
There can’t be anyone who reads these pages who doesn’t know Alasdair or hasn’t been part of something that he has established, organised or delivered as the Tolbooth’s first Music Development Officer and, for the last 5 years, its Artistic Director. Alasdair is someone for whom music and people are everything and the joy of bringing the two together has led to so many wonderful projects and performances. His enthusiasm and vision has placed the Tolbooth at the heart of Scotland’s creative culture. Alasdair is leaving the Tolbooth at the end of January after 9 years, we wish him every success in his future exploits, you will be sorely missed.
SINGING STIRLING LAUNCH CD
We would like to congratulate our singing group, Singing Stirling, who along with Kippen Wee Sing have recorded and produced their debut CD. Profits are going towards music projects with young people in the Stirling area. The CD is for sale at the Tolbooth Box Office for £10 and details of how to join Singing Stirling are listed on our classes and workshops pages.
Carolyn Paterson | Arts Development Officer | 01786 27 4023 | firstname.lastname@example.org Stephen Hume | Music Development Officer | 01786 27 4002 | email@example.com Emma Hamilton | Visual Arts Development Officer | 01786 27 4010 | firstname.lastname@example.org Clare Hoare | Cultural Co-ordinator | 01786 27 4014 | email@example.com
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS ART
COWANE CENTRE Sat 5 Feb - 26 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
COWANE CENTRE Sat 5 Feb - 26 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 Age 7+
Sat 29 Jan - 19 Mar Improvers 1: 10.00 – 10.40am £32 Improvers 2: 10.45 – 11.25am £32 Beginners 2: 11.30 – 12.05pm £30 Beginners 1: 12.10 – 12.45pm £30 Hire of fiddles: £5 per term, plus a £10 refundable deposit. Improvers = 1-2 years’ experience
Come and learn how to play fiddle. If you already play a bit, have fun learning new tunes and playing in a group with others. Tutor: Ruaridh Campbell
Sat 29 Jan - 19 Mar Age 6 – 9 yrs: 10.15am – 12.15pm Age 10 – 13 yrs: 1 – 3pm £50
Our ever-popular drama class includes stagecraft, voice, improvisation and developing a character, with the older class contributing to a script. There will also be an opportunity to perform in the Tolbooth auditorium. Tutor: Anne-Marie Hopkins
See adult’s section for details
PUMP UP THE JAM Wed 9 Feb - 30 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 noa as it fills up FAST!
Mon Sep 2010 – Jun 2011 Age 10 – 18 yrs Beginners: 5.30 - 6.20pm Group tuition – fiddle, guitar, whistle, flute and recorder (min 6 months experience of instrument) Intermediate: 6.20 – 7.30pm (min 2-3 yrs exp of instrument) Advanced: 7.10 – 8.15pm (by audition) FREE Group tuition and sessions are led by three of Scotland’s top trad musicians, Lori Watson, Claire Mann and Ewan MacPherson.
JAZZ WORKSHOPS Tue Sep 2010 – Jun 2011 Age 10 – 18 yrs Beginners: 5.30 – 6.30pm Grade 1 (or equivalent) Intermediate / Advanced: 6.30 – 7.45pm Grade 4 (or equivalent) FREE
An amazing opportunity to work with two of Scotland’s most respected jazz musicians and educators, saxophonist Laura Macdonald and guitarist Kevin Mackenzie. The traditional music workshops are funded by YMI, the jazz workshops are funded by YMI and NYOS. Both are open to pupils attending Stirling Council schools.
STUDIO RECORDING Tue 1 Feb - 22 Mar, 7 – 9pm £56/£48
Learn the digital recording skills needed to mix your own music or a live band. Tutor: Mark Lough
Wed 2 Feb - 23 Mar Beginners: 7 - 8pm £40/£32 Intermediate: 8 - 9.15pm £46/£38
Learn to play some simple traditional tunes in a relaxed environment. Beginners is for those with a couple of tunes under their belt, whilst intermediate is for those with more experience, working on bowing techniques and expanding repertoire. Tutor: Marie Fielding
COWANE CENTRE Wed 2 Feb - 23 Mar, 7 – 9pm £60/£50 (Incl Materials & Firings)
Intermediate (not for beginners) Demonstration and tuition in a wide range of hand-built ceramic techniques including use of glazes but not potters’ wheel. Tutor: Lorraine Robson
SINGING STIRLING Thu 3 Feb - 24 Mar, 7 – 9pm £56/£48
Friendly, informal group singing. Learn a varied repertoire including traditional songs, chants, spirituals, contemporary material and harmonies. You don’t need to have sung before – everyone welcome. Tutor: Jo Miller
Thu 3 Feb - 24 Mar Beginners: 7 – 7.45pm £40/£32 (for adults and children 8+) Intermediate: 8 – 9.15pm £46/£38 (adults only)
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
Sat 29 Jan - 19 Mar All levels 11am – 12.30pm £32/£28 (+ £5 for harmonica) A fun class open to all ages – families welcome. Includes broader musical development. Tutor: Niall Lee
CALL 01786 27 4000 TO BOOK YOUR PLACE
Children MUST have a signed consent form submitted BEFORE the class starts. Download a form www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth or call 01786 274000.
Please note we reserve the right to cancel classes if there are insufficient numbers.
TEL 01786 27 4005 TOLBOOTH, JAIL WYND, STIRLING CHANGINGROOM@STIRLING.GOV.UK WWW.STIRLING.GOV.UK/CHANGINGROOM
Natural Identity 9 - 19 February
Since September 2010 children and teachers from St Ninians and Doune Primary Schools in Stirling have been working together on a project called Natural Identity. They have collaborated with visual artists Lesley Creevy and Andrew Mackenzie and poet Julian Colton as well as with environmental specialists from Stirling Council, Forth Environment Link, Scottish Natural Heritage and Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. The aim of Natural Identity was to allow the children to investigate and learn about the natural environment around them, recording this through the visual arts and poetry. This exhibition showcases the inspiring work they created. This project was developed through Stirlingâ€™s Cultural Coordinator Programme. For further information please contact Clare Hoare, Cultural Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
GALLERY OPEN TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 10AM-6PM OPEN LATE: 17 & 26 MARCH ADMISSION FREE
5 March - 30 April Preview 4 March, 7 - 9pm. All welcome. Stephanie Smith and Edward Stewart have been making work collaboratively since 1992. Their work can be tough and confrontational. Fundamental concerns revolve around human relations and what people are capable of doing to one another, both physically and psychologically. Early video installations involved the dual interaction of a man and woman (the artists), often in extreme situations requiring mutual complicity and trust. For this exhibition Smith/Stewart wish to explore a new direction, where their interaction with others forms the basis of the work. Through giving specific instructions and working with particular groups, they aim to explore the boundaries of collaboration, power, intimacy, acting and reality.
For full programme details see www.stirling.gov.uk/changingroom or join our free mailing list for news, events listings and invitations to exhibition openings.
WHATâ€™S ON JAN - MAY 2011 GUIDE OUT NOW
events for all ages
Tickets: 01786 473 544
FEARLESS AND UNIQUE Hire the Tolbooth for a performance on Mon to Thu for only ÂŁ300.
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You get a dressing room, sound, lights, a bar, tickets and access to the best and most intimate performance spaces around.
With a seated capacity of 165 and standing for 200 all you need to do is bring the crowd!
Contact Nicky Ferrie 01786 27 4020 to find out more. macrobert, University of Stirling
Tickets 01786 466666 Book online www.macrobert.org
INFORMATION Tolbooth is Stirlingâ€™s venue for live music and the arts and is the home for Stirling Councilâ€™s arts development team and the contemporary visual art gallery, The Changing Room.
Tolbooth Jail Wynd Stirling FK8 1DE
Box Office: 01786 27 4000 Book online: www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth
TICKETS Book online www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth By phone
01786 27 4000 open Tue - Sat: 10am - 6pm
Tolbooth Box Office is open Tue - Sat: 10am - 30 minutes after a performance starts.
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.
If you need information on tape, large print or Braille, contact 0845 277 7000.
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.
Stirling is centrally located within Scotland and within easy reach of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.
For information call First ScotRail on 08457 48 49 50 www.firstscotrail.com
On street parking is limited and metered until 5.30pm around Tolbooth. There are longer stay carparks in the city centre.
Buses For information call Citylink on 08705 50 50 50 www.citylink.co.uk
The information in this guide was correct at the time of going to print. ÂŠ Tolbooth, Stirling Council 2010
Wed 26 Jan
Fri 28 Jan
Wed 2 Feb
Jazz Singers’ Open Mic Night
Thu 3 Feb
Fri 4 Feb
Withered Hand & Woodpigeon + Support
Sat 5 Feb
Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra
Thu 10 Feb
Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald
Fri 11 Feb
Fri 11 Feb
The Acoustic Bar - Creation Records Night
Sat 12 Feb
Tea & Cake Recital
Fri 18 Feb
Brian Kellock with Cathie Rae & Graeme Stephen
Fri 25 Feb
Sat 26 Feb
The Reloaded Info Sessions
Sat 26 Feb
Wed 2 Mar
Jazz Singers' Open Mic Night
Fri 4 Mar
The Blend Extra - James Grant & Friends
Sat 5 Mar
The Blend Extra - Unusual Prospects
Sat 5 Mar
Thu 10 Mar
The Blend Extra - Tango Dance Workshop
Thu 10 Mar
The Blend Extra - Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet
Fri 11 Mar
The Acoustic Bar - Factory Records Night
Sat 12 Mar
The Blend Extra - Blazin’ Fiddles in Killin
Sat 12 Mar
Reloaded with Pegasus Bridge + Support
Thu 17 Mar
The Blend Extra - The Wiyos + Jarlath Henderson
Fri 18 Mar
The Blend Extra - The Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc...
Sat 19 Mar
The Blend Extra - Salsa Dance Workshop
Sat 19 Mar
The Blend Extra - Les Freres Guisse...
Sat 26 Mar
The Blend Extra - Hallaig: Film/Talk/Music
Sat 26 Mar
The Blend Extra - Gaelic Song Workshop
Sat 26 Mar
The Blend Extra - From A’ Gàidhealtachd to Galicia
Sat 26 Mar
The Blend Extra - Julie Fowlis with Rosa Cedròn
01786 27 4000 www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth