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Welcome As we recover from celebrating the Tolbooth's 10th birthday, with sell-out performances from Daniel Sloss and Gallagher & Lyle, an undoubted highlight was the commission by Aidan O'Rourke for the senior jazz and trad groups, The Golden Steps. This was a significant challenge for the young players and they rose to the occasion magnificently, resulting in a truly magical performance and a standing ovation from the audience. Big thanks to Aidan, the performers and tutors who all contributed to create a truly special legacy for the Tolbooth's 10th birthday. And looking forward...we continue with a very eclectic mix, return visits from Martin Taylor and James Grant, with Chris Difford sharing stories and songs from his life.

The very best of the current Scottish indie scene are well represented by Admiral Fallow, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Flood of Red. And we have some of trad's finest in June with Capercaillie in The Albert Halls, DĂ imh in Killin and The Tannahill Weavers and guest musicians from Galway at the Tolbooth. And to round up June we have a very special classical performance from the Auricle Ensemble who will be bringing their MiniMahler to the Tolbooth! The best place to find out up to the minute information is on our website, where we will announce some of the great gigs for later on this year along with details of our summer activities for young people. Enjoy.

All the way from Minnesota, some mighty singing from Davina and the Vagabonds with a bluesy, sassy swagger and closer to home Edinburgh's Niki King with her funk injected 8-piece band.

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Peter Longworth

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Spiers & Boden

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The Campbells of Greepe + Guests

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Zoey Van Goey

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Phil Bancroft: Home, Small As The World p7 p7

Admiral Fallow

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Jazz Singers' Open Mic Night

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Distil

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Jo Caulfield: Cruel To Be Kind

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Martin Taylor

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Flood of Red

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Chris Difford: It's All About Me

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The Captain's Collection

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Kris Drever

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We Were Promised Jetpacks

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The Tannahill Weavers

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Dick Lee & David Vernon

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Capercaillie at The Albert Halls

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The Galway Sessions

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Jazz Singers' Open Mic Night

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A Day of Gaelic Language & Culture

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Niki King & The Elements

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DĂ imh at The McLaren Hall, Killin

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Auricle Ensemble: Mini-Mahler

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Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

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Martin Stephenson & The Daintees

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JAZZ SINGERS' OPEN MIC NIGHT

RACHEL LYN HARRINGTON

If you’ve ever dreamt about singing your favourite jazz song with a live band in front of an appreciative audience, then our open mic nights are for you! All you need to bring is a simple lead sheet (chords & melody in your key) for the song you want to sing and our outstanding jazz trio will accompany you with empathy and panache.

Seattle's country soul sensation Rachel Lyn Harrington draws from a rich array of influences including an upbringing in the Pentecostal pines of Oregon and a dad with a secret stash of Motown and Stax albums.

Weds 4 Apr, 2 May, 6 Jun, 8pm £5

Our cabaret evenings are friendly, supportive and informal and feature the timeless standards of Sinatra, Holiday and Fitzgerald combined with the musical magic of the Jim Clelland Trio. Come and see for yourself – and if you’re not ready to sing, then why not join us to relax in good company while listening to some great music. Please note that singers who bring three or more audience members will be admitted free of charge.

Thu 5 Apr, 8pm / £10/£8

A 2011 winner in Merlefest's esteemed Chris Austin songwriting contest (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt), Rachel has wrangled up three other gals for this tour of UK, the band comprised of bass, drums, fiddle and guitar. The live show will include a set of the girls' favourite country and rockabilly covers to boot. This is Rachel’s sixth annual tour of the UK but her very first with a full band. www.rachelharrington.net

“songs that conjure the ghosts of old America” MOJO

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PETER LONGWORTH

SPIERS & BODEN

Peter Longworth grew up in Brig O'Turk and attended McLaren High School. His exposure to contemporary music as a member of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland was the catalyst for his first forays into composition and in 2008 he was awarded a scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he currently studies under composer, Matthew King.

Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene” and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.

Sat 7 Apr, 2.30pm £5

The concert will feature the Astrid Quartet, a string quartet of some of Scotland's finest young players, who will be performing both as a group and as soloists. And it will also be an opportunity to hear the London-based, Bilitis Trio (a flute, viola and harp trio) making their Scottish debut, before they continue to tour the country. There will be everything from Tango to jazzinspired piano music and music taking the inspiration from the films of Martin Scorsese, the Barcelona subway and even a couple of boat songs!

Sat 14 Apr, 8pm £12/£10

Loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, they create a multitude of textures upon which they present traditional stories and dance music which have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals. Jon Boden (singer, fiddle, guitar, stompbox), from Chicago, follows in the footsteps of many of the great folk-singers with his theatrical style. Birmingham-born John Spiers (melodeon, concertina) has carved his own space in the folk scene with his unique blending of traditional squeezebox styles and contemporary dance music. www.spiersandboden.com

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THE CAMPBELLS OF GREEPE + GUESTS Fri 20 Apr, 8pm / £12/£10

Five voices, one family, nine Mòd gold medals through three generations. The Campbells of Greepe - Caimbeulaich a’ Ghnìoba - are one of the great dynasties of Gaelic song. Pipers and singers who love to dance, they are masters of puirt-à-beul, Gaelic mouth music, but their songs encompass a whole musical world - pibroch songs, work songs, and the songs of their own community. The doyenne, Kenna Campbell, is joined by brother Seumas, daughters Wilma and Mary Ann Kennedy and niece Maggie Macdonald for a night of music and great craic. Amongst the special guests are virtuoso American step-dancer, Nic Gareiss, and award-winning piper, Lorne MacDougall.

reLOADED ZOEY VAN GOEY

Sat 21 Apr, doors 7pm £7 in advance / £8 on door +SUPPORT / STANDING ONLY Known for making beautifully crafted indie pop: upbeat, sunny tunes with a surreal, often dark, twist, Zoey Van Goey return to the Tolbooth to headline reLOADED this April and indeed their return is highly anticipated. Since self-releasing their debut album in 2009 - the year in which they were also last seen in Stirling - the band impressed the everdiscerning Chemikal Underground resulting in the label releasing the 2011 follow-up 'Properller Versus Wings'. Their live shows remain an important part of the band's identity, evidenced by the fact that Belle and Sebastian asked them to headline the centre stage at All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. Making this particular Tolbooth outing wvwn more of a must see event. www.zoeyvangoey.com

"It's good to know a Glasgow based band like ZvG can flourish...this is charming folk-pop" NME

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PHIL BANCROFT: HOME, SMALL AS THE WORLD Fri 27 Apr, 8pm / £10/£8

A prime mover on the Scottish jazz scene since the 1980s, saxophonist and composer Phil Bancroft’s latest project collides humour, the power of music, visual imagery and communication technology, with the inner worlds and memories of you, the audience, to launch a collective enquiry celebrating what “Home” means to us in today’s world. The outstanding 7-piece band counts fiddler Aidan O'Rourke and guitarist Graeme Stephen amongst the soloists. In music furnished with ECM melodies, homespun fiddle rounds, lyrical chamber music and George Clinton Funkadelia but with a heart of its own. www.philbancroft.com www.smallastheworld.com

JAMES GRANT Sat 28 Apr, 8pm £14/£12

James Grant's influence on the emerging Glasgow sound of the 1980's cannot be denied and the critical and commercial success as frontman of Love and Money: four albums, several hit singles and a world-wide following, helped seal his reputation as one of the best songwriters in the country. 2012 sees the release of James Grant’s 'Best Of' album and the new Love And Money opus The Devil's Debt. James returns to the Tolbooth with an array of his classic songs from the eighties right up to the present day. Accompanied by harmonica master Fraser Spiers, this is music from the heart that will move the soul. www.james-grant.com

"[about Home]...an adventurous and imaginative success." **** The Scotsman

“Songwriting at its zenith” MOJO “Genuinely epic” Q

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ADMIRAL FALLOW

DISTIL

We are delighted to welcome the return of Admiral Fallow to the Tolbooth. Following their recent sold out show at Celtic Connections, the band are more in demand than ever - and it's little wonder.

The Distil showcase is back at the Tolbooth and this year features a strong line-up of new compositions from some of the very best trad musicians in Scotland.

Tue 1 May, doors 7pm £9 in advance / £10 on door +SUPPORT / STANDING ONLY

Led by captivating front man Louis Abbott's unflinchingly personal lyrics and resolutely Scottish sensibility, Admiral Fallow combine multi-layered harmonies with beautiful orchestration to create an unforgettable live performance. Meshing acoustic and electric textures, their set will have you dancing one minute and reflecting on life the next. Don't miss this opportunity to see Scotland's next big thing in the intimate surroundings of the Tolbooth - it may be your last chance. www.admiralfallow.com

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Fri 4 May, 8pm £10

Mr McFall's Chamber will perform the pieces, with musicians including, Jenna Reid, Robert McFall, Brian Schiele, Su-a Lee and Rick Standley. This year's composers. Steven Blake / Impressions Iain Fraser / Sitting beside myself Jo Freya / Blackbirds make me smile Mairearad Green / Rural design concept Rachel Hair / Legacy Suzanne Houston / Hold on tight James Lindsay / The Chader Lorne MacDougall / 8 bit bagpipes Amble Skuse / Tha torunn a’chuain Fraya Thomsen / Highland reminiscence Mike Vass / Doors Kate Young / Vata

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JO CAULFIELD: CRUEL TO BE KIND Sat 5 May, 8pm £12

The minute Jo Caulfield hits the stage you know you're in for a good time. Jo Caulfield is one of the most popular and successful female standup comendians in the country. Star of Radio 4's critically acclaimed It's That Jo Caulfield Again and recently seen on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The celebration of anger continues with acerbic stories about dating, relationships, drunken friends, bad service, reality TV and wrestling with the self-scanner in Tesco Supermarket.

“Wonderfully sharp and bitchy. One of the finest female comics at work” The Observer "Definitely the rising star of women’s comedy.” Evening Standard “She is, quite simply, a damn funny woman” The Scotsman

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MARTIN TAYLOR Fri 11 May, 8pm £15

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Martin Taylor has traversed the globe and collaborated with countless musical heavyweights and he returns to the Tolbooth for an exciting solo show. Martin's inimitable style has seen him win multiple awards and led to him being recognised as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows which combine virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong stage presence. www.martintaylor.com

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reLOADED FLOOD OF RED

Sat 12 May, doors 7pm £7 in advance / £8 on the door +SUPPORT / STANDING ONLY This six piece come from as far apart as South Africa and the USA but it was in Airdrie where they found each other and Flood of Red was born. Originally a trio who met at the local skate scene they soon expanded to a sextet. Their sound has hardcore and emo influences, think pile upon pile of jagged guitars, melodic and abrasive vocals, a squall of electronics and Satan's own in-house rhythm section. Their debut album, Leaving Everything Behind, was recorded in Baltimore with punk rock producer extraordinaire Brian McTernan and received rave reviews in Kerrang, NME and Rock Sound.

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CHRIS DIFFORD: IT'S ALL ABOUT ME Thu 17 May, 8pm £15

Double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist and enigma Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from every day life, turning the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 30 years. With his partner, collaborator, friend and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and bestloved songs of our time. Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love, to name but a few. Chris has 16 Squeeze albums, 3 critically acclaimed solo albums, countless top 20 hits, 32 American tours, 30 UK tours and a variety of global tours under his belt. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry - Elton John, Trilok Gurtu, Marti Pellow, Lamont Dozier, Willie Mitchell, Bryan Ferry,

Jools Holland and many others, as well as collaborating with songwriting partner Glenn Tilbrook to write the successful 1984 musical, Labelled with Love. One of his most recent co-writes appears on the best selling Ollie Murs album, proving Difford’s classic yet contemporary touch. For 2012, Chris is 'aided and abetted' by comedian Norman Lovett for an evening of music and humour. With Norman providing laughs in his own inimitable style, Chris tells the story of his musical life - covering everything from the 50p advert in a newsagent window that was the start of Squeeze, through to playing Madison Square Garden and beyond. With classics from Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love to recent solo hits, it’s a night of tall tales, big laughs and great songs!

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DOGSTAR THEATRE present THE CAPTAIN'S COLLECTION by Hamish MacDonald Sat 19 May, 8pm / £12/£10

Dogstar Theatre Company presents a revival of one of its earliest productions. Described as ‘a play afloat on music’, Captain Simon Fraser attempts to win fame by publishing his Highland music. In order to gain the favour of elitist Regency society he is compelled to remove the Gaelic verses, often of Jacobite and anti-Royal sentiment. Meeting Captain Fraser in advanced age he is visited by the ghosts and dreams dwelling within the pages of his collection, transported among the legends of the music and back through his own turbulent existence.

Directed by Alison Peebles Performed by Alyth McCormack and Matthew Zajac Designer: Ali Maclaurin Lighting: Andrew Wilson Musical Director: Jonny Hardie Musicians: Ingrid Henderson & Johnny Hardie

“an engrossing treat…fascinating and provocative music theatre…” The Scotsman

Directed by Alison Peebles, one of Scotland’s finest actors and directors, featuring the sublime singing of Alyth McCormack, 2009 Scottish Critics’ Best Actor Matthew Zajac and the playing of two of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians, Jonny Hardie and Ingrid Henderson.

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DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS Sun 20 May, 8pm £12

Imagine a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse and you come close to understanding what Minnesota blues woman Davina Sowers is all about. Sassy and feisty, she's a latter day Memphis Minnie, except this songstress doesn't play guitar, instead accompanying herself on piano in a gin-house style that makes a mockery of her classical training. Davina's sound is firmly based in New Orleans, incorporating blues, swing, jazz, R&B, soul and gospel, while in the upright bass, trombone, trumpet and drums of The Vagabonds, she has a band with the talent and attitude to reflect her idiosyncratic style. Known for their high energy stage performances delivering fresh, original vaudeville blues, the hardest working band in Minneapolis have shared the stage with the likes of Booker T. & the MG's, Joe Bonamassa, Pinetop Perkins and Robert Cray.

Go to our website or search "Davina Tolbooth" to see Davina and The Vagabonds live!

“from the churning emotion of Billie Holiday to Amy Winehouse by way of Etta James!” Newcastle Evening Chronicle “Davina is a real talent who deserves greater exposure...highly recommend this band...10 out of 10” Blues in Britain

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KRIS DREVER Fri 25 May, 8pm £10

Well known to the Tolbooth for his performances with Lau and Drever, McCusker and Womble, Orcadian Kris Drever is a fine singer and guitarist and we are thrilled to host one of his rare solo performances.

toured and recorded all over the world with names such as Phil Cunningham, Kate Rusby and Eddi Reader.

Nominated Folk Singer of the Year at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Kris's debut album 'Black Water' won him the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007 and his highly acclaimed second album, 'Mark the Hard Earth' was released in 2010.

notch guitarist. The folk revival has a

Equally popular with the traditional fans as with the new folkies, his voice has a soulful resonance and on guitar he has honed his own individual blend of rhythm and harmony, tinged with folk, jazz and country influences.

“Maturity and flair flow from every

“A strong, natural singer and top new standard bearer.” Q Magazine

track” The Telegraph

Kris has had a busy year, touring with Tim O'Brien, Lau and as part of Drever, McCusker and Woomble. As a session player he has

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WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS Thu 31 May, 8pm £10 in advance / £12 on door +SUPPORT / STANDING ONLY I'm guessing that the younger version of We Were Promised Jetpacks would never have believed that in 2012 they would have just completed a US tour including a date at the Coachella Music Festival in California.

Their thunderous live performances have been compared to fellow Scot's Mogwai and they possess a pop sensibility comparable to that of Foals or Bloc Party. Another amazing night at the Tolbooth.

Assembled in Edinburgh as high school friends in 2003, Adam Thompson, (Guitar/ Vocal), Michael Palmer (Guitar), Sean Smith (Bass) and Darren Lackie (Drums) they have gone on to become one of Scotland's rising bands.

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“Punchy, literate guitar music.” NME

We were Promised Jetpacks have certainly established themselves as part of the Scottish indie scene that includes The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit. More recent years have seen WWPJ soar aural heights and emotional depths in every sense: their sound is a cacophonous tour de force: louder, wilder, avidly literate; fiercely melodic, yet eagerly restrained.

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TANNAHILL WEAVERS Fri 1 Jun, 8pm £12/£10

The Tannies are one of Scotland ‘s most enduring and best loved, traditional bands, proven with their induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame last year. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries and swings from instrumentals and reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs to demonstrate the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. This combination of traditional melodies, delivered with tight harmonies and driving rhythmic accompaniment, makes their performances truly memorable, and has won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.

“An especially eloquent mixture of the

DICK LEE & DAVID VERNON Sat 2 Jun, 2.30pm £8 inc tea & cake

Displaying dazzling musicianship, David Vernon (clarinet, bass clarinet and soprano saxophone) and Dick Lee (accordion) take you on a musical journey around the world, having absorbed influences from all corners of the globe. Performing acoustically, they offer a virtuoso range of music and humour which appeals to all tastes. From the high energy Jewish hora and Gypsy rhythms, to the sublime Tango and Musette waltz, hot fiery Balkan Melodies and light Classical, Jazz and Traditional Music, they intertwine melody and harmony with consummate ease, offering a repertoire as exciting and varied as their undoubted talents.

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CAPERCAILLIE @ THE ALBERT HALLS Sun 3 Jun, 7.30pm from £17.50

Throughout their career Capercaillie have drawn on two great strengths to inspire them. The first of these is the astonishing musical dexterity of the various fiddle, whistle, flute and pipes who have performed with them over the years, led by the accordion and keyboards of band founder Donald Shaw. The other foundation of the band has been the peerless voice of co-founder Karen Matheson, described by Sean Connery as having "a throat that is surely touched by God".

Clearly a successful combination as the band have sold over a million albums world wide. Capercaillie have been credited with being the major force in bringing Celtic music to the world stage, and their unique fusion of Gaelic culture and contemporary sound has always stretched boundaries in their quest to keep the music evolving.

“Nobody does it better” Q Magazine

Universally recognised as one of the finest Gaelic singers today, Karen’s exquisite voice has been at the centre of the band’s music, whether breathing new life into 400 year old Gaelic songs or bringing her luscious vocals to the band’s contemporary compositions.

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1-9 June CELEBRATING THE VERY BEST IN CELTIC MUSIC & STIRLING’S SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GALWAY.

Tolbooth The Albert Halls Stirling Folk Club The Smith Gallery & Museum Kinlochard Village Hall

FRI 1 JUN, TOLBOOTH, 8PM / MUSIC

TANNAHILL WEAVERS

SUN 3 JUN, THE ALBERT HALLS, 8PM / MUSIC

CAPERCAILLIE

MON 4 JUN, STIRLING FOLK CLUB, 8PM / MUSIC

THE JAKE COGAN BAND + FALKENAU, ULLMAN & MURRAY THU 7 JUN, TOLBOOTH, 8PM / MUSIC

FALKENAU, ULLMAN & MURRAY FRI 8 JUN, THE SMITH GALLERY & MUSEUM, 12PM / MUSIC & TALK

THE MUSIC OF THE IRISH JACOBITE WARS

FRI 8 JUN, THE SMITH GALLERY & MUSEUM, 2.30PM / MUSIC & TALK

GRIOGAIR LAUBHRIE: GAELIC MUSIC OF ARGYLL FRI 8 JUN, TOLBOOTH, 8PM / MUSIC

GAELTACHTS OF CONNEMARA, CORCA DHUIBHNE & ARGYLL SAT 9 JUN, TOLBOOTH, from 11AM / MUSIC & WORKSHOPS

A CELEBRATION OF GAELIC AND MUSIC SAT 9 JUN, KINLOCHARD VILLAGE HALL nr Aberfoyle 8PM / MUSIC

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A DAY CELEBRATING GAELIC LANGUAGE & CULTURE Sat 9 Jun, from 11am

HIDARUM HODARUM! 11am - 12pm £3 adults / £1 children A workshop for families with children under 5. Interactive singing, listening and movement with inspiring early years educator, Barnaby Brown. Grown-ups, be prepared to be out-classed by your kids as they pick up Hebridean canntaireachd. We'll invent vocables, play improvisation games and compose a pibroch together the MacCrimmon way: by singing. Barnaby leads the module Teaching Musics of the World at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. FEIS FHOIRT 12.45 - 2pm End of term concert. FREE but ticketed A special invitation to friends and family of the Feis Saturday classes at the Tolbooth. Come and hear what the young folk and their tutors have been working on.

HODRODRE HADRADRE! 2.30 - 3.30pm A workshop for all ages. / £3 Barnaby Brown is a world leader in demystifying the classical music of the Highland bagpipe. This hour of full immersion in one of the richest 'undiscovered' traditions does not require any musical experience, nor a love of bagpipes. Expect to sing solidly and to leave feeling that ceòl mòr (the big music) is exciting, inspiring and easy to handle. Whether you are learning the pipes, enjoy singing or wish a deeper appreciation as a listener, this workshop is for you! A CELEBRATION OF GAELIC & MUSIC 7.30pm / £5/£3 Featuring young local musicians including tunes and songs from Riverside Music Project's 'Backroom Band' and members of Feis Fhoirt, both participants and tutors. With special guest singer and guitarist Norrie MacIver, formerly of Bedga and now a member of Manran, who have quite literally rocketed to the top of the Scottish music scene. tickets 01786 27 4000

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Sat 16 Jun, 8pm / £12 +SUPPORT / STANDING ONLY Award winning singer /songwriter Niki King returns home to Scotland and brings her sensational 8-piece band to the Tolbooth. Having recently moved to New York, Niki had the opportunity to record her new album, It's All Good, with the cream of the city's musical talent featuring players from the bands of Prince, Sonny Rollins, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Michael Buble. Now back on home soil, with a pumping brass and driving rhythm section made up from some of Scotland's top players, expect to be blown away by Niki's incredible vocal range and up-tempo, soul-funk sound.

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NIKI KING & THE ELEMENTS

DÀIMH

Fri 29 Jun, 7.30pm £12/£10 McLaren Hall, Killin Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, Gaelic supergroup Dàimh, fuse together music from the Celtic diaspora in a celebration of their common ground. From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full excessive gamut of folk music at its best, and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows. Twice nominated for Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards with singer Callum Alex twice nominated for STMA Gaelic Singer of the Year.

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AURICLE ENSEMBLE: MINI-MAHLER Sat 30 Jun, 8pm £14/£12

Soprano Alexa Mason (ENO) joins just fifteen Auricle players under conductor Christopher Swaffer to perform Mahler's Songs of a Travelling Wayfarer and Fourth Symphony (with live surtitles) and Debussy's tranquil masterpiece 'Prélude à L'après midi d'un faune'. These three exquisite reductions form part of Auricle's two-year Mini Mahler series, in which they are performing all of the available Mahler arrangements made for Schoenberg's Private Music Society in early 1920's Vienna.

Full Programme: Claude Debussy Prélude à L'après midi d'un faune / Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (12') Gustav Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen* / Songs of a Travelling Wayfarer (20') interval (20') Gustav Mahler Symphony no. 4 in G major* (56')

"revelatory...gorgeous...compelling...

Auricle Ensemble Soprano - Alexa Mason Conductor - Christopher Swaffer

characterful...ravishing...****"

*performed in German with live English surtitles

The Herald

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PHIL & ALY @ THE ALBERT HALLS

MARTIN STEPHENSON & THE DAINTEES

Fri 3 Aug, 7.30pm from ÂŁ14

Thu 23 Aug, 8pm / ÂŁ16 +SUPPORT

It's a very warm welcome back to Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham who return to The Albert Halls after last year's sell out performance.

It's great to have Martin Stephenson back at the Tolbooth and with The Daintees, on their first proper major UK tour since 1992.

Indvidually they are masters of what they do, Aly Bain is one of the most significant fiddlle players in the Celtic tradition and Phil Cunningham is a world famous accordion player, composer and more recently, TV presenter.

Their acclaimed debut album, Boat To Bolivia, was released 26 years ago to rave reviews including this high praise from the NME "it builds bridges between love and hate, between cradle and grave, between folk and pop, between past and present".

Together they are unsurpassed. With over 25 years of performing together their musicality, storytelling and humour make any performance a memorable evening out.

Martin Stephenson and The Daintees released a further three albums before Martin embarked on a solo career.

"Simply the best traditional musicians

This is your chance to catch them playing Boat To Bolivia in its entirety.

you are ever likely to hear." The Herald

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ARTS NEWS

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

THE CHANGING ROOM

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ARTS NEWS CITY MUSIC PROJECT IN SCHOOLS

The City Music Project has expanded from it’s usual home in the Tolbooth on a Friday evening from 7 till 9 and is now running in some Stirling secondary schools thanks to funding from YMI. The workshops which are geared towards songwriting are taking place in St Modans, Bannockburn and Dunblane High Schools with selected groups.

Episcopal PS, Borestone, normally addressed within a Gartmore and Port of Menteith learning context such as nudity, sexuality and death. Primary Schools. They all performed in front of friends and family, as well as enjoying watching the Paul McKenna Band. This was the culmination of the latest round of Scots Song workshops with Amy going into the schools. An addition this time around was a visit to the schools by Matthew Fitt, Scots poet and writer. The children also learn about the stories of the songs, and the language as well.

The beauty of the Project is ENGAGE that it is open to young people WORKSHOPS who have no previous musical experience, right up to those TALK who are showing signs of being May 26, 11am – 3pm the next Lennon or McCartney. The Changing Room

&

The aim of this workshop is to allow artists, creative practitioners and relevant teaching staff to develop their confidence and skills in addressing difficult topics in art and discuss their possible uses. We will also be addressing the safe use of photography in both formal and informal learning environments. Participants will develop a stronger sense of what is appropriate viewing material and how it can be justified within the context of a particular learning environment/group dynamic.

Led by photographer and artist Lisa Fleming with a talk by Jo Mawdsley, Education Officers The visual arts and photography at the National Galleries of are excellent mediums for Scotland. Please book through artists, communities, children the Tolbooth Box Office. and young people to explore and research numerous topics SUMMER and areas of their lives.

The schools programme will run until June this year and is already proving to be a huge success. Whilst the workshops in schools are for select pupils, the Friday night workshops at the Tolbooth are open to all. For more information please contact Both are excellent mediums within which to examine every Stephen Hume. facet of human existence both good and bad. Many artists illustrate areas of life not SCOTS SONG

SCHOOLS

We are just confirming the final details as we go to press for our programme of Summer Schools and Workshops from July – Aug 2012.

PERFORMANCES

In March we held 3 brilliant performances of Scots Song, with our tutor Amy Lord leading children from St Mary’s

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Full details will be available in our next brochure but we have a brief listing below. Book by calling the Box Office on 01786 27 4000. YMI JAZZ SUMMER SCHOOL MON 2 & TUE 3 JUL, 10AM - 4PM AGE: 10 - 18YRS £10* If you love jazz or would like to give jazz a try for the first time this 2 day school is for you. All instruments welcome. Aimed at musicians of all levels, from beginners to advanced, the Summer Jazz School tutors, jazz musicians Laura Macdonald (saxophone) and Kevin Mackenzie (guitar) alongside other visiting musicians will offer you a fantastic opportunity to develop and improve playing, improvisation, performance and your knowledge of jazz. YMI TRAD SUMMER SCHOOL THU 5 & FRI 6 JUL, 10AM - 4PM AGE: 10 - 18YRS £10* Aimed at musicians of all levels, from beginners to advanced, the Tolbooth / RCS Traditional Music Summer School will offer you an opportunity to play traditional music for the first

time or to develop and improve your playing and knowledge of traditional music as well as meet new musicians and form new trad bands over the two days alongside professional musicians. Focus on guitar, fiddle, accordion, whistle, flute and bodrhan but other instruments welcome too for more advanced musicians. YMI JAZZ/TRAD FUSION WORKSHOP WED 4 JUL, 10AM - 4.30PM AGE: 10 - 21YRS £6* We are hoping to bring together a jazz / trad fusion workshop for advanced musicians, grade 4+ or equivalent. If this is something that you would be interested in taking part in please register interest by calling the Box Office. *these workshops are subsidised by the Youth Music Initiative and free places are on offer to those in receipt of free school meals. RED III MON 30 JUL - SAT 11 AUG, 10AM - 6PM AGE: 11+YRS £TBC For the past 2 years the Red

project has caused quite a stir with it’s ambitious aims to marry brand new music written and performed by young people with a brand new theatre piece, you guessed it, written and performed by young people. 2012 sees the project return for a third year and the biggest Red yet. We’re looking for any budding musicians/songwriters, actors and scriptwriters who want to get involved in this year’s production. Please contact Stephen Hume for more information. PUTJ SUMMER SATURDAYS SAT 30 JUN / SAT 14 JUL / SAT 21 JUL TIMES: TBC AGE: 11+YRS £FREE Pump Up the Jam, the Tolbooth’s songwriting workshop is teaming up with “Unsigned”, a similar group in East Ayrshire, to deliver 3 day workshops on Saturdays in July which will give an introduction to the music industry. The 2 projects will come together to learn various skills such as how to work a PA system, how to write music for TV and film and how best to market your band on and off the internet. For more information please contact Stephen Hume.

CONTACTS:

Carolyn Paterson | Senior Arts Development Officer | 01786 27 4023 | patersonc3@stirling.gov.uk Stephen Hume | Music Development Officer | 01786 27 4002 | humes@stirling.gov.uk Emma Hamilton | Visual Arts Development Officer | 01786 27 4010 | hamiltone@stirling.gov.uk Clare Hoare | Cultural Co-ordinator | 01786 27 4014 | hoarec@stirling.gov.uk

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS ART

CHILDREN

COWANE CENTRE Sat 21 Apr - 16 Jun (except 19 May) 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 21 Apr - 16 Jun (except 19 May) 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

HARMONICA

See adult’s section for details

PUMP UP THE JAM Wed 25 Apr - 13 Jun 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!

Trad Workshops Mondays from 30 Jan - Jun Age 10 – 18 yrs FREE The Traddies: 5.30 – 6.20pm

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

The Session: 6.20 – 7.30pm

Traditional music session and group tuition open to all trad instruments. (min 2-3 yrs exp)

Tolbooth Trad Band: 7.10 – 8.15pm All trad instruments. (by audition)

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

Group tuition and sessions are led by three of Scotland’s top trad musicians, Lori Watson, Claire Mann and Innes Watson. For more info Clare Hoare on 01786 27 4014 and call 01786 27 4000 to book.

Sat 21 Apr - 16 Jun (except 19 May) Age 6 - 9 yrs: 10.15am – 12.15pm Age 10 - 13 yrs: 1 – 3pm £50

Tuesdays from 31 Jan - Jun Age 10 – 21 yrs FREE Access Ensemble: 5.30 – 6.30pm

Sat 21 Apr - 16 Jun (perf 9 Jun)

DRAMA

JAZZ WORKSHOPS

Our ever-popular drama class includes stagecraft, voice, improvisation and character and script development. Tutor: Anne-Marie Hopkins

A minimum of 1 yrs experience of instrument.

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An amazing opportunity to work with two of Scotland’s most respected jazz musicians and educators, saxophonist Laura Macdonald and guitarist Kevin Mackenzie. For more info Clare Hoare on 01786 27 4014 and call 01786 27 4000 to book. 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.

ADULTS 16yrs+

FIDDLE

Wed 25 Apr - 13 Jun, 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 25 Apr - 20 Jun (except 16 May) 7 – 9pm £60/£50 (Incl Materials & Firings)

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

SINGIN' STIRLING

Thu 26 Apr - 14 Jun, 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

GUITAR

Thu 26 Apr - 14 Jun 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

HARMONICA

Thu 26 Apr - 14 Jun, 7 - 8.30pm £32/£28 (+ £5 for harmonica)

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

PAINTING

COWANE CENTRE Wed 25 Apr - 20 Jun (except 16 May), 10 – 3pm £112/£96 or Fri 27 Apr - 22 Jun (except 18 May), 10 – 3pm £112/£96

The very popular painting workshops with the artist Peter Russell continues at the Cowane Centre. Running times include 1 hours lunch break. Participants to bring their own materials. Tutor: Peter Russell

KNITTING & CROCHET BEE

Tue 3 Apr - 26 Jun (except 5 Jun) 5.30 – 7.30pm £1 per session, includes refreshments.

An informal gethering for chatting, swapping patterns, techniques and tips. All levels welcome, no booking required. For full details contact Emma Hamilton, hamiltone@stirling.gov.uk

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.

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The Writing on Your Wall Curated by Rob Tufnell 28 April - 26 May Art & Language, Jeremy Deller, Ruth Ewan, James Gillray, Alasdair Gray, Christopher Logue, King Mob, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan The Writing on Your Wall is an exhibition that looks at printmaking as a socially concerned, democratic media designed to disseminate radical ideas. The exhibition, featuring contemporary commissions and historical examples and artifacts, looks back to a history of polemical, iconoclastic and satirical printmaking. Taking its name both from the biblically inspired idiom (Daniel 5:25–28) and a British Situationist poster from 1968 the exhibition not only proposes political change but can perhaps also be seen to acknowledge the increasing marginalisation of print in a digital age.

Image: James Gillray

Edinburgh Printmakers have commissioned and publish new prints by Art & Language, Jeremy Deller, Ruth Ewan, Alisdair Gray and Tom O’Sullivan and Joanne Tatham. Their works will be presented alongside prints produced by Christopher Logue and by King Mob in the late 1960s, James Gillray in the late seventeenth century, pamphlets produced by political presses in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century and other political ephemera.

GALLERY OPEN TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 10AM-6PM OPENNIGHT LATE LATE: 7OPENINGS: & 20 OCT | 17 NOV | 8 4DEC & 11 ADMISSION MAY | 9 & 30 FREE JUNE

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OOM

Across the Valley 6 June – 28 July

Preview 2 June, 7 – 9pm All welcome. The Changing Room is pleased to present a selection of local artist work from this years Forth Valley Open Studios. The Forth Valley Open Studios was first launched in the summer of 2010 and is an annual nine day event which takes place in the Forth Valley, Central Scotland. This year the event will run from 9 – 17 June with local artists, galleries and arts organisations opening their doors to invite the general public in to view their art works. The aim of Forth Valley Open Studios is to make art more accessible to the public, particularly within their local area. They do this by promoting local artists/makers and encouraging members of the public to visit the open studios and meet the artists.

Image: Lys Hansen

This interaction is mutually beneficial: participants have the opportunity to showcase their work and likewise members of the public gain access to work spaces and experiences that would not normally be available. The exhibition at The Changing Room will showcase work by leading artists and makers from across the Forth Valley. Highlighting the diversity and talent we have in the area, the exhibition will include jewellery, textiles, ceramics, photography, painting and much more. For more information on Forth Valley Open Studios see forthvalleyopenstudios.com

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.

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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 and the contemporary visual art gallery, The Changing Room.

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

Concessions

Conditions

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 - 30 minutes after a performance starts.

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.

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GET HERE

GETTING HERE

Stirling is centrally located within Scotland and within easy reach of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

Trains

Parking

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

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Wed 4 Apr

Jazz Singers' Open Mic Night

8pm

Jazz

p4

Thu 5 Apr

Rachel Lyn Harrington

8pm

Country

p4

Sat 7 Apr

Peter Longworth

2.30pm

Classical

p5

Sat 14 Apr

Spiers & Boden

8pm

Trad

p5

Fri 20 Apr

The Campbells of Greepe + Guests

8pm

Trad

p6

Sat 21 Apr

Zoey Van Goey

doors 7pm

Pop

p6

Fri 27 Apr

Phil Bancroft: Home, Small As The World

8pm

Jazz

p7

Sat 28 Apr

James Grant

8pm

Pop

p7

Tue 1 May

Admiral Fallow

doors 7pm

Folk

p8

Wed 2 May

Jazz Singers' Open Mic Night

8pm

Jazz

p4

Fri 4 May

Distil

8pm

Trad

p8

Sat 5 May

Jo Caulfield: Cruel To Be Kind

8pm

Comedy

p9

Fri 11 May

Martin Taylor

8pm

Guitar

p10

Sat 12 May

Flood of Red

doors 7pm

Rock

p10

Thu 17 May

Chris Difford: It's All About Me

8pm

Pop / Talk

p11

Sat 19 May

The Captain's Collection

8pm

Theatre

p12

Sun 20 May

Davina and the Vagabonds

8pm

Blues

p13

Fri 25 May

Kris Drever

8pm

Trad

p14

Thu 31 May

We Were Promised Jetpacks

doors 7pm

Rock

p15

Fri 1 Jun

The Tannahill Weavers

8pm

Trad

p16

Sat 2 Jun

Dick Lee & David Vernon

2.30pm

Classical

p16

Sun 3 Jun

Capercaillie at The Albert Halls

7.30pm

Trad

p17

1 - 9 Jun

The Galway Sessions

various

Trad

p18

Wed 6 Jun

Jazz Singers' Open Mic Night

8pm

Jazz

p4

Sat 9 Jun

A Day Celebrating Gaelic Language & Culture

various

Wkshp/Trad

p19

Sat 16 Jun

Niki King & The Elements

8pm

Soul/Funk

p20

Fri 29 Jun

DĂ imh at The McLaren Hall, Killin

7.30pm

Trad

p20

Sat 30 Jun

Auricle Ensemble: Mini-Mahler

8pm

Classical

p21

Fri 3 Aug

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham at The Albert Halls

8pm

Trad

p22

Thu 23 Aug

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees

8pm

Pop

p22

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Tolbooth What's On Guide April - June 2012