Spring of delights at Stirling’s Tolbooth

Irish singer/songwriter Heidi Talbot plays the Tolbooth on Saturday.
Irish singer/songwriter Heidi Talbot plays the Tolbooth on Saturday.
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Music lovers and culture vultures will dig the season of events at The Tolbooth.

Okay, so you have to risk venturing into the mean ‘city’ streets of Stirling to attend the popular Jail Wynd venue, but the Tolbooth has some top turns in coming weeks that will make it all seem worthwhile.

This Saturday sees Irish singer/songwriter Heidi Talbot playing her heart out to plug her new CD ‘Angels Without Wings’.

Next month the Tolbooth throws its doors open wide to jazz singers with a be-bop-tastic monthly open mic night on Wednesday, February 6, This is the place to go if you have a love for black turtleneck sweaters, cool sounds and complex chord changes – chord not cords, that’s more of a folk club thing.

The raging beats of house music will echo through the multi-levelled Tolbooth on Saturday, February 9 for the monthly Control night. Entry is free and you can see some of the area’s top techno-crat DJs get in a spin as you throw some shapes and angles on the dancefloor.

No one can say the Tolbooth is not eclectic – from bangin’ beats the venue shifts to Blazin’ Fiddles, who appear with their violent violins on Thursday, February 14. There can’t be many better ways to spend a Valentine’s Day night than to hear some virtuosos scratching out a tune or ten on the old under the chin cello.

Reloaded has been one of the most popular regular nights the Tolbooth has put on and the showcase for local bands and musicians returns on Saturday, February 23.

There will be a hip-to-the-minute info session featuring the great and the good of the Scottish music scene –including DJ Vic Galloway – in the afternoon followed by live sounds from Miniature Dinosaurs, Brown Bear & the Bandits, Frank and Aaron Smith from 7 p.m.

Miniature Dinosaurs supported top Scots twins Charlie and Craig - aka The Proclaimers - at Stirling’s recent Hogmanay bash and are definitely a band worth watching, if not listening to.

People with passion for percussion will no doubt beat a path to the Tolbooth’s door to witness The Way of the Drum on Tuesday, February 26.

Featuring the Mugenkyo Taiko drummers, it promises to be a Keith Moon of a night as the primal rhythm takes over. Bonham petite!

Last but not least, as February gives way to March, we find acoustic slide guitar god Martin Simpson taking a toll on the Tolbooth on Friday, March 1, with his razor sharp interpretations of traditional masterpieces.

Visit www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth for more