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Stirling University Art and Design Exhibition

4th December till the 31st of January

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade… Or, in the case of University of Stirling Honours Art and Design Class of 2020, make art. Make thought-provoking ideas and concepts.

Make images, sculptures and installations bursting with colour and pattern.

Stirling University Art and Design Exhibition

Unconstrained by the bounds of a single exhibition space, this year our work can be viewed online whenever and wherever you are.

Here we celebrate and share the culmination of four years exploration of creative practice and research. We invite you to explore and enjoy our latest works

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Strange Behaviours at the Tolbooth, Adam Stafford, PAWS, Death Bed

Thu 30th August 2018, Tolbooth, Stirling

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Experimental singer-songwriter Adam Stafford returns to the Tolbooth, kicking off the first Strange Behaviours show of the new season after a short summer break.

Based in Falkirk, Adam is a peerless creative juggernaut, blending a capela experimentalism with an unusual sway for melodic, hook-laden pop choruses, always unique and always catching you off guard. Stafford is known for his intense live performances which incorporate soul-pop, post-punk and with layering of vocal loops, textural soundscapes to dizzying effect.

Usually performing solo, this show will be a rare opportunity to catch Adam with a bassist/keyboardist player in tow as he tours promoting 2018’s Fire Behind The Curtain – a critically acclaimed double album of Neo-Classical compositions and avant garde instrumentals, released via influential indie label Song, by Toad. Written over an 8-year period and inspired by Adam’s love of Meredith Monk, Michael Gordon and US Minimalism, the album is a testament of hope in his battle against depression.

In his own words the album is comprised of "choirs yelp and screech, beatboxing courses through cosmic k-holes and guitars sound like saxophones trapped deep in the wasp machine."

"A songwriter of real depth, rich in understanding, in melodic virtuosity, his work has gradually built up into an imposing, heroic catalogue." Clash Magazine

"Adam Stafford is one hell of a force and quite possibly one of the best live artists of our times." God is in The TV

"Probably the closest Stafford has come to the US minimalism of Steve Reich. That songs can stimulate the head one minute and break the heart the next would be a triumph for any musician. Yet again, Adam Stafford has created one of the best albums of the year "Taser Revelations". The National

In support are PAWS, playing a number of new songs, a few oldies and the odd carefully chosen cover. Caught somewhere wonderful between 90s US indie and punk, grunge and pop-punk, PAWS tirelessly tour the UK/US/Europe and are one of Scotland’s finest and hardest working bands. A chance be among the first to see songs off the next PAWS album in their acoustic/demo form.

Plus Death Bed. Noir, indie/post-punk from singer-songwriter Innes Nolan.

Doors 7.30pm / 30th August / at the Tolbooth
Tickets £9 advance. £11 on the door
On sale now from Box Office on 01786 274 000 or via the Tolbooth website at

Go to the Tolbooth section of the website to find out more and to buy tickets

Golden Hum presents Modern Studies, Yolo Manolo and Sulka

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At Mediterranea, 4 Viewfield Pl, Stirling FK8 1NQ
29th (Tuesday) May 2018 7pm

Utterly enchanting MOJO
Melancholic magic Uncut
A quiet Masterpiece Soundblab

Golden Hum are delighted to welcome Modern Studies to Stirling in support of their new, and already critically acclaimed, album Welcome Strangers. For fans of jangly summer pop (Belle & Sebastian), mesmerising motorik rock (Pink Floyd, Neu) and esoteric folk (Bill Callahan, PJ Harvey) – “the music is so wide in its scope as to be virtually unclassifiable. Beautiful, accessible yet unique and more interesting with every listen. Modern Studies are setting the standard for intelligent Pop music in 2018” Record Collector. We're loving the new album and think you will too.

Yolo Manolo create measured indie pop songs for those who enjoy sunny days and cosmic rays. Mixing melodic guitar hooks with wandering ambience, they make sounds for slackers and dreamers who stare into space. Their first single Things Change was released in March, with their debut album due out May 2018.

Sulka is a Glasgow based (from Stirling) bedroom pop artist inspired by the likes of Elliott Smith, Alex G and Car Seat Headrest. His self-titled debut on Gold Mold records released last year was a triumph and word is there'll be a follow up coming soon! Have a listen to one of the tracks off it here:

Golden Hum are local purveyors of (ir)regular evenings of spectral live music in Stirling. In collaboration with local band Constant Follower, the nights feature artists from the cutting edge of contemporary music – think Radio 6, Pitchfork and those influential and fiercely independent record labels we love to support. Golden Hum is a not-for-profit collective of local musicians.

Low income ticket £5adv/£8otd // General ticket £8adv/£12otd Cheaper advance tickets available in person from Europa Music and online There will be some seating in the venue for those of you who need it.

We're trying to make our Golden Hums accessible to people on all incomes - there is therefore a “Low Income” ticket available in advance for cheaper than the “General Admission” ticket. No proof required of your low income, we trust that if you can pay the very reasonable full ticket price, you will.

A View from the Skies

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Early aerial photography of Stirling and Central Scotland 1919 - 1953

Until 10 June 2018 at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

From the Historic Environment Scotland collections. In the aftermath of the First World War, Aerofilms became one of the first companies in the UK to offer people a way to see the places they lived using the technology of aerial photography.

Now, the collection is an invaluable record of towns as they were and how things have changed. This exhibition offers a chance to see some of Aerofilms best images of Stirling and Central Scotland.

Find out more about the Smith >>

The Engine Shed in Stirling

At the Engine Shed, the free to visit centre in central Stirling, you can explore the stories of the structures all around you.

From Thursday 22 March to Friday 22 June

Talking Shops

Visit a brand new exhibition which looks at the architecture and materials used in creating the distinctive shopfronts which line our towns and cities. Stirling Smith Gallery and Lindsay Lennie from Historic Shop Conservation have kindly supplied exciting items which you can see on display.

Free entry. Drop in between 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.


Mapping History Through Texture and Sound

Saturday 24 March

Combining the traditional with the modern. During this workshop, participants will explore the idea of collective deep mapping. By making both physical and audio recordings, they will create a unique collective art piece, mapping their personal experience of the textures and sounds of the Engine Shed and Stirling.

Building on the art piece created participants on the first day of the workshop, this second workshop will focus on the audio recording as a way of deep mapping.

Please bring a recording device with you for this workshop (many smart phones have this).

Book online. Workshop suitable for 10+. Parental/guardian supervision is required for the duration of the activity.

Summer Hop-on Hop-off City Bus

Stirling's Hop-on Hop-off City Bus will run daily again from Monday 3 July to Sunday 10 September.Hop between Stirling’s top attractions using the popular Stirling Hop-on Hop-off City Bus this summer. The service runs seven times a day with more frequent stops at Stirling Castle and the bus station (just next to the train station). Your Hop-on Hop-off bus ticket can be used on any First bus within Stirling. It’s £4.50 per adult per day – or you can just pay to head from one stop to another.

Adult £4.50 single day, £9.00 two days
Child £2.50 single day, £4.50 two days

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The Schubert Ensemble Farewell Concert

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Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings, the Schubert Ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries, has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed CDs and is familiar to British audiences through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

The Ensemble has decided to bring its 35-year career to a close at the end of June 2018. It will see out its final season in celebratory style, with around fifty concerts planned in the UK and abroad. The ensemble will perform at The Tolbooth in Stirling on Sat 10th March.

Touring has taken them to major venues in cities such as Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Amsterdam, but also to many extraordinary and unlikely venues in countries such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, Malaysia, Malta and Lebanon, to name but a few. In 1998 their contribution to music in the UK was recognised with Royal Philharmonic Society’s best chamber group award, for which they were shortlisted again in 2010.

After 35 years at the forefront of British chamber music, the Schubert Ensemble have decided that this will be their last season. The Ensemble leaves behind a significant legacy, and can look back on many memorable highlights.

This farewell season, has seen the Ensemble return to many favourite venues, giving opportunities for its five members, unchanged for 23 years, to say thank you and goodbye to the many good friends they have made over the lifetime of the Ensemble.

The Schubert Ensemble are blessed with the most natural, unforced, singing tone
The Independent on Sunday

Go to the Tolbooth section of the website to find out more and to buy tickets

The Handsome Family at the Tolbooth

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13 March


8.00 pm

For almost as long as they’ve been married (26 years) Brett and Rennie have written songs together (Brett, music; Rennie, words). Their finished work is never fully one or the other’s, but lives in unseen space between them.

The Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand there’s been some blood drawn.

Brett (guitar/vocals) and Rennie (banjo/bass/vocals) are joined by drummer Jason Toth (worldwide) and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon (USA). Their shows are full of humour and chit-chat. The Sparks’ aren’t afraid to reveal their ordinary humanness.

Support from Drunken Prayer.

Unseen is The Handsome Family’s masterpiece ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ MOJO

love, harmony and poetry bind in a brilliant way to obscure beats ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ROLLING STONE FRANCE

Brilliant ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ THE INDEPENDENT

Go to the Tolbooth section of the website to find out more and to buy tickets

Reprieve for the Stirling Smith

On February 2nd, Stirling Council confirmed that the budget option relating to funding cuts for the Stirling Smith had been removed from their budget proposals for this year. The Stirling Smith Museum faced significant reductions in funding under the Stirling Council proposal, facing the loss of its annual £242,000 funding by 2022/23.

The online petition to Save the Stirling Smith has collected more than 10,000 signatures.

Whilst this is a welcome development, the Friends of the Smith remain vigilant.


Stirling and Bridge of Allan Operatic Society

Stirling and Bridge of Allan Operatic Society are back at Macrobert Arts Centre with a production of Lionel Bar’s classic musical. With a never-ending list of toe-tapping, hit songs and the well-known tale of an orphan boy who finds his true home despite the perils of the Victorian world he lives in, this is a real must-see for any musicals fans. You can bet we'll give it some Oom-pah-pah.

Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 March 2018


£17.50 | £13.50 Concessions

Petitition Stirling Council and Help Save the Stirling Smith

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Stirling Council's priority based budgeting process has identified cutting funding of the Stirling Smith by 90% as a necessary saving. With a cut of £242,00 the Smith will be closed by 2020.

The Stirling Smith is 144 years young, has a collection of local, national and international importance and an outreach and education programme which connects with all of the Stirling communities and schools. The loss of the Stirling Smith would be a cultural disaster for Stirling.

We call on Stirling Council to save, enhance and protect the Stirling Smith and its work.

Go to and sign the petition to save the Smith

Jimmy Osmond and His Band at the The Albert Halls

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Moon River and Me - A Tribute to Andy Williams

15 February - 7.30pm

Seated £75, £32, £30, £27.50, £27.50

Jimmy Osmond began his performing career at the tender age of three with Andy Williams on his television series. This year marks Jimmy’s fiftieth anniversary in show business.

Jimmy will sing the songs that made Andy Williams so beloved by millions including Music To Watch Girls By, Happy Heart, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Almost There, May Each Day, Days Of Wine And Roses, and, of course, the song that was to become his theme tune, Moon River.

The youngest member of the world-famous Osmond family is joined by The Moon River Band with special guest stars Charlie Green and Emily Penny, and, naturally, a show with an Osmond would not be complete without some of the chart-topping hits that made Jimmy and his brothers famous.

Come and relive the dream with Jimmy Osmond singing the songs of Andy Williams.

Go to Culture Stirling The Albert Halls to find out more and to buy tickets

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