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January 2017

Phill Jupitus - Juplicity

Strange Behaviours at the Tolbooth

At the Tolbooth on 30th July 2017 at 8.00pm. Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funnyman smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.

Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and live stand up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).

On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including, Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage.

Phill toured the UK and Ireland with the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2016 starring as Baron Bomburst / Lord Scrumptious and he played Bottom in the Bath Theatre Royal production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream in August. His other theatre work includes appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind.

Age Recommendation 14+

For full details and to book tickets, visit the Tolbooth section of the What's On guide.

Strange Behaviours presents Taupe

with support from Yolo Manolo and Niamh Baker

25th February 2017 at Stirling Tolbooth.

Strange Behaviours at the Tolbooth

The first Strange Behaviours show of 2017 starts with an immediate tangent into the left field with free-jazz/math rock trio Taupe.

The regular indie/alternative night ‘Strange Behaviours’ kicks off 2017 with Taupe, a band who specialise in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.

An instrumental 3-piece (guitar, sax, drums) who blend math rock flavours with moments of free jazz and noise, Taupe are all subtlety and flow. Think tight jazz grooves descending into freeform tailspin, only to steer it out in perfect sync to float headily on soundscape/noise textures til you finally come to and realise your mouth has been hanging open the whole time.

With members spread between Edinburgh and Newcastle, the band are touring off the full endorsement of their adoring public, with a successful Kickstarter campaign allowing them to record and release the album they’ll be playing at this show. A jaw-dropping and utterly engaging live band, their approach is built on blurring the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation. Taupe thrive on the danger of this ambiguity, deconstructing their music in real time to weave fresh and dynamic paths through their material with each performance.

In support are Glasgow’s Yolo Manolo, a band blending elements of indie pop with shoegaze dynamics and meandering, hypnotic bass grooves. The band have played just a handful of shows around their home city, with their debut EP garnering a reputation for bittersweet melodies and instrumentation leaning on the best of 90s US indie subculture.

Completing the lineup is Niamh Baker, a relative newcomer both to the Stirlingshire music community and gigging in general. A sweet voice obscured behind brash electric guitar and a burning energy, her songs are soaked in melancholy and guarded aggression.

"Encompassing all that is great about the exploration of music, Taupe take jazz, pull it apart, then put it back together without the instruction manual… There are moments of complete randomness, like a pigeon stuck in a post-box, then there are beautiful melodic interludes, maybe a quiet reflection, quickly followed by an angry tantrum". NARC. Magazine

For full details and to book tickets, visit the Tolbooth section of the What's On guide.

University of Stirling students help Scotland Welcome the World

Universities Scotland has launched a global campaign to showcase why international students should study in Scotland. Scotland's Universities Welcome the World showcases inclusivity and diversity in world-class higher education institutes across Scotland.

University of Stirling is supporting the campaign to celebrate that Scottish higher education is home to over 180 different nationalities amongst students and staff. Stirling has 120 nationalities on campus represented by students and staff, with 20% of students from overseas.

The campaign aims to share a message of welcome with the world and let it be known that Scotland is open and inclusive. Individuals can get involved by sharing a welcoming message on Twitter using #ScotlandWelcomesTheWorld or by visiting for more information.

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