Highlights from The Tolbooth and Albert Halls

It’s been a busy start to 2018 at the Tolbooth and Albert Halls, kicking off our wide-ranging and international programme of live music and events with some shows that are already set to be highlights of the year. Here are just a few…


RSNO Viennese Gala

Our annual visit from the marvellous RSNO with the ‘Viennese Gala’ performance. The sight and sound of the orchestra on the Albert Halls’ stage was intensely memorable. We’ve been staging RSNO events at the start of the year for some time now, so it feels like no new year can be complete without the glorious music of Johann Straus and his cohorts.


Drever, McCusker, Woomble

With acclaimed collaborative album ‘Before the Ruin’ celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, award-winning folk musicians John McCusker, Kris Drever (of LAU fame) and Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble returned to the Tolbooth with a packed audience of admirers waiting to see a favourite album return in full live to the stage.
“Before the Ruin is an important work, crammed with deft, sweet touches” – BBC


Joseph Hewer: ‘Sundown’ EP launch

Having learned and developed his songwriting through the Tolbooth’s ‘City Music Project’ songwriting workshops, Joseph has progressed on to being a startlingly good songwriter in his own right. We supported him in his application to acquire funding through Creative Scotland’s Time To Shine fund, allowing him to record his album in full and put some money into promotional activities. This all culminated in a launch show for the EP in the venue, supported by another bright emerging artist – Bethan Pennie.


Strange Behaviours presents: STRATA

A band comprised of some of Scotland’s finest young Jazz musicians, that blend blends traditional jazz performance with elements of minimalism and contemporary progressive/noise genres. The outcome of this was two hours of wonderfully complex polyrhythmic genius with a raw and lively gig atmosphere. The proof was in the audience – some of our jazz regulars sat alongside those who attend our indie / alternative nights, it really bridged the gaps of genre and generation. 


City Music Live February

Regular under 18s live music night ‘City Music Live’ returned in February with one of the most successful shows to date - familiar faces and newcomers alike selling out the 200 capacity auditorium at the Tolbooth. The CML nights are run by a team of under 18s musicians with support from Tolbooth staff, booking the acts, promoting the events, compering and doing live sound. The night marked not only the release of Dunblane singer-songwriter Ryan Wilson’s ‘Goose’ EP, but also the debut live performances of not one but three local acts – The High, Trouvaille and Sarah Dyson.


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