Win­ter Party boasts a mix of new mu­sic

Stirling Observer - - REVIEWS - Robert Fairnie

Eight tal­ented acts will per­form dur­ing a mini-mu­sic fes­ti­val at the Tol­booth this week­end.

‘Strange Be­haviours: Win­ter Party’ will kick off at 7.30pm on Satur­day with three stages spread through­out the his­toric build­ing.

Some of the most cel­e­brated new acts in Scot­tish mu­sic are set to play – with tick­ets £10 in ad­vance or £12 on the door.

Pic­tish Trail will pro­vide a full­band treat with Pic­tish favourites, new cuts, op­por­tu­ni­ties to boo­gie and the chance to wave some lighters. The band fea­tures Suse Bear (Tuff Love) and John B McKenna (Mono­gan­non).

The Lochbacks are an a-capella su­per-group of Scot­tish in­die acts, fea­tur­ing Louie (Hec­tor Biz­erk), Be Char­lotte and Ciaran and Marc of Pronto Mama.

Shogun, who has had three mil­lion views for his ‘Vul­can’ track on YouTube, is de­scribed as a pas­sion­ate, un­pre­dictable livewire of a tal­ent and he will be per­form­ing an in­ti­mate show.

Peter Kelly’s alt-folk song­writ­ing pseu­do­nym ‘Beer­jacket’ will be brought back to life for the event, while Scott Wil­liam Urquhart will bring his deft solo acous­tic fin­ger­style gui­tar play­ing to the venue – fresh from air­play on Ra­dio 6 Mu­sic.

Emme Woods, who is from the Stir­ling area, will bring a host of sul­try, bit­ter-sweet alt bal­lads to the event and hugely tal­ented song­writer Ja­son Rid­dell will show­case some of his ma­te­rial.

In­die quin­tet Fair­weather and The El­e­ments will play a stripped­back and raw show con­sist­ing some touches of funk, soul and pro­gres­sive psych.

And au­di­ences are also ex­cited to see Trip­tych – a band who like to use an­themic gui­tars, power-pop vo­cals and a ‘90s alt-rock edge.

Tick­ets avail­able from cul­ture­stir­ling.org/tol­booth or on 01786 274000.

Per­former Beer­jacket will play at the Tol­booth event

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