Jarlath Henderson, Lori Watson, Patsy Reid, Angus Lyon, Chas Mackenzie, Stuart Brown.


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Filmic suite

This album is a soundtrack to an infinite number of stories. 

While writing this music I drew inspiration from memories, and cultural references that have resonated with me. I have tried to explore my experiences of friendship, adventure, surrealism, love, loss, determination, grit and happiness. 

Narrative is omitted in the hope that you'll create a story of your own. 

This music was first performed at Celtic Connections in January 2012 and was commissioned by the festival for the New Voices series.

Duncan Lyall - Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Synths, Programming, Shakers and Shruti Box 
Angus Lyon - Piano, Rhodes and Accordion 
Ali Hutton - Pipes, Whistles and Guitar on 1, 4, 6, 10 
Innes Watson - Guitar and Fiddle on 4 
Patsy Reid - Fiddle and Viola 
Gillian Frame - Fiddle 
Seonaid Aitken - Fiddle 
Lori Watson - Fiddle on 5 
Martin O'Neill - Bodhran 
Alyn Cosker - Drums



This piece of music is a journey through time. 

Summoned by Stirling's legendary wolf, we’re carried by the stream through the colourful history of Tolbooth: Construction of the original buildings; the bustle of Broad Street with Tolbooth dominating; prisoners wallowing in the jail condemned as the worst in Scotland; the hangings at Mercat Cross - notably those resulting from the unrest of The Radical War, and that of the last man to be hanged in Stirling, Allan Mair; and finally to the renovation and repurposing of Tolbooth as Stirling’s vibrant and and vital venue for live music and the arts. 

The bell and chimes from Tolbooth’s clock tower feature throughout the piece, tolling in sorrow and ringing in celebration. 


A Tale of Tolbooth was commissioned for the exhibition of the same name held in the gallery space in Tolbooth, Stirling during June and July 2021. 

"Tolbooth Stirling in association with Creative Scotland, and Scene Stirling commissioned five Visual Artists to each create a piece of work, to be exhibited in a group show at Tolbooth Gallery. 

Titled ‘A Tale Of Tolbooth’, the exhibition ... will show the Tolbooth through the ages, taking inspiration from the buildings varied past and exciting present. Each of the artists have created a bespoke piece as their response to the Tolbooth’s unique history and current place in Stirling’s vibrant arts scene." 


The five visual artists featured at the exhibition were: 

Alice Campbell 
Catherine Eckersall 
Harry Kemp 
Kirstie Young 
Fiona Black 


I am very grateful to Tolbooth Stirling and Creative Scotland who funded this commission, and who both continue to support and nurture valuable creativity and innovation in Scotland.  


released December 3, 2021 

Ali Hutton: Pipes and Whistles 
Patsy Reid: Fiddle and Viola 
Duncan Lyall: Synths, Keyboards and Programming 

Composed, Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Duncan Lyall 
Mastered by Nick Cooke