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
A TALE OF TOLBOOTH
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:
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