Welcome to new tutor Gillian Frame!


A warm welcome to our new tutor Gillian Frame! Gillian is joining us as co-lead tutor on fiddle, song and groupwork.

With loads of teaching, performing and creative/recording experience, Gillian is a perfect choice to help all of our participants develop their trad music skills.

Gillian lives in Glasgow with her husband (and singer/songwriter) Finlay Napier and their wee girl Lucy who plays some awesome electric guitar!

You can find out more about Gillian’s music here – www.gillianframe.com

Winter Warmer Concert Mon 10th Dec

You might have noticed there was no St Andrews ceilidh this year! Fear not! The ceilidh will be hear in the form of a Spring Fling!

So to round off out first term of 2018-19 we’re having a Winter Warmer concert on Monday 10th December at the Tolbooth.

Rehearsals from 5.30pm

Concert from 7pm (TBC)

Hope to see you all there for a sing-song and some lovely tunes!

Tolbooth Trad team 😊🎄

Song for Trad Band 1 (Rogue Feather) from Lori

Hi Rogue Feathers! 
Here’s a video if the song we’ll be working on in the next few weeks! Lyrics are below.

Keep working on the jigs too! 

Lori 🙂 

Lori shares Skippin Barfit (click here) 

1) As I wis walkin doon yon hill

Twas on a summer’s evenin

There I spied a bonnie lass

Skippin barfit through yon heather
2) O but she wis neatly dressed

She needed neither cap nor feather

She was the queen amang them aa

Skippin barfit thro yon heather
3) Her goon it was a bonnie blue

Her petticoat a pheasant colour

An in between the stripes wis seen

Shinin bells o bloomin heather
4) Lassie, lassie, will ye gang wi me?

Will ye gang wi me an leave yon heather?

Silk an satins ye shall hae

If ye gang wi me an leave yon heather
5) Kind sir, she says, yer offer’s guid

But weel a ken ye’ll deceive me

Gin I gie ma hert awa

Better though I’d never seen ye
(repeat verse 2)


Tonight’s workshops are NOT running due to weather/travel risks for our rural participants. The temperature will drop tonight and we don’t want anyone getting stuck. 

The tutor team will be posting some videos this evening with music for you to learn – so stay safe at home and try out the videos. 

We’ll see you next week as normal.

Tolbooth Trad team 🙂 

Tolbooth Trad is looking for new members!

We’ve had 5 new members join this term! And we still have some spaces… please come and join us!



  • 10-18 yrs old?
  • Living in Stirlingshire?
  • Interested in playing traditional and contemporary folk music in a group?


  • Want to try whistle, fiddle or guitar?
  • Already play whistle, flute, fiddle, viola, cello, guitar, accordion, voice, clàrsach, harmonica, mandolin, tenor guitar, bouzouki, bass etc.?
  • If you play something not on the list – get in touch and ask us 🙂

Classes take place on Mondays at the Tolbooth in Stirling

Please enroll via Tolbooth box office: 01786 274000
More info – ymi@stirling.gov.uk

Traddies 5.30pm – 6.15pm

For beginners playing whistle, fiddle and guitar (instruments can be provided on loan).

Folkus 5.30pm – 6.15pm

For improvers (already played for 1 year or more) of any traditional music instrument.

The Session 6.15pm – 7.15pm

For intermediate players of 2years – 8 years experience of any traditional music instrument.

Trad Bands 7.15pm – 8.15pm

For advanced players – these groups are by invitation, many of our advanced players also attend The Session – so join us there and we’ll invite you to join one of the bands as soon as there is a space and you are ready.

Spring term begins!

We launched straight in to some really challenging tunes this year and a song and some new chords and picking patterns for the beginners and improvers!

We’re looking forward to sharing our new music with our at our upcoming concerts – keep an eye on the Events page for details and tickets.

Rogue Feather Big Band with Assistant Tutors Katie and Christie at the Tolbooth Trad Ceilidh.