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What's on around Stirling in February

Greer Ralston - What Lies Beneath

Greer Ralston - What Lies Beneath

An exhibition of Figurative Drawing and Painting

Greer Ralston graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a B.A. Hons. in Fine Art. She has worked as a freelance artist for a number of years and has works in public and private collections in the UK and abroad , including those of international sportsmen and entrepreneurs. She lectures and runs a variety of classes and is often called upon to present to Art Groups throughout Scotland.

She regularly exhibits in many well known galleries across the UK and uses her work to fund raise for numerous worthwhile charities, ranging from Cancer Research to Riding for the Disabled. Many thousands of pounds have been raised to date through exhibitions and having portrait commissions auctioned for charity by Christies in London.

She was awarded the prestigious Greenshields International Scholarship for figurative art and she has also exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

After many years working as a figurative artist ,Greer recently returned to equestrian painting with a tribute show in 2008 called 'The Horse' dedicated to her late father Gilbert Ralston. The Ralston family, for generations, have had a long association with breeding and riding horses. Many of Greer's paintings incorporate both her passion for the figure and her life long love for animals. A number of the paintings feature horses and dogs owned by the family. Recent commissions undertaken have included Scott Brashes horses commissioned by the BSJA.

23rd January - 5th March 2015 at &Collective Art Gallery, Bridge of Allan
at &Collective Art Gallery, Bridge of Allan


The Circus of Horrors - The Night of the Zombie

Circus of Horrors, Night of the Zombie in Stirling

The Circus of Horrors – The Night of the Zombie is appearing at the Albert Halls in Stirling on Sunday 1st February, 7.30pm. If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil then you would be only half way there.

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent and now a West End smash is back to mark its 20th Anniversary in spectacular style. The last few years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain's Got Talent and to this date it is still the only circus ever to reach the finals.

Its appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a household name – taking the Extreme to the Mainstream, Its TV credits now boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant and Dec, The One Show and A Royal Comand Performance.

Last year saw another giant leap for the show when it began a series of dates in London's West End becoming the first circus to appear in a West End Theatre for 100 years.

The show started it’s gruesome begging's at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring al over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Marilyn Manson and many more. The latest incarnation ‘The Night of the Zombie’ is set in 2020, a decrepit and corpse ridden London, plagued by a swamp of Zombies. In a city ruled by the undead and climaxing in an awesome flaming apocalypse.

The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shock’s – all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth, sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a demon dwarf, a Guinness World Record holding ‘hairculian’ hair hanging beauty, Sinister Sisters, gyrating and fire limboing acrobats and much more.

Performed by an almighty cast with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek and the devil driver rock n’ roll of Dr Haze and The Interceptors from Hell.

The Circus of Horrors completely WOWED the audience The Daily Mail.

A Bloody Great Night Out The Times

Bloody Good Fun - Barnum Would be proud Time Out

Blood Thirsty and Burlesque The Independent

at the Albert Halls in Stirling
Sunday 1st February, 7.30pm
Centre balcony - £20
Side balcony and stalls - £18.50/£16.50 concession

http://www.circusofhorrors.co.uk

Find out more and book tickets at Whats On at the Albert Halls in Stirling


Stirling Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market gives you, the consumer, the opportunity to buy top quality fare directly from the producer. Producers from all over Scotland have worked hard over the last ten years to make Farmers’ Markets a household name. Working closely with rural crafts and other food producers, farmers have brought fresh, local produce into city, towns and villages, offering consumers an alternative shopping experience. Farmers’ Markets are now a major attraction on the High Street.

Many of the producers are delighted to have won special taste awards over the years for their delicious products. All are passionate about the quality and provenance of what they bring to the market stall, and want you the customer, to enjoy some of the very best local and regional Scottish produce. Buying local/regional produce at the market means lower food miles, and benefits the local economy in terms of employment and growth.

Up to 25 stalls offering an outstanding range of superb produce. And where else can you talk to the farmer/producer to find out how the food is grown/reared/made?

Highland beef, pork and bacon, venison and wild game, wild boar, fresh, smoked fish and shellfish, great bread in variety – continental and traditional recipes including sourdoughs, scones, cakes and puddings, gluten-free baking, jams, chutneys & preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range hen/duck eggs, organic vegetables, cold-pressed oilseed-rape products and dressings, fudge and tablet, savoury pies, country fruit wines, hand-made jewelry, wood crafts for the dining table, knitted baby clothes, garden plants.

Dates for 2015 March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

Stirling Farmers' Market is a member of the Scottish Association of Farmers' Markets (SAFM) www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk

Saturday February 14
10am – 4pm
Port Street, Stirling City Centre outside Marks and Spencer.


Guildhall Music Club at Cowane’s Hospital Stirling

The next Guildhall Music Club at Cowane’s Hospital event will be on February 28th 2015.

An informal evening of music, craft beer, wine, food and chat, bringing together musicians from across Scotland in an informal, intimate setting. From professional to keen amateur, musicians of all genres are invited to come along and join the open session which runs from 7.30pm to 11pm.

Sometimes we’ll feature visiting acts with international reputations, other times it will be a group of locals jamming with each other. Whatever the mix, wonderful music will fill the stunning 17th century, wood-panelled room.

Part of the proceeds from the Music Club will be donated to our Charity and will help us maintain this charming historical building.

February 28th 2015
7.30pm to 11pm
For more info visit Guildhall Music Club at Cowane’s Hospital Facebook Page or email info@stirlingfringe.com


The Scottish Cat Association International Show

Arrive at any time, see over 100 cats and kittens of around 20 different breeds from all over the UK and Europe. Unless officially entered by February 9th, cats cannot enter the hall (as we have strict vaccine and health requirements).

February 28th and March 1st 2015
Admission - adults £2, children and concessions £1
Start Time - 10am each day
Best In Show at around 3:30pm
Finish Time - following best in show
Location - The Dunblane Centre FK15 9EY
Event organiser - Steven Robertson, hubblebub@btinternet.com


What's on around Stirling in March


The Battle for Polmaise 1904-1985

The Battle for Polmaise - photograph copyright Alan Rae

March 1985 saw the end of the Miners’ Strike, the longest mass strike in European history. It ended without a negotiated settlement, but it had not been about wages, better conditions or material gain. It was about a principle – the right to work.

With the help of Daniel Tetstall, owner of the Polmaise Colliery FaceBook Page and Twitter account, the Smith has put together an exhibition to commemorate the titanic struggle of the Stirlingshire Miners to keep their jobs, their colliery open and their community alive. The village of Fallin was created in 1904 to house the miners brought to work in Polmaise 3&4 Colliery, one of the most productive deep mines in Scotland.

Through social media, interesting material has been brought to light. A photograph, showing a group of Fallin people, young and old, posing with their copies of the Workers' Weekly probably dates to 1923, when the paper was first published by the Communist Party of Great Britain. Fallin built a formidable reputation for strong unionisation; no picket was ever needed at Polmaise Collieries, as the work force was always in agreement when strike action was taken. Polmaise was on strike three weeks before the rest of Britain in 1984, and returned to work a week later than everyone else in 1985.

Polmaise 3&4 was also an award winning, record breaking pit, and a National Coal Board plan with an underground link to feed coal straight into Longannet Power Station, to be built in 1991, will be in the exhibition. Polmaise was closed, flooded and capped in 1987. Television clips, mainly from STV News, solely about Polmaise in 1984 -5 is an important part of the exhibition.

The Polmaise Banner of 1984, prominent in all of the major demonstrations during the Strike, is part of the Smith collections. Smaller items include colliery checks, triangular when going down the pit and circular when coming up, given to the miners so that missing bodies could be accounted for. The total death toll of the colliery, 1904 - 1987 was 55, as a commemorative plate shows. Miners' lamps, pit towels, laundry bags, a piece box and various portraits of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will also be in the exhibition, which will be opened by Dennis Canavan at 11am on Friday 6 March.

Find out more at Whats On at the Smith in Stirling

6 March until July 2015
Stirling Smith
open 10.30-5
Tuesday to Saturday and 2-5 on Sundays
Admission and parking free.


Sounds from Stirling Castle – A Military Concert

On the evening of Friday 13th March Sounds from Stirling Castle – a Military Concert will be held in the magnificent surroundings of the Great Hall of Stirling Castle, where up to 400 people will enjoy a unique evening of soul-stirring music provided by serving soldiers and the wives and children of serving military personnel.

The Concert, which is being held in order to raise funds for two proud Scottish military charities – Erskine and The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Trust – will feature performances from The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Military Wives’ Choir and the Pipes, Drums and Dancers of Queen Victoria School. Our Host for the evening will be Alasdair Hutton, well-known as the Voice of the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo.

Erskine has been caring for Scotland’s veterans since 1916; providing first-class care to ex-Service men and women within its 5 homes across Scotland. In the past year the charity has cared for 1,100 veterans.

Friday 13th March 2015
7.30pm
Stirling Castle
Tickets: £15
For tickets please visit the website at http://www.erskine.org.uk/
For further information please contact Jen on 0141 814 4729 or jennifer.campbell@erskine.org.uk


Stirling Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market gives you, the consumer, the opportunity to buy top quality fare directly from the producer. Producers from all over Scotland have worked hard over the last ten years to make Farmers’ Markets a household name. Working closely with rural crafts and other food producers, farmers have brought fresh, local produce into city, towns and villages, offering consumers an alternative shopping experience. Farmers’ Markets are now a major attraction on the High Street.

Many of the producers are delighted to have won special taste awards over the years for their delicious products. All are passionate about the quality and provenance of what they bring to the market stall, and want you the customer, to enjoy some of the very best local and regional Scottish produce. Buying local/regional produce at the market means lower food miles, and benefits the local economy in terms of employment and growth.

Up to 25 stalls offering an outstanding range of superb produce. And where else can you talk to the farmer/producer to find out how the food is grown/reared/made?

Highland beef, pork and bacon, venison and wild game, wild boar, fresh, smoked fish and shellfish, great bread in variety – continental and traditional recipes including sourdoughs, scones, cakes and puddings, gluten-free baking, jams, chutneys & preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range hen/duck eggs, organic vegetables, cold-pressed oilseed-rape products and dressings, fudge and tablet, savoury pies, country fruit wines, hand-made jewelry, wood crafts for the dining table, knitted baby clothes, garden plants.

Dates for 2015 March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

Stirling Farmers' Market is a member of the Scottish Association of Farmers' Markets (SAFM) www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk

Saturday March 14
10am – 4pm
Port Street, Stirling City Centre outside Marks and Spencer.


Bo'ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015

Bo'ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015

The fifth annual festival of Silent Cinema, takes place at Bo'ness Hippodrome cinema from Wednesday 18th March to Sunday 22nd March. Scotland's only festival dedicated to silent cinema, where Music and Movies Come Alive will showcase classic films and forgotten gems as well as new commissions, and play host to an international array of talented musicians.

Offering a modern cinema experience year-round, the beautifully restored Hippodrome cinema first opened its doors in 1912 and is the perfect setting at the heart of this year's special programme of silent era films.

This year there is a special Scottish focus. 'Annie Laurie' is a romantic tartan Hollywood vision of Scotland, the Film Explainer unpacks Scot author Robert Louis Stevenson’s 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', the life of so-called Scottish expat Eric Campbell is revealed in 'Chaplin’s Goliath'.

The festival programme is packed with rare and classic films from the world's archives and populating the Hippodrome and new venues across the town with a brilliant line-up of silent film accompanists from right across the musical spectrum. There is also have a glamorous photographic portrait exhibition, showing silent stars visiting Scotland.

HippFest continues to bring together inspiring people and films, making for an experience much greater than the sum of its parts, so book your tickets now and get a taste of the magic.

Find out more at Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015


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