Golden Hum: Chuck Johnson + Adam Stafford


Come lose yourself in a unique evening of music curated by Golden Hum, a regular programme of brave new music from the fringes of folk, indie and experimental music.

October 27th sees an incredible bill of transportive American music featuring celebrated artist Chuck Johnson.

Chuck Johnson will be playing selections from his recent albums, including 2017’s landmark LP ‘Balsams’. Described by Pitchfork as a ‘fully realized sonic world’ and a ‘universe unto itself’, the album is a series of meditative soundscapes fashioned on pedal steel guitar and effects into diaphanous worlds of sound. Akin to Brian Eno’s ambient compositions, this is music that will transport you – ethereal, serene and magnificent.


“Rich music that feels infinitely expressive… his guitar’s gentle twang sounds more like a desert with wafting tumbleweeds than a sky with drifting clouds. You can feel air moving, sand sifting, and sun baking as Johnson’s guitar chords gradually stretch across the horizon.” 8.1/10 Pitchfork

“Graceful contemplations overflow… ethereal, emotionally expressive, painterly, intimate yet vast.” ‘Best of 2017’ Tiny Mix Tapes

“Loops of pedal steel guitar that rest on the edge of dusk, just when the tumult of day subsides and seeps into the soul’s reflection.” ‘Best records of 2017’ NPR

“Johnson epitomised and transcended the adventurous spirit of the New American Primitives scene, Balsams being a solo pedal steel record with an ambient bent that made it as close to Daniel Lanois’ work on Eno’s Apollo Soundtracks as it did any notional folk tradition.” ‘Best albums of 2017’ 8/10 UNCUT


In support is Falkirk’s Adam Stafford – a familiar face at the Tolbooth, most recently headlining Strange Behaviours in August, and supporting Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and The Twilight Sad. Pushing the boundaries of solo/looped guitar/vocals, he creates spellbinding works that hold real, visceral emotion, tell a story and keep you guessing. His new work ‘Fire Behind The Curtain’ might well be his most individual project yet, neo-classical in tone, had critics raving, and we think you’ll love his performance too.

“Adam Stafford’s new album is a rich and haunting record of intelligence, beauty, depth and darkness – it’s a monumental piece of work.” 5/5 The Skinny

“Simply astonishing… Adam Stafford is back and he might just have surpassed his own standards.” Clash Magazine


This breathtaking line-up continues Golden Hum’s tradition of curating music of international calibre from off the beaten track, right on the doorstep of Stirling music fans who would have to look pretty hard in even Glasgow or Edinburgh to find something equally as likely to surprise and delight. Make sure you don’t miss it.



Event Info

£10 advance / £12 on the door

27 Oct
7:30 pm


Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE

+44 (0)1786 27 4000


Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-18:00


Jail Wynd

01786 27 4000

Dumbarton Road
FK8 2ql

01786 473 544


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