It’s that time of the  year again . I’m delighted to be  the Doune & Dunblane  Fling By The River again this year. And I’m really excited to be hosting  the awesome    Karen Mathieson and her band in concert at night in the Victoria Hall  next Saturday 28th of May . 
The Fling committee are looking for volunteers and helpers.

  Information on the events are below in case you haven’t seen any publicity yet.  If anyone is willing to help out at any of the events, we would be very grateful.  In particular we need people to help set up and/or clear up for Fling by the River on Saturday (9:30 or10am and 4:30pm respectively) and set up and/or clear up for Rock by the River on Sunday (10am and 4:30pm respectively).  Also, a volunteer or two is/are needed to help set up the chairs in the Victoria Hall for the Concert on Saturday at 5pm.


If anyone can help at one or more of the events, please let me know and I’ll pass on details.

Stuart Hepburn . 



Doune and Dunblane Fling 2011


Two Comedies Monday 23 – Thursday 26 May St Blane’s Drama Group is putting on a special Fling production in aid of Alzheimer’s Scotland and Alzheimer’s Research. 

Tickets £6/£4 from Smallprint or on the door. 7:30pm St Blane’s Church Hall. For more details please visit


Jazz Night Thursday 26 May This year’s line up is The Allan Jazz Band, Stirling Crisis, High Society, Ashfield Saxophone Quartet, and Moodswing.  Bar available.

Tickets £5/£3 from Smallprint, online or on the door. 7:30pm Victoria Hall. For more details please visit


Salsa Night Friday 27 May New to the Fling this year is the Salsa Night.  Stirling Salsa’s championship winning instructors will introduce you to some ‘easy’ Salsa steps with a fun beginners’ class so that you are all prepared for the rest of the great Salsa night! Bar available.

Tickets £5/£3 from Smallprint, online or on the door. 7:30pm Victoria Hall. For more details please visit


Stuart Hepburn on the live Mic at the Fling by the River Saturday 28 MaySomething for everyone – duck race, pipe band, concerts, games, stalls, a stunt bike show and workshop, a ceilidh on the Green with the Skelpit Lug Ceilidh Band and much more!

FREE 12pm – 4pm, Dunblane Drying Green. For more details please visit


Fling Concert : MC Stuart Hepburn  Saturday 28 May Headline act Karen Matheson of Capercaillie and her band supported by Moyenda, a local Malawian group playing from their accoustic repertoire. Bar available. 


Tickets £16/£14 from Smallprint, online or possibly on the door (tickets are selling very fast). 7:30pm Victoria Hall. For more details please visit

Pub Music Session Saturday 28 May Tappit Hen Pub, Dunblane, 1pm, FREE

Rock by the River Sunday 29 May Also new this year!  A stage, all the sound gear needed to have a blast, and a load of local bands – everything from up-and-coming outfits from local schools to the well-established African funk band Moyenda. 
FREE 12pm – 4pm, Dunblane Drying Green.  For more details please visit

Fling Festival Club Sunday 29 May Another newcomer to this year’s Fling: the Dunblane Folk Club will host an evening of haute cuisine and even ‘hauter’ tunes.  You will be feasted with the best dishes from the newly published High Street Cookbook, Dunblane on a Plate, and entertained with a mix of Scottish and world music (bring your voices and instruments if you want to join in).  Fairtrade tea and coffee available free courtesy of CafeDirect and The Co-operative but bring your own bottle as there is no bar.

Tickets £5 in advance only (due to catering – and they’re selling very well) from Smallprint or online. 7:30pm start Braeport Centre, Dunblane. For more details please visit 


Dunblane on a Plate Cookbook

To celebrate our wonderful High Street, the Fling has put together a Dunblane Cookbook.  

There are all sorts of mouth-watering dishes and drinks from the traditional to the exotic. All the ingredients in the recipes are available from the small shops in 

Dunblane town centre

, including the Fish Vans.  The book is full of stories behind the recipes as well as beautiful colour photographs of food and some of the recipes.  Available to buy over the Fling weekend for just £10.  For more information please visit