Events into 2019

Details of all concerts  in winter and spring 2019 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal. The paper 'Good Gig Guide' is out in mid February.  A reminder for regular visitors: to ensure our future as a venue please consider becoming a 'Supporter' - click on the 'Supporters' tab at the top for more details. And don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area - click on the 'Get Newsletter' tab at the top and enter your email address in the space provided.

We have a lot of varied events coming up - films, comedy, music (including Karine Polwart, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Dougie MacLean, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham) shows for children and babies, aerial theatre and drama - so there really is something for everyone.

 

 

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February 2019

Mary Magdalene (film) Fri 22nd Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 22, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Set in the Holy Land in the first century, a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it. Same director and actress as the film Lion which opened our film season last year Rating 12 Runtime 120 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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March 2019

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc (music) Fri 1st Mar, 8pm

Friday, March 1, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise three master fiddle players from three different and very distinctive Nordic regions. Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers’ Bid, Boys of the Lough and Session A9) hails from Shetland; Olav Luksengard Mjelva is an award winning fiddle player from Norway and Anders Hall is an acclaimed exponent of the Swedish fiddle tradition. Together they skillfully weave the many components of their three musical cultures and traditions together in a hugely atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure.

“…a shimmering display of accurately pitched, highly skilled musical accomplishment”  The Scotsman

 £14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Faces Places (Visages, Villages) (film) Sat 2nd Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 2, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Filmmaker Agnès Varda and photographer JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Together they collaborated to make this wonderfully creative documentary. Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France. Rating PG  Runtime 90mins In French with English subtitles.

£5 pay on the door

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McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle (Music) Wed 6th Mar, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2019. As winter turns to spring Mike, John & John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie. With their recently released album, ‘The Wishing Tree’ this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time

“It takes a lifetime of playing to sound as effortless as these guys.” The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Leaning into the Wind (film) Sat 9th Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 9, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This documentary is a vibrant journey through the many layers of artist Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and the exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world. Rating: PG Runtime: 93 minutes

please note: subtitles not available for this film

£5 pay on the door

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Kathy Bullock (music) Sat Mar 16th, 9.30am (workshop) & 8pm (performance)

Saturday, March 16, 9:30 am - 10:00 pm

Dr. Kathy Bullock, Professor of Music at Berea College, Kentucky, USA is a world expert and one of the most sought after teachers of African-American songs. She has been to the Universal Hall four times before and has been a huge success with previous participating audiences. Kathy is an amazing singer, leader and pianist, and brings a deep love and extraordinary passion for this music to her teaching.  Kathy Bullock will lead both a Gospel song workshop and evening participatory performance.

SONG WORKSHOP

Kathy presents the song workshop from: 9.30am – 4pm. Attendance at the workshop includes free entry to the evening event. This is suitable for anyone who loves to sing and especially if you like Gospel and African-American music. An inspirational and uplifting event where all are welcome and no experience necessary.

Workshop cost: £45/£35 concs

 

EVENING PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE

This evening event will feature many songs led by Kathy and with lots of audience participation.

Evening event cost: £12/£10 concs

For more details email Bill Henderson (billhendersonmusic@gmail.com) or phone 07876 213576

TICKETS: online for both workshop and evening event (no booking fee) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4051789 (click on link) and at the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn

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Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton – Symbiosis (music) Wed 20th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Following on from the success of their debut album ‘Symbiosis’, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton released their second album ‘Symbiosis II’ in spring 2018 to huge critical acclaim. Winners of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 and nominees for the same award in 2018. The full 4-piece touring band incorporates skilfully played guitar, cittern, whistles and bagpipes in their music. Between them, Ross and Ali have played in many leading Scottish bands including Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty and Capercaillie. The music they create is both exciting and beguiling with an undeniable synergy that can only be forged from a lifetime of friendship.

 £15/£13 concs/£11 U16s

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Alpha (film) Sat 23rd Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 23, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other in order to find their way home before winter arrives. Rating: 12 Runtime: 97 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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Simon Evans: Genius (Comedy) Tue 26th Mar, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Tuesday, March 26, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm… Age guidance 14+ (swearing and adult content)

‘Super-sharp wit’ Time Out

£13 one price plus booking fee.  To book online (10% booking fee) click here

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Pied Piper (Family Theatre) Sat 30th Mar, 2pm

Saturday, March 30, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance… Presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre this new humorous and irresistible one-person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling which will entrance audiences young and old. As one of England’s leading companies Norwich Puppet Theatre have been producing brilliant productions for the past 30 years.  For children aged 3-7 years and their adults. Runs 45 minutes. Part of the Puppet Animation Festival 2019.

“Norwich Puppet Theatre’s Fantastic! An example of excellent touring puppet theatre.” The Guardian

£7/£6 concs/£5 child  To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

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April 2019

A Ladder to the Stars (family theatre) Sat 6th April, 2pm

Saturday, April 6, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Way up in the deep blue night sky, a twinkling star hears a little girl’s birthday wish . . . Presented by Visible Ficitons and told through a magical mix of puppetry, music, light and imagination, this is a heartfelt and humorous story of what can happen when the universe hears your dreams. For the past 25 years Visible Fictions has been creating innovative and dynamic theatrical productions for young people of all ages and their adults. For children aged 5 and under and their adults. Runs 50 mins. Part of the puppet Animation Festival 2019.

“A gift of a show for wee ones.The Herald

£7/£6 concs/£5 child

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Heroes (aerial dance), Wed 10th April, 7.30pm

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The new aerial dance show from All or Nothing and Room 2 Manoeuvre, Heroes explores the cult of celebrity and the fall from grace, the hidden heroes, superheroes and asks, who do we really, actually look up to? Light hearted with something for all the family, the show mixes aerial skills with dance theatre and contemporary circus.  Asking profound universal questions with humour, straight talking and lots of moving, we follow the journey of the two performers as they navigate their way through the world of idolising and being idolised. Advised age 7+  There is likely to be a workshop offered in conjunction with the show – please check this listing for details nearer to the time.

£12/10 concs/8 U16’s

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Claire Hastings Band (music), Sat 13th April, 8pm

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Glasgow based folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings has made a name for herself on the folk scene since winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015. She has toured throughout the UK, Europe and New Zealand as a solo artist, and with The Claire Hastings Band, sharing the stage with the likes of Lulu, Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Her much-awaited second album ‘Those Who Roam’, released at Celtic Connections 2019, features traditional and original songs under the theme of journeys. Her band, including guitarist Jenn Butterworth, will join Claire for this wonderful evening of songs and stories.

Claire does more than simply sing a song, she takes you to the story and sits you comfortably right beside the singer FOLK RADIO UK

£14/12 concs/10 U16’s

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The Tailor Of Inverness (theatre), Sat 27 April, 8pm

Saturday, April 27, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Written and acted by Matthew Zajac, and based on the life of his father, this extraordinary play tells the story of the tailor’s life and his son’s discoveries about his father using music, poetry, storytelling, and video projection.  It reveals the impact of war on ordinary people and families, and how a life and an identity can be reconstructed as the tailor journeys from Poland across war-torn Europe and settles in Inverness. The tailor’s life spanned most of the 20th century, and the journey he took was made by thousands of Poles during the Second World War. His was a forced migration, subject to the brutal vagaries of war. Live violin weaves its way evocatively through the piece, with traditional and original songs and tunes from Scotland, Poland and Russia.

“Matthew Zajac’s moving performance is a triumph of evocative staging and storytelling.” The Observer

 £12/10 concs/8 U16’s

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May 2019

Randolphs Leap (music), Sat 11th May, 8pm

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Adam Ross is the prolific mastermind behind the music of Randolph’s Leap. Hailing from Nairn, he has been steadily building up an eclectic back-catalogue of uplifting folk-pop – a mixture of solo home recordings and full-band studio epics. One of Scotland’s most versatile lyricists, Adam can deliver a riotous party when accompanied by his 7-piece full band, complete with brass section.  Randolph’s Leap’s sonic world is one of heart-bursting melody combined with funny and poignant lyrics.

“Masters of melody… lo-fi indie-pop gems”  The Metro

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Karine Polwart (music), Thu 16th May (doors time 7.30pm for start time 8pm)

Thursday, May 16, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Karine Polwart is a six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of the Year. Karine’s seventh release, Laws of Motion, recorded alongside long-term collaborators Inge Thomson (accordion) and brother Steven Polwart (guitars), is the latest in an evolving series of collaborative projects combining music & storytelling with politics & environmental-societal issues. It was named Folk Album of the Year in Mojo.

“The music is dazzlingly inventive, swooping, soaring and turning abruptly on a sixpence from discord to sweet lullaby” Songlines

£20 plus booking fee

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Rant (music), Fri 17th May, 8pm

Friday, May 17, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rant is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the  Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique  brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces  to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish  fiddle player. The band have recorded strings for Julie Fowlis and their latest release ‘Reverie’ saw them collaborating with Fowlis once more, and Scots singer Ewan McLennan.

“Sheer class”***** The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Little Top at Forres Town Hall (family theatre), Sun 19th May, 2pm

Sunday, May 19, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presented by Starcatchers and SUPERFAN, Little Top is a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months and their adults. At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality, and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance which includes spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling. Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible. Please note that this event will be held at Forres Town Hall.

£7/£6 concs/£5 child

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Leah MacRae – My Big Fat Fabulous Diary (comedy) Sat 25th May 2019, 8pm

Saturday, May 25, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

After sell out performances in Glasgow and Ayr, Leah MacRae comes to the Universal Hall. Join the star of BBC’s River City, Gary Tank Commander and the huge hit stage comedy 51 Shades Of Maggie as she delves into the hilarious pages of her Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary  With stories including Cleaning Cupboard First Winch, The Hold In Pants Naked Truffle Shuffle some hysterical comedy songs and a belting ballad or two this show is one to put in your own diary! Age Recommendation 16+

‘Leah MacRae is an absolute star! Really funny and so clever. What a show! Just Brilliant!’  Jane McCarry (Still Game)

£20 one price plus booking fee (10%). To buy click here

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Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack (Comedy) Sun 26th May, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Sunday, May 26, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved here. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian’s Wall. Adult themes and situations but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. In addition he does live stand up shows all over the UK, and appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).  The show is suitable for ages 14+ (language)

“… a true comic talent” Manchester Evening News

£16 plus booking fee

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Fara (music) Wed 29th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK to coincide with the October 2018 release of their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians – an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie, whilst also pointing in new directions to celebrate the ever-expanding Orcadian folk tradition..

“Fantastic playing, clearly loving what they are doing … what more could you want in a show?” BBC Radio Scotland

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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June 2019

Còig (music) Wed 5th June, 7.30pm

Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

With the release of the new album Rove, Nova Scotia’s powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of today’s most exciting new North American Celtic groups. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world.  Rove is the group’s third album, after 2014’s Five, and 2015 seasonal favourite CarolsFive, won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.

“…every number is convincing and compellingly delivered…” FolkWorld

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra (music) Fri 14th June, 8pm

Friday, June 14, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia incorporating Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads. With just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika creating an aural alchemy normally characteristic of far bigger ensembles. Accordionist Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain and Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists. Playing together the orchestra deliver Balkan music with gorgeous skill and delicious humour.

“The music is magic in their hands”  BBC Radio 3

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Mike Vass – Save His Calm (music) Wed 19th June, 7.30pm

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

One of Scotland’s foremost musicians brings his remarkable new song cycle to Findhorn for the first time.
Mike Vass, previously a nominee in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award and winner in the Scots Trad music awards composer of the year category, creates music that draws influence from the neo-classical, indie-folk and electronic worlds. His songs run the gamut from darkly comic to heart-wrenching narrative and all with a terrific melodic sensibility. Much in demand as a producer and collaborator over the past several years, Mike has worked with the likes of Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter, Malinky, Runrig, Battlefield Band, Siobhan Miller and Findlay Napier – to name but a few.

“…an adept weaver of electronic and acoustic textures” The Guardian 

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Moishes Bagel (music) Sat 29th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 29, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Moishes Bagel’s music consists of driving klezmer grooves, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings, classical virtuosity and power, inspired Latin jazz flavours; all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka. Equally at home in concert halls, village halls and on festival stages – the Bagels have all the right ingredients to make an evening special. In the 15 years they have been together, the Bagels have developed an instant musical chemistry that captivates audiences with its highly original, deeply involving sound – rooted in folk traditions of the world.

This fearless 5-piece emphatically puts the ‘class’ into ‘unclassifiable’ The Scotsman

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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July 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music), Fri 19th July, 8pm

Friday, July 19, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is back with its annual (and usually sold-out) concert.  The Orchestra’s superb principal Cellist Philip Higham is soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations – a work that tips its hat to the eighteenth century, but is utterly Romantic at heart. The opening of Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony is one of the grandest, most thrilling sounds, with Mozart making use of clarinets for the first time in a symphony. Conductor Philipp von Steinaecker continues the genial high spirits and passion in Haydn’s final Symphony, written when the composer was staying in London.

Programme:

MOZART Symphony No 31 ‘Paris’

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme

HAYDN Symphony No 104 ‘London’

£17 full, £15 concs, £6 Disabled/U26s/Unemployed

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August 2019

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (music) Sat 3rd Aug, 8pm

Saturday, August 3, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Aly and Phil have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion. They bring their traditional music excellence to this very welcome return to the Universal Hall. Individually they pursue other ventures in performance, television and education but it is when they get together that they truly shine with their finely honed musical skills and hilarious banter. Book early!  

£18/£16 concs/£14 U16s

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Dougie MacLean (music) Thu 8th Aug, 7,30pm

Thursday, August 8, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and countless inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE! Book early!

£18/£16 concs/£14 U16’s

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September 2019

Flook (music) Wed 11th Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.  Twenty-four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. With their new album ‘Ancora’ out in 2019, it’s plain to see that Flook, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, are holding fast to their reputation as major musical innovators.

“Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music”  Time Out

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16’s

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