Summer and new Autumn Season 2017

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September 2017

Indigenous People (music and dance) Fri. 1st Sept, 8pm

Friday, September 1, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Indigenous People is the collective name for the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana and The !Gubi Family of San ‘Bushmen’ from the Namibian Kalahari. Fresh from a main stage appearance at WOMAD this is a rare opportunity to see authentic Dance, Drumming and Song performed. The traditional drumming dance grooves from one of Africa’s leading percussion ensembles are combined with acoustic instruments and chants from the San people of the Kalahari desert in their healing trance dance ceremonies. These accompany a dance performance which fuses elements from the two participating traditions. Entrancing and enlightening… The Friday performance is not participatory and will focus on watching the drummers, dancers and singers perform, with narration, to explain the social and cultural context of the music, song and dance.

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

To see a video of Kakasitsi click here

To see a video of the !Gubi Family click here

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Indigenous People (music and dance) Sat 2nd Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 2, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

With the same performers on stage as Friday night the emphasis will be on audience participation, in the dance which will be using western ‘free’ styles of moves learned with the Africans during the day’s workshops. (However it is not necessary to have attended the workshops to come to this evening event). Kakatsitsi are renowned for their accessible and funky dance grooves, so if you enjoy a good dance and like the idea of participating alongside some Bushmen from the Kalahari, this event’s for
you!

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

To see a video of Kakasitsi click here

To see a video of the !Gubi Family click here

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Indigenous People (workshops & Sun. night event) Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd Sept

Sunday, September 3, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Drumming. Universal Hall Auditorium.

Learn to play a number of rhythms on the Kpanlogo peg drum of southern Ghana, similar to the Latin Conga in sound and technique. Drums will be supplied. Kakatsiti pay particular attention to teaching the techniques of ‘tone’, ‘bass’ and ‘tips’ to make sure students are producing clear and precise sounds. Students will starting by learning ‘Oge’, a relatively easy rhythm composed of three parts all played together with the cowbell. After ‘Oge’, students will move on to the three parts of ‘Fume Fume’ before finishing with the popular ‘Kpanlogo’ rhythm which while made of only two parts, involves the use of the ‘slap’ technique which is relatively harder to play than the ‘tone’ and ‘bass’ usually played by self-taught drummers. 

 

Dance. Universal Hall, Dance Drama Studio.

Learn to dance a number of traditional dances from Ghana including the popular ‘Kpanlogo’ social dance from southern Ghana as well as ‘Kule’ – a dance choregraphed by Kofi Adarwkah, principle male dancer in Kakatsitsi.  The dance involve a series of moves that correspond to drum calls performed by the master drummer. 

 

Dance and Song with San Bushmen of Kalahari. Universal Hall, Recording Studio

Learn to sing, clap and dance in the style of the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Namibia as taught by members of the !Gubi Family. A number of songs / chants will be learned as well as clapping and stamping patterns that are traditionally performed to accompany the singing. 

 

Workshop Prices and Times. £10 a session. £20 a day. £40 for weekend ticket which includes Sunday night. £50 weekend includes ticket for Sat night and Sun night.

Sat 10.00-12.00. 1.30-3.30. 4.00-5.30

Sun. 11.00-1.00. 2.30 – 4.30. 5.00-6.00 everyone in Hall for practice.

Sun. 7.30. Performance in Universal Hall with all workshop groups.

Contact Universal Hall to book on universalhall@gmail.com or Tel 01309 691170.

Pay cash on the day.

Book concert tickets and get more info at www.universalhall.co.uk

 

Children’s Workshops. Advance Booking essential

Children’s Drumming 10.30-11.20. Children’s Dance 11.30-12.30.

Children’s Workshops by donation. Come to both as the dance goes with the drumming. Suitable for age 4-10. Venue. Community Centre Upstairs, The Park, Findhorn.

Contact Melissa Godbeer for children’s workshop booking only.

Tel. 07788 476230 or email: cyc@findhorn.cc

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Luke Daniels – Polyphon Chronicles (music) Wed 13th Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 13, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Award-winning singer and composer, Luke Daniels, brings his unusual new show to the Universal Hall for the first time. The performance includes his Electrophon machine, that combines Victorian clockwork engineering with digital audio, and used by Luke to create beautifully songs and intriguing instrumental music. This year he performed at Celtic Connections Festival and played an official showcase at the US Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City. Together with his Electrophon Luke creates a night of outstanding acoustic songs and intriguing instrumental music. (Please note that Luke was due to be joined by Scottish harpist Gillian Fleetwood, and it says as much in our printed Good Gig Guide, but Gillian broke her arm recently and will be unable to play. We wish her a speedy recovery). 

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

to buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

 to see Cumberland Reel on Melodeon click here

 

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Fara (music) Fri. 29th Sept, 8pm

Friday, September 29, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Fara brings together four emerging musicians at the forefront of today’s young Scottish folk scene – Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price. They play three fiddles and a piano to produce a fiery sound rooted in their Orkney musical upbringing. Vibrant arrangements, rich harmonies and instrumental talent characterise their music and guarantee an exciting experience to any audience. With a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes sung with stunning vocals, Fara produce a truly individual sound.

“The Northern Isles and indeed Scotland now have a new fiddle supergroup…” Shetland Folk Festival

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16s

to buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

to see a video click here

 

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October 2017

Opera Highlights (classical music) Sat 7th Oct, 7.30pm

Saturday, October 7, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Each year Scottish Opera takes four singers and a pianist out and about around Scotland, travelling the highways and byways, to take a musical mix of operatic treasures to some of the country’s more remote venues. In October, the minibus arrives in Findhorn, packed full of props and costumes to bring you an entertaining evening of music and good company. And there’s something for everyone – from opera first timers to seasoned fans. The programme includes favourites from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers  alongside some lesser known gems rarely performed on the Scottish stage. This Season’s casts are full of fresh, new talent, including Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Alexey Gusev, alongside graduates of the National Opera Studio, sopranos Lucy Hall (Orfeo ed Euridice 2015) and tenor William Morgan (The 8th Door 2017). Former Emerging Artist and director of the four star Opera Highlights in 2016 Jack Furness returns again to direct this year’s highlights.

‘Amazing energy from all five performers – to be able to get that close to professional musicians and singers is a rare treat. Can’t wait for more!’  Audience member, 2016                  ★★★★ The Herald

£12/£5 U26s      To buy online (10% booking fee) click here

to see a short promotional video click here

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Dougie MacLean (music) Wed 11th Oct, 7.30pm

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

“Dougie MacLean OBE 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’, for music in the ‘Last of the Mohicans’ movie and for countless inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Folk Award from BBC Radio 2. A welcome return to the Universal Hall for this great artist.

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here    To see a video click here

PICTURE – ROB MCDOUGALL   www.RobMcDougall.com    07856222103    info@robmcdougall.com

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Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton (music) Wed 18th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, winners of ‘Best Duo’ in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017, are multi-instrumentalists, composers and arrangers specialising in bagpipes and whistles. They have come together in an eagerly awaited collaboration to create their stunning new album ‘Symbiosis’. Founding members of the musical powerhouse Treacherous Orchestra as well as playing with bands such as Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Zakir Hussain, The Levellers and Capercaillie, Ross and Ali produce an exciting and beguiling sound with an undeniable synergy forged from a lifetime of friendship.

” … a partnership that’s rugged and inventive yet true to the tradition” Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

to buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

to see a video click here

 

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Newton Faulkner (music) Fri 20th Oct, 7.30pm (doors time)

Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Big, beat-conscious and astonishingly diverse are not the adjectives that might have sprung immediately to mind with regard to Newton Faulkner in the past. He was the singer-songwriter once tagged ‘the British Jack Johnson’ and tossed in alongside sensitive, strumming troubadours in the tradition of Jackson Browne and James Taylor. He was the guy with the dreadlocks he had been cultivating since the age of 15, the one who flayed the hell out of an acoustic guitar whenever he played live. That was then. These days, Newton Faulkner is a different proposition, and his audacious new album, Human Love, is a colorful statement of intent. His fifth studio collection, and his first for new label BMG, it is an alluring maelstrom of rhythm and harmony. Embracing racing drums, African percussion, chanted choruses, ambient interludes and the most imposing hooks of his career to date.

Tickets at one price £22.50 plus £1 booking fee in the Phoenix Stores

for online tickets click here (10% booking fee)    Paper tickets also at the Phoenix Stores (£1 booking fee)

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Reflecting Fridas (storytelling) Wed 25th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are the inspiration for this show, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines and forming a part of the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. Frida’s loves, injuries and suffering were the subject for her work. She was an exceptional artist and she had a unique life which will be revealed in the story. Ana Maria Lines is a Brazilian storyteller and journalist. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil and her family origins range from African to Brazilian and Portuguese. Please note: this event will be held in the Moray Art Centre near the Universal Hall.

£10/£8 concs /£6 U16s

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

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