Events summer and onwards in 2019

Details of all concerts  in summer and autumn 2019 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal. The paper 'Good Gig Guide' for the autumn season is printed and out and more up to date details are on this website.  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 - comedy with Tommy Tiernan, music (Old Blind Dogs, Flook, Martin Simpson, Indigenous People and Peatbog Faeries)  plus drama, dance and family shows  - so there really is something for everyone. Extra details will be added to this website when we have them. A new film season will also start towards the end of November - again details will be on this site.

 

 

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August 2019

Alexander Chapman Campbell (music) Fri 30th Aug, 8pm

Friday, August 30, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chart-topping local composer and pianist Alexander Chapman Campbell will be returning to the Universal Hall to launch his captivating new EP for solo piano, Contemplations. The audience is invited to lie on the floor around the piano in order to experience the contemplative journey of the music in a deeper way (limited floor space, but usual seating available). Some mats will be provided, but please bring what you need to be comfortable.
“Refreshingly original” Classic FM
“…neither classical, jazz or improvised, but a glimpse of something new”  Positive News

Entry is by donation and CDs will be for sale on the night.

To see a video of Alexander click here

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September 2019

Old Blind Dogs (music) Wed 4th Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The legendary, multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs bounded into their 25th anniversary year with a cracking new album Room with a View. With a line-up from the world of Scottish folk music that is approaching superstar status, the band creates a sound which stands at the forefront of the Scottish roots music revival.  ‘Room with a View… could well be a contender for Scottish album of the year.’  Folk World  

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16’s

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

To watch a video of the band click here

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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

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

To see a video of the band click here

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Indigenous People – Kakatsitsi and Mbilou (music and dance) Sat 14th Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 14, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Making a hugely welcome return to the Universal Hall, Kakatsitsi have established themselves as one of the leading African drumming groups, renowned for the quality of their singing and their accessible, funky, danceable drumming grooves. For this performance they will be collaborating with Mbilou who is an Nganga – healer, musician and dancer from the Bwiti traditional religion of the forest regions of equatorial Africa, modern day Gabon. Bwiti is an ancient shamanic tradition, originally practised solely by the forest peoples of the central African rainforest. See below for details of associated workshops.

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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

To see a video of the artists click here

Workshops (all workshops are pay on the door and all are on Sunday 15th Sept)

Universal Hall  Auditorium, 12.30 – 5pm  Ghanaian Drumming for people with some experience. £30.

Universal Hall Dance/Drama Studio 12.30 – 2.30pm Ga and Bwiti chanting. £15.

Universal Hall Dance/Drama Studio 3 – 5pm Bwiti  Dance. £15.

Dancing Green behind Universal Hall 7.30pm Outdoor open participatory event with workshop participants. Free to all – will be held indoors in the Hall if wet.

To book a place on any of the workshops, please email: uhallpromo@gmail.com

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Martin Simpson (music) Sat 21st Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 21, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 – Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, Martin is also acclaimed as a brilliant slide guitar player, and a fine banjo-picker to boot. His solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.

“His clarity of playing is just amazing.” Jackson Browne

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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

A video of Martin is here

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October 2019

Peatbog Faeries (music) Fri 18th Oct, 8pm

Friday, October 18, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries bring Celtic Dance music into the 21st century by incorporating many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. From the moment they take to the stage, the mood is set for a no-nonsense feel-good atmosphere – each number sounding like an encore itself. They tease unlikely combinations from the familiarity of instruments such as fiddle and highland pipes – blending with techno rhythms and soaring sounds and take this to another plane. The Peatbogs have released seven studio albums, have played to audiences all over the world, and won the award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious Scottish Traditional Music Awards.  Please note: there may be loud music in this event and there will be dancing.

 “Powerful melodies …pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude…”  The Scotsman

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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

To see a video of the Peatbogs click here

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