Spring into Summer 2018

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April 2018

Keys to the Stars (classical music) Fri 27th April, 8pm

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

Throughout his life the Estonian shaman and composer, Urmas Sisask, has felt a strong connection to the stars and composed many pieces inspired by stellar constellations. The Grieg Pianoduo – Elles van der Heiden and Siebert Nix – play three of his pieces, together with one of Schubert’s, in a special concert-with-slides programme. Images of constellations taken with the Hubble and other telescopes are projected in a continuous sequence as a backdrop to the live piano music. Performed many times in the Netherlands, this programme has been a real hit with audiences and needs to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated.

£12/£10 conc/£8 U16’s

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Songs of Roma – Simon Thacker Group (music) Sat 28th April, 8pm

Saturday, April 28, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A new Romany musical journey full of spiritual intensity, catharsis and joy created and led by one of the UK’s most expansive musical figures, Simon Thacker (classical guitar), with the much admired Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska and leading Roma exponent, singer/violinist Masha Natanson. Simon draws on and extends European, Indian and Balkan folk forms, plus flamenco, and re-imagines powerful songs from the gypsy tradition with wonderfully inventive new instrumental music.

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16’s

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May 2018

Young Waters (music) Wed 9th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with unique arrangements of traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. In October 2017 they showcased at English Folk Expo / Manchester Folk Festival (supporting Kathryn Tickell), and their debut album, recorded at Real World studios, is due to be released in Spring 2018. Young Waters is a five-piece band led by Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar) with Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals), Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals), Calum Smith (violin) and Rowen Elliot (viola).

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16’s

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The Poozies (music) Wed 16th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The ever-adventurous Poozies have been an institution on the British folk scene since they formed in 1997, and a recent line-up change in 2016 brought together founding member Mary Macmaster and long-term cohort Eilidh Shaw with Orkney’s Sarah McFadyen and Tia Files from Oban. The result has been hailed as the best incarnation yet; in 2018 they released their latest album and look set to be a tour de force for some time to come. As always the band is anchored by the glorious bass of the electro-harp, and swings expertly between innovative tune sets featuring monster twin fiddles and powerful, punchy guitar, and gorgeously eclectic songs with beguiling 5-string banjo and 4-part vocal harmonies.

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16’s

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June 2018

Tony Christie (music) Fri 1st June, doors at 7.30pm

Friday, June 1, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Over the course of Tony Christie’s 50-year career, which includes over forty albums, seventy singles and countless live performances, he has sung thousands of songs. In 2005 he won a whole new generation of fans with the re-release of his worldwide 1971 hit, (Is This The Way to) Amarillo.2018 will provide no let up for Tony as he goes into the studio in January to record yet another album to add to his collection of over 40 career spanning albums recording tracks by great young writers such as the Grammy Award winning Amy Wadge, who’s credits include hits like ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran, Paddy Byrne (Paloma Faith), Jimmy Hogarth (Sia, Amy Winehouse etc) and many more. Despite a huge career you get the impression from Tony that he is only just getting started, as he plans to tour the world performing again in countries he hasn’t performed in for many years.

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Rura (music) Wed 6th June, 7.30pm

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

Rura continually affirm their position as one of Scotland’s most powerful groups. Their exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran, guitar and voice has won a devoted following. In 2010 they were award-winners at Celtic Connections, and since then have appeared on a remarkable seven occasions. Their powerful, entrancing instrumentals have been a main stage highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals – including Cambridge, Tønder, Winnipeg and HebCelt, amongst countless others across 20+ countries.

 “one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk sceneSonglines

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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Outside Track (music) Fri 22nd June, 8pm

Friday, June 22, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. This amount of talent alone would be enough to recommend the band but in this case the end result is so much greater than the sum of the parts. The line up comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O’Dalaigh.

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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July 2018

Peatbog Faeries (music) Wed 4th July, 7.30pm

Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 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 will be dancing at this event.

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

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music) Fri 27th July, 8pm

Friday, July 27, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Love classical music or just an avid fan of the cello? Multi-award winning cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performs Haydn’s dazzling first concerto, composed for the Eszterházy, which lies in what is now Hungary. The same country provides folk music inspiration for Transylvanian Dances by native Sándor Veress. Since it was chosen as the backdrop to Colin Firth’s dramatic address in The King’s Speech, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony has become one of his most recognised and popular pieces, in particular the expressive, slow second movement. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra always provide a thrilling evening of classical music and this promises to be no exception.

Programme:

VERESS Transylvanian Dances

HAYDN Cello Concerto No 1 in C major Hob VIIb:1

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 7

Nicolas Altstaedt cello / director/ conductor

£17/£15 concs (seniors) /£6 U26’s, students, unemployed, people with a disability and accompanying carer

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August 2018

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (music) Thu 2nd Aug, 7.30pm

Thursday, August 2, 7:30 pm - 9:30 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! 

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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