Autumn into Winter 2018

Details of most concerts  in autumn 2018 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal. Occasionally we post a new event at short notice.  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.

Four of the events listed below are part of the Findhorn Bay Festival hence different ticket outlets.

Please look out for the season of films that will start in December and run through to March. These will be posted here on the website probably in November.

 

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May 2018

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

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

To see a video click here

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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.

For online tickets £22.50 + 10% booking fees click here

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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

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

To see a video click here

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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

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

To see a video click here

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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 and special ‘standing only’ tickets are now the only tickets left at the Phoenix Stores. Please turn up at the Stores in person to buy those, or phone 01309 691170 to reserve them to collect on the night. The online tickets (seated) have now sold out. Also please note that we allow online tickets to be transferred to friends or family – despite advice to the contrary on wegottickets.com. All you do is come to venue with a note of the number of tickets bought and the original name they were booked under and we check them off against our list.

“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

To buy online tickets click here

 

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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

To buy online (10% booking fee) click here

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Renata Rosa Band (music) Wed 8th Aug 7.30 pm.

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Renata Rosa, Brazilian singer, songwriter and rabeca player brings the entrancing sounds of the north-east of Brazil enriched with the subtle influences from the East of Europe, Middle East and North of Africa. Her band play ten and seven-string guitars and percussion characteristic of the Brazilian Pernambuco state. In 2017 her new album Encantações was chosen as one of the Top of the World list in Songlines magazine in the UK. Renata leads a workshop on Tue 7th Aug at 7.30pm – details below.

“… a complete joy to hear” Songlines

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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

to see a video of Renata click here

 

Singing Workshop – Tue 7th Aug 7.30-9.30pm in the Universal Hall Auditorium.

This workshop will provide an introductory knowledge of the traditional singing from the Northeast
of Brazil. The voice, movement, singing and dance are intrinsically part of each other in the
traditional music from Northeast of Brazil. During the workshop the following elements will be
addressed: The pulse of the voice and the body – the energy of singing  and its reverberations – vocal
polyphonies. You will also learn the traditional dance Ciranda and a song for the dance.

Workshop only – £10 pay on the door

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September 2018

Niteworks (music) Thurs 6th Sept 7.30pm

Thursday, September 6, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Niteworks fuse the Gaelic language and the traditional music that was central to their upbringing on the Isle of Skye with electronica and techno to create an electrifying and genre-defying sound. The band welcomed in the New Year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 providing the music to accompany the fireworks display. They also played to a sold out 12,000 audience at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow at Celtic Connections. Please note: there will be no support band and Niteworks will play through without interval from about 7.45pm. There will be dancing at this event so sit higher if you don’t intend to join in,

“…imaginative, versatile, cultural and exciting.” The List

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s

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

to see videos of Niteworks click here or here

 

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Calum Stewart (music) Wed 19th Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 pm

Uilleann Piping star Calum Stewart and his trio are touring with a much-anticipated new album Tales from the North which celebrates the legends, landscapes, adventures and people that all played an integral part in Calum’s childhood in Garmouth. Calum’s recent work includes recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road studios for composers Thomas Newman and Howard Shore, as well as collaborations with Nitin Sawhney and Scottish singer Julie Fowlis.

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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

to see a video of Calum click here

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