Spring 2018

Details of most concerts and films in spring 2018 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal.  All films will be £5 entry (one price) and all will have subtitles in English as a policy for this season – even those shot in English. This is to give access to those with some hearing loss and to a sizeable minority in our audience who have English as a second language. But of course we encourage those of you with normal hearing to attend and support this inclusive plan. If you have feedback about this experiment let us know uhallpromo@gmail.com   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

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September 2017

ParkFest Ceilidh (participatory dance) Sat 9th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

As Park of the ParkFest Celebrations on the 9th and 10th Sept, there will be a free ceilidh on Saturday night in the Universal Hall with live music from members of two great Scottish bands – Session A9 and Old Blind Dogs. This will follow a day of delicious food & drink, crafts, live music, woodland activities, comedy & entertainment at different venues all over the Park, Findhorn. The event is a collaboration between The Phoenix Stores, La Bohème, Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation, Findhorn Hinterland Trust and Moray Art Centre.

Free entry

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 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

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 to see Cumberland Reel on Melodeon click here


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

Friday, September 29, 2017, 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

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October 2017

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

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 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, 2017, 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

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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, 2017, 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

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

Friday, October 20, 2017, 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.


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November 2017

Elephant Sessions (music) plus Kitty Macfarlane Sat. 18th Nov, 8pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Nominated as Live Act of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, fiery Highland five-piece Elephant Sessions are a musical powerhouse, welding  grooves and guitar attack with quicksilver fiddle/mandolin melodies. The group fuses rich folk and trad influences with rock, funk and electronica in an instantly captivating danceable blend. Renowned for breathtaking live shows throughout the UK and Europe  with appearances at Glastonbury, Denmark’s Tønder and a sold out headline show at Celtic Connections 2017. 

“Outstanding levels of innovation and inventiveness” FolkWords

The band will be supported by Kitty Macfarlane – a singer songwriter from Somerset. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries. Kitty’s songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. From questions of global belonging and rights to land, to songs of the anecdotal everyday; music that reflects today’s environmental issues and the clockwork passage of humans, creatures, even drifting continents, across our planet. Her debut EP, Tide & Time, received outstanding reviews and national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and Tom Robinson’s show on BBC6Music, and Kitty has been selected by PRS as a recipient of the Lynsey de Paul prize for 2017. 

‘Exciting young talent’ – The Guardian

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16s

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February 2018

Rich Hall’s Hoedown (comedy) Thu 22nd Feb 2018, 7.30pm

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

As Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show rolls into the Universal Hall, there has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself. The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. Rich delivers stand-up, improvised ballads, and cracking good musicianship. A hilarious, foot-stomping, good time is to be had by all. Age advice: 14+

“Blissfully Funny” The Guardian


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Lindsay Lou (music) Fri 23rd Feb, 8pm

Friday, February 23, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Outstanding Michigan songbird Lindsay Lou returns to the UK with her band and a brand new album to promote. Previous visits saw them take Shetland Folk Festival and HebCeltFest by storm, and they had a (sold-out) headline show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2017. Writing in fRoots magazine, Tim Chipping said: “I’m convinced I have seen the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers.” The band was featured in the BBC 2 TV Highlights show filmed at the city’s Royal Concert Hall on the opening night.

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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