Events into 2019

Details of all concerts  in winter and spring 2019 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal. The paper 'Good Gig Guide' is out in mid February.  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 - films, comedy, music (including Karine Polwart, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Dougie MacLean, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham) shows for children and babies, aerial theatre and drama - so there really is something for everyone.

 

 

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March 2017

McGoldrick, McCusker, Doyle (music) Wed 8th Mar, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are three members of the BBC Transatlantic Sessions. Master of flutes, whistles and Uillean pipes Mike is a founding member of Flook and Lunasa, and is a current member of Capercaillie. He was BBC Radio 2 folk Musican of the year 2006. After years of touring with the Battlefield Band, John McCusker’s unique fiddle playing has earned him a worldwide reputation. Both Mike and John were part of the legendary band that toured with both Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler. John Doyle’s gifts as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music, and he is also a founding member of the brilliant Irish group Solas. This is a rare chance to see these three great musicians share a stage together.

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16s

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

To see a video of MM & D in action click here

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Peatbog Faeries (music) Thurs 16th Mar, 7.30pm

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries celebrated 25 years as a band in 2016. They 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. Their instrumentation includes, bagpipes, fiddle, whistles, guitars, keyboard and drums. The band 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

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

To see a video of the Peatbogs in action click here

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Christine Bovill’s Piaf (musical theatre) Fri 24th March, 8pm

Friday, March 24, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The award-winning singer Christine Bovill brings to life Edith Piaf in this show. Piaf’s story is well documented – her legendary voice – a child of the Paris streets who rose, via a tragic life of drink, drugs and death at 48, to become the best-known chanteuse in America and throughout the world. Christine Bovill’s PIAF celebrates one of France’s most endearing icons; with some of her best known songs. Despite the sorrow of Piaf’s story, this is an evening of celebration – a tale of human triumph over tragedy; and, at its heart, a unique performance by a woman widely regarded as one of the finest interpreters of French Song.

“Something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.” Sunday Times

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

To buy online (10% booking fee) click here

to see a video of Christine singing a Piaf song on the Review Show click here

 

 

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April 2017

Mr McFall’s Chamber (music) Thu 6th April, 7.30pm

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

To celebrate the release of  their latest album Solitudes, Mr McFall’s Chamber play a programme of music from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The music is hauntingly atmospheric and, by turns, passionate and reflective. Mr McFalls Chamber is a fantastically talented sextet with a policy of mixing widely different styles in the same programme. The programme is listed below.

Solitudes – Baltic Reflections. Music from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Introduction and Tango Overture, Aulis Sallinen
Bangos (for solo piano), Zita Bružaitė
Lamento (for two violas), Kalevi Aho
Dedication (for cello and piano), Erkki-Sven Tüür
Toccata, Olli Mustonen
interval
Fratres (for string quartet), Arvo Pärt
Für Alina (for solo piano), Arvo Pärt
A Little Summer Music (for violin and piano), Pēteris Vasks
Le Grand Tango (for violin and piano), Astor Piazzolla
Täysikuu Toivo Kärki (arr. Robert McFall)
Einsames Lied (“Solitude”), Jean Sibelius (arr. Robert McFall)
Satumaa, Unto Mononen (arr. Robert McFall)

Cyril Garac: 1st violin
Robert McFall: 2nd violin/ viola
Brian Schiele: viola
Su-a Lee: cello
Rick Standley: double bass
Maria Martinova: piano

“Why can’t all concerts be like this – engaging, witty, relaxed, sophisticated, exquisitely played and just plain fun? The Times

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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To see a video with Mr McFall’s and Aidan O’Rourke click here

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The Shee (music) Fri 14th April, 8pm

Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The all-female, folk and bluegrass band, The Shee, met on the Folk and Traditional Music Degree course at Newcastle University in 2006. Having reached the ten-year milestone in their action-packed career, they’re celebrating with a brand new body of original work. Following three albums and a hectic touring schedule over the past decade, the six members of the band each commissioned a Folk Music hero, to write an original piece of music for their fourth album ‘Continuum’. This was premiered at their sell out concert at Celtic Connections 2016.

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£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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May 2017

The Furrow Collective (music) Wed 17th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Furrow Collective is a critically acclaimed English/Scottish quartet consisting of four distinctive and talented performers – Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts. They formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. The focus is upon material from English and Scottish sources, occasionally looking further afield in the quest for intriguing songs. Together, they create spine-tingling four-part harmony accompanied by harp, guitar, viola, concertina, piano, banjo, fiddles and musical saw. The band received a nomination for Best Group and Best Traditional Track in the 2015 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards for their debut album At Our Next Meeting,

‘A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs… A quietly classy young folk band’ The Guardian

to see a video of The Furrow Collective click here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s.

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

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June 2017

Kathy Bullock (music workshop and performance) Sat 3rd June, 9.30am workshop and 8pm performance

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Gospel Singing day workshop and “An evening” with Kathy Bullock
Kathy Bullock has visited The Universal Hall three times before and almost literally raised the roof with her passion, enthusiasm, joy and incredible musicianship. This event is the first stop on a 3 week UK tour. A Professor of Music at Berea College, Kentucky where she has worked for the past twenty-three years, Kathy has earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Theory from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University, MA. She is an inspirational teacher. All are welcome, no experience necessary – just a willingness to let go into the joy of singing.
The day workshop will be learning and singing a number of African-American gospel songs and may also include something from her African song repertoire. There will be a break for lunch (not provided).
The evening event “An evening with Kathy Bullock” will be an evening of songs for all to sing, as well as a short presentation about the history of Gospel music. Tickets for the day workshop entitle you to free entry to the evening event, tickets for which can be purchased separately.
Workshop 9.30am to 4pm  cost: £50 (£40 concs)
Participatory Performance 8pm  cost: £12 (£10 concs)
 
Tickets available for both events at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2921920
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The Dime Notes (music) Fri. 9th June, 8pm

Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Dime Notes dig back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blueses, and forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols. Fronted by Chris Barber’s long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, and American pianist/composer/musicologist Andrew Oliver, the band is anchored by the unstoppable pulse of rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie and Tom Wheatley on bass. The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasizing the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, and wildly popular.

to see a video of The Dime Notes click here  

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s.

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

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music) Sat 10th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SCO 2012
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The marvellous SCO return for their annual summer visit. The programme this year includes work from GRIEG Holberg Suite, Op 40; CRUSELL Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor; LARSSON Pastoral Suite, Op 19; SCHUBERT Symphony No 3 in D with Gérard Korsten conducting and Maximiliano Martín on solo clarinet. This is an eagerly awaited event every year so book early!

“… some of the most utterly exhilarating orchestral playing you will hear anywhere from anyone.” The Herald

£16/£14 concs/£6 U26s, people with a disability and accompanying carer

To book online (10% booking fee) click here

Paper tickets now available in person in the Phoenix Stores, The Park, Findhorn with no booking fee.

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Sing Sistah Sing! (music) Sat 17th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sing Sistah Sing! is the first work from internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker, who is accompanied by the wonderfully versatile pianist Richard Lewis. The show celebrates the extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice including those of Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and the great Billie Holiday. This a joyous mixture of storytelling, jazz, blues, opera, art song, gospel and rollicking piano virtuosity.

“.., made the audience’s hair stand on end. Her voice is delicious” BroadwayBaby.com

to see a video rehearsal of the show click here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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

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The Danberrys (music) Fri 23rd June, 8pm

Friday, June 23, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

One of the hottest Americana acts to emerge from the rockier underbelly of Nashville’s music scene, the soulful pairing of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel have built a huge fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. On tour here in trio format, they have won awards and nominations for Best Americana Album. Their latest release created a huge amount of excitement, attracting glowing praise from the critics. 

“The sweetest harmonies you ever heard this side of The Everly Brothers” R2 magazine
To see a video clip  ‘Live from Nashville’ click here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here   Paper tickets also at the Phoenix Stores (no booking fee)

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August 2017

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 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!  Paper tickets will be in the Phoenix Stores soon but online tickets are available now.

To see a video click here

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

to buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here    Paper tickets also at the Phoenix Stores (no booking fee)

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Trevor Sewell (music) Sat 5th Aug, 8pm

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

When Trevor Sewell and his band played at the Universal Hall in 2016, the place rocked and the success of that evening guaranteed their return to Findhorn. This time Trevor will play what has been described as his “imaginative and soulful” style of blues. Winner of 9 major awards in the USA and 4 times nominated in the British Blues Awards, Trevor will include new material from his upcoming fifth album “Calling Nashville”. If you’ve not seen him before, then don’t miss this chance to enjoy one of the best blues artists around. For more information see www.trevorsewell.com

“I’ve been a big fan of Trevor’s work ever since hearing his Hollow album, so meeting him earlier this year was a real treat. I offered to play on his next record but wasn’t sure if he’d take me up on it – fortunately, he did.” Janis Ian.

£13, £10 concs, £8 U16

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

to see a video click here

 

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Blazin’ Fiddles (music) Fri. 18th August, 8pm

Friday, August 18, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Blazin’ Fiddles are undoubtedly one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Over the last 17 years, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.With a Blazers performance comes the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions, from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all. The Blazers are perennial favourites here at the Universal Hall.

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16s

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

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September 2017

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

Friday, September 1, 2017, 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

Special Offer: Book a 2/3 night stay in a caravan at the adjacent Findhorn Bay Holiday Park when you come to see the Indigenous People live in the Universal Hall and get a 15% discount. You must book through their website (click here) and enter the code: africa17 in the ‘voucher code’ box when you book
(Valid 1st /2nd /3rd September 2017)

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 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

Special Offer: Book a 2/3 night stay in a caravan at the adjacent Findhorn Bay Holiday Park when you come to see the Indigenous People live in the Universal Hall and get a 15% discount. You must book through their website (click here) and enter the code: africa17 in the ‘voucher code’ box when you book
(Valid 1st /2nd /3rd September 2017)

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

Sunday, September 3, 2017, 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. Each of the three styles of workshops listed above will run three times on Sat and three times on Sun in the time slots listed below.

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

With the Kaktsitsi Drum workshop we expect many people will want to come to the whole of Saturday as a block of workshops. We assume that if people only want to come to one workshop they will come to the Saturday morning workshop at 10.00. There will be a clear progression from learning techniques, to learning a simple rhythm to learning a more complex rhythm. On Sunday we would expect Kaktsitsi to review the work done on Saturday and then progress to teaching other rhythms. The goal of Sunday will be to reach a standard where the rhythms learned can be performed for dancing on the Sunday night. It could be possible for experienced drummers to join for the first time on Sunday morning if they are unable to join on Saturday. Do contact us if you wish to do this. The Sunday 5.00 practice for everyone is now considered unnecessary and instead we will continue in our separate groups till 5.00.

With the Kakatsitsi Dance workshop and the San Workshops in Dance and Song the Saturday and Sunday workshops will be self contained. We expect some people may for example want to do the San workshop all day Saturday and the Kakatsitsi dance workshop all day Sunday. Again however we recommend coming to the 10.00 workshop on Saturday or the 11.00 workshop on Sunday if you only want to do one workshop. The Saturday and Sunday workshops will again build towards informal performances on Sunday evening.  We would expect there to be people coming on Sunday night who have not attended the workshops. These people would sometimes just dance and sometimes watch. We would not expect people attending only on Sunday night to drum.

We expect the exact structure will be adapted to fit the participants. Kakatsitsi are very experienced workshop leaders and we look forward to an exciting weekend.

 

Children’s Workshops. Advance Booking essential

Children’s Drumming (Saturday only) 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: Sunshine Room, East Whins, The Park, Findhorn.

Contact Melissa Godbeer for children’s workshop booking only.

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

Special Offer: Book a 2/3 night stay in a caravan at the adjacent Findhorn Bay Holiday Park when you come to see the Indigenous People live in the Universal Hall and get a 15% discount. You must book through their website (click here) and enter the code: africa17 in the ‘voucher code’ box when you book
(Valid 1st /2nd /3rd September 2017)

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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

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, 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

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, 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

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, 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

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, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

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

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

to see a video click here

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February 2018

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 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, 2018, 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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March 2018

Martha Tilston (music) Fri 23rd March, 8pm

Friday, March 23, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Supported by an eclectic ensemble of multi-instrumental musicians Martha delivers a mesmerising set of songs and astute observations through her beautiful crystal-clear vocals. A BBC best newcomer Folk Awards nominee, Acoustic Stage opener at Glastonbury, guest vocalist with Zero 7, and with six critically claimed internationally released albums, Martha returns with her latest record Nomad – a musical invitation to sit out under the stars around a fire and reconnect with a long-lost part of our selves.

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16’s

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April 2018

Vivaldi’s La Favorita (music) Thu 5th April, 7.30pm

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

An evening of Vivaldi music from the wonderful Dunedin Consort with Cecilia Bernardini, Solo Violin and Director. This is a rare opportunity to experience first hand the music that emerged from one of the most productive – and intriguing – relationships in Venetian music.

 

 

 

 

Programme includes:

Violin Concerto in B minor, RV387 Violin Concerto in E Major “Il Riposo”, RV270a

Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV156

Violin Concerto in B- at Major “Il Corneto da Posta”, RV363

Violin Concerto in D Major, RV772 Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in D minor, RV128

Violin Concerto in F Major, RV283

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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Siobhan Miller (music) Fri 6th April, 8pm

Friday, April 6, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Two-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year, Siobhan Miller is widely regarded as one of the foremost vocalists in Scotland. Siobhan’s award-winning style has been honed through collaborations and studies with many of Scotland’s top musicians. She is part of the all-star cast and a featured solo singer within Far Far from Ypres, has performed on Broadway, New York, and in 2014 was a guest singer with National Theatre of Scotland in their Alternative Burns production. A recipient of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, alongside Jeana Leslie – with whom she went on to release two acclaimed albums. Nationwide television appearances and outings at many of the UK’s major folk festivals illustrate just why she has been lauded as “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song” (Scotland on Sunday).

‘One of the finest young voices on the Scottish folk scene’ The Scotsman

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16’s

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Alexander Chapman Campbell (music) Sat 7th April, 7.30pm

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please note that due to unavoidable circumstances this concert has now been cancelled. If you bought tickets at the Phoenix Store then please take them back and they will refund. If you bought them online at wegottickets.com then you will be refunded to the card you bought them with.

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Talisk (music) Fri 20th April, 8pm

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nominees in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award, and winners of the 2015 Young Folk Award, Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene. They create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in just a couple of years, has earned them multiple award wins, unwavering nationwide media praise, and standing ovations across the country. Atop their collective titles, concertina player, Mohsen Amini, was the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, The band have appeared at world-leading folk festivals including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Celtic Connections, plus live sessionson both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship folk programmes. With further tours andshowcases throughout Europe and the US, theirs is a star firmly, and rapidly, on the ascent.

ExtraordinaryMark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16’s

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

Friday, April 27, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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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Renata Rosa Band (music) Wed 8th Aug 7.30 pm.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 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

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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, 2018, 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

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 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

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Mr. McFall’s Chamber (music) Sat 29th Sept, 5pm

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mr McFall’s Chamber, the newly crowned winners of the Scottish Awards for New Music 2018, have been hailed for their innovative programming and ability to play in many styles. Titled At Home in a Foreign Land, this concert features special guest pianist Graeme McNaught and work from threecomposers: Mozart, Mendelssohn and Piazzolla. There will be an opening concert set from Bukhari, an open access Moray-based community choir singing songs exclusively from the Republic of Georgia. This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£12/£10 conc/£5 Under 26s

Tickets from: www.findhornbayfestival.com T: 01309 675333

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Northern Flyway​: Inge Thomson & Jenny Sturgeon (music and visuals) Sun 30th Sept, 8pm

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This musical journey explores the connection between people and birds. Set against a lush evocative skyscape of bird images it is an intense and visceral audio-visual experience. Inge and Jenny are joined by multi-instrumentalist Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow) and vocal sculptor Jason Singh. Fuelled by Sturgeon’s background as a biologist and Thomson’s home turf of the Fair Isle, Northern Flyway delves into the ecology and folklore of birds and birdsong and the themes of migration, and humanity’s relationship with nature. This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£12/£10 conc/£5 Under 26s

Tickets from: www.findhornbayfestival.com T: 01309 675333

 

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October 2018

Baghdaddies (music) Wed 3rd Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours. They take themselves incredibly seriously so you don’t have to…

“…an anarchic fusion where Ivo Papasov meets The Clash meets The Beat.” Songlines

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Twelfth Day (music) Fri 12th Oct, 8pm

Friday, October 12, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

In Twelfth Day, Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles harpist Esther Swift provide two distinctly different musical voices. Their fiddle and pedal harp build layer upon layer of a complex and ever-evolving sound, rich with rhythm, harmony and texture. Classically trained, they bring outstanding technical ability plus an adventurous mix of folk, jazz and classical influences to their compositions and arrangements.

“… suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship” fRoots

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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Charlie Landsborough (music) Sun 28th Oct, 7.30pm

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Winner of ‘Best Songwriter’, ‘Best Song’, ‘Best Male Vocalist’ & ‘International Country Album’ Charlie’s talent and chart-topping records received the ultimate recognition in 2011 when he was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame. Join us for a memorable evening of beautiful ballads, folk, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, gospel and anthems with this immensely talented artist.

“If you like warmth, honesty and credibility in a show you will love Charlie Landsborough.” BBC Radio Ulster

£23.50 one price

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November 2018

Mànran (music) Wed 7th Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Mànran’s music has traditional Celtic roots, and features fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes which bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. The band was awarded the accolade “International Artist of the Year” at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.

‘Mànran play an engaging, boisterous set and win a lot of new fans in the process’  The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Dallahan (music) Wed 21st Nov, 7.30 pm

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dallahan is one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music, but with hugely diverse backgrounds and influences. Tender and delicate songs from Transylvania change to relentlessly punchy Irish dance tunes littered with funk grooves and everything in between. In 2015, the band was nominated for ‘Folk Band of The Year’ and their debut album shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

“the most exciting Irish music I’ve heard in a long time…” fRoots

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16s

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Breabach (music) Wed 28th Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The unique musicianship of Breabach combines twin bagpipes, fiddle, mandolin, bass and guitar with Gaelic vocals and step dance, and has won them fans across the globe with tours packed full of European festival appearances. The end of 2016 saw them win the Scots Trad Awards, taking away two titles: Folk Band of the Year‚ and Album of the Year.

“As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set.” The Scotsman *****

£17/£15 concs/£13 U16s

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The Karen Matheson Band (music) Fri 30th Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 30, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Widely recognised as the compelling vocals of Capercaillie, Karen has been involved in various projects of collaboration worldwide including the BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, where she has filmed tracks with artists like James Taylor, Emmylou Harris and The McGarrigle Sisters. Her stunning rendition of ‘Ae fond kiss’ stole the show at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, to a televised audience of over a billion people. 

“..has the ability to inject pure emotion into a song. The kind of voice that can leave you shell-shocked’’   The Sunday Times 

£17/£15 concs/£13 U16s

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March 2019

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc (music) Fri 1st Mar, 8pm

Friday, March 1, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise three master fiddle players from three different and very distinctive Nordic regions. Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers’ Bid, Boys of the Lough and Session A9) hails from Shetland; Olav Luksengard Mjelva is an award winning fiddle player from Norway and Anders Hall is an acclaimed exponent of the Swedish fiddle tradition. Together they skillfully weave the many components of their three musical cultures and traditions together in a hugely atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure.

“…a shimmering display of accurately pitched, highly skilled musical accomplishment”  The Scotsman

 £14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle (Music) Wed 6th Mar, 7.30pm

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

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2019. As winter turns to spring Mike, John & John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie. With their recently released album, ‘The Wishing Tree’ this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time

“It takes a lifetime of playing to sound as effortless as these guys.” The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Kathy Bullock (music) Sat Mar 16th, 9.30am (workshop) & 8pm (performance)

Saturday, March 16, 9:30 am - 10:00 pm

Dr. Kathy Bullock, Professor of Music at Berea College, Kentucky, USA is a world expert and one of the most sought after teachers of African-American songs. She has been to the Universal Hall four times before and has been a huge success with previous participating audiences. Kathy is an amazing singer, leader and pianist, and brings a deep love and extraordinary passion for this music to her teaching.  Kathy Bullock will lead both a Gospel song workshop and evening participatory performance.

SONG WORKSHOP

Kathy presents the song workshop from: 9.30am – 4pm. Attendance at the workshop includes free entry to the evening event. This is suitable for anyone who loves to sing and especially if you like Gospel and African-American music. An inspirational and uplifting event where all are welcome and no experience necessary.

Workshop cost: £45/£35 concs

 

EVENING PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE

This evening event will feature many songs led by Kathy and with lots of audience participation.

Evening event cost: £12/£10 concs

For more details email Bill Henderson (billhendersonmusic@gmail.com) or phone 07876 213576

TICKETS: online for both workshop and evening event (no booking fee) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4051789 (click on link) and at the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn

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Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton – Symbiosis (music) Wed 20th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Following on from the success of their debut album ‘Symbiosis’, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton released their second album ‘Symbiosis II’ in spring 2018 to huge critical acclaim. Winners of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 and nominees for the same award in 2018. The full 4-piece touring band incorporates skilfully played guitar, cittern, whistles and bagpipes in their music. Between them, Ross and Ali have played in many leading Scottish bands including Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty and Capercaillie. The music they create is both exciting and beguiling with an undeniable synergy that can only be forged from a lifetime of friendship.

 £15/£13 concs/£11 U16s

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April 2019

Claire Hastings Band (music), Sat 13th April, 8pm

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Glasgow based folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings has made a name for herself on the folk scene since winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015. She has toured throughout the UK, Europe and New Zealand as a solo artist, and with The Claire Hastings Band, sharing the stage with the likes of Lulu, Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Her much-awaited second album ‘Those Who Roam’, released at Celtic Connections 2019, features traditional and original songs under the theme of journeys. Her band, including guitarist Jenn Butterworth, will join Claire for this wonderful evening of songs and stories.

Claire does more than simply sing a song, she takes you to the story and sits you comfortably right beside the singer FOLK RADIO UK

£14/12 concs/10 U16’s

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May 2019

Randolphs Leap (music), Sat 11th May, 8pm

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Adam Ross is the prolific mastermind behind the music of Randolph’s Leap. Hailing from Nairn, he has been steadily building up an eclectic back-catalogue of uplifting folk-pop – a mixture of solo home recordings and full-band studio epics. One of Scotland’s most versatile lyricists, Adam can deliver a riotous party when accompanied by his 7-piece full band, complete with brass section.  Randolph’s Leap’s sonic world is one of heart-bursting melody combined with funny and poignant lyrics.

“Masters of melody… lo-fi indie-pop gems”  The Metro

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Karine Polwart (music), Thu 16th May (doors time 7.30pm for start time 8pm)

Thursday, May 16, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Karine Polwart is a six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of the Year. Karine’s seventh release, Laws of Motion, recorded alongside long-term collaborators Inge Thomson (accordion) and brother Steven Polwart (guitars), is the latest in an evolving series of collaborative projects combining music & storytelling with politics & environmental-societal issues. It was named Folk Album of the Year in Mojo.

“The music is dazzlingly inventive, swooping, soaring and turning abruptly on a sixpence from discord to sweet lullaby” Songlines

£20 plus booking fee

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Rant (music), Fri 17th May, 8pm

Friday, May 17, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rant is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the  Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique  brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces  to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish  fiddle player. The band have recorded strings for Julie Fowlis and their latest release ‘Reverie’ saw them collaborating with Fowlis once more, and Scots singer Ewan McLennan.

“Sheer class”***** The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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