Summer and new Autumn Season 2017

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April 2017

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

Friday, April 14, 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, 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.

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June 2017

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

Saturday, June 3, 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, 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.

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

Saturday, June 10, 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, 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

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

Friday, June 23, 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, 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.

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£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, 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

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

Friday, August 18, 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

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