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

Saturday, September 29, 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

To see a video of Mr. McFall’s Chamber click here

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

Sunday, September 30, 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, 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

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

to see a video of the Baghdaddies click here

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

Friday, October 12, 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

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

to see a video of Twelfth Day click here

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

Sunday, October 28, 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

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

to see a video of Charlie click here

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November 2018

Mànran (music) Wed 7th Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 7, 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

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

to see a video of Mànran click here

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