Summer into Autumn 2018

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Our Autumn season will start in August and the new Good Gig Guide will be published in late July. In the meantime we will start to post Autumn events on this website before the Good Gig Guide is out - keep checking.

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June 2018

Outside Track (music) Fri 22nd June, 8pm

Friday, June 22, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. This amount of talent alone would be enough to recommend the band but in this case the end result is so much greater than the sum of the parts. The line up comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O’Dalaigh.

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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July 2018

Peatbog Faeries (music) Wed 4th July, 7.30pm

Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries bring Celtic Dance music into the 21st century by incorporating many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. From the moment they take to the stage, the mood is set for a no-nonsense feel-good atmosphere – each number sounding like an encore itself. They tease unlikely combinations from the familiarity of instruments such as fiddle and highland pipes – blending with techno rhythms and soaring sounds and take this to another plane. The Peatbogs have released seven studio albums, have played to audiences all over the world, and won the award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Please note: there will be dancing at this event.

“Powerful melodies …pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude…” The Scotsman

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music) Fri 27th July, 8pm

Friday, July 27, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Love classical music or just an avid fan of the cello? Multi-award winning cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performs Haydn’s dazzling first concerto, composed for the Eszterházy, which lies in what is now Hungary. The same country provides folk music inspiration for Transylvanian Dances by native Sándor Veress. Since it was chosen as the backdrop to Colin Firth’s dramatic address in The King’s Speech, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony has become one of his most recognised and popular pieces, in particular the expressive, slow second movement. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra always provide a thrilling evening of classical music and this promises to be no exception.

Programme:

VERESS Transylvanian Dances

HAYDN Cello Concerto No 1 in C major Hob VIIb:1

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 7

Nicolas Altstaedt cello / director/ conductor

£17/£15 concs (seniors) /£6 U26’s, students, unemployed, people with a disability and accompanying carer

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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

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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 here soon.

“… a complete joy to hear” Songlines

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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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 dancing at this event.

“…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, 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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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

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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

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Let’s Inherit the Earth (theatre) Wed 24th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dogstar Theatre has teamed up with one of Sweden’s leading independent theatre companies, Profilteatern of Umea, to present the World Premiere of a new comedy Let’s Inherit the Earth by one of Scotland’s most original playwrights, Elgin-born Morna Pearson. Let’s Inherit the Earth is a dark, funny, absurdist take on human responses to climate change, from the arch materialist who denies it, to the prepper obsessed with getting ready for it, come hell or high water!

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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