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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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MamaBabaMe (family theatre) Thurs 15th June, 11.30am and 2.30pm

Thursday, June 15, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Forres Town Hall, High St
Forres, Moray IV36 United Kingdom
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PLEASE NOTE; THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE PUBLISHED IN THE ‘GOOD GIG GUIDE’ AND WILL NOW BE HELD IN FORRES TOWN HALL (AND NOT AT THE UNIVERSAL HALL).

Presented by Starcatchers and Curious Seed, join us at the ringside of our mini arena for MamaBabaMe to witness this exciting new dance, theatre and live music experience made especially for infants and their grown ups. Through playful movement, dance and sound, MamaBabaMe explores profound new relationships and how eternal bonds evolve and grow. In this show everyone will recognise something of their own relationships, as parent or child. Age guidance: 18 months – 3 year olds and their adults Duration: 45 mins  (The show will run twice on the same day)

£5/£4 concs/£3 children

To book online for the 11.30am show (10% booking fee) click here

To book online for the 2.30pm show (10% booking fee) click here

This event is supported by FINDHORN BAY ARTS

 

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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

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

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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

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July 2017

Phill Jupitus Tues. 25th July, 8pm

Tuesday, July 25, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funnyman smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. In addition he does live stand up shows all over the UK, and appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).

The show is suitable for ages 14+ (some strong language).

Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start

£16 plus £1 booking fee at the Phoenix Stores and 10% online – to buy online click here

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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.

To see a video click here

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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

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October 2017

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

Friday, October 20, 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.

Tickets at one price £22.50 plus £1 booking fee in the Phoenix Stores

for online tickets click here  (10% booking fee)

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