Events summer and onwards in 2019

Details of all concerts  in spring and summer 2019 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal. The paper 'Good Gig Guide' for the new season is out by the beginning of July.  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 - comedy, music (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Dougie MacLean, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Flook and Peatbog Faeries)  and drama productions to be announced - so there really is something for everyone. Details will be added to this website when we have them. A new film season will also start towards the end of November.

 

 

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September 2017

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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Disturbing The Peace (film) Sat 23rd Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Disturbing The Peace is about people born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenged their fate. the film follows everyday people who took extraordinary actions by standing for what they believe in, just like those who came before them – Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and many others whose names we don’t know. The movie challenges all of us – to understand the narratives we live within, to look at our current roles in our societies, and to decide what role we are going to play in creating a more humane world, for all. And it starts with our willingness to disturb the peace.  Unrated. There will be a Q&A session with the executive producers after the film

£6 on the door

or in advance (with a booking fee) at ticket source     www.ticketsource.co.uk

 

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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

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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

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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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Reflecting Fridas (storytelling) Wed 25th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are the inspiration for this show, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines and forming a part of the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. Frida’s loves, injuries and suffering were the subject for her work. She was an exceptional artist and she had a unique life which will be revealed in the story. Ana Maria Lines is a Brazilian storyteller and journalist. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil and her family origins range from African to Brazilian and Portuguese. Please note: this event will be held in the Moray Art Centre near the Universal Hall.

£10/£8 concs /£6 U16s

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November 2017

Akong – A Remarkable Life (film) Wed 8th Nov, 7.30pm

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:00 am - Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 10:00 pm

This is an inspiring and award-winning documentary film about the life of Akong Rinpoche, one of the founders of Samye Ling in Dumfriesshire.  As a young man, Akong Rinpoche became a refugee, fleeing his Tibetan homeland in the wake of the Chinese army invasion and violence that ensued. Akong was both a Kagyu Buddhist Lama and a traditional Tibetan doctor, as well as an author, teacher and humanitarian. He went through much personal suffering and hardship to go on to become abbot of Samye Ling, the oldest Tibetan centre and monastery in Europe, and Drolma Lhakang, a monastery in the Kham region of Eastern Tibet. He also founded the charity Rokpa International, an NGO that gained acclaim through its work in Tibet and around the world. This film maps the course his inspiring  life and the impact he has had around the world. There will be a Q&A session with Vin Harris, the executive producer, after the film.

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Tickets on the door. All proceeds will go to the Akong Memorial Foundation

£5 (or a donation of more if you wish)

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Lion (film) Fri. 1st Dec, 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:00 pm

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Truly inspiring. Rating: PG Runtime: 120 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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Aquarius (film) Fri 8th Dec, 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:00 pm

Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, one of the few buildings of character left that in a rapidly changing seaside neighborhood in Recife, Brazil. Now that other apartments have been swept up by a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, Clara is pressurised to move on. But she is a woman of strong will and conviction, and will engage in a battle with the developers to keep a home that has been a silent witness to her entire life. The resulting confrontation is mysterious and nerve-wracking, giving Clara’s most familiar routines the tension of a thriller. Starring Sonia Braga in one of her finest performances. In Portuguese with English subtitles Rating:18 Runtime: 142 minutes

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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The Big Sick (film) Tue 26th Dec (Boxing Day), 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 8:00 pm

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the film tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who meets grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to face the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. Forget the title – this is really a film about hope. Rating:15 Runtime: 119 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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Girls Trip (film) Mon 1st Jan (New Years Day). 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Monday, January 1, 2018, 8:00 pm

When four lifelong friends: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough wild behaviour to make the Big Easy blush. Very funny and quite outrageous. Rating:15 Runtime: 122 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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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

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to see a video click here

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The North – Joan Clevillé Dance (dance theatre) Wed. 22nd Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

After their acclaimed debut Plan B for Utopia, Joan Clevillé Dance return with The North; the bleak yet whimsical story, told in dance, of a young man’s journey in search of meaning in an unpredictable environment. It’s a place we all know, but we have never been… a forest, a desert of ice. The land of ancient gods, wild animals and strange creatures. The home of the Terrible and the Sublime… Joan Clevillé Dance are based in Scotland and create work that challenges the conventional boundaries between dance and theatre. There will be a free post show talk after the performance. Recommended age 11+

“Ridiculously entertaining and chillingly dark… Utterly more-ish” The Herald ★ ★ ★ ★

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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December 2017

Paths of the Soul (film) Fri 5th Jan, 7.30pm

Monday, December 18, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:00 pm

This beautiful and moving docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet. The journey covers 1,200 km on foot, in a continuous repetition of prostrating one’s self on the ground. Over 10 months, we see the simplicity of human relationships and the nature of family, suffering, and resolve all set against the snowy and often awe-inspiring landscape of Tibet. No rating but suitable for all except younger children. Runs: 117 mins. (Tibetan with English subtitles).

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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The Shack (film) Fri 12th Jan, 7.30pm

Monday, December 18, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, January 12, 2018, 10:00 pm

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips, played by Sam Worthington, spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. There he finds important truths that will transform his life. Rating: 12 Runs: 132 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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January 2018

A Quiet Passion (film) Fri 19th Jan, 7.30pm

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 8:00 am - Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:00 pm

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry. Rating: 12 Runs: 126 mins (Screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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My Cousin Rachel (film) Fri 26th Jan, 7.30pm

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 8:00 am - Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:00 pm

A dark romance based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Clafin. Rating: 12 Runs: 101 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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The Edge of Heaven (film) Sat 3rd Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:00 am - Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:00 pm

Set in Turkey, The Edge of Heaven, concerns a man named Ali and his son, a German teacher, who decide to move in with Yeter, a prostitute who sells her body in order to help pay for her daughter’s college education. The father begins to care for Yeter, causing friction between himself and his son. The film tells the stories of a fascinating set of characters against a backdrop of modern Turkey. Rating: 15 Runs: 122 mins (In Turkish and German with some English subtitles)

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Paterson (film) Fri 9th Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:00 am - Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:00 pm

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day he adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, and he writes poetry into a notebook. By contrast, his wife Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details – a love story featuring people who truly care about each other. Rating: 15 Runs: 115 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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Your Name (film) Fri 16th Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:00 am - Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:00 pm

This is a beautiful animated masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated? Rating: 12 Runs: 106 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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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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Boy (film) Sat 24th Feb, 7.30pm

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. When Boy’s father returns home after 7 years away, he is forced to learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. This is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson, and shares the same director as the heartwarming “Hunt for the Wilder People,” a film we screened last year. Rating: 12A   Runs: 87 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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March 2018

Freagra (dance) Wed 7th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by Rob Heaslip Dance, Freagra is a playful, colourful performance of contemporary dance, suitable for all ages, with universal themes of community, conflict and harmony. Performed by five exceptional dancers, accompanied by an original music score and breathtaking lighting and costume design. “ …by the end of the 50-minute piece, it has become increasingly hard to resist becoming caught up in its every nuanceThe Times ★★★★

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16’s

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

 
 
Rob Heaslip Dance – Open Dance Workshop
Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7 – 9pm
Universal Hall, Findhorn
 
Meet and dance with the Rob Heaslip Dance Company in this free workshop for adults of all dancing abilities and experience. Explore identity, choice and consensus through movement, using similar tasks that were used to create the piece “Freagra” (presented at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at the Universal Hall), providing a deeper insight into the origins and themes of the work.
 
This workshop is free but with limited capacity so booking is essential. Please visit www.bodysurfscotland.co.uk to book online or email info@bodysurfscotland.co.uk
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Wonder Woman (film) Fri 9th Mar, 7.30pm

Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. This is a superhero film with a difference; featuring a female heroine who starts to discover her full powers and her destiny.   Rating: 12A Runs: 141 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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Moonwatcher (theatre) Thurs 15th March, 7.30pm

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by Horse and Bamboo this is a mixed media show set in a world of cotton mill chimneys and featuring talking birds, and Asian twists and tales. We are led through a surreal landscape to witness one family’s fate on our fast spinning planet. Using film, puppetry, mask, poetry and music, Moonwatcher is based on stories of first generation immigrants from South Asia. Aimed at adults though anyone over age 9 may also enjoy it. Written and Directed by Shamshad Khan and Bob Frith with music by Arun Ghosh

£10/£8 concs/£6 U16’s

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Loving Vincent (film) Sat 17th Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This amazing feature-length painted animation, the first film of its kind, explores the extraordinary life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh using depictions of his artworks. Based on live action, the whole movie is painted in the style of Van Gogh’s bold and emotive work. Featuring Saoirse Ronan and Aidan Turner Rating: 12A Runs: 95 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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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

Little Light (family theatre at Forres Town Hall) Sun 1st April, 2pm

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Little Light is a cross-cultural co-production between the wonderfully creative Vision Mechanics and Haya Cultural Centre, Jordan. The show will be staged in Forres Town Hall in a traditional Bedouin tent and uses puppetry, music and dance to tell this magical story of a small, energetic star, a lonely boy and a dog. Vision Mechanics create highly visual shows that captivate a young audience. Suitable for age 5+.

£7/£6 concs/£5 U16’s

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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

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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.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse (family theatre) Sat 14th April, 2pm

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Part of the Puppet Animation Festival and presented by Clydebuilt this is a classic story told with a difference. Favourite characters abound – an adventurous Red Riding Hood, an independent Granny (home at last from her trip round the world), and of course the wonderful Wicked Wolf, who plans to have Granny for lunch and Little Rosie for afternoon tea! Find out how Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse saves the day in this gentle show for young audiences. Rod puppets and shadow theatre combine with original music and sounds bring this ever-popular story to life. Age Guidance:

3+ years runs for 45 mins

£7/£6 concs/£5 U16’s

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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 Monster and Mary Shelley (theatre) Fri 11th May, 8pm

Friday, May 11, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In June 1816, at the age of 18, having recently watched her premature baby die, Mary Shelley has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.

Presented by The Occasion The Monster and Mary Shelley is an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of fear. Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing contemporary cinematic score, the drama explores the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16’s

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Animals (family theatre) Sat 12th May, 2pm

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Animals is a lovely family show about… animals. Big ones, little ones, wild ones, tame ones. It’s also a show about us, and our emotions. Big ones, little ones, wild ones, tame ones.  From the joy of delivering a new lamb with your own hands, to the pain of losing your pet dog, and the confusion of discovering your favourite cow is in love with a tractor! Animals explores how animals help us figure stuff out. Using real and imagined stories collected from 6 year-olds, the show interweaves live music, dance and film into a celebration of our unique relationship with animals. Created by Greg Sinclair, this is a co-production with Perth Theatre. Age guidance 6+ 

£7/£6 concs/£5 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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Fred Macaulay ‘30 Years On’ (comedy) Sat 2nd June, 8pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In May 1988, a young(ish) Fred MacAulay made his stand-up debut at the Mayfest ‘So You Think You’re Funny” competition. Much of what Fred talked about that night was about his (very) young family coupled with his wry observations about society and politics. His observations have led him to success on television and radio, in such shows as QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week To celebrate his 30 years of stand-up, Fred is back touring. His 2017 stand-up shows were legendary and in many reviews the shows were described simply as “A Masterclass”.

£15/£13 concs

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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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The Isle of Love (theatre) Sat 16th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Isle of Love is a bittersweet tale of love, loss, recovery and discovery.  Infused with the quirky lyrics and musical genius of Adam Ross, Randolph’s Leap, The Isle of Love explores the beauty and restorative qualities of island life and why people choose to visit, to stay, to leave and to return. Written by Euan Martin and Dave Smith from award-winning theatre company Right Lines Productions, this indie pop musical captures the feelings evoked by a Scottish Hebridean island – the good, the bad and the glorious. With laughter, tears and fabulous live music, you’re bound to fall in love with The Isle of Love! 

£12/£10 concs/£8 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

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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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Dare to be Wild (film and talk) Fri 21st Sept, 7.30pm

Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dare to be Wild is a romantic adventure based on the true story of author Mary Reynolds and environmentalist Christy Collard, whose shared passion for the wild takes them from the green hills of Ireland, to arid Ethiopia, to London’s Chelsea Flower Show, as they reach for their dreams, one garden, on vast desert, at a time. The film won an Audience Award at Dublin International Film Festival and soared to Netflix Most Popular across North America. Mary Reynold’s eco-friendly book Garden Awakening went to the top of its category on Amazon and is in a third print run. The film will be followed by a Q&A with director, Vivienne De Courcy. (Film runs 100 mins)​

£7 pay on the door

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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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Scotland: The Big Picture (slides and talk) Sun 30th Sept, 2pm

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Pine marten (Martes martes) youngster in pine tree in woodland, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK

Although it’s easy to be seduced by the beauty of the landscape, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically depleted nations on Earth. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging – a place where nature works, and crucially, where people prosper. Photographer Peter Cairns of Wild Media Foundation, showcases some of Scotland’s top photographers and their stunning imagery, but also poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like? This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£10/£8 conc/£5 Under 26s

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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

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October 2018

Willy Wonders Splendid Hotel (theatre) Mon 1st Oct, 1pm

Monday, October 1, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This show is presented by the Eden Court CREATIVE Integrated Performance Group. Inspired by the pure imagination and characters of the Integrated Performance Group, and in homage to Roald Dahl, Willy Wonders Splendid Hotel is a journey of magic, mystery and wonder. Prepare yourself to travel through floors of trees and elves then underwater in a lift that moves sideways and backwards. You may even be one of the golden ticket holders; come and find out. Conceived by Ruby Worth who also co-directed with Amy Watt. (Show runs 1 hr) This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£7/£5

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 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! This show went down a storm at the Edinburgh Festival this year and received a four star review from the Scotsman who described it as “… quite simply a show and a half, a bit much in all the best ways.” Read the Scotsman’s show preview here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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Clever Anaeet (theatre) Fri 26 Oct, 8pm at Moray Art Centre

Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An evening of Armenian Storytelling and Music from the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. Performed by singer Maryem Tollar, playing the Riqq, and storyteller Dawne McFarlane, the narrative combines with Arabic songs to transport us to the time and place of Anaeet, daughter of a shepherd. She gives a pitcher of water to a hot dusty traveller who falls in love with her. Please note that this event will be held in the Moray Art Centre and will now have an interval so please ignore the running time listed in our Good Gig Guide.

£10/£8 concs/£6 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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December 2018

Nae Pasaran (film) Sat 1st Dec, 7.30pm

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

This award winning documentary explores the heroic stand of a few brave Scottish workers. 1974, Bob Fulton, a Rolls-Royce engine inspector, returns to his section, upset and anxious. He’s just told his colleagues that a Chilean Air Force jet engine has arrived in the factory for maintenance and he’s refusing to let it go through, in protest against the recent military coup of General Pinochet. He’s seen the images of people packed into football stadiums and the Chilean Air Force jets bombing Santiago, and now one of the engines from those very same planes is right there, waiting for inspection. Chilean documentary maker Felipe Bustos Sierra shows the impact of Fulton’s decision to keep the engines in Scotland. (screened with subtitles)

“… emphasises the fundamental decency of the men who took a stand.” The Scotsman

£5 pay on the door 

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Summer 1993 (Verano 1993) (film) Sat 8th Dec, 7.30pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In Carla Simón’s touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. This is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world. In Catalan with English subtitles.  Runtime: 96 minutes No Rating

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Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (film) Boxing Day, Wed 26th Dec, 7.30pm

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The follow up to the wonderful feelgood movie, again laced with Abba tunes. The original cast are back with the addition of Cher and Andy Garcia. This time the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Meryl Streep’s Donna is shown in her youth and the film depicts the events leading up to the ‘three fathers’ puzzle of Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie. Please note: the film will be screened in the sing-along version. Rating: PG Runtime: 114 minutes. (screened with subtitles)

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January 2019

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (film) NEW YEARS DAY Tue 1st Jan 2019, 7.30pm

Tuesday, January 1, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s life will change forever. Rating:12   Runtime: 123 minutes. (screened with subtitles)

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Leave No Trace (film), Fri 11th Jan, 7.30pm

Friday, January 11, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a difficult journey back to their wild homeland. The highly rated and moving drama is directed by Debra Granik. Rating: PG Runtime: 109 minutes (screened with subtitles)

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (film), Fri 18th Jan, 7.30pm

Friday, January 18, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe this is a lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. It heralds a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink As Ant-Man struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities, he’s confronted with an urgent new mission. He must team up with The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Rating: 12 Runtime: 118 minutes (screened with subtitles)

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Adrift (film) Sat 26th Jan, 7.30pm

Saturday, January 26, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of a couple who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego without anticipating that they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find her partner Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. An unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love. Rating: 12 Runtime: 120mins  (Screened with subtitles)

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February 2019

The Breadwinner (film) Fri 1st Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 1, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Breadwinner is an inspiring animation about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.  Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. With undaunted courage, she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Runtime: 93 minutes (Screened with subtitles)

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Waterboys (film) Fri 8th Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 8, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Waterboys tells a humorous and moving story of the evolving relationship between a crime novelist and his cello-playing son. The pair go on holiday from their home in Netherlands to Scotland – the novelist hoping to spend some bonding time with his son as he promotes a new book. However the trip becomes increasingly turbulent as their domestic troubles come to light. Soundtrack and special appearance by Mike Scott and the Waterboys. Runtime 93 mintues In Dutch and English with some English subtitles.

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The Escape (film) Fri 15th Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 15, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper); her young son and daughter; and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, and armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city – but walking out on your life isn’t so simple. The Escape is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself. Rating 15, Runtime 102 minutes

(Please note: there are no subtitles available for this film)

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Mary Magdalene (film) Fri 22nd Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 22, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Set in the Holy Land in the first century, a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it. Same director and actress as the film Lion which opened our film season last year Rating 12 Runtime 120 minutes (screened with subtitles)

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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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Faces Places (Visages, Villages) (film) Sat 2nd Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 2, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Filmmaker Agnès Varda and photographer JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Together they collaborated to make this wonderfully creative documentary. Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France. Rating PG  Runtime 90mins In French with English subtitles.

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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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Leaning into the Wind (film) Sat 9th Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 9, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This documentary is a vibrant journey through the many layers of artist Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and the exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world. Rating: PG Runtime: 93 minutes

please note: subtitles not available for this film

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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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Alpha (film) Sat 23rd Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 23, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other in order to find their way home before winter arrives. Rating: 12 Runtime: 97 minutes (screened with subtitles)

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Simon Evans: Genius (Comedy) Tue 26th Mar, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Tuesday, March 26, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm… Age guidance 14+ (swearing and adult content)

‘Super-sharp wit’ Time Out

£13 one price plus booking fee.  To book online (10% booking fee) click here

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Pied Piper (Family Theatre) Sat 30th Mar, 2pm

Saturday, March 30, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance… Presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre this new humorous and irresistible one-person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling which will entrance audiences young and old. As one of England’s leading companies Norwich Puppet Theatre have been producing brilliant productions for the past 30 years.  For children aged 3-7 years and their adults. Runs 45 minutes. Part of the Puppet Animation Festival 2019.

“Norwich Puppet Theatre’s Fantastic! An example of excellent touring puppet theatre.” The Guardian

£7/£6 concs/£5 child  To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

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April 2019

A Ladder to the Stars (family theatre) Sat 6th April, 2pm

Saturday, April 6, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Way up in the deep blue night sky, a twinkling star hears a little girl’s birthday wish . . . Presented by Visible Ficitons and told through a magical mix of puppetry, music, light and imagination, this is a heartfelt and humorous story of what can happen when the universe hears your dreams. For the past 25 years Visible Fictions has been creating innovative and dynamic theatrical productions for young people of all ages and their adults. For children aged 5 and under and their adults. Runs 50 mins. Part of the puppet Animation Festival 2019.

“A gift of a show for wee ones.The Herald

£7/£6 concs/£5 child

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Heroes (aerial dance), Wed 10th April, 7.30pm

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The new aerial dance show from All or Nothing and Room 2 Manoeuvre, Heroes explores the cult of celebrity and the fall from grace, the hidden heroes, superheroes and asks, who do we really, actually look up to? Light hearted with something for all the family, the show mixes aerial skills with dance theatre and contemporary circus.  Asking profound universal questions with humour, straight talking and lots of moving, we follow the journey of the two performers as they navigate their way through the world of idolising and being idolised. Advised age 7+  For details about the associated workshop see below.

£12/10 concs/8 U16’s

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WORKSHOP

There will be an Aerial Workshop at Dyke Village Hall Tues 9th April 2019 from 6.30 – 8.00pm

Come and be your own Hero! Fly through the air on aerial hoop with a workshop from the cast of the show. The workshop will focus on aerial hoop and movement from the show and look at the themes surrounding the work. We’ll begin with a warm up on the floor before progressing onto the equipment, learning basic moves and tricks and the odd spin in there too! Suitable for all levels – from the absolute beginner to those more experienced. The workshop is free but participants need to buy an online ticket to the show to book their workshop place.

Please buy ticket here https://www.wegottickets.com/event/460972  and email universalhall@gmail.com to reserve your place

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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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The Tailor Of Inverness (theatre), Sat 27 April, 8pm

Saturday, April 27, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Written and acted by Matthew Zajac, and based on the life of his father, this extraordinary play tells the story of the tailor’s life and his son’s discoveries about his father using music, poetry, storytelling, and video projection.  It reveals the impact of war on ordinary people and families, and how a life and an identity can be reconstructed as the tailor journeys from Poland across war-torn Europe and settles in Inverness. The tailor’s life spanned most of the 20th century, and the journey he took was made by thousands of Poles during the Second World War. His was a forced migration, subject to the brutal vagaries of war. Live violin weaves its way evocatively through the piece, with traditional and original songs and tunes from Scotland, Poland and Russia.

“Matthew Zajac’s moving performance is a triumph of evocative staging and storytelling.” The Observer

 £12/10 concs/8 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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Little Top at Forres Town Hall (family theatre), Sun 19th May, 2pm

Sunday, May 19, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presented by Starcatchers and SUPERFAN, Little Top is a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months and their adults. At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality, and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance which includes spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling. Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible. Please note that this event will be held at Forres Town Hall.

£7/£6 concs/£5 child

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Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack (Comedy) Sun 26th May, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Sunday, May 26, 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 funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved here. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian’s Wall. 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 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+ (language)

“… a true comic talent” Manchester Evening News

£16 plus booking fee

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Fara (music) Wed 29th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK to coincide with the October 2018 release of their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians – an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie, whilst also pointing in new directions to celebrate the ever-expanding Orcadian folk tradition..

“Fantastic playing, clearly loving what they are doing … what more could you want in a show?” BBC Radio Scotland

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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June 2019

Còig (music) Wed 5th June, 7.30pm

Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

With the release of the new album Rove, Nova Scotia’s powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of today’s most exciting new North American Celtic groups. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world.  Rove is the group’s third album, after 2014’s Five, and 2015 seasonal favourite CarolsFive, won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.

“…every number is convincing and compellingly delivered…” FolkWorld

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Mike Dilger: A Wild Time in Scotland – Filming Adventures with The One Show (talk) Thu 13th June, 7pm

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 An entertaining and informative evening with ecologist, natural history presenter, writer and BBC1 The One Show’s ‘Wild Man’ Mike Dilger! Mike will join us for the opening night of the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival,  to share highlights from over a hundred different trips in and around Scotland, filming everything from Bumblebees to Basking Sharks. Showing clips from some of the best wildlife films he’s made in the area, and he’ll reveal what goes on behind the scenes, spilling the beans on everything you ever wanted to know about his weird and wonderful job but were afraid to ask! This fantastic event is run in partnership with Kendal Mountain Festival, who specialise in bringing adventure stories to life through film and intrepid speakers. We hope you can join us for a one of a kind evening!

£12 adult/ £8 U16’s

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra (music) Fri 14th June, 8pm

Friday, June 14, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia incorporating Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads. With just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika creating an aural alchemy normally characteristic of far bigger ensembles. Accordionist Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain and Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists. Playing together the orchestra deliver Balkan music with gorgeous skill and delicious humour.

“The music is magic in their hands”  BBC Radio 3

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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