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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June 2019

Mike Vass – Save His Calm (music) Wed 19th June, 7.30pm

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

One of Scotland’s foremost musicians brings his remarkable new song cycle to Findhorn for the first time.
Mike Vass, previously a nominee in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award and winner in the Scots Trad music awards composer of the year category, creates music that draws influence from the neo-classical, indie-folk and electronic worlds. His songs run the gamut from darkly comic to heart-wrenching narrative and all with a terrific melodic sensibility. Much in demand as a producer and collaborator over the past several years, Mike has worked with the likes of Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter, Malinky, Runrig, Battlefield Band, Siobhan Miller and Findlay Napier – to name but a few.

“…an adept weaver of electronic and acoustic textures” The Guardian 

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Moishes Bagel (music) Sat 29th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 29, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Moishes Bagel’s music consists of driving klezmer grooves, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings, classical virtuosity and power, inspired Latin jazz flavours; all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka. Equally at home in concert halls, village halls and on festival stages – the Bagels have all the right ingredients to make an evening special. In the 15 years they have been together, the Bagels have developed an instant musical chemistry that captivates audiences with its highly original, deeply involving sound – rooted in folk traditions of the world.

This fearless 5-piece emphatically puts the ‘class’ into ‘unclassifiable’ The Scotsman

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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July 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music), Fri 19th July, 8pm

Friday, July 19, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is back with its annual (and usually sold-out) concert.  The Orchestra’s superb principal Cellist Philip Higham is soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations – a work that tips its hat to the eighteenth century, but is utterly Romantic at heart. The opening of Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony is one of the grandest, most thrilling sounds, with Mozart making use of clarinets for the first time in a symphony. Conductor Philipp von Steinaecker continues the genial high spirits and passion in Haydn’s final Symphony, written when the composer was staying in London.

Programme:

MOZART Symphony No 31 ‘Paris’

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme

HAYDN Symphony No 104 ‘London’

£17 full, £15 concs, £6 Disabled/U26s/Unemployed

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August 2019

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (music) Sat 3rd Aug, 8pm

Saturday, August 3, 8:00 pm - 10:30 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!  

£18/£16 concs/£14 U16s

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Dougie MacLean (music) Thu 8th Aug, 7,30pm

Thursday, August 8, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dougie MacLean 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’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and countless inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE! Book early!

£18/£16 concs/£14 U16’s

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Looping – Scottish Dance Theatre (Dance) Sat 31st Aug, 8pm

Saturday, August 31, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This is a ground-breaking collaboration with Glasgow’s Optimo Music and Brazilian dance collective 7OITO. Join Scottish Dance Theatre for an immersive ceilidh experience, inspired by both the culture of Scotland and the street festivals of Brazil.  You are invited to participate in the dance – or just observe – you choose. All ages, genders and abilities welcome. Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility needs. Full details of an associated workshop will be posted here when we have them. Please note: there may be loud music/flashing lights in this event.

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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September 2019

Old Blind Dogs (music) Wed 4th Sept, 7.30pm

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

The legendary, multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs bounded into their 25th anniversary year with a cracking new album Room with a View. With a line-up from the world of Scottish folk music that is approaching superstar status, the band creates a sound which stands at the forefront of the Scottish roots music revival.  ‘Room with a View… could well be a contender for Scottish album of the year.’  Folk World  

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16’s

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Flook (music) Wed 11th Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.  Twenty-four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. With their new album ‘Ancora’ out in 2019, it’s plain to see that Flook, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, are holding fast to their reputation as major musical innovators.

“Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music”  Time Out

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16’s

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Indigenous People – Kakatsitsi and Mbilou Sat 14th Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 14, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Making a hugely welcome return to the Universal Hall, Kakatsitsi have established themselves as one of the leading African drumming groups, renowned for the quality of their singing and their accessible, funky, danceable drumming grooves. For this performance they will be collaborating with Mbilou who is an Nganga – healer, musician and dancer from the Bwiti traditional religion of the forest regions of equatorial Africa, modern day Gabon. Bwiti is an ancient shamanic tradition, originally practised solely by the forest peoples of the central African rainforest. See below for details of associated workshops.

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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Workshops (all workshops are pay on the door and all are on Sunday 15th Sept)

Universal Hall  Auditorium, 12.30 – 5pm  Ghanaian Drumming for people with some experience. £30.

Universal Hall Dance/Drama Studio 12.30 – 2.30pm Ga and Bwiti chanting. £15.

Universal Hall Dance/Drama Studio 3 – 5pm Bwiti  Dance. £15.

Dancing Green behind Universal Hall 7.30pm Outdoor open participatory event with workshop participants. Free to all.

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Martin Simpson (music) Sat 21st Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 21, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 – Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, Martin is also acclaimed as a brilliant slide guitar player, and a fine banjo-picker to boot. His solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.

“His clarity of playing is just amazing.” Jackson Browne

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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

A video of Martin is here

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The Chosen – Company Chordelia (dance) Sat 28th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 28, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Created and directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, The Chosen is an intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. How do we choose to live in the face of the inevitable and how do we think about the final stage of our life cycle? The Chosen addresses our individual mortality from the shifting perspectives of ourselves and our loved ones. This is the world premiere tour from Scotland’s acclaimed Company Chordelia – the winner of Sunday Herald Culture Awards Best Live Performance. 

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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Stick by Me (family theatre) Sun 29th Sept, 2.30pm

Sunday, September 29, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Produced by Red Bridge Arts this is a theatre show for children aged 3-6 years featuring a storyline about well – a stick, just a stick. But for one, all alone, this stick has something special. And soon the two are the best of friends. They run, play, hide and rest…and stick together when things get tough. Beautifully crafted, making treasure from everyday objects, Stick by Me is a joyful show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. Originally commissioned by Gulbenkian 

“a joyful and funny show” ★★★★ The Guardian

 £7/£6 concs/£5 U16s

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October 2019

Outside the Box – a Live Show about Death (theatre) Wed 2nd Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Liz Rothschild is a performer, celebrant and award-winning burial ground owner. In this one-woman show she shares her unique insights and experiences from life’s finishing line. Funny, wise and taboo busting; Outside The Box confronts the trickiest of subjects with grace and humour, using a weave of untold and surprising stories, a hint of history and some pithy commentary on the funeral industry (from one who knows!).

“… empowers us, not in a wishy washy way, but with real concrete recipes for action.” Mike Kenney, Olivier Award Winning Playwright

£10/£8 concs/£5 U16s

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Peatbog Faeries (music) Fri 18th Oct, 8pm

Friday, October 18, 8:00 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 may be loud music in this event and there will be dancing.

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

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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November 2019

Tommy Tiernan – Paddy Crazy Horse (comedy) Fri 1st Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 1, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Back on the road again with his new stand-up show Paddy Crazy Horse, Tommy Tiernan rants and raves, he dances and acts. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep love for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Tommy Tiernan is the Star of Channel 4’s hit show Derry Girls and Live at the Apollo (BBC) writes a weekly newspaper column for the Sunday Independent and hosts his own chat show on Ireland’s RTE 1 Age recommendation 15+

“There is a spirituality to Tiernan that makes him stand out.  The church’s loss is comedy’s gain…Imperious”  The Irish Independent 

£20 plus booking fee

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