Winter 2017/18

Details of some of the concerts and films in winter 2017/8 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal.  All films will be £5 entry (one price) and all will have subtitles in English as a policy for this season – even those shot in English. This is to give access to those with some hearing loss and to a sizeable minority in our audience who have English as a second language. But of course we encourage those of you with normal hearing to attend and support this inclusive plan. If you have feedback about this experiment let us know uhallpromo@gmail.com  More details will appear soon of the 2018 season of concerts and public events which start in February 2018. Details of the highly recommended Rich Hall gig are already listed. 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

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January 2018

Songs of Roma – Simon Thacker Group (music) Sat 28th April, 8pm

Friday, January 12, 8:00 am - Saturday, April 28, 8:00 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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Young Waters (music) Wed 9th May, 7.30pm

Friday, January 12, 8:00 am - Wednesday, May 9, 8:00 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, January 12, 8:00 am - Friday, May 11, 8:00 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 (children’s theatre) Sat 12th May, 2pm

Friday, January 12, 8:00 am - Saturday, May 12, 5:00 pm

Presented by Starcatchers 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, Starcatchers interweave live music, dance and film into a celebration of our unique relationship with animals. Created by Greg Sinclair, this is a co-production between Starcatchers and Perth Theatre. Age guidance 6+

£7/£6 concs/£5 U16’s

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The Poozies (music) Wed 16th May, 7.30pm

Friday, January 12, 8:00 am - Wednesday, May 16, 8:00 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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Fred Macaulay ‘30 Years On’ (comedy) Sat 2nd June, 8pm

Friday, January 12, 8:00 am - Saturday, June 2, 8:00 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

Friday, January 12, 8:00 am - Wednesday, June 6, 8:00 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

Friday, January 12, 8:00 am - Saturday, June 16, 5:00 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, January 12, 8:00 am - Friday, June 22, 8:00 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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Alexander Chapman Campbell (music) Sat 7th April, 7.30pm

Wednesday, January 17, 8:00 am - Saturday, April 7, 8:00 pm

Join renowned local composer and pianist Alexander Chapman Campbell to celebrate the launch of his third solo piano collection, Journey to Nidaros – an unexpected album inspired by a 650km solitary pilgrimage across Norway. “I imagined it to be a time of swimming in rivers, exploring mountains and deep-green forests. It ended up being all of these things, but with the added unimagined discovery of music, which gradually emerged from the pianos I found on the path.” Alexander’s emotive and strikingly beautiful music has been described as “refreshingly original” by ClassicFM and has been widely aired across radio and television.

£10/£8 concs/£6 U16’s

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