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October 2021

Peatbog Faeries (music) Thu 21st Oct, 8pm

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 8:00 pm - 10:30 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. The Peatbogs have released seven studio albums, have played to audiences all over the world, and won the award…

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November 2021

The Langan Band (music) Fri 5th Nov, 7.30pm

Friday, November 5, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Unhinged and musically extravagant, The Langan Band have become famous for performing an invigorating yet tight and precisely executed show. Their material draws from progressive folk, jazz influences and world music combine to create a modern and exhilarating sound very much rooted in modern traditions. It's hard to pigeonhole but one thing is sure; the band always manages to combine brilliant musicianship, catchy tunes and beautiful lyrics. Tickets £16 Full / £14 Conc / £12 U16's  To book tickets online…

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Adam Ross with support, Man of the Minch (music) Event CANCELLED (see below) Fri 12th Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 12, 2021, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event now cancelled. Due to staff having to self-isolate we are cancelling the Adam Ross concert this Friday 12th Nov.  Although we are not obliged to cancel, we are doing so as a precautionary measure. We are confident that next week’s concerts will be able to go ahead. Online ticket holders for Adam Ross will be automatically refunded to the card with which they bought the tickets. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  

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The East Pointers (music) Thu 18th Nov, (EVENT CANCELLED)

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Event now cancelled. Due to the band experiencing transportation problems at the last minute we are cancelling the East Pointers concert this Thursday 18th November.  Online ticket holders for East Pointers will be automatically refunded to the card with which they bought the tickets. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and for the lateness of this message.

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Jenny Sturgeon – The Living Mountain (live performance with audio-visual) Sat 20th Nov, 8pm

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Living Mountain is an evocative, uplifting and compelling audio-visual performance inspired by the celebrated book of the same name, written by Aberdonian Nan Shepherd in the 1940s and still hugely relevant today.  Devised and performed live by musician Jenny Sturgeon, The Living Mountain considers human connections with wild places through lyrical and melodic interpretation of the novel, and interweaves song with visuals from the Cairngorm Mountains National Park; filmed by videographer Robyn Spice, rewilding advocacy group Scotland The Big…

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Salsa Celtica – Gran Reserva 25 Tour (music) Event CANCELLED (Thu 25th Nov, 7.30pm)

Thursday, November 25, 2021, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Event now cancelled. Unfortunately due to the ongoing difficulties in travel and touring, Salsa Celtica have regretfully made the decision to cancel their November 2021 dates. Ticket holders will be refunded to the card used to purchase tickets. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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December 2021

Fara (music) Wed 8th Dec, 7.30pm

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Fara is four musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene. Their fiery Orkney sound has won them acclaim, including a nomination for Folk Band of the Year at the 2019 Scots Trad Music awards.  Recently joined by Assynt pianist Rory Matheson, the band's sound is as exciting as ever. This December they return to Findhorn to present a unique night of Christmas cheer. A medley of Christmas music, and some original song and tunes with a Christmas twist will provide you…

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A Fistful of Spookies (music) Fri 10th Dec, 8pm

Friday, December 10, 2021, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Spookies are a choral singing sensation and they make a welcome return to the Universal Hall with this, their smaller line up. Their singing features the sensational stylings of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys, and thousand year old Georgian songs, guaranteed to woo, charm, cheer & delight. Like a tide-mark in the enamel bath of song, this rambling, rambunctious collection of UK Spooks keep alive the flame of Spookiness in Britain by reprising classics from the Spooky…

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February 2022

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle (music) – Thurs 17th Feb, 7.30pm

Thursday, February 17, 7:30 pm

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle – Name a more iconic trio... I'll wait. First jamming together as teenagers, a quarter century later these Celtic folk heroes are still combining forces to share music with the world. Releasing two studio albums in the last three years, The Reed That Bends in the Storm (2020) and The Wishing Tree (2018) combine traditional, contemporary, and original instrumentals and songs of varying speeds, feels and flavours. Each having undertaken many other musical projects in the past,…

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March 2022

Old Blind Dogs (music) – Sat 5th March, 8pm

Saturday, March 5, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

With 14 Scottish trad music album releases since forming in 1992, these Old Blind Dogs never run out of new tricks. Join us to hear their latest effort live, the uplifting ‘Knucklehead Circus’, released this winter. A critic from atthebarrier.com has said: “The remarkable renaissance of this Scottish institution continues to enthral and amaze. Old Blind Dogs ascend the heights on Knucklehead Circus.” They will play a mix of songs and tunes with guitars, pipes, whistles, percussion instruments, bass, vocals and even a cittern. As you’ll hear from their…

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Blue Rose Code (music) – Sun 13th March, 7.30pm

Sunday, March 13, 7:30 pm

  Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Ross Wilson (AKA Blue Rose Code) has created his most triumphant album to date with the self-produced With Healings of the Deepest Kind (2020). Coming from a place of hope emerging from hopelessness, Wilson’s newest songs offer poetic voice and comfort to universal struggles. With influences ranging from folk, country, jazz, Americana, pop and Celtic traditions, it’s difficult to squeeze Blue Rose Code into any one box. No matter the style, Wilson’s poetic music is always infused…

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Hebridean Treasure: Lost & Found (theatre) – Sat 19th March, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 19, 7:30 pm

photo credit Malik Tajamul In song, dance and narrative, the inspiring story of a people’s soul.   In Hebridean Treasure: Lost & Found internationally acclaimed writer, John Philip Newell, works with some of Scotland’s most talented young artists to tell the story of the Celtic spiritual tradition of the Scottish Hebrides using song, dance and narrative to convey both the richness of the tradition in its awareness of the earth,  and its decimation in the Highland Clearances of the 19th century.  Throughout the performance, composer and Gaelic singer Mischa Macpherson weaves her music around the compelling performance of Bharatanatyam dancer Kirsten Newell, achieving…

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Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress (music) – Thurs 24th March, 7.30pm

Thursday, March 24, 7:30 pm

Don’t think that this is any regular gig from Rowan Rheingans – it’s also a masterpiece of storytelling. Soothing fiddle, banjo, viola & electric guitar music is stitched together with heartfelt narration in this 80-minute, one-woman tour de force. The story takes a clear stand against fascism in this retelling of her own grandmother’s triumphs and tribulations as a youth in 1940s Germany. It’s a testament to how hope and light can be found even in humanity’s darkest periods, a…

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April 2022

Fault Lines (theatre) – Sat 23rd April, 7.30pm

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pm

Photo credit: Beth Chalmers A fashion show on the fracture between feminism and fabric. Fault Lines is a catwalk which takes you from Haute Couture to bargain bin, from big beats to near silence. Five women come together in a celebration of difference. They dance, they walk. Curate your own journey through a runway show of people like you and people you’ll never know, with a soundtrack selected by you. Susan Sontag meets America’s Next Top Model. Bring your mobile…

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Perricone String Quartet

Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm
Universal Hall, The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
Sarah Perricone String Quartet Friday April 29th 2022 at Universal Hall, Moray

An evening of music from the Perricone String Quartet. They’ll play classics from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’, to Italian love songs, to jazz favourites (such as ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘Cheek to Cheek’). As a professional violinist, Sarah Perricone has played with national and international orchestras and ensembles for the past 30 years – Scottish Opera, RSNO, Scottish Ballet, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia. Sarah is also a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, trained sound-healer, performance coach and reiki master.…

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June 2022

Hannah Rarity

Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 pm
Universal Hall, The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
Scottish folk singer Hannah Rarity performing Moray's Universal Hall June 2022

Hannah Rarity plays at Universal Hall with Innes White on guitar and John Lowrie on keys following her new 2022 album release

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Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern

Saturday, June 4, 7:30 pm
Universal Hall, The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
Guitarist Tony McManus and violinist Julia Toaspern play Findhorn's Universal Hall Saturday June 4th 7.30pm

Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern play virtuoso guitar and fiddle with a variety of songs and tunes in Moray's Universal Hall, June 2022

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Elephant Sessions

Thursday, June 16, 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
Scottish trad-music giants Elephant Sessions play Universal Hall on June 16th 2022

This show has been rescheduled from 2020 Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions exploded onto the indie folk scene to unparalleled effect with their last album “All We Have Is Now.” The band have since gone on to be finalists as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 awards and are already winners of the 2018 Scots Trad Live Act of the Year. A truly great band to see live in an intimate venue like the Universal Hall. …

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Saturday, June 25, 8:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
Skilled fiddling group RANT play Moray's Universal Hall June 25th 2022

A decade on from their first performance - and with 3 acclaimed albums under their belt - RANT remain at the forefront of the Scottish fiddle scene. The meeting of four of the country’s finest players, the quartet use just their fiddles to weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Bethany Reid from Shetland, Anna Massie and Lauren MacColl from the Highland peninsula of the Black Isle, and latest member Gillian Frame from Arran join forces to showcase…

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‘Hearts Around Ukraine’ Benefit Concert

Sunday, June 26, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Universal Hall, The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
Hearts Around Ukraine Benefit Concert from Ecologia Youth Trust, Sounds Deep and Forres Big Choir on Sunday June 26th 5pm 2022 in Universal Hall, Moray

On this special June Sunday evening we will celebrate in song all the things we cherish in our shared humanity. Songs of our love for our children, our freedom, and the courage to defend that which we cherish, the pain of loss, keeping hope alive in adversity and our reverence for the Divine in all things. Joined by community choirs Sounds Deep and Forres Big Choir, and by specially invited surprise guest performers, we will weave song and story, singing…

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