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We are delighted to announce a full season of live events and films for the Autumn. Please note that there will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. We will, of course, respond to any changes in the Covid rules issued by the Scottish Government in the coming period.

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November 2021

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

Friday, November 5, 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 (10% booking fee) click here

To see a video of the band click here

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

Please note that the Phoenix Cafe are unable to open for this event due to current staffing shortages.

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

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

Randolph’s Leap frontman, Adam Ross, makes a welcome return to the Universal Hall to perform solo, showcasing his new album Staring at Mountains. Expect his stripped-back, delicate and catchy songwriting shaped by a lot of inspiration from the Scottish landscape and from observational songwriters like John Prine and Loudon Wainright III. 

 

Man of the Minch is the alias of queer, folk pop act and multi-instrumentalist, Pedro Cameron. His sound blends sparkling electronic elements with rootsy Americana and traditional Celtic sounds. This promises to be a rich night of original and varied music.

Tickets £14 Full / £12 Conc / £10 U16’s

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

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

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The East Pointers (music) Thu 18th Nov, 7.30pm

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

Canadian band and JUNO Award-winners, The East Pointers, make this, their first and very welcome visit to the Universal Hall.

They are redefining the ever-evolving genre – modern folk – with their pop hooks, deep acoustic groove, trance-like trad breakdowns and three-part harmonies. Already internationally acknowledged as musical trailblazers, their latest album Yours To Break captures the furious energy of their live shows while lighting a path for a new generation of music lovers. Their debut album Secret Victory won the 2017 JUNO Award for ‘Traditional Album of the Year.’

The band consists of Tim Chaisson (vocals/fiddle/percussion), Koady Chaisson (banjo/tenor guitar/moog) and Jake Charron (guitar/keyboard)

Tickets £16 Full / £14 Conc / £12 U16’s

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

To watch a video of the band please click here

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

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

Saturday, November 20, 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 Picture and with archive imagery from the National Library of Scotland.

The meditative qualities of the combined audio and imagery provide a soothing and poignant exploration of what it means to connect with a landscape, and to find a sense of place. It marks a bold and significant step in Jenny Sturgeon’s development as one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters.

Sturgeon’s songcraft is at the centre of her engaging and honest performance. She accompanies her lyrics with a specially built guitar ‘The Nan Taran’ (made entirely from reclaimed Scottish wood and built by Rory Dowling of Taran Guitars), piano, shruti box and dulcimer and with her own field recordings from within the Cairngorms.

Sturgeon is “a wonderful singer who can change the atmosphere in the room with her affecting delivery” (Boo Hewerdine).

Music – Jenny Sturgeon

Film projection – Shona Thomson

Featuring field recordings by Jenny Sturgeon, Jez Riley-French and Magnus Robb, and footage of the Cairngorms by Robyn Spice and Scotland: The Big Picture.

Supported by Help Musicians UK

Tickets £14 full, £12 conc, £10 U16’s

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

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December 2021

Fara (music) Wed 8th Dec, 7.30pm

Wednesday, December 8, 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 with lots to celebrate this coming festival season.

Bring contemporary fiddle music to new heights. . . enthralling vocal arrangements’ Scotsman

Tickets £15 full / £13 concs / £11 U16’s 

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

To watch a video of the band please click here

 

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Elephant Sessions (music) Thu 16th Dec, 7.30pm

Thursday, December 16, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This show has been rescheduled from 2020

Please note that the band will be playing straight-through with no interval, and at this time we do not yet know if there will be a support act. Please keep your eye on our website and we will update as and when we have the information.

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.

‘Elephant Sessions … are using their instruments like weapons to destroy clichés…We love them’ Rolling Stone Magazine

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s/£14 dancing/non-seated wristband

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