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September 2021

Budapest Café Orchestra (music) Wed 1st Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Led by Christian Garrick, the BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest tunes ever written by the classical greats.  With just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika to dazzling effect. Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists and has played with the likes of Cleo…

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THE BIG SHOWOFF Sat 11th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This is the culmination of our “Show Off’ project to showcase new and upcoming, (or quietly established) performers from our region, and give them a chance to well…show off what they can do. It promises to be a fun evening of music, spoken word, and comedy on stage interspersed with video and photography projected onto our big screen. Each performer has worked with a professional mentor to help fine tune their work, and the show will use all the technological…

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Twelfth Day (music) Fri 24th Sept, 8pm

Friday, September 24, 2021, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Twelfth Day are Catriona Price and Esther Swift, two young Scottish virtuosos who offer a musically ground- breaking amalgam of chamber music, Scottish folk music, jazz-funk and electronica. Their latest album 'Face To Face' was nominated in the ‘Innovation in New Traditional Music’ category in the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music. Twelfth Day have folk roots, their classical training, but this duo are more than a simple product. It is their inherent curiosity and experimentation that drives their unique,…

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October 2021

First Cow (film) Sat 2nd Oct, 7.30pm

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Two travellers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, dream of striking it rich -- but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a landowner's prized dairy cow. Celebrating the milk of human kindness Kelly Reichardt’s offbeat gem about an unlikely friendship founded on biscuits is a satisfying fable of America’s past and present.   "It is touching, tender, original, entrancing"  The Spectator…

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Breabach (music) Wed 6th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Scottish firebrands Breabach are one of the most talked about bands on the folk scene. Their innovative celtic style, blending double bagpipes, flute, fiddle, song and Scottish stepdance brings to the stage flare, excitement and diversity. They have previously been voted 'Live Act of the Year', 'Folk Band of the Year' and most recently, 'Album of the Year' at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards, and this promises to be a fantastic night! Breabach are in an electrifying new phase…

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Judas & the Black Messiah (film) Fri 8th Oct, 7.30pm

Friday, October 8, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An electrifying dramatisation of historical events, Judas and the Black Messiah is a forceful condemnation of racial injustice -- and a major triumph for its director and stars. FBI informant William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in…

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The Grandmothers Grimm (theatre) Wed 13th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Some Kind of Theatre present this critically-acclaimed production exploring women’s role in the creation of the Brothers Grimm’s famous anthology. Cannibalism, werewolf trials, deceit, and murder: Marie Hassenpflug and the Brothers Grimm are trying to edit the darkness out of old stories. But as they do so, the voices of the women who created these tales are lost... What will be saved and what will be forgotten? Discover a night of folk and fairy tales as you've never heard them before.…

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Alexander Chapman Campbell – For the Love of Life (music) Sat 16th Oct, 7.30pm

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Please join us to celebrate the worldwide release of 'For the Love of Life', the new album for piano, strings and voice by one of Scotland's most captivating young composers. Alexander will be joined at the piano by four members of the highly acclaimed Scottish chamber group, Mr McFall's Chamber, and the soul stirring voice of Hannah Rarity, BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The new album is an emotive and touching 'celebration of the essential beauty…

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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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Two of Us (film) Fri 22nd Oct, 7.30pm

Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them. How refreshing to watch a film in which the sexuality and desire of women…

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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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Limbo (film) – Sat 26th Feb, 7.30pm

Saturday, February 26, 7:30 pm

Ben Sharrock’s critically adored Limbo (2020) is a wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience. Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, it follows a group of new arrivals as they await the results of their asylum claims. Among them is Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician struggling with the guilt, regret and grief that comes with leaving his former life behind. This deadpan comedy-drama from a bold…

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March 2022

Egg (theatre) – Wed 2nd March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 pm

Flying above a PVC-clad set, the talented Sarah Bebe Holmes gives a grounded re-telling of her personal journey to donate eggs to her best friend. Accompanied by live bassy-music composed and performed by Bado Reti, this true story is brought to life for us in the Universal Hall over the course of an hour using aerial theatre. Questions of parenthood, family structure, sexuality, and body choice affect us all in life. ‘Egg’ explores the edges and injustices experienced by people…

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