Upcoming Music

WINTER into SPRING 2015

The new concert season starts in 2015 with the Scottish Opera on Feb 24th. Details below and tickets are now on sale for that event. In the meantime there will be a season of films open to the public, see the listings below in date order and don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area. (Enter your email address in the box on this website).When the new season's concerts and events are confirmed, tickets (except films which are pay on the door) will be online at http://www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall (10% booking fee per online ticket), and in the Phoenix Stores (01309 690110 - no fee) usually two or three weeks before each event.  Phone 01309 691170 or email uhall@findhorn.org for more information or for space rental enquiries. Phone 01309 690110 to actually book tickets at the Phoenix Stores after events are posted.

Mairi Campbell plus Too Many Kooks

Wednesday 1st Apr, 8:00 pm

Mairi CampbellMairi Campbell draws on Scottish traditional music and a long and fruitful songwriting collaboration with David Francis (their version of Auld Lang Syne was used in the first Sex and the City movie). With her natural ability to improvise she draws in listeners with stories of ancestry, songs of hope, love and passionate, soulful soundings. Blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune, ancestral storytelling and the power and simplicity of her voice, Mairi draws on her own deep well of Celtic ancestry to find a music that is both ancient and new. She was last seen in the Universal Hall in 2014 – gaining new admirers as the support for Joan Armatrading. Support provided by Too Many Kooks, female acappella singers who have made a name for themselves locally with their stylish performance and exquisite close harmonies.

‘Campbell’s voice can stop the clock’ The Scotsman.

to hear Mairi and David's version of Auld Lang Syne click here

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

Price: £10 / £8 concs/£6 U16’s (concessions)

John Muir – University of the Wilderness

Saturday 18th Apr, 7:30 pm

Muir Chance Quartet (2)A music concert combined with the spoken word, this intertwines the music of the American ensemble Chance, and the writings of Scottish born naturalist, John Muir. As performed by actor Thomas Clyde Mitchell, Muir's words take us on a journey spanning his childhood in Scotland, his young life in Wisconsin, and his profound and influential experiences in the great Sierra Nevada Mountains of the western United States. The music by Chance layers contemporary, classical, and Celtic music to beautifully enhance the spoken word.

For online tickets click here (10% booking fee)

To hear music from the show click here

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16’s (concessions)

Jenna Reid

Friday 24th Apr, 8:00 pm

Jenna ReidShetlander and sublime fiddler, Jenna Reid was awarded 'Best Up and Coming Artist' at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards and Best Instrumentalist in 2007. A member of Blazin' Fiddles since 2010, she appeared on the third and fourth series of the Transatlantic Sessions, performing with many great artists including Martha Wainwright, Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and Nashville fiddle legend, Stuart Duncan. Accompanied by guitarist Kevin Mackenzie, Jenna will be showcasing material from her new album Live in Shetland.

"She and guitarist Kevin MacKenzie were terrific together, as he added snap and swing to her lissom hornpipes…" The Scotsman

for online tickets click here (10% booking fee)

to see a video of Jenna and her sister Bethany click here

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16’s (concessions)

Blueflint

Saturday 9th May, 8:00 pm

BlueflintAlbumpressimage2015The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson. Their voices are accompanied by a five-piece line-up mixing banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double-bass and drums in their beautifully-crafted songs. In 2012 Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks, and their atmospheric and evocative performances put them on the map, gaining them a strong reputation and following through the UK at the same time. They are delighted to be releasing their new album in Spring 2015 and this Universal Hall show is part of their national tour.

"If you are going to The Proclaimers get there early to see Blueflint." Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2

for online tickets click here (10% booking fee)

to see a video of Blueflint click here

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16’s (concessions)

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson

Saturday 16th May, 8:00 pm

Ross-and-Jarlath-AIRFIX-out-now1Two of the most major talents in contemporary Celtic piping, Scotland's Ross Ainslie and Tyrone-born Jarlath Henderson first met back in 2003. After taking their time to hone and perfect their unique partnership of Scottish bagpipes and Irish uilleann pipes, each also playing a variety of whistles, the pair exploded onto the scene with 2009's stunning debut album, Partners in Crime. Taking a couple of years off, Radio 2 Musician of the Year Award nominee Ross performed with Salsa Celtica, The Treacherous Orchestra and Dougie Maclean whilst Jarlath became a doctor. With last year's album Air-Fix a critical success they are back on the road doing what they do best. Ross and Jarlath will be backed by the wonderfully talented Ali Hutton on guitar.

"Ridiculously talented" The Herald

for online tickets click here (10% booking fee)

To see a video of Ross and Jarlath click here

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16’s (concessions)

The Railsplitters

Sunday 31st May, 7:30 pm

The RailsplittersRenowned across America for their exhilarating performances and great material, The Railsplitters, from the Colorado Rockies, have made a huge impact in recent years. Characterised by powerful vocals, great harmonies and breathtaking instrumentals, the band has an impressive raw power. They call on everything from roots/Americana, country twang, 50's doo-wop, modern pop and rock 'n' roll to provide an extra sparkle. Since starting out in early 2011, the band has won two major awards. This will be their first visit to the UK so come and give them a warm welcome in the Universal Hall.

"…brilliantly uplifting bluegrass that pays its dues but is resoundingly modern," Spiral Earth

for online tickets click here (10% booking fee)

to see a video of The Railsplitters click here

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16’s (concessions)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 6th Jun, 8:00 pm

SCO Alexandre Bloch imageThe award-winning Scottish Chamber Orchestra presents an evening of joyous classical and romantic music, expertly lead by French conductor Alexandre Bloch. The programme, sparkling with energy and summer warmth, includes: STRAVINSKY Dumbarton Oaks, IBERT Flute Concerto (Alison Mitchell soloist), MOZART Divertimento in D, K136, BEETHOVEN Symphony No 1

“What poured out from the SCO all evening was some of the most utterly exhilarating orchestral playing you will hear anywhere from anyone.” The Herald

For online tickets click here (10% booking fee)

to see and hear a season trailer click here

Price: £16 / Concessions: £14, U26 and People with a disability and accompanying carer: £5 (concessions)

Breabach

Friday 12th Jun, 8:00 pm

Breabach Hi Res smBreabach have earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK's most dynamic and influential bands. Their career has already seen them voted 'Best Group' and 'Best Live Act' at the Scots Trad Music Awards as well as being nominated twice as 'Best Band' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Recent years have seen them performing across the globe; at WOMAD New Zealand; the Sydney Opera House, and on home soil at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach — a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk and this is a welcome return to the Universal Hall.

"Breabach once again displayed all the artfulness, ambition and imagination that set them so decisively apart from the pack.” Scotsman

for online tickets click here (10% booking fee)

to see a video of Breabach click here

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16’s (concessions)