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SUMMER/AUTUMN 2014

A listing of some of our upcoming 'Good Gig Guide' events is now on the website but keep checking for more entries for the Autumn 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).Tickets for most events listed below (except films which are pay on the door and not events from an external promoter) 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 gig.  Phone 01309 691170 for details of any event or for more ticket information. Phone 01309 690110 to actually book tickets at the Phoenix Stores after events are posted. We are getting more events like Eddi Reader or Idlewild that are promoted by others, so details of their tickets and where to buy them will be included in the listing.

The Hot Seats

Thursday 24th Jul, 7:30 pm

Hot Seats smVirginian livewires The Hot Seats have wowed the crowds at events such as Celtic Connections, Shetland Folk Festival, HebCeltFest and Edinburgh Fringe, where they picked up the biggest accolade possible – a Herald Angel. Regular visitors to the UK, the five-piece is recognised as one of the most entertaining touring American roots bands on the circuit. Their Appalachian-style mixed with bluegrass and a sprinkling of their own compositions has won them many fans. Their original material combines the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll.

"Sensational." The Herald

to see a video of The Hot Seats click here

to book tickets click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/267188 (10% booking fee for online tickets)

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (film)

Saturday 26th Jul, 8:15 pm

Grand B HTHE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Rated: R, 99 min. Drama, Comedy Directed By: Wes Anderson
PLEASE NOTE: This film is being shown as part of the fundraising for new seats in the Hall. The Universal Hall needs to replace all its bench seating so we are giving regular patrons a chance to ‘sponsor a seat’ for £30 If you would like to help then you can donate online at www.findhorn.org/seats The plan is to have the benches replaced with individual and more comfortable seating, but having to replace all the benches at once means we have to fundraise. Your help is appreciated.

Price: £5 on the doo

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Friday 1st Aug, 8:00 pm

SCO groupThe marvellous SCO return for their eagerly anticipated annual summer visit. The programme is outlined below.

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
RODERIGO Fantasia para un gentilhombre
ROSSINI Overture, the Italian Girl in Algiers
MOZART Symphony No 38 ‘Prague

Alexandre Bloch Conductor
Sean Shibe Guitar

The young and talented Alexandre Bloch conducts the SCO strings in a sublime programme of music. Bloch opens the concert with Ravel’s six movement work Le Tombeau de Couperin, followed by Rodrigo’s magical Fantasia para un gentilhombre with talented guitarist Sean Shibe as soloist. Rossini’s wonderful overture from The Italian girl in Algiers and the ever-popular Mozart Symphony No 38 ‘Prague’ completes this perfect summer evening of entertainment.

The prices for tickets bought in advance are listed below. The price for tickets bought on the night (if any are available by then) is £14. For this concert concessions include: disabled, their accompanying carer, students, children, unemployed

To book tickets online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/272021 (10% booking fee)

Price: £12.50 / £5 (concessions)

Full price tickets will be £14 if bought on the door. Concessions include disabled, their carer, students, children and the unemployed

Battlefield Band

Sunday 17th Aug, 7:30 pm

Battlefield.Band.NYC webBattlefield Band were recognised as 'Scottish Folk Band of the Year' at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2011. Named after the 'Battlefield' area of Glasgow, the band have now been touring & performing throughout the world for over forty years with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. Their new album 'Room Enough For All' finds them fresh and invigorated, illustrating once again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today

‘…a wondrous perfectly paced display by musicians firmly in command of their art … the best Battlefield Band in years’ The Washington Post

for tickets online click here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/275315 (10% booking fee)

Price: £14 / £12 / £10 U16's (concessions)

Blazin’ Fiddles

Wednesday 27th Aug, 7:30 pm

Blazin' Fiddles 2014Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic keyboard and guitar arrangements and you've got the award winning Blazin' Fiddles. Over the last 15 years they have demonstrated the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music – each member of the Blazers drawing on the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. Blending solo and ensemble sets with the occasional insightful tale, they will be highlighting their latest album 'Six' when they arrive at the Universal Hall. (They also come armed with the title of 'Folk Band of the Year' from the Scot Trad. Music Awards 2013).

“changing direction as tightly as a flock of birds, their reels can take your breath away.” The Scotsman

for tickets online click here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/275309 (10% booking fee)

Price: £14 / £12 concs / £10 U16's (concessions)

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Friday 29th Aug, 8:00 pm

AlyPhil 2014

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion, and they will bring their traditional music excellence to this welcome return to the Universal Hall. Individually they pursue other ventures in performance, television and education. It is when they tour together that they truly shine, delighting audiences with over quarter of a century of finely honed musical skills combined with hilarious banter between numbers. Book early!

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/272906

 

Price: £16 / £14 / £12 U16's (concessions)

The Stray Birds

Sunday 7th Sep, 7:30 pm

The Stray Birds Formal Showcase NERFA 2012Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Pennsylvania, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010 and the nucleus of The Stray Birds was formed. They took America by storm last year having ended 2012 with "One of the top ten Folk/Americana albums of the year," according to the NPR Music Awards. With their acoustic feel, marvellous songwriting and superlative playing, the Stray Birds are forging a leading name for themselves in the world of Americana music. They were stars at this year's Celtic Connections and they arrive back in the UK fresh from an appearance at the big Tonder Festival in Denmark.

"When the next full-length album comes out, we’ll see them elevated into a kind of folk/bluegrass superstardom" Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

To see a music video of The Stray Birds click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QS6XInusSQ

To book online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280166 (10% booking fee)

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Hans Theesink

Wednesday 10th Sep, 7:30 pm

hans T_mandolinHans Theessink, a modern troubadour and one of the busiest people on the international blues-circuit today, plays heartfelt blues & roots music at a high emotional and technical level. He takes his audience on a trip through a mix of Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Folk, Roots and Gospel – making a celebration of infectious 'handmade' music. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent blues pickers and his warm baritone is the perfect accompaniment to his fine playing.

"One helluva guitar player" Bo Diddley

to see a video of Hans click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr6L-JI4JIo

to buy tickets online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280169 (10% booking fee)

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

The Amy Duncan Band

Saturday 13th Sep, 8:00 pm

Amy Duncan croppedWith her melodious acoustic sound and emotional songwriting infused with remarkable honesty, Amy Duncan has established herself as one of the brightest folk talents in Scotland. After a start to the year which has seen her perform as far afield as Canada and begin work on a new album, she is set to embark on her Scottish tour this summer, including this – her first visit to the Universal Hall. Amy will be accompanied by string trio, harp, and bass and has a support act – harpist and composer Fiona Rutherford.

“Quietly compelling” Simon Holland, Folk Radio UK

To see a music video of Amy and band click here : http://youtu.be/X4DiRCIYtzM

To buy tickets online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280178 (10% booking fee)

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

The Perfect Spot (Cartoon Theatre)

Saturday 20th Sep, 2:00 pm

Perfect Spot 04 Eagle 300The Perfect Spot is the story of one man's quest for the perfect camping spot – an engaging, comic and highly visual piece entertainment using Cartoon Theatre's unique, blend of live performance and interactive animation. Cartoon Theatre, touring again with this very successful show, have joined forces this time round with Krazy Kat Theatre Company who specialise in sign language arts to make this new accessible version of the show suitable for all the family. Age recommendation 5 +

“Best show we have seen …brilliant” Comments by young audience members

To book online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280190 (10% booking fee)

Price: £7 / £6 / £5 U16's (concessions)

Joan Armatrading

Monday 22nd Sep, 7:30 pm

joan-armatrading-banner1With a fantastic back catalogue of songs including Love and Affection, Drop the Pilot and Me Myself I, Joan Armatrading is an iconic figure in British pop music. We are delighted to be one of the smaller and more intimate venues in her major tour this year — her very first as a solo artist. This is a great opportunity to see this wonderful artist up close.

PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

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The Time It Takes & Stillspace

Thursday 25th Sep, 8:00 pm

Bodysurf ttit still02An Evening of Live Contemporary Dance Performance and Film presented by Bodysurf Scotland in association with Findhorn Bay Arts Festival. Filmed in South Uist in the summer of 2012, The Time it Takes is the latest work from Highland's award winning video dance makers Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes of Goat. Featuring stunning performances by international dance artists Rosalind Masson, Simon Ellis and Dai Jian, The Time it Takes is a composite montage of dance inspired by the breathtaking landscape and rich history of this most beautiful of Scottish islands. Stillspace is a first-time collaboration between Highland’s dance artist Caroline Reagh (also of traditional dance group Dannsa) and acclaimed musician Patsy Reid. Playful, thoughtful and sometimes surprising, sensitive yet fun, Stillspace aptly showcases the talents of these two writers and performers whose work is deeply embedded in the rich traditions of dance and music.

Please note that tickets can be purchased online at www.findhornbayartsfestival.com or Eden Court Box Office Tel: + 44 (0) 1463 234 234 and not from our usual outlets

Price: £8 / £6 / £4 U18's (concessions)

Eddi Reader

Friday 26th Sep, 7:30 pm

Eddi Reader©genevievestevenson-4One of Scotland's finest and most enduring singer-songwriters, Eddi Reader will forever be associated with Fairground Attraction and the chart topping single Perfect. Her subsequent career has signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. For this concert Eddi will be performing songs from her recently released eighth solo album Vagabond, plus a few old favourites too.

"Eddi's voice is nothing short of miraculous" Glasgow Herald

Support provided by Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault – Formed through an existing musical friendship and rooted in their respective traditions, Calum Stewart (originally from Moray) and Heikki Bourgault explore an inter-Celtic link; marrying old melodies together with new in an inspiring, assertive and dynamic interplay.

Please note that this is a Findhorn Bay Arts Festival event so don’t try to buy tickets through our usual outlets. They are available online www.findhornbayartsfestival.com or by calling Eden Court Box Office 01463 234 234

 

Price: £18 / £16 concs / £10 U 18's (concessions)

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick

Sunday 5th Oct, 7:30 pm

Carthy Swarb smGiven a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, this legendary duo's experienced approach lacks none of the fervour of their early days, and brings a maturity born of many years living with the music. Before he joined the legendary Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick worked alongside leading folkies like Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Beryl, teaming up with Martin Carthy in 1966. For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

“Intense and demanding, this is hard core traditional music. Sublime fiddle playing and the passionate delivery of evocative old songs by their ablest interpretor.” Telegraph

To see a video of Martin and Dave click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExNN03K0AmM

To book tickets online click here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280193 (10% booking fee)

Price: £14 / £12 / £10 U16's (concessions)

Head in the Clouds

Wednesday 8th Oct, 11:00 am

Head in the CloudsCirrus the dog has a serious job: he has to keep watch on the sheep. What to do when they lose themselves, drifting amongst the dancing clouds? How can he help these woolly-headed dreamers get back down to earth? Designed for 0-4 year olds and their families to enjoy together, this is theatre that surrounds with sound, touch and visual treats. Guided by the performers, all audience members are invited to help create the atmosphere and landscape of the story. Theatre Company Ipdip have previously been seen delighting audiences around Scotland and Cumbria, including a sell-out run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Come with your little ones and play! Part of the Moray Feelgood Festival.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283117

Price: £5 / £3 child (concessions)

Idlewild

Monday 13th Oct, 7:30 pm

Idlewild_credit_Simon_MurphyIn anticipation of their eighth studio record (to be released in 2015) Idlewild will tour the Scottish Highlands and Islands in October 2014. These shows (their first in four years) will take an acoustic, stripped back format befitting these intimate and often unique venues. The concerts, including this one at the Universal Hall (who welcomed Roddy Woomble playing as a solo name last year) will give the band the chance to explore their back catalogue, to try out new songs and ideas, and to generally have some fun playing music around this beautiful part of Scotland. Full band electric shows will accompany the album release in 2015.

The Universal Hall is not the promoter for this concert and tickets are available by following the link below and not from our usual outlets.

to see videos of Idlewild click here: https://myspace.com/idlewild/videos

For for this concert only tickets see: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/36004C6CE28655B3

picture: Simon Murphy

Price: £15

Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project

Wednesday 15th Oct, 7:30 pm

Lulo RThe ‘Reinhardt name’ of course refers to Lulo’s world famous grand-uncle, Django, the great gypsy guitarist who created an entirely new way of playing jazz in the 1930′s and 1940′s. Lulo was taught guitar by his father from age 5, and represents one of the most unique voices in gypsy-jazz music today. His Latin-Swing Project combines pure gypsy-swing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango, and bossa nova. Lulo will be backed at this concert by his 4 piece band.

” … the finest concert of acoustic guitar I have ever seen …” Sydney Morning Herald

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283123

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Rab Noakes & Kathleen MacInnes

Friday 17th Oct, 8:00 pm

Rab & Kathleen no fadeThis unique collaboration between singer-songwriter Rab Noakes and Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes features an evening of Love, Ballads and Murder. They uncover songs which turn up in Scots and Gaelic cultures and combine these with storytelling – both song and stories are performed in Gaelic, Scots and English. Enjoy a memorable evening of entertainment from two consummate artists from different cultures and different generations – Kathleen's vocals in wonderful combination with Rab's guitar.

"… an excellent show from two of this country’s finest songsmiths." The Herald

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283126

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

Friday 24th Oct, 8:00 pm

Univited Guests publicity shootPresented by Uninvited Guests and Fuel, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart is an intimate performance which combines music and text chosen and written by the audience to create an event which is uniquely personal to those in the room. Using elements of a wedding reception crossed with a radio dedication show, the audience become part of a temporary community in which there is bubbly, toasts and dancing. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Love Letters… has been at the Southbank Centre in London and with the RSC in Stratford. Part of the Moray Feelgood Festival.

"You just can't help but fall in love with it" Guardian *****.

To book online for the show (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283129

Workshop on Thursday 23rd Oct, 3pm to 4.30pm – all welcome

To accompany this tour there will be an informal workshop that will allow participants to spend time thinking and chatting about the people they love and have loved, those they care for and who care about them. Over cups of tea and biscuits the performers will work closely with participants to help them find the words to express their feelings and to write from the heart about husbands, wives, family members or friends. This workshop is intended for those who want to come along to the show and requests and dedications created at the workshop will be used in the performance. Length: 1.5 hours Capacity: 15 – 20. Admission free.

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

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Sunday 26th Oct, 8:00 pm

Nordic FB Hi GGGThe Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise three master fiddle players from three different and very distinctive Nordic regions. Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers' Bid, Boys of the Lough' and 'Session A9) hails from Shetland; Olav Luksengard Mjelva is an award winning fiddle player from Norway; and Anders Hall is an acclaimed exponent of the Swedish fiddle tradition. As The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc they skilfully weave these three traditions together in an atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure. For lovers of great quality fiddle playing this is an unmissable event.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283254

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Rachel Sermanni

Sunday 2nd Nov, 7:30 pm

Rachel S 2Hailing from Carrbridge, Rachel Sermanni is a recent addition to the folk scene, but has already toured with a number of well-known folk and indie artists such as Mumford and Sons, Rumer and Elvis Costello. Influenced by musicians such as Eva Cassidy, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, she was showcased at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow and The Herald, chose her as one of their stars of 2012 — the year she also released her first album, Under Mountains. For this, her first visit to the Universal Hall, Rachel will be joined by Jennifer Austin on the piano and Colin Macleod on the guitar. Her new album Live in Dawson City is released in October 2014. Support will be from Miss Irenie Rose – a young singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis whose voice has drawn comparisons to those of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283292

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Treacherous Orchestra

Monday 10th Nov, 7:30 pm

Treacherous OrchestraThe Treacherous Orchestra is comprised of some of Scotland's finest musicians. Formed originally to play the Celtic Connections Festival Club, Glasgow, UK in 2004, and with personnel from some of Scotland's most well known Folk/World acts (Peatbog Faeries, Salsa Celtica and the Old Blind Dogs to name but three) they have roared onto the circuit and play their own innovative variation of Scottish traditional music. Their debut album Origins was launched at Celtic Connection in 2012 and this is their first visit to the Universal Hall in this incarnation although many of the musicians have played here with other acts.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283298

Price: £16 / £14 / £12 U16's (concessions)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Band

Friday 21st Nov, 8:00 pm

Silnet film graeme 3cabinet-of-dr.-caligari-corridorAn evening with a difference: a famous and ground-breaking silent film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari projected on our big screen complete with a live accompaniment from award winning guitarist and composer Graeme Stephen. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is the newly-restored German expressionist masterpiece from 1920 directed by Robert Wiene. To provide the live music, Graeme will be backed by his brilliant and talented jazz trio comprising Martin Kershaw, Saxophone; Mario Caribe, Bass; and Tom Bancroft, Drums. Graeme won the Innovation Award for his Score to the classic Silent film Sunrise and Instrumentalist of the Year award at the Scottish jazz awards.

"Graeme Stephen again underlined the qualities that make him a player on the international jazz stage with his latest project, in which he created the soundtrack to a silent movie." The Herald

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283301

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