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Next Month at the Universal Hall

Dear Subscriber,

Here's the latest newsletter from the Universal Hall, Findhorn. It contains information about shows and films in the Hall in the coming month – scroll down to reveal. More details of future events are on our website – www.universalhall.co.uk

Dave Till
Universal Hall Publicity, 01309 691170 email: uhall@findhorn.org

Tina May and Enrico Pieranunzi

Wednesday 28th Sep, 7:30 pm

tina may 2Enrico Pieranunzi 1One of Europe's finest jazz singers, Tina May, and Italy's outstanding, internationally acclaimed pianist Enrico Pieranunzi bring an evening of warm, intimate entertainment. May has worked with a kaleidoscope of talents including the great American jazz players Nat Adderley, Joe Henderson and Ray Bryant, French bassist extraordinaire Renaud Garcia-Fons and comedian Rory Bremner. Pieranunzi, as well as winning France's coveted Django d'Or award, counts gigs with jazz legends Chet Baker and Lee Konitz among his experiences. Together, they present familiar songs from the jazz and chanson canons — May is a fluent French speaker and witty raconteur — and original compositions in those same traditions.

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

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

wetheuncivilised, A Life Story (Film)

Sunday 2nd Oct, 2:00 pm

WetheuncivilisedThis grassroots documentary film project seeks to challenge the 'civilised' story of separation. Disillusioned by a cultural story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK, searching for the seeds of an alternative culture and with it hope for the future. We follow the filmmakers as they speak to grassroots activists alongside the pioneering voices of Satish Kumar (The Ecologist), Polly Higgins (Ecocide Lawyer), Mac Macartney (Embercombe), Bruce Parry (Explorer), Mark Boyle (Moneyless Manifesto), Martin Shaw(School of Myth), Glennie Kindred (Artist and writer), the late Patrick Whitefield (Permaculturist) and Simon Fairlie (The Land). (Supervised Children are welcome and free to this event).

“A stunning and sensitive journey into ecology, humanity and spirituality." The Cube, Bristol

At 4pm, immediately after the film, there will be a discussion with the film makers Lily and Pete Sequoia

See the trailer here: www.wetheuncivilised.org

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The Course of True Love

Saturday 15th Oct, 8:00 pm


Following sell-out success at Glasgow's legendary A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Fire Exit presents this playful and heart-warming new production written by multi-award winning Scottish playwright, David Leddy. Celia and Oliver are in the world's most expensive hotel, drunk on the world's most expensive champagne. They have thirty minutes to make up their minds about a risky proposal that could tear their lives apart. Will they retreat to the daily disillusionment of running a failing charity? Or will they find the courage to reveal their true feelings and speak truth to power? (This production is not suitable for U16's)

"Gorgeous… witty… resonant…" The Scotsman

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

Price: £10 / £8 (concessions)

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Friday 28th Oct, 8:00 pm

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc low res'The 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. Their combined playing skilfully weaves the many components of their three musical cultures and traditions together in a hugely atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure.

"This trio are endlessly varied, powerful and beautiful…..a shimmering display of accurately pitched, highly skilled musical accomplishment" The Scotsman

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

to see a video click here

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

FCRC Halloween Ceilidh

Saturday 29th Oct, 8:00 pm

BoatshedThe Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club proudly presents a Halloween Ceilidh featuring The Boatshed Band which was formed for a ceilidh to celebrate the launch of the new Findhorn rowing skiff last year. Since then, they have become a regular fixture on the local circuit, often playing to help raise money for a good cause, and as their reputation grows, their gigs invariably sell out. There are eight members — Adam Csenki and Carla Hornsby on fiddles, John Harris on mandola, Phoebe Csenki on keyboard, Ian Fleming on guitar, Jonathan Chuter on banjo, Dave Whitehead on percussion, and of course, their caller, Morag Robertson.
Doors open 7.30 p.m. Band on at 8 p.m.

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

In addition to the Phoenix Stores & online, Ceilidh tickets will be for sale at:
Findhorn Village Shop
FACT Office, 1 Leask Road, Forres.
Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club contact details on www.findhorncoastalrowing.co.uk

Price: £10 / £8 concs/£5 U16’s (concessions)

Mairearad and Anna

Wednesday 9th Nov, 7:30 pm

Mairead & Anna credit Ricky FrewBased in Glasgow, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) both grew up in the Scottish Highlands and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, and their three albums have all met wide critical acclaim with Best Day their first album to feature songs. Expect the highest-order musicianship, with sets and songs intricately arranged and executed with a symbiotic sympathy.

"A superb instrumental duo" Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

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

To see a video click here

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

Southern Tenant Folk Union

Friday 25th Nov, 8:00 pm

Southern Tenant Folk Union - Press Photo 1 - by Douglas RobertsonOne of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today, with banjo, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, percussion & harmony vocals Southern Tenant Folk Union perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmospheric folk and have made live appearances on BBC One TV (The Andrew Marr Show), RTE TV (The Late Late Show) & Radio 4's Loose Ends twice. Praise in The Sunday Times, Guardian, Irish Times and Independent has enhanced the band's growing reputation. With an exciting live act worked around a single microphone they have performed at Celtic Connections, Orkney Folk Festival, Belladrum & The Electric Picnic and this is their first, welcome visit to the Universal Hall.

"…subtle arrangements and involving, melancholic songs are powerfully persuasive" MOJO

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

To see a video click here

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

The Shape of Things

Saturday 26th Nov, 11:00 am

Shape Of Things

Please note: there are two shows – at 11am and 2pm

Starcatchers & Branar Téatar do Pháistí present this magical show for the very young created by Ailie Cohen & Marc Mac Lochlainn. The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes. But sometimes there are so many shapes that some shapes get lost. This is a story of two shapes, Cubert and Triantán, and the adventures they have finding their way back to each other. Set in a soft and tactile environment, this interactive story is told through puppetry, object theatre, music and sound. Designed for babies and toddlers aged from 6 months to 2 years (and their adults).

To buy tickets online for the 11am show (10% booking fee) click here



Price: £5 / £4 concs/£3 child (concessions)

The Shape of Things

Saturday 26th Nov, 2:00 pm

For full details see the listing above for the 11am show

To buy tickets online for the 2pm show (10% booking fee) click here

Price: £5 / £4 concs/£3 child (concessions)


Friday 2nd Dec, 8:00 pm

shooglenifty_2015Fresh from recording their eighth studio album in India, Shooglenifty will be at the Universal Hall this December to warm your feet and your heart. Heading towards their 27th year, the band are still favourites for giving an audience a night to remember, whether they're playing to the smallest highland village hall or the biggest festival field. As singer Kaela Rowan puts it, "A Shoogles gig creates happiness and is awffy good for the soul". Expect big helpings of uptempo classics from their 2015 release The Untied Knot, bags of old favourites and a sneak preview of the new album (out in January 2017). There will be dancing.

"Shooglenifty continues to blaze a trail of 'acid-croft' that no others can touch." Aidan O'Rourke, Lau

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

To see a video click here

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

Fraxi Queen of the Forest

Sunday 4th Dec, 2:00 pm

Fraxi Queen of the Forest_Asylon TheatrePresented by Asylon Theatre with soundtrack by Greg Sinclair, Fraxi is a compelling tale of friendship and resilience by Scotland New Playwrights Award Winner, Jack Dickson – an engaging dance theatre piece that inspires love and thoughtfulness towards the natural world. Home provider, oxygen producer and first rate playmate; Fraxi the Ash tree is guardian (and BFF!) to all forest dwellers. When danger looms with news of airborne disease Chalara reaching the forest, best friends Woody and H.B. Caterpillar must choose how to save their beloved home! The show is rich in facts, folklore and eco-themed fun! Explore and learn with Fraxi in her ever-changing forest home. Suitable for ages 7+

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

Price: £8 / £6 concs/£4 U16’s (concessions)


Unless otherwise specified (and not movies which are pay on the door), advance tickets can be booked usually one or two weeks in advance in person at the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn, (no fee) and on-line at http://www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall(10% booking fee per online ticket). Both these outlets take credit cards but please note: we cannot take credit cards for tickets bought on the night at the venue. Cash only on the night, please.

For events more than two weeks in advance, please use the on-line booking at www.wegottickets.com. If the event is not listed there, we haven’t yet posted the ticket information so please keep checking or ring us at 01309 691170 for a date when tickets will be on sale.

Universal Hall events are supported by:

North East Arts Touring