Upcoming Music

AUTUMN 2015

The new season starts in August with details and tickets links below. Don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area. (Enter your email address in the space provided to the left).

Tickets (except films which are pay on the door) are online:
  • via the individual link on each event posting or visit We Got Tickets for a full list of events (10% booking fee per online ticket)
  • in the Phoenix Stores (ph 01309 690110) usually two or three weeks before each event (no booking fee)
  • ph 01309 691170 or email uhall@findhorn.org for more information or for space rental enquiries

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

Friday 14th Aug, 8:00 pm

As part of our American roots music strand, the Universal Hall is delighted to host Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys; the four-piece vocal aFlatbellysnd string band who created a huge impact when they made their UK debut earlier this year at Shetland Folk Festival. Hailing from the Great Lakes State of Michigan, there is something to please all tastes in their live performances — passionate affairs that stir the blood and exhilarate — from bluesy works of wonder to blistering bluegrass. "Exciting — with a pulse and rhythm that sets them apart" AmericanaUK

to see a video click here

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

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

Blazin’ Fiddles

Wednesday 19th Aug, 7:30 pm

Blazers 2015 - cropTake a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements, and you've got Scotland's multi-award winning Blazin' Fiddles. Over the last 15 years, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once. The Blazers, who were Scots Trad Music Awards' Folk Band of the Year 2013/14, never fail to raise the temperature in the Universal Hall and we are delighted to have them back.

to see a video of the Blazers click here

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

Price: £14 / £12 concs, £10 U16s (concessions)

Dougie MacLean

Wednesday 2nd Sep, 7:30 pm

PIC – ROB MCDOUGALL

Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure. He has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition and is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and inspired performances including his ending of the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which was viewed by over a billion people worldwide!!

‘A musical hero’ Wall Street Journal

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

To see a video of Dougie click here

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16s (concessions)

Session A9

Wednesday 9th Sep, 7:30 pm

Session A9 slope IMG_0417Session A9 are delighted to be able to include a performance at the Universal Hall in their one and only tour of 2015! As previous winners of Best Live Act at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards you are guaranteed an evening of outstanding musicianship and entertainment. (The band have been hailed by Dougie MacLean as “the Best band to come out of Scotland in 100 years!”) Session A9 is comprised of members of Capercaillie, Treacherous Orchestra, Fiddlers Bid and many others — seasoned players, all brilliant, seamlessly blending their talents.

“…tighter than James Brown!” The Proclaimers

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

to see a video of Session A9 click here

Price: £14 / £12 concs, £10 U16s (concessions)

Bajaly Suso

Wednesday 16th Sep, 7:30 pm

Bajaly SusoBajaly is a brilliant young Kora player and singer from the Gambia. (The Kora is a unique instrument with a harp like appearance and sound, but its intricate playing style is closer to Flamenco guitar). He learnt many of the traditional songs that were passed down in his family and he has been playing and singing these for almost 20 years. They relay the history of Mandinka West Africa, as well as illuminating contemporary life there. His performance at the Edinburgh Festival last year won a standing ovation and great reviews.

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

to hear some of Bajaly’s music click here

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

Rura

Friday 2nd Oct, 8:00 pm

RURA-15-3Internationally renowned for their powerhouse mix of Highland pipes, fiddle, bodhran, guitar, whistle, flute, and voice, Rura are one of the most exciting bands of their generation. The band create muscular, yet intricately arranged and lyrical instrumentals to match singer/songwriter Adam Holmes' haunting songcraft — a creative mix that has seen them rise to headline and main stage status at festivals throughout the UK and Europe,

"Scotland's hottest folk prospects" The Scotsman

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

to see a video of Rura click here

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

International Guitar Night

Friday 9th Oct, 8:00 pm

IGN composite15 years ago IGN founder, Californian Brian Gore, decided to create an annual tour featuring three or four world-class guitarists. Since then the annually changing show has become a popular item in the North American touring calendar and has toured the UK since 2007. The show features solos, duets, trios and ensemble pieces from: Andre Krengel plus a return visit from the terrific Lulo Reinhardt (Germany), Brian Gore (USA), and Mike Dawes (England — Mike has over 3 million hits on his YouTube clip – see below – and please check out this and the other links to see just how good these guys really are!)

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

To see Mike’s video click here

To see a video of Lulo click here

To see a video of Brian click here

To see a video of Andre click here

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

Aly Bain/Ale Möller/Bruce Molsky

Friday 23rd Oct, 8:00 pm

BAIN, MOLLER& MOLSKY - Louis de CarloThis astonishing collaboration by three of the world's leading folk musicians was rapturously received on its previous British tour. Sharing their Celtic, Nordic and Appalachian cultures are Aly Bain, Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, and American old time fiddler, singer, guitarist and banjo player Bruce Molsky. Cross-cultural folk does not get better than this.

'Never mind Transatlantic Sessions, Aly Bain and his Swedish-New Yorker accomplices … redraw the map' The Herald

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

To see a video click here

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16s (concessions)

Peatbog Faeries

Sunday 1st Nov, 7:30 pm

PeatbogsBased on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries bring Celtic Dance music into the 21st century. They incorporate many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more using, bagpipes, fiddle, whistles, guitars, keyboard drums and a brass section. In 2008 the band won the award for 'Best Live Act' at the prestigious Scots Trad Music Awards and they had most of the Universal Hall audience bouncing in front of the stage when they played here last year.

"…cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat." The Scotsman

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

to see a video of the Peatbogs click here

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16s (concessions)

Front Country

Saturday 14th Nov, 8:00 pm

Front CountryWhen Bob Harris played Front Country's memorable debut album on BBC Radio 2, he told listeners they were "currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America"…and he was right. Emerging from California Bay area's red-hot roots music scene, the band celebrated wins at both the Telluride and Rockygrass music festivals — and they continue to blow the socks off everyone coast-to-coast. This is their UK debut tour and first visit to the Universal Hall.

"The pop sensibility of Fleetwood Mac while retaining a woody, organic feel" Maverick Magazine

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

To see a video of Front Country click here

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

Twelfth Day

Wednesday 25th Nov, 7:30 pm

TwelfthDay smTwelfth Day are fiddle player Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift. They describe themselves as a two-person quartet — using harp, fiddle and both voices to conjure a broad array of sounds, textures, rhythms and polyphony. Exploring and pushing the limits of what a duo can achieve is at the heart of everything they do. Their newest album The Devil Makes Three is adventurous, natural, virtuosic; and proves that they are quite unlike anyone else.

"Lush orchestral colours… Bang up to date." The Sunday Times

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

to see Twelfth day on video click here

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

Billy Bragg

Saturday 28th Nov, 8:00 pm

Billy B RBAfter 12 studio albums, seven compilations, two box sets, and countless tours across countless international borders, the elder statesman of today refuses to slip into the dotage of self-parody. In his fifties, neither the fight nor the fight songs have left Billy Bragg. Orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled 'big-nosed bard from Barking', Billy Bragg mixes protest songs with declarations of love. This is his first visit to the Universal Hall and we are delighted to have him. Support is provided by singer/songwriter Duke Special.

A few paper tickets available at the Phoenix and online tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk (plus booking fee in both cases)

Price: £20

The Wiyos

Wednesday 2nd Dec, 7:30 pm

wiyos smNow back to their acoustic roots, The Wiyos, Americana band from Brooklyn, have played Celtic Connections and Shetland Folk Festivals and appeared at The Barbican Theatre in London with Seasick Steve in an American roots music show that the BBC televised. Renowned as one of the most entertaining bands on the circuit, Bob Dylan invited them to open the show when he went out on a tour of US baseball stadiums. Seasick Steve's a fan and encourages everyone to"be in for a surprise"when they see the band perform live.

"Not to be missed" The Herald

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

to see a Wiyos video click here

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

Elizabeth Rogers & Eugene Friesen

Sunday 27th Dec, 7:00 pm

Liz R RBSinger/Songwriter Elizabeth Rogers teams up with American world/jazz cellist Eugene Friesen in a special concert featuring original songs and innovative instrumentals. Elizabeth Rogers, a former resident of the Findhorn Community, has released two CDs of her original songs to unanimous acclaim in the UK and USA. Eugene Friesen, long-time cellist with the multi Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, uses the cello in surprising ways as a lead and accompanying instrument. Rogers and Friesen create musical magic that speaks to the heart.

www.elizabethrogers.com

www.eugenefriesenmusic.com

Price: £12 / £10 (concessions)