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Spring Season 2016

Details of the concerts and events in Spring 2016 are posted 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. There are three ways to buy:
  • 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 (you need to go in person) usually two or three weeks before each event (no booking fee) The Phoenix no longer do phone reservations.
  • phone 01309 691170 or email uhall@findhorn.org for more information or for space rental enquiries. Send us an email to reserve tickets that you will then collect and pay for on the night. We will do this except on events where we expect a sell-out crowd - in which case we will ask you to purchase in advance.

The John McCusker Band

Wednesday 11th May, 7:30 pm

McCusker doorBorn in Bellshill, near Glasgow, John began playing whistle & fiddle as a child. He has won Radio 2 Musician of the Year in 2003 and The Spirit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and 2009. While emerging via the folk scene, John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries. He has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Paolo Nutini and Jools Holland, and featured on recordings by Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub and Idlewild. 2016 will see John releasing a new solo record & embarking on a tour with his band which features some of the finest traditional musicians and singers in the UK: Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White & Toby Shaer. He last appeared at the Universal Hall in 2015 with Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle.

"One of the UK's most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre …". The Guardian

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

Tickets now in the Phoenix

See below for a video of John (please note this track includes musicians who will not be in the current band)

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

Nijinsky’s Last Jump

Wednesday 18th May, 7:30 pm

Nijinsky's Last Jump 2 Company Chordelia  photo by Susan HayCritically acclaimed dance theatre from Company Chordelia's award winning Artistic Director Kally Lloyd-Jones. Nijinsky's Last Jump combines theatre and dance to evoke the legendary 20th Century dancer's journey from global success to the desolate isolation of mental illness. As the passionate obsession of the young Nijinsky comes face to face with the searching inner life of the older man, this sharp and tender show portrays a poignant intimacy of genius and madness, youth and age, exploring both the performing and private self. Inspired by the rhythmic obsession of Nijinsky's diaries, Young and Old Nijinsky consider their life together, on and off stage, trying to make sense of the loss of self.

"…rich and humane portrait" The Guardian

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

Tickets now in the Phoenix

To see a trailer of the show click here

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

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Wednesday 25th May, 7:30 pm

AlyPhil2016Together Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music. Mike Russell has described them as “probably the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear." With their musical magic and quick-witted humour they will pull your emotional strings one moment and have you falling off the seat with laughter the next. 2016 sees Aly and Phil mark many milestones. This will be their 30th year of working together, Aly turns 70 (hard to believe!) in May and Phil also celebrates 40 years as a professional musician. To celebrate they plan some surprises on their annual trip round Scotland including a nostalgic backdrop of images from all those years and the release of a new album.

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

Tickets now in the Phoenix

See below for a video of Aly and Phil

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16 (concessions)

The Karen Matheson Band

Wednesday 1st Jun, 7:30 pm

karen m low resWidely recognised as the compelling vocals of Celtic super-­group Capercaillie, Karen has enjoyed a stellar career. Capercaillie have sold more than a million albums , performed in over thirty countries and provided music for the blockbuster movie 'Rob Roy', with Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange. As a solo performer, Karen has been involved in various projects of collaboration worldwide including recordings and performances with Algerian singer Idir, Breton singer Dan Ar Braz and Portuguese star Dulce Pontes.

Closer to home she has performed on the award winning BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, where over the last decade she has filmed tracks with artists like James Taylor , Emmylou Harris, The McGarrigle Sisters, Nanci Griffith, and a host of respected Scottish musicians. Karen will be playing music from her new album Urram which features Indian, African as well as Celtic musicians.

"…has the ability to inject pure emotion into a song. The kind of voice that can leave you shell-­shocked." The Sunday Times

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

Tickets now in the Phoenix

See below for a video of Karen

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16 (concessions)

Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Saturday 4th Jun, 8:00 pm

Tashi LhunpoEight Tibetan monks bring a moving insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance with a performance that includes contemplative and mesmerising chants of Buddhist texts and mantras plus majestic, brocade-costumed, masked dances. Ancient musical instruments from the Tibetan Tantric tradition are used: the conch-shell trumpet, horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums and meditation bells. In addition the powerful sound of the majestic dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums, evoking the atmosphere of sacred Tibet. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique and endangered culture.

"…a psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals…" The Times

the monks also plan to offer some workshops – more details here when we have them

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

Tickets now in the Phoenix

See below for a video

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

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Friday 10th Jun, 8:00 pm

Budapest Cafe OrchestraThe Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads are all featured. Akin to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the Budapest Café Orchestra have won legions of fans for their small but impeccably formed orchestra of just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika creating an awesome aural alchemy. Players include: supreme accordion champion of Great Britain, Eddie Hession; Christian Garrick, one of Europe's most celebrated jazz violinists; Adrian Zolotuhin, a master of the strummed strings of domra, balalaika, guitar and saz; and veteran bass-man Kelly Cantlon formerly with northern soul sensations Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

"…awe-inspiring musicianship … will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet…" The Times

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

Tickets in the Phoenix now

See below for a video of the band

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

Treacherous Orchestra

Thursday 16th Jun, 7:30 pm

TreacherousOrchestra croppedTreacherous Orchestra are a powerful force in Scottish music; a huge eleven strong, folk big band that delivers epic, incendiary live performances night after night. On stage the players are hugely entertaining, mixing their original tunes up with theatrical anarchic rock attitude. Here is a band that is playing at the next level, technical, impressive and yet impossibly raw, whose shows are always vital and make the audience feel truly alive and in the moment. It's members have been recruited from Peatbog Faeries, Salsa Celtica and The Old Blind Dogs to name but three excellent live bands. Having played at the Universal Hall back in 2014 we can safely say they are one of the few bands who can get the audience on its feet and dancing at the drop of a plectrum.

"… a who's who of the latest generation of Scottish tradition based music – an exciting and invigorating breath of fresh air." Folk Radio UK

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

Tickets in the Phoenix now

See below for a video of the band

 

 

 

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £12 U16 (concessions)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 25th Jun, 8:00 pm

SCO 2012 Photo: Marco Borggreve

SCO 2012
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's outstanding Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill ranks among the finest of a new generation of horn players, and is the soloist in a witty work by German comic opera composer Albert Lortzing. There's more party music with Mozart's wickedly good-humoured 'Night-time Serenade', written for Milan's Carnival Celebrations of 1776. Opening is Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, celebrating the Bard's influence on the world of music, in the year which marks the 400th anniversary of his death. We also hear Mendelssohn's thrilling musical postcard from Italy, radiating the warm glow of the Mediterranean sunshine in his 4th Symphony. Expect a spell-binding musical adventure from one of the finest chamber orchestras you are likely to hear. The orchestra will be conducted by Wolfram Christ.

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

Please note that paper tickets are now available by calling in person at the Phoenix Stores

Price: £16 / £14 concs, £6 U26/Student/Unemployed/Disabled/Carers (concessions)

Roddy Woomble – ‘My Secret is my Silence’ Tour

Saturday 10th Sep, 8:00 pm

Roddy W - My SecretFamiliar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter & performer. In 2016, Roddy will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his debut solo album 'My Secret is my Silence' with a special UK tour and song book. The highly praised album debuted at number 1 in the UK folk charts back in 2006, and through word of mouth became something of a 'cult classic'. Produced by John McCusker and recorded over a week at a rural studio in Yorkshire, the album blends the melodic alternative rock that made Idlewild famous, with a more introspective acoustic, folk influence, recalling at times Bert Jansch, the Waterboys and early Fairport Convention. For this tour Roddy's band featuring Hannah Fisher (violin & vocals), Craig Ainslie (bass), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Danny Grant (Drums) will help to create the perfect backdrop for Roddy's poetic lyrics, blending touches of country and folk to this set of poignant songs.

'…I'm really excited to play through My Secret is My Silence with the band – I always view songs as evolving things, so it'll be interested to see how they sound on stage 10 years later – the last time some of these songs were sung was the day they were recorded' Roddy Woomble

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

Tickets in the Phoenix now

Price: £14