Posted by: myrtlecottagefindhorn | March 3, 2011

Universal Hall Findhorn – events listing


Wednesday 9th Mar, 7:30 pm

Formed in Buenos Aires, the quartet developed their own contemporary tango style
based in the music of Julian Plaza, Alfredo Gobbi, Astor Piazzolla and
Ziegler’s own compositions. Traditional and modern tango can be heard in their playing. Their debut in Findhorn is part of a tour that includes 18 countries around Europe. Fabulous!

Price: £10 / £8 /£6 U-16’s (concessions)

Africa United (film)

Friday 11th Mar, 8:00 pm

Africa United is the extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. And as they walk they gather a tribe – a ragamuffin team – of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate a way through a series of dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations. Through these kids, we encounter an Africa few people ever get to see; experience the hard reality of an epic walk through seven countries; as well as the joy, laughter and hope – ‘the ubuntu’ – that comes from making an incredible journey together.

Price: £4 on the door


Friday 18th Mar, 8:00 pm


Brooklyn-based Wiyos made a huge impact following their BBC TV debut when they appeared with Seasick Steve at The Barbican Theatre’s big Folk America extravaganza. Last year they opened for Bob Dylan, and thrilled a capacity crowd at Celtic Connections. Much of their music is inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, but the band seamlessly fuse vintage sounds with the contemporary without sounding forced or affected. Their more recent explorations blend human beat-box with classic swing and New Orleans style rhythms. This is their first visit to the Universal Hal

“A pure joy,” Los Angeles Times

Price: £13 / £11 /£8 U-16’s (concessions)

Click to listen to THE WIYOS


Friday 25th Mar, 8:00 pm

Renowned for “musicianship, precision and general joie de vivre” (The Herald), She’Koyokh is inspired by the confluence of Eastern Europe’s musical cultures and traditions performing an exceptionally diverse repertoire of exhilarating, soulful, Jewish, Gypsy and Balkan music, original compositions and exhilarating solos. Winners of the Netherlands International Jewish Music Festival in 2008.

“Inspirational.” The Guardian

Price: £10 / £8 /£6 U-16’s (concessions)


Friday 1st Apr, 8:00 pm

On her most recent CD, Songbirds, Fil reworks Irish folk songs that were first recorded in the early 20th century and these form the basis of her set. They include plenty of good choruses, lots of stories about the First Ladies of Irish Song, plus several of her own compositions. Many songs are taken from the Irish TV Songbirds series, which Fil researched and narrated. The concert features Fil on vocals and guitar plus percussionist Tom McFarland, and will bring Northern Irish fun and laughter to their British tour which starts here in Findhorn.

Price: £10 / £8 /£6 U-16’s (concessions)


Saturday 2nd Apr, 4:00 pm

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present this truly magical story about the life of Little Eagle as he grows from small boy to adult through adversity, illness and later success as a storyteller. In his youth he rescues a ‘Loon’, a bird of great wisdom, who later helps him to triumph over intolerance and to understand and learn from different beliefs and cultures. A gorgeous puppet show that can be enjoyed on many different levels by children and adults. Duration: 55mins for ages 5-12+

“…haunting and hypnotic. At times I felt like I was being led into a wonderful dream.” Meg Urquhart — Kids Fest Oct 2007

Price: £6 / £5 /£4 U-16’s (concessions)


Wednesday 13th Apr, 7:00 pm

Catherine Wheels presents Caged – a wonderful theatre show about two people trapped together, and finding more freedom than they ever imagined. This is a timeless story featuring Beauty and the Beast who will never get on — or will they? He licks his hands, stands on the toilet and runs through the woods. She carries a hankie, never gets mud on her shoes and always remembers to send a thank you note. So how come, when she sees him run like that her heart starts to spin? Recommended for all children aged 8 and over (and the adults they bring with them).

Price: £6 / £5 /£4 U-16’s (concessions)


Thursday 14th Apr, 7:30 pm

<Sean Hughes has spent most of the last year on the road, perfecting his new show called Ducks and Other Mistakes I’ve Made. Now at its absolute peak, he brings it to Findhorn for one night only! With his dark, explosive style of quick-fire audience banter, Sean is a household name appearing in countless TV shows. Returning to his first love, stand-up, he is back at his absolute best. BOOK EARLY!

“A hugely impressive and intelligent comic… sometimes dark and always very entertaining” Time Out

Price: £14 / £12 (concessions)


Saturday 16th Apr, 8:00 pm

David Hughes Dance Company present their critically acclaimed, award-winning interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale The Masque of the Red Death. Barricaded in his opulent abbey-mansion, a prince entertains a party of debauched revellers whilst the world outside teeters on the brink of plague-ridden apocalypse. Capturing the themes of mortality, hedonism and madness, the diverse company of performers weave a multitude of dance traditions – ballet, breakdancing, contemporary dance, Bharatanatyam – with high-octane physical theatre to create a contemporary and visually shocking horror show for the stage.

“Fast-moving, dramatic, performed with demonic energy and sly polish – this is a triumph for all concerned.” The Herald

Price: £10 / £8 / £6 U-16’s (concessions)


Thursday 5th May, 7:30 pm

The hillbilly hurricane from Kansas City, Missouri, aka The Wilders, make a welcome return to the Universal Hall with their hi-energy blend of bluegrass and hillbilly tunes. They wowed the crowds at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, carrying off a coveted Herald Angel, and collecting a clutch of five-star reviews. That led to television and radio sessions and a headline slot at the prestigious Bath International Music Festival. Their last album, ‘Someone’s Got To Pay’, went on to win the Alt-Country Album of The Year in the USA.

“They generate the kind of tunes that should by rights leave vapour trails.” The Scotsman

Price: £13 / £11 /£9 U-16’s (concessions)

Click to listen to THE WILDERS


Friday 6th May, 8:00 pm


Too Many Kooks, acappella women singers, have been making a name for themselves over the past 2 years with their stunning harmonies imbedded in stylish, heartfelt and humorous performances, and have become firm favourites with audiences at the Universal Hall. There is something for everyone in their repertoire, which includes African songs, gospel, traditional Scottish and Irish melodies, and contemporary numbers from Karl Jenkins and Christine Aguilera, to ABBA and Take That. A heart-warming inspirational set if ever there was one.

“One can never have Too Many Kooks… It was a privilege to be on the same bill with them.” Ishbel MacAskill, renowned Gaelic singer.

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Price: £9 / £7 /£5 U-16’s (concessions)


Friday 13th May, 8:00 pm

The formidable flamenco-jazz guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo Niebla embarks on his stunning new album tour “My Gypsy Waltz”. This Universal Hall date is part of a nationwide tour of the UK which includes Celtic Connections and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. This is intricate, passionate flamenco fused with a myriad of Eastern colours and a Gypsy-jazz edge. It’s also a personal journey embracing the moment and celebrating life. Eduardo will showcase the album with Ricardo Garcia on accompanying guitar.

“A display of supernatural talent and a spellbinding mixture of flamenco and modern jazz, bursting with obvious passion and verve.” The Spectator

Price: £10 / £8 /£6 U-16’s (concessions)

Click to listen to EDUARDO NIEBLA


Wednesday 18th May, 7:30 pm

Salsa Celtica’s synthesis of Afro Latin Salsa with Scottish & Irish traditional music has taken them and their music all over the world, from the village halls of Scotland to some of the most important music festivals around the globe. With a lineup combining some of the most exciting and respected traditional Celtic musicians together with a stellar group of world, jazz and salsa musicians they are a stunning combination of virtuosity and energy. Their last concert at the Universal Hall was recorded as the highly acclaimed live album En Vivo en el Norte.

Price: £14 / £12 (concessions)

Click to listen to SALSA CELTICA


Wednesday 25th May, 7:30 pm

Comprising players from Capercaillie, Peatbog Faeries, Fiddlers Bid, Blazin’ Fiddles and others, Session A9 were formed during a Session on the famous A9 highland road. This is a very special group of players indeed — one of the most experienced and talented fiddle bands on the circuit. Having now released three albums, the band will bring together the true spirit of the Scottish session.

“Session A9 are your men when it comes to pounding out a high-octane tune, but they are also wonderfully creative arrangers who make dynamic use of their line-up of four fabulous fiddlers.” The Scotsman

Price: £12 / £10 (concessions)


Friday 3rd Jun, 8:00 pm

Bosie is Doric for hug. Hugs may make us feel good but are often flavoured with darker emotions – much like those on Bosie’s debut album Shoebox Memories which the band brings to this set. Born and raised on Lewis, Fiona Mackenzie creates music that effortlessly blends folk, soul and jazz – delivered with her distinctive, smoky voice. She is backed by award-winning guitar from Graeme Stephen, Euan Burton on double bass, and percussionist Guy Nicholson (Moishe’s Bagel). Open your arms to this warm, soulful summer bosie and you won’t be disappointed.

Price: £10 / £8 /£6 U-16’s (concessions)


Saturday 4th Jun, 8:00 pm

Programme to include:

MENDELSSOHN Overture, The Fair Melusine

KOUSSEVITSKY Concerto for double bass and orchestra

HAYDN Symphony No 101 ‘The Clock’

Danail Rachev conductor, Nikita Naumov double bass

The award-winning Scottish Chamber Orchestra can always count on a warm welcome (and usually a sell-out crowd) when they make one of their regular returns to the Universal Hall with a concert of popular classics under the baton of Bulgarian conductor, Danail Rachev. The Orchestra’s brilliant young bassist Nikita Naumov performs the Koussevitsky Concerto — a fine example of Russian Romanticism which the composer, himself a virtuoso double bassist, dedicated to his fiancée. It is framed by Mendelssohn’s overture, in which the water sprite, Melusine, is evoked in suitably mellifluous music and Haydn’s ‘Clock’ Symphony, so called because of the “ticking” rhythm throughout the second movement. Perfect entertainment for an early summer evening for all those who love having the best in classical music brought almost to the doorstep by some of the finest musicians in Scotland.

“Rachev has proved a musician of real depth, sensitivity and authority.” Dallas Morning News

“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

Price: £12 / Senior Citizens £10/ Children, Students, Unemployed People and People with a disability (& carer) £5 (concessions)



Wednesday 8th Jun, 7:30 pm

An adaptation of an original work by Philip Pullman by Visible Fictions and Scottish Opera, Clockwork concerns Fritz who starts to tell a story to the townsfolk of Glockenheim. Gathered in the tavern around a roaring fire, safe and warm from the winter weather, they listen, entranced. But the more Fritz unravels his tale of kings, queens and mysterious clockwork machines, the more it comes to life. And does anyone really know how it will end? Through a captivating mix of puppetry, live action, music and song, Clockwork takes you to a world where past merges into present, life merges with machine, and fiction becomes scarily real. For ages 8 + and their adults.

Price: £9 / £7 /£5 U-16’s (concessions)


Friday 1st Jul, 8:00 pm

The Shee are an exceptional all-female band showcasing three powerful vocalists and an astonishing level of instrumental prowess. Their diverse range of musical influences combine to produce an adventurous brew of Folk, Gaelic, Scots and Bluegrass featured in high profile performances at the Cambridge and Celtic Connections festivals. Their debut album A Different Season was released in 2008, followed by the release of their second album Decadence plus a nomination for Best Band in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2010.

“The Shee… are brilliant; their version of Tom Paine’s Bones is one of my
favourite songs of the last 12 months.”
Mike Harding BBC Radio 2

Price: £10 / £8 /£6 U-16’s (concessions)

Click to listen to THE SHEE

Dougie MacLean

Sunday 31st Jul, 8:00 pm

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, and for music for the movie Last of the Mohicans. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He recently received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards and a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame. Tonight Dougie makes a welcome return to the Universal Hall – a favourite venue. Book early — his shows sell out.

“A musical hero.” Wall Street Journal

Price: £16 / £14 (concessions)

Click to listen to Dougie MacLean

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