Published: 28/03/2014 11:08 - Updated: 28/03/2014 16:50

Findhorn hosts singing festival and comedy maverick

Comedian Mark Thomas's tour comes to Findhorn.
Comedian Mark Thomas's tour comes to Findhorn.

FINDHORN'S Universal Hall brings its own week-long song festival and the latest show from maverick funnyman Mark Thomas to the venue in April.

Comedian Mark's show (April 29) entitled, 100 Acts of Minor Dissent – sees him setting himself the task of committing 100 acts of minor dissent in the space of a year.

He catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious "mainly legal" and occasionally inspiring.

But there's a week of song and performance events planned for earlier in the month as the venue hosts Earthsings, from Saturday, April 12 to Friday, April 18.

Earthsings will have many public events - see www.universalhall.co.uk for the full listings - with highlights including Choir Night featuring the Forres Big Choir on April 12, local jazz combo Swing the Cat on April 13 and the inspirational US gospel singer Kathy Bullock on April 14.

Highland-based Gaelic singers Cruinn will sing on April 15, a celebration of local young singing talent will be led by Heather Hatch and Kate O'Connell on April 16, followed by music from duo Susie Ro and Mike Stanton.

A "knockout" closing extravaganza featuring music from throughout the week is planned as the finale.

All evening events (except the Friday night which is by donation) will start at 8pm and are priced at £10 full, £8 concession and £6 U16's and will be available on the door.

There will be daytime workshops with most of the artists - contact the Findhorn Foundation Conference Office on 01309 691933 for tickets for those and for further details or see www.findhorn.org/earthsings

Tickets for Mark Thomas's show are £15 full price and £10 concessions. Tickets are in the Phoenix Stores tel 01309 690110 and online at www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall 

Cruinn, part of the Earthsings programme.
Cruinn, part of the Earthsings programme.
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