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Seven top tips for what's on in the North from Friday, April 5 to Thursday, April 11

By Margaret Chrystall

Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland for arts-lovers to ponder. This week (Friday, April 5 to Thursday, April 11) features rock tributes, family puppet shows and a jazz song special ...

1 THE Bootleg Beach Boys come to Eden Court, Inverness, on Friday, April 5.

The line-up plays a selection of the classic hits and cult favourites from California’s most famous band, from the surfing years to later tracks with songs including classics such as Good Vibrations, Fun Fun Fun, God Only Knows, Help Me Rhonda. Tickets from £18. Details: www.eden-court.co.uk

2 Andrew Finn Magill with Seán Gray will play on Saturday, April 6 at Edderton Hall. The American and international fiddle extraordinaire is joined by returning guitarist and flautist, Seán. Finn was raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina and grew up studying with traditional American and Irish fiddlers at the Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. At 18 he brought out his debut album Drive & Lift and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at number 46 on the Folk DJ charts. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets: £10/8 available on the door. www.edderton.com/edderton-hall/

3 Cult act Peat & Diesel play the Arch Inn, Ullapool, on Saturday, April 6. From Lewis, the three-piece are frontman Calum ‘Boydie’ Macleod on vocals and guitar, Innes ‘G’ Scott on Box and Uilleam ‘Uilly’ Macleod on drums. Info: www.thearchinn.co.uk 9pm. Tickets £11.50.

A Ladder To The Stars.
A Ladder To The Stars.

4 A Ladder To The Stars is at Universal Hall, Findhorn on Saturday, April 6 at 2pm. Visible Fictions presents the story of a twinkling star hearing a little girl (pictured) make her birthday wish. Told through a magical mix of puppetry, music, light and imagination, this is a humorous story about what can happen when the universe hears your dreams. Suitable for children five and under and their adults, Ladder runs for 50 minutes and is part of the Puppet Animation Festival 2019.

Tickets £7/£6 concs/£5 child are available in person at the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn, and at www.universalhall.co.uk

5 Heroes is a light-hearted new touring family show with aerial work about two performers navigating their way through the world of superheroes and celebrity culture. it has been devised and staged by All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre and Room 2 Manoeuvre, two Edinburgh based dance companies. It opens on Friday, April 5 at the Ardross Community Hall, then moves to the Universal Hall, Findhorn, on Wednesday, April 10. The show will later appear at Eden Court (Tuesday, April 23) and on Thursday, April 25 at Wick’s Pulteneytown People’s Project (in association with Lyth Arts). Tickets for Ardross: 01349 880591/www.ardrosshall.org. For Findhorn: in person at the Phoenix Stores and online at www.universalhall.co.uk

Sophie Bancroft. Picture: Lee Richardson
Sophie Bancroft. Picture: Lee Richardson

6 An Evening of Jazz Song comes to Cromarty Stables, on Thursday, April 11. The event brings together singer-songwriters Sara Colman, Liane Carroll and Sophie Bancroft who draw on their deep friendship to create the show. With Fionna Duncan and her long-term musical partner, Scottish jazz pianist Brian Kellock. 8pm. Tickets £13/£11 concession/£5 under 16s. More info: www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk and at info@cromartyartstrust.org.uk, 01381 600354 or on door. BYOB.

7 The Lighthouse Keeper’s Tale comes to Portgordon Village Hall, Buckie, on Thursday, April 11. Tom the lighthouse keeper watches for ships and Belle the mermaid runs the café. The two are friends, then one day a wild storm comes to the village, stirring up undersea life. More info: https://en-gb.facebook.com/PortgordonVH/Tickets £6-£26. Phone: 01542 83284.

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