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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, March 29 to Thursday, April 4

By Kyle Walker

Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland for arts-lovers to feast on. This week (Friday, March 15 to Thursday, March 21) features rock farewells, dance pioneers, and musical ratcatching...

1 A WORLD premiere ballet production continues its run at Eden Court this weekend.

Following on from Thursday’s premiere, Scottish Ballet’s Spring! double bill – Elite Syncopations and the premiere of Dextera – will be performed at the Inverness theatre on Friday and Saturday.

The show begins at 7.30pm both nights. There will also be a pre-performance talk on Friday at 6pm, focusing on the show’s music. For full details and ticket options, go to www.eden-court.co.uk

2 FINDHORN will be dancing to a very specific tune this weekend when the Pied Piper comes to town.

The adaptation of the classic fairytale by Norwich Puppet Theatre comes to the Universal Hall on Saturday at 2pm, offering a mixture of puppetry, music and storytelling suitable for ages 3-7 (and their adults).

The performance begins at 2pm and costs £7 (£6 concession, £5 children). Go to www.universalhall.co.uk

3 AFTER 50 years, UFO frontman Phil Mogg is calling time on his participation with the legendary rock band with one final tour.

The group’s sole remaining original member will bring UFO to the Ironworks on Saturday night as part of their Last Orders tour, giving Highland crowds one last chance to see the rockers.

Doors open for the gig at 7.30pm and tickets cost £24.50. Go to www.ironworksvenue.com

Saltfishforty are set to play Fochabers for the Public Institute's latest Arc Session.
Saltfishforty are set to play Fochabers for the Public Institute's latest Arc Session.

4 DYNAMIC Orkney trad duo Saltfishforty are set to return to the mainland to play the latest in Fochabers’ Arc Sessions series this weekend.

The pair – fiddler Douglas Montgomery and guitarist Brian Cromarty (below) – come to the Moray village’s Public Institute on Saturday night with their blend of classic Orcadian music and original compositions.

The show begins at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £15 (£12 concession, £6 under-16s). Go to www.arcsessions.com

5 FOR those about to rock, Eden Court salutes you – as the performance event Highland Rock Challenge returns.

Touring for its 24th consecutive year, the Rock Challenge and J Rock tour comes to the Inverness theatre from next Monday to Wednesday.

The events – which across the country feature more than 320 schools – see young people involved in every aspect of the performance, from set construction and choreography to hair and make-up.

Each night’s performance begins at 6.30pm. For more info, go to www.eden-court.co.uk

6 AWARD-winning vocal/guitar duo Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente bring centuries of Scotland’s traditional music to life at Lyth Arts Centre next week.

The duo – winners of 2017’s BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award – will play the Caithness venue on Tuesday night.

The show begins at 8pm and tickets cost £10 (£6 concession). For more info or to book tickets, go to www.lytharts.org.uk

Glasgow techno icons Slam come to Elgin this weekend.
Glasgow techno icons Slam come to Elgin this weekend.

7 CLUB night Decoded returns to Elgin Town Hall this weekend – with dance legends on the bill.

The dance event comes to the Moray hall on Saturday night, featuring Glasgow techno pioneers Slam as the night’s headliners, as the duo celebrate 25 years of their record label Soma.

Doors open at 8pm and tickets cost £20. Go to www.elgintownhall.co.uk

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