Friends of Wighton event this Saturday!

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Cappuccino Concert with Karen Marshalsay, Harp
Saturday 21st September, 2019 – 11am – noon
 
We are delighted that the wonderful Karen Marshalsay is including the Wighton in her album launch tour.
 
Karen is a master of all three Scottish harps – the warm sounding modern gut-strung lever harp, the clear ringing wire-strung clarsach of the Highlands and Gaelic culture,  and the Baroque bray harp with its buzzing sitar-like.   The new CD  *The Road To Kennacraig* shows off her skill and musicality beautifully.
 
With a particular interest in playing pipe music on the harp, Karen has worked with Allan MacDonald, of the famous Glenuig piping brothers, featuring in his acclaimed pibroch concerts, including the Edinburgh International Festival’s Herald Angel Award-winning /From Battle Lines to Bar Lines/ series in 2004. She also featured in the National Piping Centre’s /Ceòl na Piòba/ concert in 2013 and has worked with African, Paraguayan and Indian musicians on multi-cultural projects including /Yatra/, which premiered at the Edinburgh Mela in 2008. More recently she guested with the Russian String Orchestra, playing her own compositions, during the Edinburgh Festival in 2018.
 
As well as appearing in solo concerts, Karen is currently a member of Irish folk music legend, flute and whistle master and singer, Cathal McConnell’s trio. She has also produced new works for Celtic Connections’ New Voices series, Hands up for Trad’s Distil showcase concerts, and Drake Music Scotland, and she was Composer in Residence with Harps North West in 2016.
 
Admission is £5,  with tea/coffee available for small donation.
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Friends of Wighton – latest update

With thanks to Sheena Wellington, here’s the latest update from Friends of Wighton with its next event tomorrow :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library 
Wednesday 4th September : 1.15pm – 1.45pm.  
Lunchtime Recital with Claire Garabedian, cello
 
Dr Claire Garabedian, is a professional cellist specialising in historical performance, a Certified Music Practitioner (USA), and an experienced researcher focusing on the effects of the arts on people with dementia/people. 
 
She has presented her work throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, including at the Hay Literature Festival and on BBC Radio 4. 
 
Claire will play an engaging combination of familiar and perhaps unfamiliar classical and Scottish music. 
 
Admission free but donations welcome.

Friends of Wighton update …

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Tomorrow – Saturday 24th August
Cappuccino Concert with Just 3Folk – 11am (doors open 10.30am)
 
To kick off the autumn season at the Wighton we are delighted to welcome back, fresh from their successful concert series at the Edinburgh Fringe, Just 3Folk.
 
Liz Crawford, Maggie Douglas and Anne Hamilton are a three-part harmony folk singing trio, accompanying traditional and contemporary songs with guitar, banjo and ukulele. 
 
Sing along or sit back, relax and be entertained in a lively, friendly atmosphere.
 
Old favourites, new songs and some surprises with a healthy sprinkling of information about the songs.
 
 Tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation).

Friends of Wighton event later today

From Sheena Wellington :
 
 
Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail 
Today – Tuesday 23rd July 
1pm – 3pm at the Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
 
This is our annual concert and session with the talented youngsters of the famous Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail.  
 
Please bring your instruments and voices for a great informal afternoon of music!  
 
Admission free with donations for Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail welcome.
 
Fèis Rois established its successful Ceilidh Trail programme in Ross-Shire in 2000. 
 
Following the success of the Ross-Shire Ceilidh Trail, Fèis Rois started a National Ceilidh Trail for Scotland in 2012. 
 
This project has since gone from strength to strength and provides opportunities for young musicians from across Scotland to perform in locations across the country and further afield. 

Friends of Wighton update …

From Sheena Wellington :
 
This Saturday – 25th May – at 11am – Wighton Hertage Centre, Central Library
(doors open 10.30am with tea/coffee available for £1 donation)
Cappuccino Concert with Graham Carter, singer/guitarist
Graham Carter is a Traditional Singer/Guitarist who is equally at home performing songs of England, Scotland or Ireland. 
 
He originally hails from Poole in Dorset but for the last twelve years has been based in Scotland where he has become well known on the Folk Scene. Indeed as well as being a popular folk club guest, he is the main organiser for both Strathaven Folk Club and Strathaven Folk Festival. 
 
Growing up in a musical household he was often exposed to folk songs at family gatherings around the piano. He began playing guitar and learning folk songs in earnest in his late teens. 
 
Graham has gained a reputation as a powerful and compelling performer and considers his many influences to include the likes of Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy, Joan Baez, Luke Kelly, Ewen MacColl and, of course, Bob Dylan. 

Friends of Wighton – May Day Lunchtime Recital

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Tomorrow – Wednesday 1st May – at 1.15pm, our May Day Lunchtime Recital stars our own inimitable Karen Hannah on fiddle and Lindsay Duncan on vocals and guitar 
 
A fine player with an engaging personality, Karen is known as “tunemonster” for her unrivalled knowledge of Scottish melodies. The wonderfully named Nifty Shades of Grey, Sporran Again and Ceilidh Minogue are among the many bands she has worked with! She has taught fiddle at the Wighton Centre for many years and her performing career has seen her representing Scotland as far afield as New Zealand and South Korea.
 
Another musical globetrotter is Lindsay Duncan, one of the best known musicians in Tayside. Deeply into music since his schooldays, he is a compelling singer and plays the most beautiful acoustic guitar – check out his version of The Irish Girl on YouTube.   His band pedigree incudes The Mad Parrot Ceilidh Band and The Broon Troot Orchestra and he is an excellent and experienced guitar teacher.
 
Karen and Lindsay have worked together as a duo and in various line- ups for more than a decade. They promise us songs, tunes and a surprise or two.    
 
Admission free, donations welcome.