Latest update from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Tomorrow – Wednesday 4th December at 1.15pm
Lunchtime Recital with The Wighton Singers
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
 
The last event of the Friends of Wighton year is traditionally a concert with our own Wighton Singers and this year is no exception.  
 
Under the musical direction of Amy Lord, the Wighton Singers have had a busy year with concerts at sheltered housing complexes, guilds, day centres and Inchture Folk Club.  
 
Amy’s harmonious arrangements are beautiful and there will be the usual rich mix of Scottish and seasonal songs.
 
Admission free, although donations welcomed.

Friends of Wighton – latest update

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Tomorrow – Saturday 30th November 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee Central Library at 11am 
Caim – harmony folk trio
 
 
The three members of Caim harmony trio may be separated by the Irish Sea but they are not divided musically.  Pauline Vallance’s roots in Scotland, Jacynth Hamill’s in N. Ireland and Heather Innes’s in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Australia all contribute to Caim’s strong and varied traditional repertoire.  
 
Heather’s vibrant a cappella singing which served her well in her early days on the folk-club circuit, continues to provide a strong foundation in the group, as does her time as a key vocalist and bodhrán player in the bands “Dúlamán” and “Firefrost”. 
Jacynth has a solid choral background which she puts to good use in arranging material for the group.  Her pure and light voice adds an ethereal quality to the 3-part harmonies as well as suiting the plaintive solo songs she adds to the mix.  
 
Harp player Pauline’s classical as well as folk background, her instrumental skills and her lyrical voice have enriched Caim’s sound and repertoire.  She is a talented songwriter, turning events she has experienced, items she has read about, or a notion that has taken her fancy into a moving, a poignant or a hilarious song.  
 
A “Caim” concert combines Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary songs, story and dance.  “We share songs that are important to us and we invite our audiences to join us in singing and dancing.  You’ll find music that goes straight to the heart, songs and stories to make you laugh, tunes to set your feet a-tapping and haunting harmonies that will uplift your spirit.”
 
Tickets £5 – doors open 10.30am and tea/coffee available for small donation.

Friends of Wighton – latest update

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Lunchtime Recital with Kaitlin Ross, voice, and Catriona Hawksworth, piano
Wednesday, 6th November, 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
 
 
Kaitlin and Catriona form a Scottish traditional song and piano duo. 
 
They blend Kaitlin’s singing of traditional Gaelic and Scots songs with Catriona’s contemporary piano style, creating a unique sound. 
 
The duo began playing together in secondary school, meeting at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton.   They have since both gained degrees from the University of Highlands and Islands, and Newcastle University. 
 
Between them they have performed across Europe in a number of bands and projects including Eabhal, HEISK, Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth; and Rafiki Jazz.
 
Admission free, donations for Live Music Now are welcomed. 

Friends of Wighton update …

From Sheena Wellington :
 
“Christina” – Elisabeth Flett
Saturday 26th October – 11am-noon (doors open 10.30am) 
Fresh from the sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run of her acclaimed production “Roots”,   Elisabeth Flett returns to the Wighton with the world premiere of  “Christina”.   The show is inspired by the 19th century manuscript book of Christina Gib of Maulesden House, Brechin.   Elisabeth has researched the elusive Christina’s story to create a fascinating musical and historical journey.
 
Elisabeth, of course no stranger to the Wighton, is currently based in London. She studied Classical Recorder (BMus Hons) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with a First in 2017.    She sings and plays fiddle, viola, whistle, recorder and guitar.
 

 

Christina’s manuscript book, a work of art in itself, is in the Wighton’s Jimmy Shand Collection and the work was commissioned by Friends of Wighton.
 
£5 admission, tea/coffee for small donation.

Friends of Wighton event tomorrow!

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library –  Saturday 19th October, 11am – noon.
Bob Knight, singer songwriter
 
Bob Knight makes a very welcome return to the Wighton.  
 
Aberdonian Bob is a fine and versatile singer, a powerful yet sensitive songwriter,  an accomplished instrumentalist and the possessor of a dry sense of humour.    
 
 A proud member of the traveller community, the traditional songs and lore of his people inform his work bringing a modern perspective to an ancient culture and a timeless richness to modern themes.
 
Doors open 10.30am – £5 admission, tea/coffee for small donation.

Friends of Wighton update …

From Sheena Wellington:
 

 

The Wighton Lunchtime Recital – Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Wednesday 2nd October – 1.15pm -1.45pm
The Okapi Duo – Katie Kim, flute,  Brian King, guitar
 
The Okapi Duo – Katie Kim, flute, and Brian King, guitar – is committed to making excellent chamber music accessible to all audiences while expanding the boundaries of the traditional ensemble.  
 
Their synchronous and dynamic style has lead them to receive a number of awards including 2nd prize in the 2018 Southern Guitar Festival Ensemble Competition and 1st prize in the 2016 Great Composers Competition Series.  They have performed throughout the United States in California, New Orleans, Ohio, and New York.  
 
Their compelling performances have led to an invitation to perform at the Carmel Guitar Society in Carmel, California and to pursue a Masters of Chamber Music at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  This opportunity led to some of their first international performances in Glasgow and throughout Scotland.
 
The Okapi Duo is passionate about community engagement in the arts and reaching audiences that do not easily have access to live music.  They enjoy taking their music outside of the concert hall to venues such as public libraries, schools, community centers, and senior centers.  
 
In 2019 they were accepted onto the Live Music Now Scotland scheme, an organization that brings music to groups of people who rarely get to experience live music.  In the autumn of 2017, Kim and King collaborated with Family Promise – an organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Lorain County, Ohio – to provide an artistic outlet for these disadvantaged families.
 
The duo is excited about pushing the boundaries of classical music and are constantly seeking innovative ways to contribute new music to the flute/guitar genre.  
 
Their concerts often place traditional works such as a Bach Flute Sonata next to unconventional pieces such as arrangements of jazz composer Chick Corea’s music.  Along with writing their own arrangements, they also commission composers to write music for the duo.

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.