Friends of Wighton lunchtime concert

From Sheena Wellington :
St Paul’s Cathedral, 1 High Street – Saturday 23rd June, Lunchtime Concert,  1pm
Frances Cooper (Soprano),  Emma Versteeg (Soprano), Carole Clark (Alto),  Rebecca Clarke (Violin) – Fliskmahoy! is an all-women group, three singers, and a violinist. Various musicians have been keen to arrange or write new pieces for them.  
One composer friend, Stuart Murray Mitchell, wrote one of the suites that Joanna Nicholson and Frances Cooper performed in concert at the Wighton last year.  He has also made a brilliant job of arranging some of the pieces found in the Wighton Collection. He  has called it Scotch Miscellany and this special piece will be performed at Fliskmahoy’s concert in St Paul’s.  
Tickets £5, students £3, accompanied children free.   Coffee/tea available after concert.

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :
Saturday 16th June, Cappuccino Concert – Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
11am – noon – tickets £5 
Andrew Gordon & Euan Johnston, songs, tunes and a bit of welly!
Euan Johnston and Andrew Gordon have been friends from the Scottish music scene for 15 years each a much respected performer in his own right.  
Finally getting together as a duo in early 2016, Euan and Andrew have worked on a set that shows their passion for Scottish and Irish Music.  
Never taking themselves too seriously, they switch from the serious to the surreal, from Spain to seals.  
Their accompanying guitar and bodhran rhythms could be considered “robust” and when both bodhrans are out … mighty!
Doors open 10.30am; tea/coffee available for a small donation.

Friends of Wighton Lunchtime Recital today

Wednesday 6th June, Lunchtime Recital 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – 1.15pm – 1.45pm – admission free
Sheena Wellington, singer – “The Earl’s Daughters”
Friends of Wighton stalwart Sheena Wellington explores the considerable and unique contribution made to Scots song by ladies of genteel birth.
Lady Grisell Baillie, Lady Anne Lindsay, Lady John Scott, Lady Nairne and others were aristocratic women who loved their country and the emotive power of its native music.  
Some of songs will be very familiar though their origin might be a surprise. 
Some of the songs deserve to be better known as do the stories of the women who wrote them.   

Halliday & Sesar at the Wighton!

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library 
Saturday 19th May at 11am (doors open 10.30am) 
Cappuccino Concert with Chris Sesar and Gill Halliday
Singer song-writers, Chris Sesar and Gill Halliday have gained recognition for their genre defying repertoire, effortlessly blending Celtic folk and roots, country music & Americana with a brush of gypsy jazz.
Chris Sesar’s songs paint the landscape of human relationships with gentle colours and delicate detail, sometimes bitter sweet, sometimes dark and with a comic twist.
Since March 2016 Chris has been touring Scottish & European Venues with Angus based singer songwriter Gill Halliday. Her intuitive use of wind instruments adds a layer of depth and versatility to the performance whilst her powerful voice delivers her songs with heartfelt honesty.
Individually, Sesar & Halliday are both brilliant vocal performers. Their harmonies, however, are nothing short of mesmerising.
Arrive at 10.30am to grab a coffee and a newspaper, then sit back and relax from 11am-12 noon to enjoy the concert.
£5 Tickets on the door and a suggested donation of £1 for coffee and newspaper.

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Wednesday 2nd May
Lunchtime Recital – 1.15pm – 1.45pm.   Admission free
Karen Hannah, fiddle & Lindsay Duncan, guitar
Music lovers are being thoroughly spoiled at the Wighton over the next week.   Saturday’s  Cappuccino Concert featured those lovely singers The Quiggs    Now Wednesday’s Lunchtime Recital stars another great tuneful duo, Karen Hannah and Lindsay Duncan.
A fine fiddle  player with an engaging personality, Karen is known to many 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 representing Scotland across Europe and as far afield as New Zealand and South Korea.
Another musical globetrotter is Lindsay Duncan, one of the best known musicians on the Dundee scene.    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 around ten years.  They promise us tunes, songs and a surprise or two.  I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too.
Admission free, donations welcome.

The Quiggs at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Saturday 28th April – 11am (doors open 10.30am) 
Cappuccino Concert with The Quiggs
“The Quiggs” is a Scottish/Danish duo consisting of husband and wife, Stephen and Pernille Quigg. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter.
Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary  interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers. They have toured together in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands with great success. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its original form – simple, yet highly expressive, beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience’s participation.
The duo has previously released the album “River of Time” in 2015, which received fine reviews and airplay on several programmes in BBC and other European radio stations. In March 2017 “The Quiggs” released their new CD „Seeds I Didn’t Sow”, which recently featured as album of the week on Celtic Music Radio and was described by’s Mike Davies as, “Unquestionably one of the best folk albums of the year.”
Indeed the year ahead looks like a busy one for “The Quiggs” with concert and festival bookings in Scotland and across Europe.
Stephen Quigg, former member of the legendary folk group The McCalmans, has performed as a folksinger for 40 years. Stephen was part of the McCalmans for 10 years during that time, he performed at festivals and concerts big and small both in Scotland and abroad. He continued to work solo alongside his career in the group and has toured the length and breadth of Scotland  during most of his life. Stephen’s repertoire ranges from traditional ballads to footstomping songs of battle well mixed with a certain amount of humour. Stephen blends contemporary and traditional material with ease, which ensures a varied evening. Stephen accompanies himself on guitar, bodhran and banjo and with an outstanding voice you can watch him capture the attention of any audience.
Pernille Quigg is of Danish origin but has been living on the west coast of Scotland for the past 12 years. As the surname reveals, she married into the Scottish folk scene after which she herself became part of that scene. Pernille, though, was no stranger to the music and has been singing folk songs for many years, she is now also being noted as a gifted songwriter. Pernille plays guitar and sings in a voice often described as crystal clear. Her repertoire extends from traditional to contemporary to original songs – the common denominator though is, that they all have a story to tell. Pernille released her debut album “Driftwood” in 2012, which received fine reviews in print and was also aired on both Danish Radio and on BBC’s Radio Scotland amongst others.  
Arrive at 10.30am to grab a coffee and a newspaper, then sit back and relax from 11am-12 noon to enjoy the concert! 
£5 tickets on the door, and a suggested donation of £1 for coffee and newspaper.

Extra Recital at the Wighton today

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Today – Tuesday 10th April – 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital – Thomas Allery, harpsichord
The famous Wighton harpsichord will get a special airing in the second of our April Lunchtime Recitals when the renowned musician and scholar Thomas Allery pays the Wighton Collection a visit.
Thomas Allery is an organist, choral conductor and harpsichordist based in London and Oxford. He enjoys a varied career spanning work as an organist and choral director in church music, continuo playing, research and teaching. 
Thomas is the Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel choirs and organ scholars. He directs and trains the two Chapel choirs, of mixed and boys’ voices, for regular chapel services and for a busy schedule of concerts, tours and recordings. Worcester College is unique in Oxford in maintaining two student chapel choirs, each of which maintains a separate and flourishing schedule including regular commissions, trips, and performance with period instruments.
Thomas graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2014, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston.  
The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 for the distinguished musician Annette Heilbron (1928–2011) and is widely regarded as one of the finest harpsichords in use today.
Admission to the recital is free, donations welcome.