Cappuccino Concert with Bob Stewart

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Cappuccino Concert with Bob Stewart
Saturday 16th September, 11am (doors open 10.30am)  
Admission £5 (tea/coffee available for small charge)
 
Bob Stewart has been entertaining delighted audiences for over 25 years and plays a variety of Scottish/Celtic and contemporary acoustic music. Bob’s performances are a very lively affair with a mixture of traditional and original material, a driving acoustic guitar sound, bodhran, whistle and mandolin (not all at the same time) and humour!
 
Bob has been a full time musician since 1989 and has played in several bands touring Scotland and Europe before going solo in 2007.  He has appeared on many successful albums over the years and has a new solo album due for release in Summer 2017 (album pre-orders will be available from June).
 
Bob has also performed for the BBC on local and national Radio and TV.  
 
He has worked with many top folk acts including appearing on stage at the Fochabers festival, guesting on bodhran, with the Battle Field Band. During this performance, Bob had to stuff the bodhran with guitar string packaging as the damp atmosphere had slackened the skin! Bob has worked in the studio with Ian McCalman who was a big influence throughout the years as well as Tich Frier, Andy Ramage, The Gaberlunzie, Blackeyed Biddy, Sheena Wellington and too many more to mention. 
 
Bob has appeared with bands and solo at many festivals including, The Edinburgh Fringe, The Orkney Folk Festival, the Coastal Fringe Festival and he had the privilege to perform at the very first Fochabers festival.
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Joe Aitken at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Lunchtime Recital with Joe Aitken, singer
Wednesday 6th September at 1.15pm 
 
Joe Aitken is a favourite guest singer at festivals in Scotland, Ireland and England.  
 
Hailing from Kirriemuir, and fresh from another round of fine performances at its famous TMSA Festival, he brings his rich warm voice to the Wighton to start the new season of Lunchtime Recital.  
 
He is a fine singer of traditional songs which he delivers in his own inimitable fashion.  He’s also a great exponent of the North East bothy style of singing. 
He has won the coveted Champion of Champions bothy ballad competition at Elgin, and featured on the BBC Scotland documentary Beyond The Bothy in 2010.  He has a variety of material from the richness of the traditional to the best from modern Scottish songwriters’ material. 
 
Joe does what singers enjoy – stand and sing the song and let it speak for itself.  A very welcome guest indeed at the Wighton.
 
Admission free, donations welcome. 

Today – Aileen Carr at the Wighton!

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Cappuccino Concert with Aileen Carr!
Saturday 19th August, 11am (doors open 10.30am) – Admission £5 (tea/coffee available for small charge)
 
Aileen Carr was born in Coupar Angus, in Perthshire. Her father, self-taught on the melodeon, had a fine Scots voice, while her mother also sang and played the piano at musical evenings at home.   
 
Aileen’s family could not afford piano lessons for her but that didn’t hold back Aileen’s interest in music and song.   In true folk singing style she would happily sing to people as a little girl and as a teenager was encouraged to sing and perform with a local concert party.
 
The 1960s were exciting times for the folk revival in Scotland but it was hearing the likes of Belle Stewart at the 1967 Blairgowrie Festival that was a defining moment for Aileen – not to mention the day she was given, at teacher training college, a copy of Norman Buchan and Peter Hall’s 1973 ‘Scottish Folksinger’. On her family moving to Goole in Yorkshire, Aileen became a floor singer at the South Cave folk club and at the Bluebell Club in Hull, where she met many performers such as Alison McMorland and Archie Fisher. In the 1970’s she returned to Scotland and became a regular solo singer at St Andrews and other folk clubs, performing at Kinross Festival and throughout Britain and Ireland. In the 1980’s she joined Ceolbeg for a time and later became a member of the highly popular a capella group, Palaver.
 
Aileen continues to sing solo, and over and above her clear, disciplined performances and her excellent, powerful singing voice, her most important attribute is the way she persistently searches out fresh and interesting material from both sung and printed sources, constantly researching texts, tunes and history. Although an eclectic singer in the true folk tradition, it is the great classical story ballads – especially Scottish – and their rich history that she enjoys most of all.
 
Some years ago Aileen was invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival – the critics summed her up well:
 
‘Her singing is confident and strong and she makes the longer ballads all the more easily digestible by showing that she really cares’ (The Herald)
 
‘There was nothing to beat the full-blooded, attacking style of Aileen Carr, at her powerful, ‘wha-daur-meddle’ best’ (The Scotsman)

Friends of Wighton event this Saturday

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Bruce Davies – The Other Great American Songbook
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Saturday 22nd July at 11am (doors open 10.30am)  
Bruce Davies, award winning singer/songwriter, whose rich voice and guitar style has won him friends on three continents, is delighted to present this celebration of songs and stories that shaped an inspired him!
 
Expect to hear the songs of Bob Dylan; Tom Paxton; Peter, Paul & Mary; Judy Collin; Phil Ochs; Joan Baez; John Denver; Gordon Lightfoot and many more.
 
Admission £5.     Tea/coffee available for a small donation.

Friends of Wighton event today …

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Lunchtime Recital – Simon Chadwick – harp
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Wednesday 5th July from 1.15pm – 1.45pm
 
Harpist Simon Chadwick will bring the big Irish harp to play a selection of “Irish Scotch and Welch Airs”.
 
This is a new programme put together for the Museum of the University of St Andrews, for their “Victorian visions” exhibition. Simon is investigating how medieval tunes were re-imagined through the 19th century harp tradition in Scotland and Ireland.   
 
Admission Free.

Friends of Wighton update …

With thanks to Sheena Wellington, here’s the latest update from Friends of Wighton :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Saturday 20th May 2017, 11am – noon.  
 
Cappuccino Concert!    :   David Allison, guitar
 
One of Scotland’s most talented and innovative acoustic guitarists, David’s strong, self penned melodies are backed up by a creative use of real-time sampling and looping, resulting in rich textures of sound live on stage. Improvisation is increasingly becoming a feature of his live shows. 
 
Audiences from Hollywood in California to Rostov-on-Don in Russia and from Andalucia to Berlin have warmed to his unique approach to making music. 
 
Nearer home David has performed at festivals such as Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh Fringe, Kirkmichael international Guitar Festival, and the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, as well as frequent appearances on radio and television. He recently featured in a Scottish Television documentary about the acoustic guitar alongside Martin Taylor and Gordon Giltrap. 
 
His second album “Guitar Gi-tar” won warm reviews, and was launched at Sound City in Glasgow, an event sponsored by Radio 1. His debut CD “Reporting” was produced by Scottish singer songwriter, Dougie MacLean. 
 
“Nashville session musicians are the hardest people in the world to impress – I remember an evening at the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre when they rose as one to give David Allison a standing ovation!” Sheena Wellington.
 
Admission £5.  Tea, coffee & biscuits available for a small donation.