Wighton on Wednesday

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wednesday 1st November, Lunchtime Recital, 1.15pm – 1.45pm 
Free, donations welcome
 
Change of programme   :    Our announced guest Lorraine Wilson has had to reschedule her visit to 7th February 2018 but the distinguished Irish harpist and fiddle player, Sylvia Crawford, has kindly agreed to be our guest on the 1st November. 
 
Sylvia, from Co. Armagh, combines both a classical and a traditional music background. She graduated in music and ethnomusicology from Queen’s University Belfast, and in arts administration from NUI Galway. She is currently completing a Masters by Research at Dundalk Institute of Technology on music and tourism in the Oriel region, with a focus on the life and music of Patrick Quin, an eighteenth century harper from Co. Armagh. 
 
Sylvia teaches and plays early Irish harp, fiddle and piano. She is actively involved with the running of The Historical Harp Society of Ireland, as well as teaching at Scoil na gCláirseach. 
 
Most recently she has been working with Irish singer, Pádraigín Ní Úallacháin, and Sylvia’s harp music and research features on Pádraigín’s 2017 online project, Oriel Arts
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Happenings at the Wighton!

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – today – Saturday 28th October, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
 
Cappuccino Concert with Alan Brown, singer,  songwriter and raconteur.   Tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation).
 
Alan Brown was born and raised less than half a mile from where the present day Wighton Library stands and Dundee has been a major influence on his career to date.    Exiled from the city since 1970 he is difficult to pigeonhole: singer, songwriter, musician, composer, novelist, journalist, after dinner speaker, playwright, poet, standup, tour guide, and is probably best summed as – an entertainer! 
 
Despite thirty years performing professionally in Scotland and overseas this will be his first ever solo appearance in his hometown. Expect a varied programme of award-winning songs and stories, brand new material and a few surprises.

Special event at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Friends of Wighton invite you to a special song workshop with Bob Walser at the Wighton Heritage Centre in the Central Library on Wednesday 18th October from 3pm to 4ish!
 
Bob Walser from the US is a singer, musician, and workshop leader specializing in sea songs and shanties. He’s also part of the Elphinstone team researching the James Madison Carpenter collection of songs made in the 1930s, with a lot of material collected in the North-East, including Dundee. 
 
The event is free and all singers are welcome so please do pass this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.

Friends of Wighton update

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Lunchtime Recital with Jim & Kate Taylor
Wednesday 4th October at 1.15pm   Admission free.
 
For our October Lunchtime Recital we are delighted to welcome two stalwarts of the Scottish traditional music scene Jim & Kate Taylor and their extensive repertoires of old songs and bothy ballads of the northeast. 
 
Jim Taylor was born near Garlogie where he still lives, and is a retired Quantity Surveyor. A nephew of the late King of the Bothy Ballads, Tam Reid, Jim is keeping Tam’s songs going as well as a few others. He is in great demand as a compere, which allows his native North East humour to shine through, and he has been a guest at several singing festivals throughout the UK and Ireland.
 
Kate Taylor started singing at the tender age of 40 and has not stopped since. She is passionately fond of traditional singing and has been influenced mainly by Sheila Stewart, Elizabeth Stewart and Jane Turriff. Kate is a member of the Aberdeen Folk Club and the Aberdeen Branch of the TMSA, and she has also been a guest at several folk festivals and singing weekends where her fine voice and sense of fun have won her many fans.

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.

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)