Lots of great music available!

 
Many thanks to Sheena Wellington of Friends of Wighton a great update on some of the music that can be accessed on-line!
 
“There is still a wheen of music  happening online and here are your links to some of it!     Apologies to any artist I have missed!
 
Campbell’s Ceilidh taking place regularly on a Sunday Evening as hosted by Mairi Campbell https://www.facebook.com/groups/1073287133041711/ or email Mairi direct mairi_campbell@hotmail.com
 
Allan Taylor’s See Ye Sunday live every Sunday afternoon at 3.30 pm https://www.facebook.com/afc1983
 
 
Bruce MacGregor Besides presenting Travelling Folk on BBCScotland, Bruce also has ‘Live at Five’ (a wee show from the virtual MacGregor’s bar) every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday https://www.facebook.com/MacGregorsBars/
 
Anna Massie daily tunes, great craic and the occasional travel commentary https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMassieMusic/
 
Folk at Salmon Bothy Friday Frolics evening sessions – details at https://www.facebook.com/bothyfolk/
 
Edinburgh Folk Club livestream regular gigs https://www.facebook.com/edfolkclub/
 
Why not check out the virtual versions of the following events –
 
Edinburgh International Harp Festival www.harpfestival.co.uk
Orkney Folk Festival www.orkneyfolkfestival.com
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh https://www.facebook.com/Knockengorroch
 
The Traditional Music Forum have a new website with listings of livestream events https://scotlandonline.org
 
Music from Scotland https://www.facebook.com/MusicfromScotland  is a new page dedicated to all genres, from traditional Scottish folk music to emerging Scottish artists.
 
‘Traditional Tunes for Tiny People’ is a Live Music Now Scotland project aimed at teaching families and young people traditional Scottish tunes and songs with many familiar faces taking part: https://www.youtube.com/livemusicnowscotland
 
The Bit Collective https://www.facebook.com/thebitcollective has regular livestreams including from artists such as Corrina Hewat, Marie Fielding, Ellie Beaton and Lori Watson.
Keith TMSA Virtual Festival which is due to run from Friday 12 June to Sunday 14 June in on Facebook and KCR – 107.7fm using a mix of live, pre-recorded and archive footage. More details can be found at http://www.facebook.com/keithfestival. 
 
There are some great concerts from the finest young musicians of Live Music Now at https://www.facebook.com/livemusicnowscotland/ 
 
Ensemble Hesperi will be live on Facebook every Friday  at 1pm https://www.facebook.com/pg/EnsembleHesperi/videos
 
Enjoy!”

Latest Friends of Wighton update!

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Hello everyone, I hope you are fit and well!  
 
We can’t invite you to the Wighton at the moment but we can invite you to enjoy the music some of our friends are providing online
 
First up, the great Thursday evening session at the Fisherman’s Tavern, Broughty Ferry, has gone digital and international.    It can be enjoyed at your leisure so catch it here.
And from our PhD student Mary-Jannet Leith and partner Thomas Allery :  
 
“#Ensemble Hesperi at Home – LIVE lunchtime concert series every Friday!
Having mainly figured out how to live stream, Tom and I will be giving a live concert every Friday lunchtime at 1pm from our little West London living room. Having reviewed the various options for platforms, we have decided to go ‘live’ on Facebook, rather than Twitter as previously advertised.
 
As far as we understand, you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch – just head to here and we should, fingers crossed, be there.
 
We’ll be performing for about half an hour, and chatting a bit about what we’re up to, so please join us – it would be great to see you! There will be some Scottish Baroque, Handel, Fontana, Geminiani, Sammartini and some live chat if that turns out to be possible.”
Hands Up for Trad are also trialling a Hands Up for Trad Afternoon Show which goes out twice a week live on their Facebook page with live interviews and videos. If you can’t make it along at 2pm you can always watch later!
In May Feis Rois are having a virtual festival here.
 
Enjoy, keep safe and we’ll see you sometime!

Friends of Wighton update

From Sheena Wellington :
 
I am sure you expected this but, sadly, the current Covid-19 health emergency means all classes, recitals and concerts at Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee are cancelled until further notice. 
 
We have had to cancel some first rate artists and, as you will know, this is a tough time for musicians who have all seen months of gigs, their livelihood,  disappear almost overnight. 
 
Below are links to the websites of the artists we have had to cancel. 
 
Buying or downloading a CD through their webpage would help them and entertain you if you have to be in lockdown! 
 
They are all very good, of course,  otherwise I would not have booked them!
 
Take care and keep well
 
Sheena
 
Sandy Brechin      – http://www.brechin-all-records.com
Ian Walker Band  – http://www.ianwalkeronline.com
Bill Adair              – http://www.billadair.net/content/home-page

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Wednesday 4th March – 1.15pm – 1.45pm     Lesley Ann McLuckie, singer
 
Singer Lesley Ann McLuckie is one of the hidden gems of the Scottish music scene.  Though she has always loved traditional song, work and family commitments curtailed her involvement until a meeting with Maureen Jelks, through a carers singing group, led to friendship and involvement in the Angus Trad Roots sessions.
 
She regards the Fisherman’s session in Broughty Ferry as her second home and it was there she received the ultimate accolade for a traditional singer – an invitation to sing in ‘The Worlds Room” in Edinburgh.
 
Admission free, donations welcomed. 

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :
 
 
Saturday 15th February, 11am to 12 noon
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Cappuccino Concert with Choras, harmony singing trio
 
Choras are Aileen Carr, Barbara Dymock, and Janice Reavell.    
 
Each is a much loved and respected traditional singer in her own right and together they excel.  
 
A concert with this acappella trio with their superb harmonies, eclectic selection of songs  and sense of fun is not to be missed!   
 
Admission £5 (Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1).

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wednesday 5th February from 1.15pm – 1.45pm 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Lunchtime Recital with Robbie Fotheringham, storyteller
 
Robbie, founding member of Blether-Tay-Gither, Dundee’s Storytelling Group for Adults,  keeps the tradition of oral storytelling alive.   
 
She believes in inclusive storytelling; the story is always the star of the show and audiences are asked to contribute and participate therefore feeling a part of the story.    Stories may originate from near or far; some are specially written for specific situations. 
 
Robbie has also collaborated with other storytellers, presenting workshops at Dundee’s Women’s Festivals and takes part in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival each October. 
 
Admission free, donations welcomed.

Latest update from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Tomorrow – Saturday 25th January – at 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert starring Wilma Kennedy
 
We launch the 2020 Wighton season with double Mod Gold Medallist Wilma Kennedy, singing at our Burns Day Cappuccino Concert.   Rabbie set many of his loveliest lyrics to Gaelic tunes so would surely approve. 
 
One of our finest Gaelic singers, a sought after teacher and coach with wide experience on television and radio, Wilma is no stranger to the Wighton.   As the Friends of Wighton Gaelic Song tutor for several years she introduced numerous singers to the beauties of the Gaelic tradition.
 
It is a joy to welcome her back for what will be a wonderful morning of song.
 
Admission £5 with tea/coffee available for a small donation.

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.

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.

Friends of Wighton event this Saturday!

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Saturday 27th April  :  Christine Kydd, singer and songwriter
Wighton Heritage Centre – Central Library – starts 11am
 
Check any online folk music station or magazine these days and chances are that there will be someone running out of superlatives to describe  Christine Kydd’s latest CD “Shift & Change.”
 
Christine is, of course, one of Scotland’s leading, award-winning singers and recording artistes. 
 
With eclectic tastes, she is best known for her treatment of traditional and contemporary songs and her solo set is as likely to include self-penned songs as the work of Marra, Springsteen, Hulett, Wellington, McVicar, Jacob, Tannahill and Reid.
 
Admission £5; coffee and newspapers available from 10.30am. 

Friends of Wighton update …

From Sheena Wellington :
 
This Saturday – 20th April – Easter Special – Bob Stewart, songs 
Cappuccino Concert – 11am – 12 noon
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
 
Bob Stewart has been entertaining for over 25 years and plays a variety of Scottish/Celtic and contemporary acoustic music.    
 
His performances are a very lively affair with a mixture of traditional and original material, a driving acoustic guitar sound, bodhran and mandolin (not all at the same time) and humour.
 
Bob was born and bred in Alyth, Perthshire and has been a full time musician since 1989.     He has played in several successful bands, touring Scotland and Europe before going solo in 2007. 
 
In 2017, Bob returned to his roots and began performing again in the traditional music scene. 
 
Still living in Alyth and touring the length and breadth of the country, he is looking forward to one of his busiest years ever.
 
Admission £5, with coffee and newspapers from 10.30am.

Latest event from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Cappuccino Concert with Fraya Thomsen, harp
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – this Saturday – 16th March – 11am (doors open at 10.30am)
Fraya Thomsen is heralded as a “leading female Scottish harpist and composer with the cosmic touch… free and wild…” – City Life Dundee
Taking influences from songwriters such as Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg and combining it with the Scottish sensibilities that she learnt in her native Highlands of Scotland, Fraya has worked as a musician in a wide diversity of settings from international harp and roots festivals with The Duplets, to musician in residence with Feis Rois and award winning film/dance/art composer. 
This tour sees her striding forth in a solo capacity and features music from her 2017 Celtic Connections composition ‘Community and Stardust’ described as  “a musical and rhetorical triumph, a coherent argument beautifully structured” – David Francis, TRACS, and “…incredibly musical and incredibly thoughtful” – Phil Cunningham.
Doors open 10.30am, tickets are £5 and tea/coffee available for a small donation.

Latest news from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Bruce Davies at the Wighton! – Cappuccino Concert  
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Saturday 23rd February – 11am (doors open at 10.30am)
 
Bruce Davies, the Fife based singer songwriter will be appearing at Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee on Saturday 23rd February from 11am to noon.
 
With 35 years as a professional entertainer behind him, Bruce is a musician whose easy on the ear singing and storytelling have gained him many friends on four continents.  Crisp acoustic guitar playing is one of his trademarks and, as BBC Celtic Roots said, “a voice in a million”.
 
His recent album “Blowin’ In The Wind – The Other Great American Songbook” has been universally acclaimed and his Edinburgh Festival Fringe show featuring material for the album played to full houses.  He spends his summers hosting and singing in “The Spirit of Scotland Show”.
 
Throughout his career he has travelled widely, performing in prestigious venues throughout the UK and USA to a huge variety of audiences.  He has recorded extensively as a musician and producer for folk legends The McCalmans, and Harvey Andrews.  In a recent list of “The Hundred Greatest Cultural Fifers…Ever!”,  Bruce featured alongside Ian Rankin, Dougray Scott, Val McDermid, Jack Vettriano and other Fife luminaries.
 
He has received many plaudits but his most treasured are, from Kenny  Rogers “You do great work!” and when his songwriting hero Tom Paxton introduced him as “ one of Scotland’s best singers”.
 
Tickets are £5 and tea/coffee is also available for small donation.

Latest event from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington of Friends of Wighton :

Wednesday 6th February, 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with SeaTangle

 

Tom and Kayren Hall, the husband and wife duo who make up SeaTangle, have been involved with music for over fifteen years in the East Neuk of Fife where they play regularly.
 
They perform a wide range of music which includes traditional Scottish songs and tunes, and a wide variety of other songs gathered along the way. 
 
Tom, a valued member of the Wighton Singers,  sings and plays guitar, drawing on a background which includes Sixties pop, amateur operatic shows, and also helping organise and run music sessions in the East Neuk, while Kayren plays fiddle and djembe.
 
Admission free, donations welcome.

Latest Friends of Wighton update!

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Next Saturday – 19th January – at 11am (doors open at 10.30am)
 
Cappucino Concert  with Simon Kempston
 
Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald) and leading fingerstyle guitarists. Simon’s original, distinctive guitar playing is founded upon a complex, finger-picking style which technically reveals his classical training yet is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by Simon’s rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.
 
An award-winning songwriter and an inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon’s songs are amongst the most thought-provoking you are likely to hear, often sidestepping the usual themes of love and attraction in favour of offering social commentary and an insight into the everyday lives of people. 
 
Simon is a powerful and intense live performer, and his true passion for music and song shines through in his acclaimed shows. He has performed at scores of esteemed venues and festivals in 27 European countries and Canada, Ronnie Scott’s, Celtic Connections, Sligo Live and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival amongst many others. Simon has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as a plethora of continental music radio stations.
 
Simon’s first full-length album ‘Carefree Prisoner’ was released in 2009 to rave reviews and his latest album, which sees him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer, is his best, most poetic, most diverse and engaging collection of songs yet. The album is entitled ‘Broken Before’, was released in late 2018, and features superb, complementing instrumentation from Robbie Greig, William Archibald and Bob Miller.
 
Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.
 
Tickets £5 with tea & coffee available for a small donation. 

Friends of Wighton – Cappuccino Concert

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
 
On Saturday 24th November at 11am (doors open 10.30am) the Cappuccino Concert will showcase fiddler Kevin Findlay’s book and CD “The Lochee Sessions.”
 
Kevin Findlay has been a member of Boogalusa since 1992 and has recorded 3 albums with the band. Notable gigs include the Festival Europe d’Art in Niort, France, Shetland Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival,Glasgow Celtic Connections and Aberdeen Jazz Festival.   He has appeared on The Big Breakfast, Pebble Mill at One and Aig Asaig Gaelic TV show; as well as live performances on Radio 1 and Radio Scotland.
 
He is a founder member of the Mad Parrot Ceilidh Band, formed in 2002, and has performed at ceilidhs and festivals in many locations, including Oman in the Persian Gulf.
 
In 2006, he became Musical Director of Tayside Young Fiddlers.   He has overseen the transformation of TYF into a group which performs material at the cutting edge of the vibrant Scottish musical tradition. He arranged and conducted their CD album Rockin’ the Baby in 2014.
 
Joining Kevin for the event will be two Mad Parrot colleagues, Lindsey Duncan on guitar and Wighton’s own Helen Forbes, on whistle.
 
Admission to a Cappuccino Concert is £5.    Tea/coffee and biscuits are available for a small donation. 

Cappuccino Concert at the Wighton Heritage Centre

From Sheena Wellington :
 
Saturday 17th November at 11am (doors open 10.30am) at the Wighton Heritage Centre in the Central Library brings us the wonderful songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alan Reid.  
  
Founder member and mainstay of the internationally renowned Battlefield Band for more than 40 years, Alan was the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band. The depth of his melodic playing and punctuated rhythms have so defined Celtic music that his influence can be heard in many of today’s younger generation of Celtic musicians.
 
Alan is also a prolific and fluid songwriter, his compositions full of imagery and stories of common folk and historical figures as well. As interesting and moving as the stories are, his musical compositions leave the listener with a strong, memorable and very singable melody.
 
Alan has a busy touring schedule, with stints in the USA, Germany and Australia in the past few months, so we are highly delighted that we can welcome him again.