September at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
One of the Friends of Wighton’s most important relationships is with Live Music Now and we are delighted to be welcoming two of their fine young musicians for the Lunchtime Recital on Wednesday 5th September.
Graham Rorie, fiddle & mandolin, and Aidan Moodie, vocal and guitar, are two of the most promising young musicians to recently emerge from Orkney’s rich heritage of traditional music.
With a presence that’s both familiar and forward-thinking, Graham and Aidan’s playful arrangements are brought to life by a musical relationship almost a decade in the making.    The pair perform traditional tunes (both from “up home” in Orkney and further afield), self-penned numbers, and contemporary folk songs through an intimate combination of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and voice. 
In 2015, the boys won a coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, also reaching the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award the following year. Following this, they went on to form the four-piece folk band Gnoss – recently nominated for an MG Alba “Up And Coming” award at the 2017 Trad Awards.
“Aidan and Graham are superb musicians, not only that, they combine as a superb duo.” Folk Radio UK
The recital starts at 1.15pm – admission is free.   Donations for the excellent work of Live Music Now welcome.

Friends of Wighton event today

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre
Today – Wednesday 8th August – 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with Kirsty Law
For the third of our Year of Young People Lunchtime Recitals we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Kirsty Law.
Kirsty Law is an innovative young vocalist and song-maker based in Edinburgh.   The mainstay of her musical education came from learning Scots ballads and folk songs from tradition bearers such as Sheila Stewart, Cathal McConnell and Margaret Bennett.
Today she draws on this experience in her own composition, often writing in a ‘patchwork’ style, layering and combining original and traditional melodies, poems and text – and incorporating contemporary sounds alongside her rich Scots vocal. Her song ‘Hymn For A Shepherd’ has been mentioned in the Scottish Parliament and she has released two albums and one EP.
Working with artists of different mediums has come to be the lifeblood of her work – performing alongside poets, storytellers and sound artists as well as responding to the work of contemporary visual artists and filmmakers. 
Admission free, but our shiny pink piggybank welcomes donations!

Friends of Wighton event today

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library 
For the second of our Year of Young People Lunchtime Recitals,  the Ciar Milne Trio play at the Wighton Centre today – Wednesday 1st August – 1.15pm to 1.45pm.
These three very talented Dundee school pupils – Dundee music maestro Kenny Christie describes them as “fab”- are Ciar Milne, small/border pipes, Hannah Dineen, fiddle, and Robbie Lamond, guitar.
Hannah and Ciar have been playing together since September 2017. As well as playing in the Dundee Schools’ Spring Concerts, they played in Würzburg, Germany in May, as part the Dundee-Würzburg twinning programme. Since then, the trio has been doing gigs for Dundee City Council including the Educational Institute of Scotland’s Annual General Meeting and the World Kanzen Karate Championships President’s Dinner.
Admission is free though our shiny pink piggy-bank will be happy to receive donations!

Friends of Wighton update …

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Lunchtime Recital – today! – Wednesday 25th July at 1.15am
Friends of Wighton and the Wighton Heritage Centre are celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People with a holiday trio of Lunchtime Recitals featuring some of our finest young traditional musicians.
On Wednesday 25th July, we have our now traditional summer visit from the Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail, a recital that has been known to merge into a lively session.
This year we are delighted to welcome the Gaelic Ceilidh Trailers with Sean Clark (Guitar), Rachel Campbell (Accordion), Isla Ratcliff (Fiddle and Voice), Felix Churchill-Moss (Fiddle and Mandolin) and Duncan Macleod (Voice and Piano) focussing on Scotland’s rich Gaelic repertoire.

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.