Latest Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Lunchtime Recital with Dolly O’Rourke and Friends today – Wednesday 7th November 
Dolly is a fine singer, well known in Dundee as she was head teacher at Ancrum Road Primary School until her retirement. 
She and her friends are stalwarts of several musical sessions across the area so with Dolly and Mike on vocals and guitar, Lorna and (the other Mike) on accordion, fiddle and Lesley’s unaccompanied singing we are promised a lively and friendly mixture of melody and song. 
The Lunchtime Recital runs from 1.15pm -1.45pm and admission is free though our shiny pink piggy-bank will be happy to receive donations!

Friends of Wighton – Cappuccino Concert

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre at the Central Library
Saturday 20th October – 11.00am – noon
Janice Clark – singer 
Janice Clark, one of Scotland’s most respected traditional singers,  was born and brought up in Aberdeen and from an early age took an interest in the traditional music and song of the North East of Scotland. 
Her ballad singing style was heavily influenced by some of the great local source singers like Jeannie Robertson, Lizzie Higgins and Stanley Robertson.  Janice began singing at Folk Clubs and Festivals in her early teens and travelled and recorded with bands such as Iolair, Lang Johnnie More and Highland Connection. 
She also has an interest in blues music and performed for many years with Aberdeen based blues band, Off The Tracks. Her more recent musical collaborations have been with Lois and the Session Clarks, featuring close harmony arrangements and with Peter McCallum where traditional ballads and songs are presented in edgy, contemporary arrangements. She also performs with her flute player and husband, Malcolm Reavell, longtime member of ceilidh band Halyracket and currently of Straefoot.
Janice began teaching singing workshops at Folk Festivals throughout Scotland and later taught guitar accompaniment for Feis Rois in 1991. Since that time Janice has been a regular tutor at the Adult Feis, teaching traditional song and harmony and an anything goes “Song Extravaganza”. 
She has tutored for Scottish Culture and Traditions in Aberdeen supporting experienced singers to build a repertoire, develop their individual style and gain performance skills for solo and group singing.
Admission is £5 – tea/coffee is available for small donation – all welcome!

Friends of Wighton event today!

From Sheena Wellington :
We have a  Lunchtime Recital with a difference today – Wednesday 3rd October – when musician Morag Anne Elder and former city archivist  Iain Flett take us on a musical journey around the collectors and collections housed in the Wighton Heritage Centre.
From the base of Andrew James Wighton’s original legacy The Wighton Collection has acquired, usually by donation, a fascinating range of musical books and manuscripts.   Equally interesting are the stories of those generous people who gave us their treasured collections and we look forward to hearing more of the them and their music.
The recital runs from 1.15pm – 1.45pm.   Admission is free; donations are welcomed.

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.