Latest Friends of Wighton event tomorrow

Lunchtime Recital
Wednesday 5th June 1.15 -1.45pm (free, but donations welcomed)
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
 
Lunchtime Recital with Sheena Wellington, singer.
 
Wighton stalwart Sheena Wellington will be exploring the songs associated with James Hogg, one of the most interesting characters in Scottish literature and music. 
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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.