Friends of Wighton – latest update

With thanks to Sheena Wellington, here’s the latest update from Friends of Wighton :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Saturday 17th March,  11am (doors open at 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert with Heather Innes, singer, & Kate Kramer, fiddler
Heather’s forte is unaccompanied song and she sings with great feeling and delicacy in her fine clear voice.    Her singing has been described as peaceful and calming to listen to and her solo concerts sheer relaxation after a hard day at the office!
Heather began singing professionally in 1990 after performing as the resident singer at the Sunflower Folk Club in Belfast for several years and recording her first album All’s Fair in Love and War at Spring Records, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland in 1989.
In 1990 she moved to Scotland and toured folk clubs and pubs in Scotland and Ireland in duo Donegal Folk Weave (later to become Irish gaelic band D́úlamán) and gigged solo as an a capella singer and with various backing musicians for six years in Scottish and English folk clubs and festivals.
Since then she’s toured with various bands and duos in the UK, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Canada and USA.
Accompanying Heather will be Kentucky born fiddle player Kate Kramer.  Kate has been a familiar and highly respected player on the Scottish scene for more than 20 years, working both as a solo musician and in various line-ups including the band Arran Bede with Ciaran Dorris.  She toured extensively with the legendary folk musician, wit and raconteur Hamish Imlach and features on his album “More & Merrier”.
Admission £5 – tea/coffee available for small donation.

Award winning musicians at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Lunchtime Recital 
Wednesday 7th March at 1.15pm
Svetlina Stoyanova (mezzo soprano) and Kristina Yorgova (piano)
We are once again delighted to welcome  brilliant young musicians from Live Music Now.
Both born in Bulgaria, Svetlina Stoyanova and Kristina Yorgova are students at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). Svetlina is part way through a Masters Course in performance and Kristina is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music in performance.
Svetlina sang in the Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National radio and as the main soloist has travelled and sung in many European and Asian countries. As a mezzo-soprano she has taken part in many opera productions and solo concerts. She has won many prizes, most recently, she won 3rd prize in Le Grand Prix de l’Opera and was the highest ranked female singer. Svetlina is very grateful to have received a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, the RCS Trust scholarship and also to Live Music Now Scotland and Mrs Ulrike Wilson and her family for their continued support.
Having started her music education in Germany and then Bulgaria, Kristina has won many piano competition, amongst which is the 23rd National Competition for Young Musicians ‘Svetoslav Obretenov’, for which she was awarded with a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria.
In 2015 she won the International Beethoven sonata piano competition in the RCS and 3rd prize at Bamber/Galloway piano competition. Kristina had a solo recitals as part of the 2014 and 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is grateful to the RCS trust for awarding her a scholarship throughout her undergraduate studies.
Since meeting in Glasgow in 2013, Svetlina and Kristina have been working as a duo. They have done many concerts and recordings together including a Live Music Now recital in Bulgaria. At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland they work under the tutelage of Clare Shearer and Fali Pavri.
Admission free – donations for the work of Live Music Now welcomed.

Friends of Wighton update …

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre at the Central Library :   Saturday 24th February at 11am (doors open 10.30am) 
Cappuccino Concert with Sandy Brechin, accordion 
and Ewan Wilkinson, vocals and guitar
Sandy and Ewan have been playing together for twelve years now, combining Ewan’s rich baritone singing and unique guitar style with Sandy’s lightning fast accordion playing and backing vocals. 
 The duo have toured all over the world, including Australia, The Middle East, Scandinavia and all over the British Isles.     
A selection of some of the best traditional songs from Scotland (and even some from England!) are interwoven with Ewan’s own songs and Sandy’s high-energy tunes sets to make a dazzling show. 
Admission £5 with tea/coffee available for small donation.

Friends of Wighton event today!

From Sheena Wellington :
Today – Wednesday 7th February – Lunchtime Recital at 1.15pm
Wighton Heritage Centre at the Central Library – Lorraine Wilson with Tosh Flood!
Lorraine Wilson is a Dundee-born singer who has performed with various bands in her home city over the years.   A freelance journalist, she is the author of Take it to the Bridge, a book charting the history of rock and pop in Dundee, and Facing Forward, a fascinating account of her solo back-packing trip around Europe. 
She is currently working on an album with her husband Tosh Flood, a highly respected Dublin-born musician, songwriter, and producer, who plays guitars with The Divine Comedy.   They both performed in London with the London Accordion Orchestra in January.
Lorraine and Tosh have put together a special, rather eclectic set of songs for a performance at the Wighton Centre.
Admission is free; donations for Friends of Wighton’s Outreach programme are welcome.

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library.    Tomorrow – Saturday 20th January, 11am (doors open 10.30am) – Admission £5, tea/coffee available for small donation
Cappuccino Concert with Simon Kempston, singer songwriter and guitarist
Simon Kempston is an Edinburgh based award-winning singer-songwriter and leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist composing and performing original and contemporary acoustic music.    Though he is a Dundee lad, Simon’s busy schedule rarely allows time for him to perform in his native city so we are especially thrilled to welcome him to the Wighton!
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.
Simon has performed at many of the major venues, folk/blues clubs and festivals in Scotland, the UK and regularly tours the length & breadth of Europe. He has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as other local and specialist music radio stations.   

Wighton Singers at the Wighton!

From Sheena Wellington :
Today at the Wighton Heritage Centre in the Central Library – 1.15pm to 1.45pm
As is the Friends of Wighton tradition, the last Lunchtime Recital of the year will feature our own Wighton Singers.  
The singers have had a busy and interesting year working with a variety of tutors and taking their songs out to entertain at various venues in and around the city.    
Today, they will present, with warmth and humour, a mix of seasonal and Scottish songs.   
Admission is free (donations welcome) and seasonal treats will be available.

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