Cappuccino Concert with Karen Marshalsay, Harp: Saturday 21st September

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.

Karen is available for interview; please contact Rob Adams on 0131 556 2264/07724 876867

Lunchtime Recital Wednesday 4th September with Claire Garabedian

Wednesday 4th September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm.  admission free, donations welcome

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.

Cappuccino Concert with Just 3Folk Saturday 24th August

Saturday 24th August, 11am (doors open 10.30am), tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation)

Cappuccino Concert with Just 3Folk

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.

Cappuccino Concert Saturday 22nd June with Simon Chadwick, harp Followed by Workshop

Saturday 22nd June, 11am (£5, doors open 10.30, tea/coffee available for £1 donation)

Simon Chadwick needs little introduction to Wighton audiences.  He is, of course, one of the most important experts on the history and traditions of the early Irish harp and is pivotal to the current international revival.  He was also for several years the Friends of Wighton Secretary and Wighton harp tutor and has been sorely missed since he move to Armagh last year.

The Concert is, appropriately, “The Music of Carolan” : 18th century “baroque Irish” tunes, anecdotes and stories from the most famous of the old Irish harpers, Turlough Carolan. Born in 1670, died in 1738, composed hundreds of tunes for his aristocratic patrons, many of which are still played today. 


2pm Workshop (£5): For all instrumentalists, harpers, listeners, and singers even! We will look at Carolan’s music in some of the books in the Wighton Collection, learn a few tunes and talk about how Carolan’s music fits (or doesn’t fit) into traditional music.

Cappuccino Concert Saturday 25th May 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. 

“A voice reminiscent of some of the great old English Folk Singers” – Ian Walker

“He has that lovely relaxed style of singing that reminds me of happy evenings in West Country pubs.”   Sheena Wellington

Lunchtime Recital Wednesday 1st May with Karen Hannah & Lindsay Duncan

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!

1.15pm – Admission free, donations welcome!

Cappuccino Concert, Saturday 27th April with Christine Kydd, singer and songwriter

Cappuccino Concert Saturday 27th April, 11am – 12 noon

Christine Kydd, singer and songwriter

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.

Christine also sings the songs of Robert Burns, and features on several volumes of Linn Records collection The Complete Songs of Robert Burns. As a Burness from North East Scotland, she has family connections to Robert Burns’s family tree.

A singer of traditional songs and ballads, she is an international traditionalist, her choice of songs rich and varied, but with a focus on the song culture of Scotland.

She has toured, broadcast and recorded extensively both solo and on a number of projects to produce some of the country’s finest and often award-winning sounds, including singing with Janet Russell, Chantan, Calluna and Sinsheen.

A highly-regarded educator, theatre performer and vocal coach, she recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Ethnology and Folklore.

Easter Cappuccino Concert, Saturday 20th April Bob Stewart, songs

Saturday 20th April 11am – 12 noon

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, coffee & newspapers from 10.30 a.m

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