First Cappuccino Concert of the new season with Tarneybackle

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

Saturday 22nd September, 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Cappuccino Concert with Tarneybackle

TARNEYBACKLE!

Admission is £5,  tea/coffee available for small donation

Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome a return visit from TARNEYBACKLE  for a Cappuccino Concert on Saturday 22nd September.

This tuneful and lively group’s material is a blend of traditional and contemporary folk song, performed with strong vocal harmonies and a wide range of instruments.

The trio is comprised of Sandy Marshall (Vocals, Guitar, and Bouzouki), Lorna Davidson (Vocals, World Percussion) and John Davidson (Vocals, Guitar, Mandola, Mandolin, Whistles).

Their interpretation and presentation of Scots song has brought them praise from reviewers, and a growing fan base from their extensive live performances and radio work, including appearances at the Scottish Parliament, Orkney Folk Festival, and on BBC Radio Scotland radio shows “Reel Bend” and “Take The Floor”.
Tarneybackle has released six albums to date


“Tullibardine” “Distant Dreams”       “The Diamond”             “Winds of Freedom”, “Looking Out” and “Singing Land”

“The enjoyment is infectious” – The Scots Magazine

“One of the best folk-based acts in Scotland” – Perthshire Advertiser

“I reverently suggest they be short-listed for a possible future “Sultans of Trad” award.” – FolkWorld

Orkney Folk Festival Reviews – “Tarneybackle gave a full-sounding and genuine performance…….kept the audience entertained between songs with humorous banter for good measure.”

“fusion of traditional and contemporary folk, with strong vocals from John Davidson intensifying the performance.”

www.tarneybackle.co.uk                    tarneybackle@gmail.com

 

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Music legend Sir Jimmy Shand’s collection goes on display in Wighton Centre, Central Library, Dundee

Newly restored rare musical manuscripts collected by Fife-born and world-renowned accordion player Sir Jimmy Shand have been unveiled to the public in Dundee.

The collection, some of which dates back to the 18th century, was able to be professionally conserved thanks to a fundraising campaign and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It will now be available for the use of musicians, students, teachers, folklorists, historians and other interested parties, at Dundee’s Wighton Heritage Centre.

The collection was unveiled during a special event on Saturday, attended by Jimmy Shand junior and his wife Margaret.

Others in attendance were Shona Robison MSP, Leisure and Culture trustee George Laidlaw, Councillor Fraser MacPherson, former Citizen of the Year Norman Robertson, City Centre and Harbour Community Council chairman  Bill Newcombe MBE and Box and Fiddle editor Pia Walker, as well as Friends of Wighton.

Dundee-based traditional Scottish singer Sheena Wellington, of the Friends of Wighton, said: “We were very pleased with the turnout for the event.

“There were around 40 people, mostly invited guests and some of our students.

“We have some really interesting things in the collection, around 23 volumes. Some of them date back to 1795 and include workbooks of young people learning to play instruments.

“Jimmy junior also presented us with two volumes of his father’s compositions.”

Sir James Shand MBE (1908–2000) was born in East Wemyss in Fife and  played traditional Scottish dance music on the accordion. His signature tune was “The Bluebell Polka”.

Music at Saturday’s event was provided by students of the Friends of Wighton Saturday fiddle and whistle classes with their tutors Morag Anne Elder and Helen Forbes.

Their sets featured tunes from the two printed volumes and two handwritten manuscripts, all four of which were displayed on the harpsichord.

Introductory remarks were from past Friends of Wighton Chairman, Iain Sword.

The Chariman of the National Accordion and Fiddle Clubs, Nicol McLaren, himself a renowned accordion player and bandleader, gave a personal appreciation of the seminal role of Jimmy Shand in Scottish music.

Jimmy Shand Jr closed proceedings by thanking the Friends of Wighton for taking care of his father’s legacy.

 

 

 

Lunchtime Recital on 5th September with Graham Rorie & Aidan Moodie

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!

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