Medieval Harp virtuoso Simon Chadwick needs no introduction to the Wighton audience. As Musician in Residence, harp tutor and hard working secretary he was a mainstay of Friends of Wighton for many years. Since he moved to Armagh in 2018 though we have kept in touch. He has been sorely missed, so it is a particular delight to welcome him on the 3rd.
A Chadwick recital is always a treat and an adventure. During the last year’s lockdowns, Simon has been working on old Irish harp tunes from the Bunting collection, finding unusual tunes, and unusual versions of better known tunes. He will play some of them for you on Wednesday including some with interesting connections to versions in the Wighton collection.
Singer Lesley Ann McLuckie is one of the hidden gems of the Scottish music scene. Though she has always loved traditional song, work and family commitments curtailed her involvement until a meeting with Maureen Jelks, through a carers singing group, led to friendship and involvement in the Angus Trad Roots sessions. She regards the Fisherman’s session in Broughty Ferry as her second home and it was there she received the ultimate accolade for a traditional singer – an invitation to sing in ‘The Worlds Room” in Edinburgh!
Saturday 15th February, 11am to 12 noon. Admission £5 (Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1)
Cappuccino Concert with Choras, harmony singing trio
Choras are Aileen Carr, Janice Reavell and Barbara Dymock. Each is a much loved and respected traditional singer in her own right and together they excel. A concert with this acappella trio with their superb harmonies, eclectic selection of songs and sense of fun is not to be missed!
Saturday 30th November, 11am tickets £5, (doors open 10.30, tea/coffee available for small donation)
Caim – harmony folk trio
The three members of Caim harmony trio may be separated by the Irish Sea but they are not divided musically. Pauline Vallance’s roots in Scotland, Jacynth Hamill’s in N. Ireland and Heather Innes’s in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Australia all contribute to Caim’s strong and varied traditional repertoire.
Heather’s vibrant a cappella singing which served her well in her early days on the folk-club circuit, continues to provide a strong foundation in the group, as does her time as a key vocalist and bodhrán player in the bands “Dúlamán” and “Firefrost”.
Jacynth has a solid choral background which she puts to good use in arranging material for the group. Her pure and light voice adds an ethereal quality to the 3-part harmonies as well as suiting the plaintive solo songs she adds to the mix.
Harp player Pauline’s classical as well as folk background, her instrumental skills and her lyrical voice have enriched Caim’s sound and repertoire. She is a talented songwriter, turning events she has experienced, items she has read about, or a notion that has taken her fancy into a moving, a poignant or a hilarious song.
A “Caim” concert combines Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary songs, story and dance. “We share songs that are important to us and we invite our audiences to join us in singing and dancing. You’ll find music that goes straight to the heart, songs and stories to make you laugh, tunes to set your feet a-tapping and haunting harmonies that will uplift your spirit.”
Saturday 23rd November, 11am tickets £5, (doors open 10.30, tea/coffee available for small donation)
Haggerdash – folk trio
Haggerdash are one of Scotland’s favourite Folk groups playing a wide range of songs and tunes. And much in demand for festivals and folk clubs and the European circuit.
Alan Jones plays concertina, bouzouki, guitar, 5-String banjo as well as taking lead vocals on many well known and self penned songs. He has previously played with Three’s a Crowd, The Govan Spoonful and Hot Toddy
Jack Bethel, a former member of the hugely popular band Setanta, and widely regarded as the best hammered dulcimer player in Scotland, also plays fiddle, whistle, and concertina.
Billy Stewart is a much respected singer and songwriter who is also adept on bouzouki, guitar, 5-string banjo, harmonica and bodhran. He is also a founder member of Haggerdash
The main aim of Haggerdash is to ensure that anyone attending their performances or listening to their CDs has a really good time!
Fresh from the sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run of her acclaimed production “Roots”, Elisabeth Flett returns to the Wighton with the world premiere of “Christina”. The show is inspired by the 19th century manuscript book of Christina Gib of Maulesden House, Brechin. Elisabeth has researched the elusive Christina’s story to create a fascinating musical and historical journey.
Elisabeth, of course no stranger to the Wighton, is currently based in London. She studied Classical Recorder (BMus Hons) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with a First in 2017. She sings and plays fiddle, viola, whistle, recorder and guitar.
Christina’s manuscript book, a work of art in itself, is in the Wighton’s Jimmy Shand Collection and the work was commissioned by Friends of Wighton.
Saturday 26th October, 11am – noon. (doors open 10.30am) £5 admission, tea/coffee for small donation
Bob Knight makes a very welcome return to the Wighton. Aberdonian Bob is a fine and versatile singer, a powerful yet sensitive songwriter, an accomplished instrumentalist and the possessor of a dry sense of humour.
A proud member of the traveller community, the traditional songs and lore of his people inform his work bringing a modern perspective to an ancient culture and a timeless richness to modern themes.
Saturday 19th October, 11am – noon. (doors open 10.30am) £5 admission, tea/coffee for small donation.
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.
2pmWorkshop (£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.
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
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!