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

Irish harp and fiddle in the Wighton Centre, Dundee

Last minute change of plans for the 1st November lunchtime concert!

Sylvia Crawford. Photo: M Ó Graham.
Courtesy www.orielarts.com

Lorraine Wilson will now be doing the lunchtime concert on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

Sylvia Crawford, from Armagh, has stepped in at short notice to play some tunes on harp and fiddle for us on Wednesday 1st November at 1.15pm.

Sylvia teaches and plays fiddle, piano and historical Irish harp. She is currently researching the music and traditions of an eighteenth century Irish harper and fiddler from Co. Armagh, Patrick Quin, and she will play some of his tunes on a copy of his harp.

Sylvia 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

The concert is at 1.15pm on Wednesday, 1st November. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

2017

Voluntary Arts Week, May 2017:
Sat 6          Come ’n try
Wed 10       Graeme Stevenson harpsichord
Sat 13    Jimmy Shand Concert

Lunchtime recitals   
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB, 1.15pm
 Admission free – retiring collection

5th April:         Helen Forbes, whistle
3rd May:           Karen Hannah, fiddle
7th June:      Sheena Wellington, singer
5 Jul    Simon Chadwick, harp
18 Jul    Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail
6 Sep    Joe Aitken singer
4 Oct    Kate and Jim Allen, singers
1 Nov    Lorraine Wilson singer
6 Dec    Wighton Singers

Cappuccino Concerts
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission £5
Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1
Concert runs 11am to 12 noon

22nd April:    Bring in the Spirit (Kirsten Easdale, Rod Paterson, Gregor Lowrey)
20th May:     David Allison, brilliant guitarist
17th June:     Tarneybackle
22nd July: Bruce Davies will preview his Edinburgh Fringe concert “The (Other) Great American Songbook”
19th Aug:       Aileen Carr, singer
16th Sep:       Bob Stewart    
21st  Oct           Alan Brown singer/songwriter
18th Nov    Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
25th Nov;        Zakia & Farrah Fawcett
20 Jan ’18     Simon Kempston
24th Feb:       Sandy Brechin & Ewan Wilkinson 
 

Classes 
in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

Most Saturdays
harp with Simon Chadwick 2.00-3.30pm
Suitable for beginners – just turn up
harps are available for use in class and also for long-term rental

Simon Chadwick, traditional harp, in Dundee

This is first chance for us to enjoy a performance from our own Simon Chadwick since he appeared in the BBC documentary “Scotland’s Treasures” and was nominated for the prestigious “Tutor of the Year” accolade at the Scots Trad Music Awards!

Simon will bring along the big Irish harp and will play a selection of traditional Scottish and Irish harp tunes found in the old music books from the Wighton Collection, from the baroque delights of Carolan to a West Highland pibroch.

Simon has lived in Fife for 10 years now, and quickly became involved in the Scottish traditional music scene in Dundee with the Friends of Wighton. He had been interested in historical Scottish and Irish music before then, through his archaeological work on the ancient harp traditions.

“I love the way that Scottish music is intensely community-oriented and personal, yet has a depth and sophistication rivalling anything from elsewhere.”

The concert is on Weds 1st March at 1.15 pm in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB. Admission is free.

Winter-spring 2016-17

Lunchtime recitals   
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB, 1.15pm
 Admission free – retiring collection

2nd Nov:          Amy Lord, singer
7th Dec:          Wighton Singers
1st Feb 2017:           Just3Folk
1st March:     Simon Chadwick, Harp
5th April:         Helen Forbes, whistle
3rd May:           Karen Hannah, fiddle
7th June:      Sheena Wellington, singer

Cappuccino Concerts
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission £5
Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1
Concert runs 11am to 12 noon

19th Nov:      Mary Ann Kennedy and Finlay Wells
26th Nov:      Abercraig (Young Trad Awards Group)
21st Jan 2017:         Turning the Elements (Joanna Nicholson – clarinet, and Frances Cooper – voice)
18th Feb:       Andrew Gordon, singer
18th Mar:      Bob Knight, singer songwriter
22nd April:    Bring in the Spirit (Kirsten Easdale, Rod Paterson, Gregor Lowrey)
20th May:     David Allison, brilliant guitarist
17th June:     Tarneybackle
19th Aug:       Aileen Carr, singer
16th Sep:       Tap o the Hill   

 

Classes 
in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

Most Saturdays
harp with Simon Chadwick 2.00-3.30pm
Suitable for beginners – just turn up
harps are available for use in class and also for long-term rental

Henry Lebedinsky: Wighton Harpsichord concert

When a renowned American early music specialist says he is coming to town and would like to play your harpsichord what can you do but add an extra Cappuccino Concert to your programme?

Henry Lebedinsky last played at the Wighton Heritage Centre in October 2010 while on his honeymoon!  His return visit is on Saturday 15th October, from 11am to noon, when his programme will include17th and 18th century works by Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Giovanni Battista Draghi and Elizabeth Turner.

Hailed by The Miami Herald for his “superb continuo… brilliantly improvised and ornamented,” Henry Lebedinsky performs as a historical keyboardist and Irish traditional guitarist across the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition to performing, Mr. Lebedinsky has taught masterclasses and workshops on historical performance practice at the University of Edinburgh, and many American institutions. He is also an avid composer of music for choir and organ. He currently lives in the Seattle, Washington area.

The venue for the concert will be the lovely Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library. This airy space houses the internationally important Wighton Collection of old Scottish music books: over 700 volumes from the 17th, 18th and 19th century.

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 for Annette Heilbron (1928 – 2011), of the Helicon Ensemble and founder member of the National Early Music Association.

The concert will be at 11am on Saturday 15th October. Coffee and newspapers will be available from 10.30am. Admission will be £5.

 Henry Lebedinsky at his last concert playing the Wighton Harpsichord in Dundee in 2010

Conservation of Jimmy Shand books

The first book has just been returned from the conservator. Emma Fraser ACR from The Book & Paper Studio in Dundee returned the volume to the Friends yesterday.

This volume has Niel Gow’s “A Collection of Strathspey Reels” and “A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels”, Bland’s Collection of Sonatas, Walten’s Celebrated Circus Tunes with subscriber’s index, N, Stewart’s Circus Tunes , vols 1 – 6 and various tunes and songs. We are looking forward to cataloguing it completely!

Only 22 more to go!

Historical Gaelic harp come and try!

Historical Gaelic harp come and try!

Sat 10th September, 2pm,

Come and have a go at playing a medieval clarsach, in Dundee’s Wighton Centre, upstairs in the Central Library.

The old Gaelic harp of Scotland and Ireland is very different and much more ancient than the modern clarsach or Celtic harp you might be more familiar with. The ancient clarsach was shared between Ireland and Scotland from medieval times down to the 18th century.

The best known examples are iconic museum exhibits: the famous Brian Boru harp displayed in Trinity College Dublin, and the beautiful Queen Mary harp in the National Museum in Edinburgh. The Brian Boru harp is shown on the Guinness label!

Historical Gaelic harps are rare, and are hardly ever heard nowadays. Simon Chadwick is a historical musician and a leading authority in the old Scottish and Irish harp traditions, and he will bring beautiful historic replicas of the ancient harps into Dundee for this come-and-try session.

Simon, an inspiring teacher,  leads a regular harp class in the Wighton Centre in Dundee, and there are now spaces for new participants and harps available to rent. So come along on Saturday 10th to explore the oldest strands of Scottish and Irish music.

More info
http://www.friendsofwighton.com
http://www.simonchandwick.net

Lunchtime Recital with Iona Fyfe

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB:

Wednesday 7th September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Lunchtime Recital with Iona Fyfe:

Iona Fyfe, from Aberdeenshire, combines modern contemporary folk music with the traditions of Scotland’s haunting traditional ballads and lively songs.  Iona has performed extensively across Scotland and Europe at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Folkest Italy, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Dundee Celt Fest and currently studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Growing up in Huntly within the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland movement, Iona is a fine exponent of Doric poetry as well as Traditional Ballads and Bothy Ballads. Singing at numerous national competitions, she has won a number of prestigious titles such as Best Female Singer  both at Aberdeen TMSA 2016 and Buchan Heritage Society 2016. Iona’s sensitivity for ballads is what led her to be awarded 100/100 marks for her Traditional Song, Bonny Udny at The Buchan Heritage Society 2016 – an unprecedented mark in solo Traditional Ballad competitions.

“Iona’s voice displays incredible confidence and maturity… Even without accompaniment, Iona’s voice is as finely tuned, precise and eminently enjoyable an instrument as you’ll find… Utterly haunting.”                                  – Folk Radio UK

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers who, at 18 years old, continues to embrace and promote the repertoire and language of Aberdeenshire throughout the UK and further afield.

 Iona’s first EP The First Sangs was released in March 2015 and debut band EP was released in July 2016.  https://itun.es/gb/C0aQ5

Autumn 2016

Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee:
Friday 30th September. 7.30pm
MBO Band!  – McKerron Brechin & Ó hEadhra
Fiery tunes and beautiful songs from the Gaelic and Scots tradition by three of Scotland’s finest musicians.
Tickets from HM Frigate Unicorn or Dundee Box Office
 

Lunchtime recitals   
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
 Admission free – retiring collection

Wednesday 7th September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm:   Iona Fyfe, singer

Cappuccino Concerts
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission £5
Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1
Concert runs 11am to 12 noon

Saturday 20th August
Wilma Kennedy: Gaelic singer, including songs from Albyn’s Anthology

Saturday 24th September
Heather Innes  and Pauline Vallance, song and clarsach

Saturday 22nd October
Bruce Davies, popular singer songwriter

Saturday 19th November
Mary Ann Kennedy & Finlay Wells

Saturday 26th November
Young Trad Awards Group

 

Classes 
in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
harp with Simon Chadwick 2.00-3.30pm
Suitable for beginners – just turn up
harps are available for use in class and also for long-term rental

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