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 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.
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
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!
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.
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!
Sakura have been playing together now for 2 years and meet regularly to play in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. The group consists of seven amateur classical guitar players who enjoy playing in an ensemble – Anne Hamilton, Eleanor Hind, Irene Kleppang, Joan McCulloch. Laura Monlezun, Peter Romilly and Qingzhong Liang.
They chose the group name Sakura from the title of one of their favourite pieces – an arrangement by Garcia and Whitworth, of a Japanese piece meaning Cherry Blossom.
They play an eclectic assortment of music from the Baroque, Classical and Modern periods and enjoy playing Argentinian and Brazilian folk music too.
Anne Hamilton says, “Playing in an ensemble provides us with great enjoyment and the opportunity to tackle more challenging and diverse pieces. We have played at various concerts in churches and folk clubs and we are delighted to perform at The Wighton Centre We hope you enjoy listening to our music.”
Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald) and leading fingerstyle guitarists. 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.
An award-winning songwriter and an inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon’s songs are amongst the most thought-provoking you are likely to hear, often sidestepping the usual themes of love and attraction in favour of offering social commentary and an insight into the everyday lives of people. Simon is a powerful and intense live performer, and his true passion for music and song shines through in his acclaimed shows. He has performed at scores of esteemed venues and festivals in 27 European countries and Canada, Ronnie Scott’s, Celtic Connections, Sligo Live and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival amongst many others. Simon has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as a plethora of continental music radio stations.
Simon’s first full-length album ‘Carefree Prisoner’ was released in 2009 to rave reviews and his latest album, which sees him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer, is his best, most poetic, most diverse and engaging collection of songs yet. The album is entitled ‘Broken Before’, was released in late 2018, and features superb, complementing instrumentation from Robbie Greig, William Archibald and Bob Miller
Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.
Tickets £5, tea & coffee available for a small donation.
The Lunchtime Recital at Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate Centre, Dundee, on Wednesday 4th February, will feature well-known local fiddle teacher Morag Anne Elder & 17 year old Joanna Stark.
The Tayport duo will brighten a winter day with Music for the Season played on fiddle, cello and guitar.