Poetry workshop led by Dawn Wood, with musicians Frances Cooper and Joanna Nicholson of the duo Turning the Elements.
An opportunity to be part of a collaborative writing event and to hear about the creative processes behind ‘No Trees to Whisper’, a new song cycle commissioned by soprano and clarinet duo, Turning the Elements – all from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!
The famous diaries of Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, written during their travels to the Highlands and Islands in 1773, were the inspiration for this commission, supported by Creative Scotland, with poetry from Haworth Hodgkinson, Iain Morrison and Dawn Wood, and music by Gemma McGregor, Linda Buckley and Aidan O’Rourke. Covid has added its own chapter to the story and you will be the first audience to hear snippets of the new work and hear about its genesis.
Dawn Wood will lead the workshop, delving into some of the ways she finds inspiration for her writing, and sharing some of the poetry she produced for the project. She will use guided meditation techniques to allow participants to access their sensory imagination as they explore aspects of the Scottish landscape and its future. Participants will have the opportunity to produce writing during the workshop, resulting in a collaborative text which will be explored using improvised music by Frances Cooper and Joanna Nicholson.
The workshop is free but places are limited so if you would like to take part in this exciting event please register your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The Okapi Duo – Katie Kim, flute, and Brian King, guitar – is committed to making excellent chamber music accessible to all audiences while expanding the boundaries of the traditional ensemble. Their synchronous and dynamic style has lead them to receive a number of awards including 2nd prize in the 2018 Southern Guitar Festival Ensemble Competition and 1st prize in the 2016 Great Composers Competition Series. They have performed throughout the United States in California, New Orleans, Ohio, and New York. Their compelling performances have led to an invitation to perform at the Carmel Guitar Society in Carmel, California and to pursue a Masters of Chamber Music at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This opportunity led to some of their first international performances in Glasgow and throughout Scotland.
The Okapi Duo is passionate about community engagement in the arts and reaching audiences that do not easily have access to live music. They enjoy taking their music outside of the concert hall to venues such as public libraries, schools, community centers, and senior centers. In 2019 they were accepted onto the Live Music Now Scotland scheme, an organization that brings music to groups of people who rarely get to experience live music. In the fall of 2017, Kim and King collaborated with Family Promise – an organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Lorain County, Ohio – to provide an artistic outlet for these disadvantaged families.
The duo is excited about pushing the boundaries of classical music and are constantly seeking innovative ways to contribute new music to the flute/guitar genre. Their concerts often place traditional works such as a Bach Flute Sonata next to unconventional pieces such as arrangements of jazz composer Chick Corea’s music. Along with writing their own arrangements, they also commission composers to write music for the duo. In 2018, they commissioned Canadian composer Alexander Wright and are looking forward to premiering his piece in the spring of 2019.
Admission is free, donations for the work of Live Music Now welcomed
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 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.
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.
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.