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.
Fraya Thomsen is heralded as a “leading female Scottish harpist and composer with the cosmic touch… free and wild…” – City Life Dundee
Taking influences from songwriters such as Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg and combining it with the Scottish sensibilities that she learnt in her native Highlands of Scotland, Fraya has worked as a musician in a wide diversity of settings from international harp and roots festivals with The Duplets, to musician in residence with Feis Rois and award winning film/dance/art composer.
This tour sees her striding forth in a solo capacity and features music from her 2017 Celtic Connections composition ‘Community and Stardust’ described as “a musical and rhetorical triumph, a coherent argument beautifully structured” – David Francis, TRACS, and “…incredibly musical and incredibly thoughtful” Phil Cunningham
On Saturday 24th November, 11am (doors open 10.30am) the Cappuccino Concert will showcase fiddler Kevin Findlay’s book and CD “The Lochee Sessions”
Kevin Findlay has been a member of Boogalusa since 1992 and has recorded 3 albums with the band. Notable gigs include the Festival Europe d’Art in Niort, France, Shetland Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival,Glasgow Celtic Connectionsand Aberdeen Jazz Festival. He has appeared on The Big Breakfast, Pebble Mill at One and Aig Asaig Gaelic TV show; as well as live performances on Radio 1 and Radio Scotland.
He is a founder member of the Mad Parrot Ceilidh Band, formed in 2002, and has performed at ceilidhs and festivals in many locations, including Oman in the Persian Gulf.
In 2006, he became Musical Director of Tayside Young Fiddlers. He has overseen the transformation of TYF into a group which performs material at the cutting edge of the vibrant Scottish musical tradition. He arranged and conducted their CD album Rockin’ the Baby in 2014.
Joining Kevin for the event will be two Mad Parrot colleagues, Lindsey Duncan on guitar and Wighton’s own Helen Forbes, on whistle.
Admission to a Cappuccino Concert is £5. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available for a small donation.
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!
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!
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.