Last event of the Friends of Wighton year is traditionally a concert with our own Wighton Singers and this year is no exception.
Under the musical direction of Amy Lord, the Wighton Singers have had a busy year with concerts at sheltered housing complexes, guilds, day centres and Inchture Folk Club. Amy’s harmonious arrangements are beautiful and there will be the usual rich mix of Scottish and seasonal songs!
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!
Kaitlin and Catriona form a Scottish traditional song and piano duo. They blend Kaitlin’s singing of traditional Gaelic and Scots songs with Catriona’s contemporary piano style, creating a unique sound. The duo began playing together in secondary school, meeting at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. They have since both gained degrees from the University of Highlands and Islands, and Newcastle University. Between them they have performed across Europe in a number of bands and projects including Eabhal, HEISK, Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth; and Rafiki Jazz.
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.
The first Friends of Wighton event of the New Year is a very special Cappuccino Concert on
Saturday 5th January, 11am – noon (doors open 10.30am). Shamblestone , our very own Elizabeth Flett and Joanna Stark, will be launching their EP just a few days before the duo’s London debut!
Joanna Stark and Elisabeth Flett first started playing together in 2008 as part of folk trio Three’s A Crowd (Cambridge Folk Festival 2013 Youth Hub Band Artists) and have performed across the UK ever since. The duo competed as Semi-Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2017 and have performed in venues and festivals such as Eden Festival 2016, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Solas 2018, Dunfermline Folk Club, Wighton Centre, Verdant Works, Hospitalfield House and Dundee Acoustic Music Club. Their innovative blend of different musical styles and sparky live performances makes Shamblestone an unusual and exciting duo.
“A dazzling live act! …A highly accomplished multi-instrumentalist folk duo with sweet vocal harmonies” – Hypercoaster Music
Tickets £5, tea & coffee 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!