Dr Sally Garden: first Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre shares a rare Wighton score

Mezzo-soprano and musicologist Dr Sally Garden hails from an Angus farming family, and is the youngest of four professional musician siblings.  She has a special interest in Scots and Scandinavian song and is founder of the Grieg Society of Scotland. Her recital and research work, which has seen her tour the castles, kirks and concert halls of Scotland, has also taken her to Norway, Denmark and Germany.

Sally is a member of the Walter Scott Minstrelsy Project (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), a former Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Scandinavian Studies (University of Aberdeen), and earlier in her career was appointed Historical Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee, where she directed a 3-year programme of events to unfold one of Scotland’s finest music archives. In 2009, she pioneered the first ever live music event at the National Library of Scotland, with an invited lecture-recital on Scottish-Scandinavian musical links, entitled Hu, Hei, Duncan Gray! Sally is also editor of the complete songs of Aberdonian composer Ronald Center

Zoom recital with Ensemble Hesperi 3rd February

3rd February 2021, 1pm: Hesperi at Home: Concert for the Friends of the Wighton Collection

Bite-size Baroque #3 “Music from the Wighton Collection”

Join us this Wednesday *ON ZOOM* for a duo recital for the Friends of the Wighton Collection!

Tom and I are *so” excited to be performing for the Friends of Wighton this coming Wednesday lunchtime, as the third of our “Bite-Size Baroque” series! This week won’t be quite so “bite-size” though; we’ll be presenting around an hour’s recital of all sorts of music from the Wighton Collection, an incredible collection of Scottish music held in Dundee Central Library. Composers to include William McGibbon, John Reid, Elizabeth Hardin, Giuseppe Sammartini, Walter Clagget, Robert Bremner, and of course, James Oswald. All new repertoire! 

This week, you’ll need to join us on Zoom rather than YouTube, but of course, you don’t need to have your cameras on if you don’t want to! Do make sure you’re on mute for the recital itself, though.

Here’s the link: see you at 1pm GMT, Wednesday 3rd February!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81870378916?pwd=TEZpVlg5NDlDV3BCSzRBK294b1F2QT09

Meeting ID: 818 7037 8916
Passcode: 968552

Saturday Morning Online Mixed Instrument Class

We are all enjoying the Saturday morning Mixed Instrument Class at 11am – 12 on Zoom – it’s amazing how freeing not being heard by other folk is when you are learning a new tune!

 On Saturday 6th February we have a guest tutor, Gavin Marwick, a fiddle player and composer from Edinburgh. As a performer he has played at hundreds of festivals, concerts, theatres and dances across the UK, Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa, playing with bands such as  Journeyman, Iron Horse, Ceilidh Minogue and Bellevue Rendezvous.  He has written music for TV, radio and theatre and was active in the ceilidh scene (before the pandemic struck). Gavin also has many years teaching experience with Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Feis Rois, ALP Edinburgh and Newcastle University. 

We’re looking forward to seeing (and hearing) what he has in store for us! 

Any instrument is welcome (we have fiddle, cello, flute, mandolin and harp just now) and the class costs £5, which can be paid through https://www.paypal.me/moraganneelder1

MoragAnne is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saturday morning class

Time: Feb 6th, 2021 11:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83717837909

Meeting ID: 837 1783 7909

Cappuccino Concert with Haggerdash 23rd November

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!

“Christina” with Elisabeth Flett Saturday 26th October

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

Lunchtime Recital Wednesday 1st May with Karen Hannah & Lindsay Duncan

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!

1.15pm – Admission free, donations 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

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

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

Spring 2016

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

Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 1.15pm
Sheena Wellington Burns songs

Wednesday 2nd March, 1.15pm
Paul Livingston and Ian Watt classical violin and guitar

Wednesday 6th April
, 1.15pm
Karen Hannah  fiddle

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

Saturday 23rd January 2016, 10.30am for 11am
Simon Chadwick: “The Queen Mary harp”

Saturday 20th February, 10.30am for 11am
Mark Spalding harpsichord & piano

Saturday 19th March, 10.30am for 11am
Barbara Dymock and Chris Marra song and guitar

Saturday 16th April, 10.30am for 11am
Solasta, young trio making a name for themselves

Saturday 21st May, 10.30am for 11am
Helen Forbes and Lou Lewis whistle and guitar

 

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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