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.
Come and have a go at playing a medieval clarsach, in Dundee’s Wighton Centre, upstairs in the Central Library.
The old Gaelic harp of Scotland and Ireland is very different and much more ancient than the modern clarsach or Celtic harp you might be more familiar with. The ancient clarsach was shared between Ireland and Scotland from medieval times down to the 18th century.
The best known examples are iconic museum exhibits: the famous Brian Boru harp displayed in Trinity College Dublin, and the beautiful Queen Mary harp in the National Museum in Edinburgh. The Brian Boru harp is shown on the Guinness label!
Historical Gaelic harps are rare, and are hardly ever heard nowadays. Simon Chadwick is a historical musician and a leading authority in the old Scottish and Irish harp traditions, and he will bring beautiful historic replicas of the ancient harps into Dundee for this come-and-try session.
Simon, an inspiring teacher, leads a regular harp class in the Wighton Centre in Dundee, and there are now spaces for new participants and harps available to rent. So come along on Saturday 10th to explore the oldest strands of Scottish and Irish music.
Internationally renowned fiddler and local girl, Patsy Reid will be teaching and performing in Dundee on Saturday 20th September.
Patsy will give a fiddle workshop and concert in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library.
The workshop will start at 9.30am as soon as the Library opens. The workshop will be followed by a Cappuccino Concert; coffee and newspapers will be served from 10.30am and the concert will run from 11 till 12.
Admission to the workshop is £5, and admission to the concert is also £5. Both sessions are open to all; participation in the workshop is for people who already play fiddle, but non-players are also welcome to come and listen! The cappuccino concert as usual is open to all.
On any given day in the last couple of years you could’ve seen Patsy performing as part of The Cecil Sharp Project or Kathryn Tickell’s Northumbrian Voices, or at the London 2012 celebrations with Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World. She played with The Unusual Suspects and The True North Orchestra, accompanied Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on tour, as well as forming a new string trio called VAMM. There were numerous Celtic Connections commissions and a residency in Kolkata, India. And in the studio Patsy is a one woman string quartet, contributing cello, viola and violin to albums by Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, Treacherous Orchestra, Tim Edey and… There are almost certainly more we’ve missed out.