First Cappuccino Concert of the new season with Tarneybackle

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

Saturday 22nd September, 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Cappuccino Concert with Tarneybackle

TARNEYBACKLE!

Admission is £5,  tea/coffee available for small donation

Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome a return visit from TARNEYBACKLE  for a Cappuccino Concert on Saturday 22nd September.

This tuneful and lively group’s material is a blend of traditional and contemporary folk song, performed with strong vocal harmonies and a wide range of instruments.

The trio is comprised of Sandy Marshall (Vocals, Guitar, and Bouzouki), Lorna Davidson (Vocals, World Percussion) and John Davidson (Vocals, Guitar, Mandola, Mandolin, Whistles).

Their interpretation and presentation of Scots song has brought them praise from reviewers, and a growing fan base from their extensive live performances and radio work, including appearances at the Scottish Parliament, Orkney Folk Festival, and on BBC Radio Scotland radio shows “Reel Bend” and “Take The Floor”.
Tarneybackle has released six albums to date


“Tullibardine” “Distant Dreams”       “The Diamond”             “Winds of Freedom”, “Looking Out” and “Singing Land”

“The enjoyment is infectious” – The Scots Magazine

“One of the best folk-based acts in Scotland” – Perthshire Advertiser

“I reverently suggest they be short-listed for a possible future “Sultans of Trad” award.” – FolkWorld

Orkney Folk Festival Reviews – “Tarneybackle gave a full-sounding and genuine performance…….kept the audience entertained between songs with humorous banter for good measure.”

“fusion of traditional and contemporary folk, with strong vocals from John Davidson intensifying the performance.”

www.tarneybackle.co.uk                    tarneybackle@gmail.com

 

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Music legend Sir Jimmy Shand’s collection goes on display in Wighton Centre, Central Library, Dundee

Newly restored rare musical manuscripts collected by Fife-born and world-renowned accordion player Sir Jimmy Shand have been unveiled to the public in Dundee.

The collection, some of which dates back to the 18th century, was able to be professionally conserved thanks to a fundraising campaign and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It will now be available for the use of musicians, students, teachers, folklorists, historians and other interested parties, at Dundee’s Wighton Heritage Centre.

The collection was unveiled during a special event on Saturday, attended by Jimmy Shand junior and his wife Margaret.

Others in attendance were Shona Robison MSP, Leisure and Culture trustee George Laidlaw, Councillor Fraser MacPherson, former Citizen of the Year Norman Robertson, City Centre and Harbour Community Council chairman  Bill Newcombe MBE and Box and Fiddle editor Pia Walker, as well as Friends of Wighton.

Dundee-based traditional Scottish singer Sheena Wellington, of the Friends of Wighton, said: “We were very pleased with the turnout for the event.

“There were around 40 people, mostly invited guests and some of our students.

“We have some really interesting things in the collection, around 23 volumes. Some of them date back to 1795 and include workbooks of young people learning to play instruments.

“Jimmy junior also presented us with two volumes of his father’s compositions.”

Sir James Shand MBE (1908–2000) was born in East Wemyss in Fife and  played traditional Scottish dance music on the accordion. His signature tune was “The Bluebell Polka”.

Music at Saturday’s event was provided by students of the Friends of Wighton Saturday fiddle and whistle classes with their tutors Morag Anne Elder and Helen Forbes.

Their sets featured tunes from the two printed volumes and two handwritten manuscripts, all four of which were displayed on the harpsichord.

Introductory remarks were from past Friends of Wighton Chairman, Iain Sword.

The Chariman of the National Accordion and Fiddle Clubs, Nicol McLaren, himself a renowned accordion player and bandleader, gave a personal appreciation of the seminal role of Jimmy Shand in Scottish music.

Jimmy Shand Jr closed proceedings by thanking the Friends of Wighton for taking care of his father’s legacy.

 

 

 

Lunchtime Recital on 5th September with Graham Rorie & Aidan Moodie

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!

Dementia Friendly Concert with Aidan Moodie and Graham Rorie

Lunchtime Recital with Kirsty Law

Wighton Heritage Centre

Wednesday 8th August, 1.15 – 1.45pm

Lunchtime Recital with Kirsty Law

 

For the third of our Year of Young People Lunchtime Recitals we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Kirsty Law!

 

Kirsty Law is an innovative young vocalist and song-maker based in Edinburgh.

The mainstay of her musical education came from learning Scots ballads and folk songs from tradition bearers such as Sheila Stewart, Cathal McConnell and Margaret Bennett.

Today she draws on this experience in her own composition, often writing in a ‘patchwork’ style, layering and combining original and traditional melodies, poems and text – and incorporating contemporary sounds alongside her rich Scots vocal. Her song ‘Hymn For A Shepherd’ has been mentioned in the Scottish Parliament and she has released two albums and one EP.

Working with artists of different mediums has come to be the lifeblood of her work – performing alongside poets, storytellers and sound artists as well as responding to the work of contemporary visual artists and filmmakers.

 

Some Plaudits…

…spellbinding’ Max Reinhardt BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

Beautiful and fiesty… a musician doing things her own way.’ Karine Polwart

‘Kirsty’s dedication to the tradition shines through her singing. Her sensitive interpretation will touch your heart – not to be missed!’ Margaret Bennett

 

Admission free, but our shiny pink piggybank welcomes donations!

Karen Hannah, fiddle & Lindsay Duncan, guitar

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee

Wednesday 2nd May, Lunchtime Recital 1.15pm – 1.45pm.   Admission free

Karen Hannah, fiddle & Lindsay Duncan, guitar.

Music lovers are being thoroughly spoiled at the Wighton over the next week!  Saturday’s Cappuccino Concert features those lovely singers The Quiggs then Wednesday’s Lunchtime Recital stars another great tuneful duo, Karen Hannah and Lindsay Duncan!

A fine fiddle player with an engaging personality, Karen is known to many 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 representing Scotland across Europe and as far afield as New Zealand and South Korea.

Another musical globetrotter is Lindsay Duncan, one of the best known musicians on the Dundee scene.    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 around ten years.           They promise us tunes, songs and a surprise or two!           I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too!

Admission free, donations welcome!

Cappuccino Concert with The Quiggs!

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

Saturday 28th April, 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Cappuccino Concert with The Quiggs!

“The Quiggs” is a Scottish/Danish duo consisting of husband and wife, Stephen and Pernille Quigg. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter.

Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers. They have toured together in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands with great success. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its original form – simple, yet highly expressive, beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience’s participation.

The duo has previously released the album “River of Time” in 2015, which received fine reviews and airplay on several programmes in BBC and other European radio stations. In March 2017 “The Quiggs” released their new CD „Seeds I Didn’t Sow”, which recently featured as album of the week on Celtic Music Radio and was described by Folkradio.uk’s Mike Davies as, “Unquestionably one of the best folk albums of the year.”

Indeed the year ahead looks like a busy one for “The Quiggs” with concert and festival bookings in Scotland and across Europe.

 

Stephen Quigg, former member of the legendary folk group The McCalmans, has performed as a folksinger for 40 years. Stephen was part of the McCalmans for 10 years during that time, he performed at festivals and concerts big and small both in Scotland and abroad. He continued to work solo alongside his career in the group and has toured the length and breadth of Scotland during most of his life. Stephen’s repertoire ranges from traditional ballads to footstomping songs of battle well mixed with a certain amount of humor. Stephen blends contemporary and traditional material with ease, which ensures a varied evening. Stephen accompanies himself on guitar, bodhran and banjo and with an outstanding voice you can watch him capture the attention of any audience.

Pernille Quigg is of Danish origin but has been living on the west coast of Scotland for the past 12 years. As the surname reveals, she married into the Scottish folk scene after which she herself became part of that scene. Pernille, though, was no stranger to the music and has been singing folk songs for many years, she is now also being noted as a gifted songwriter. Pernille plays guitar and sings in a voice often described as crystal clear. Her repertoire extends from traditional to contemporary to original songs – the common denominator though is, that they all have a story to tell. Pernille released her debut album “Driftwood” in 2012, which received fine reviews in print and was also aired on both Danish Radio and on BBC’s Radio Scotland amongst others.

www.stephenquigg.com

www.pernillequigg.com

www.facebook.com/pernillequigg.singer

“The indicators of true quality extend to the individual and collective strengths of the Quiggs themselves, for both are fine singers with a nice line in close harmony, and both are natural experts in the art of choosing excellent songs…” David Kidman, The Living Tradition.

Arrive at 10.30 to grab a coffee and a newspaper, then sit back and relax from 11am-12pm to enjoy the concert!

£5 Tickets on the door, and a suggested donation of £1 for coffee and newspaper.

Ensemble Hesperi

On Tuesday 10th April, we are very pleased to welcome Ensemble Hesperi to the Wighton Centre for a concert of harpsichord and recorder music.

Mary-Jannet Leith plays recorders, and Thomas Allery will play the Wighton Harpsichord, for a half-hour programme of Scottish baroque music. The programme, titled “The Pheasant’s Eye”, will feature some of James Oswald’s “Airs for the Seasons” and William McGibbon’s “Collection of Scots Tunes” amongst other delights.

Ensemble Hesperi is a young duo based in London. Mary-Jannet and Thomas have a particular interest in unpublished and previously undiscovered Scottish Baroque repertoire, and in exploring the fascinating links between Scotland, London, and the continent through Baroque music during the eighteenth century.

Thomas Allery, harpsichord

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate , Dundee, DD1 1DB

Tuesday 10th April, 2017, 1.15pm – 1.45pm. Lunchtime Recital!

Thomas Allery, harpsichord

The famous Wighton harpsichord will get a special airing in the second of our April Lunchtime Recitals when the renowned musician and scholar Thomas Allery pays the Wighton Collection a visit!

Thomas Allery is an organist, choral conductor and harpsichordist based in London and Oxford. He enjoys a varied career spanning work as an organist and choral director in church music, continuo playing, research and teaching.

Thomas is the Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel choirs and organ scholars. He directs and trains the two Chapel choirs, of mixed and boys’ voices, for regular chapel services and for a busy schedule of concerts, tours and recordings. Worcester College is unique in Oxford in maintaining two student chapel choirs, each of which maintains a separate and flourishing schedule including regular commissions, trips, and performance with period instruments.

Thomas graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2014, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston.

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 for the distinguished musician Annette Heilbron (1928–2011) and is widely regarded as one of the finest harpsichords in use today.

We also have the regular first Wednesday of the month Lunchtime Recital from 1.15pm – 1.45pm on the 4th with Simon Chadwick playing traditional Scottish and Irish tunes on the big Irish harp.

Admission to both recitals is free, donations welcome!

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