Poetry workshop led by Dawn Wood, with musicians Frances Cooper and Joanna Nicholson of the duo Turning the Elements.
An opportunity to be part of a collaborative writing event and to hear about the creative processes behind ‘No Trees to Whisper’, a new song cycle commissioned by soprano and clarinet duo, Turning the Elements – all from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!
The famous diaries of Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, written during their travels to the Highlands and Islands in 1773, were the inspiration for this commission, supported by Creative Scotland, with poetry from Haworth Hodgkinson, Iain Morrison and Dawn Wood, and music by Gemma McGregor, Linda Buckley and Aidan O’Rourke. Covid has added its own chapter to the story and you will be the first audience to hear snippets of the new work and hear about its genesis.
Dawn Wood will lead the workshop, delving into some of the ways she finds inspiration for her writing, and sharing some of the poetry she produced for the project. She will use guided meditation techniques to allow participants to access their sensory imagination as they explore aspects of the Scottish landscape and its future. Participants will have the opportunity to produce writing during the workshop, resulting in a collaborative text which will be explored using improvised music by Frances Cooper and Joanna Nicholson.
The workshop is free but places are limited so if you would like to take part in this exciting event please register your interest by email to email@example.com.
Wednesday 1st April, 1.15 -1.45am. Admission free, donations welcome.
MoragAnne, one of our most respected, and busiest, local musicians and teachers will explore the social and cultural history of Scotland through fiddle tunes taken from the new educational resource “Fiddle Music of the Wighton”.
Saturday 21st March, 11am to 12 noon. Admission £5 (Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1)
Bill Adair, singer songwriter
As well as being a fine guitar player and singer Bill Adair is a prize winning poet and songwriter whose award winning songs have won plaudits from all round the world. Equally at home singing a traditional Scottish ballad, playing blues from the Mississippi Delta or performing one of his own songs his performances are complemented by a natural story-telling style that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. From his home in Stirling, Bill is much in demand at festivals and folk clubs all over the UK and throughout Europe and New Zealand. With his warm tuneful voice and considerable knowledge, he is a renowned interpreter of the poems and songs of Robert Burns.
Singer Lesley Ann McLuckie is one of the hidden gems of the Scottish music scene. Though she has always loved traditional song, work and family commitments curtailed her involvement until a meeting with Maureen Jelks, through a carers singing group, led to friendship and involvement in the Angus Trad Roots sessions. She regards the Fisherman’s session in Broughty Ferry as her second home and it was there she received the ultimate accolade for a traditional singer – an invitation to sing in ‘The Worlds Room” in Edinburgh!
Saturday 15th February, 11am to 12 noon. Admission £5 (Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1)
Cappuccino Concert with Choras, harmony singing trio
Choras are Aileen Carr, Janice Reavell and Barbara Dymock. Each is a much loved and respected traditional singer in her own right and together they excel. A concert with this acappella trio with their superb harmonies, eclectic selection of songs and sense of fun is not to be missed!
Robbie, founding member of Blether-Tay-Gither, Dundee’s Storytelling Group for Adults, keeps the tradition of oral storytelling alive. She believes in inclusive storytelling; the story is always the star of the show and audiences are asked to contribute and participate therefore feeling a part of the story. Stories may originate from near or far; some are specially written for specific situations.
Robbie has also collaborated with other storytellers, presenting workshops at Dundee’s Women’s Festivals and takes part in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival each October.
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB
Saturday 25th January, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
We launch the 2020 Wighton season with double Mod Gold Medallist Wilma Kennedy, singing at our Burns Day Cappuccino Concert! Rabbie set many of his loveliest lyrics to Gaelic tunes so would surely approve.
One of our finest Gaelic singers, a sought after teacher and coach with wide experience on television and radio, Wilma is no stranger to the Wighton. As the Friends of Wighton Gaelic Song tutor for several years she introduced numerous singers to the beauties of the Gaelic tradition.
It is a joy to welcome her back for what will be a wonderful morning of song!
Admission £5, tea/coffee available for a small donation.
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 30th November, 11am tickets £5, (doors open 10.30, tea/coffee available for small donation)
Caim – harmony folk trio
The three members of Caim harmony trio may be separated by the Irish Sea but they are not divided musically. Pauline Vallance’s roots in Scotland, Jacynth Hamill’s in N. Ireland and Heather Innes’s in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Australia all contribute to Caim’s strong and varied traditional repertoire.
Heather’s vibrant a cappella singing which served her well in her early days on the folk-club circuit, continues to provide a strong foundation in the group, as does her time as a key vocalist and bodhrán player in the bands “Dúlamán” and “Firefrost”.
Jacynth has a solid choral background which she puts to good use in arranging material for the group. Her pure and light voice adds an ethereal quality to the 3-part harmonies as well as suiting the plaintive solo songs she adds to the mix.
Harp player Pauline’s classical as well as folk background, her instrumental skills and her lyrical voice have enriched Caim’s sound and repertoire. She is a talented songwriter, turning events she has experienced, items she has read about, or a notion that has taken her fancy into a moving, a poignant or a hilarious song.
A “Caim” concert combines Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary songs, story and dance. “We share songs that are important to us and we invite our audiences to join us in singing and dancing. You’ll find music that goes straight to the heart, songs and stories to make you laugh, tunes to set your feet a-tapping and haunting harmonies that will uplift your spirit.”
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!