Cappuccino Concert with Simon Kempston Saturday 19th January 2019

Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald) and leading fingerstyle guitarists. Simon’s original, distinctive guitar playing is founded upon a complex, finger-picking style which technically reveals his classical training yet is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by Simon’s rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.

An award-winning songwriter and an inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon’s songs are amongst the most thought-provoking you are likely to hear, often sidestepping the usual themes of love and attraction in favour of offering social commentary and an insight into the everyday lives of people. Simon is a powerful and intense live performer, and his true passion for music and song shines through in his acclaimed shows. He has performed at scores of esteemed venues and festivals in 27 European countries and Canada, Ronnie Scott’s, Celtic Connections, Sligo Live and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival amongst many others. Simon has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as a plethora of continental music radio stations.

Simon’s first full-length album ‘Carefree Prisoner’ was released in 2009 to rave reviews and his latest album, which sees him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer, is his best, most poetic, most diverse and engaging collection of songs yet. The album is entitled ‘Broken Before’, was released in late 2018, and features superb, complementing instrumentation from Robbie Greig, William Archibald and Bob Miller

Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.

Tickets £5, tea & coffee available for a small donation.

The 1st Friends of Wighton Event of the New Year – 5th January 2019

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.

 

 

Cappuccino Concert to showcase fiddler Kevin Findlay’s book and CD “The Lochee Sessions”

On Saturday 24th November, 11am (doors open 10.30am) the Cappuccino Concert will showcase fiddler Kevin Findlay’s book and CD “The Lochee Sessions”

Kevin Findlay has been a member of Boogalusa since 1992 and has recorded 3 albums with the band. Notable gigs include the Festival Europe d’Art in Niort, France,  Shetland Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival,Glasgow Celtic Connectionsand Aberdeen Jazz Festival. He has appeared on The Big Breakfast, Pebble Mill at One and Aig Asaig Gaelic TV show; as well as live performances on Radio 1 and Radio Scotland.

He is a founder member of the Mad Parrot Ceilidh Band, formed in 2002, and has performed at ceilidhs and festivals in many locations, including Oman in the Persian Gulf.

In 2006, he became Musical Director of Tayside Young Fiddlers. He has overseen the transformation of TYF into a group which performs material at the cutting edge of the vibrant Scottish musical tradition. He arranged and conducted their CD album Rockin’ the Baby in 2014.

Joining Kevin for the event will be two Mad Parrot colleagues, Lindsey Duncan on guitar and Wighton’s own Helen Forbes, on whistle.

Admission to a Cappuccino Concert is £5. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available for a small donation.

Cappuccino Concert with Alan Reid Saturday 17th November

Cappuccino Concert  with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alan Reid,  Saturday 17th November 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Founder member and mainstay of the internationally renowned Battlefield Band for more than 40 years, Alan was the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band.The depth of his melodic playing and punctuated rhythms have so defined Celtic music that his influence can be heard in many of today’s younger generation of Celtic musicians.

Alan is also a prolific and fluid songwriter, his compositions full of imagery and stories of common folk and historical figures as well. As interesting and moving as the stories are, his musical compositions leave the listener with a strong, memorable and very singable melody.

Alan has a busy touring schedule, with stints in the USA, Germany and Australia in the past few months, so we are highly delighted that we can welcome him again!

Admission to a Cappuccino Concert is £5. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available for a small donation.

Lunchtime Recital by Dolly O’Rourke and Friends, 7th November

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!

 

November at the Wighton

Happy November, and to warm your heart here is news of some lovely musical treats we have in store.

Lunchtime Recital with Dolly O’Rourke and Friends on Wednesday 7th November, 1.15-1.45.

As has become the custom, we have two Cappuccino Concerts in November.

Saturday 17th November, 11am (doors open 10.30am) brings us the wonderful songwriter and multi instrumentalist Alan Reid.

On Saturday 24th November, 11am (doors open 10.30am) the Cappuccino Concert will showcase fiddler Kevin Findlay’s book and CD “The Lochee Sessions”

Saturday 20th October, 2018, 11.00am – Cappuccino Concert with JANICE CLARK, singer

Janice Clark, one of Scotland’s most respected traditional singers, was born and brought up in Aberdeen and from an early age took an interest in the traditional music and song of the North East of Scotland. Her ballad singing style was heavily influenced by some of the great local source singers like Jeannie Robertson, Lizzie Higgins and Stanley Robertson.  Janice began singing at Folk Clubs and Festivals in her early teens and travelled and recorded with bands such as Iolair, Lang Johnnie More and Highland Connection. She also has an interest in blues music and performed for many years with Aberdeen based blues band, Off The Tracks. Her more recent musical collaborations have been with Lois and the Session Clarks, featuring close harmony arrangements and with Peter McCallum where traditional ballads and songs are presented in edgy, contemporary arrangements. She also performs with her flute player and husband, Malcolm Reavell, longtime member of ceilidh band Halyracket and currently of Straefoot.

Janice began teaching singing workshops at Folk Festivals throughout Scotland and later taught guitar accompaniment for Feis Rois in 1991. Since that time Janice has been a regular tutor at the Adult Feis, teaching traditional song and harmony and an anything goes “Song Extravaganza”. She has tutored for Scottish Culture and Traditions in Aberdeen supporting experienced singers to build a repertoire, develop their individual style and gain performance skills for solo and group singing.

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

 

 

Lunchtime Recital with Iain Flett & MoragAnne Elder 3rd October

We have a  Lunchtime Recital with a difference on Wednesday 3rd October when  musician MoragAnne Elder and former city archivist Iain Flett take us on a musical journey around the collectors and collections housed in the Wighton Heritage Centre.

From the base of Andrew James Wighton’s original legacy The Wighton Collection has acquired, usually by donation, a fascinating range of musical books and manuscripts.   Equally interesting are the stories of those generous people who gave us their treasured collections and we look forward to hearing more of the them and their music.

The recital runs from 1.15pm – 1.45pm, admission is free, donations are welcomed

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