Wighton @ The Unicorn, 30th October & 9th November

There’s a strong Wighton interest in two upcoming concerts on board HMS Unicorn.  We could not fit all the wonderful young musicians of the Northumbrian Ranters and the Tayside Young Fiddlers into the Wighton Centre so we asked our Unicorn friends if we could borrow their lovely old ship!

And, of course, Elisabeth Flett and Joanna Stark, who perform together as Shamblestone, are Wighton ‘bairns’, former students of whom we are immensely proud!

HMS UNICORN, Wednesday 30th October, 7.30pm – 10pm

The Northumbrian Ranters & Tayside Young Fiddlers

Great music from brilliant young musicians

Tickets price £10/£5 Eventbrite  on Unicorn Facebook page or website, 01382 200900 or at door

The Northumbrian Ranters and Tayside Young Fiddlers are teaming up to bring an evening of beautiful traditional music at HMS Unicorn. 

The Northumbrian Ranters is made up of talented young traditional musicians from across Northumberland and Newcastle. Their aim is to promote and raise the profile of traditional music both in the area and further afield. 
The ensemble is made up of fiddles, Northumbrian pipes, cello, harp, accordion, flute, guitar and keyboard and their music is made up of both traditional sets from Northumberland and around the world. 

Tayside Young Fiddlers is a dynamic and energetic organisation that nurtures young people from Dundee and the surrounding area’s interest in traditional Scottish fiddle music and offers superb ontuition and opportunities to make new friends, learn performance skills and meet and learn from some of the best fiddle players and musicians on the Scottish scene.

Saturday 9th November 2pm – 3pm

Shamblestone at HMS Unicorn (in the Captain’s Cabin)

Tickets £9/£5 by Eventbrite on Unicorn Facebook page or website

Hailing from North East Fife, Elisabeth and Joanna have been performing together since 2008. Their innovative blend of different musical styles and sparky live performances makes Shamblestone an unusual and exciting duo.

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. Notable performances include Eden Festival 2016, Verdant Works Lunchtime Concert Series (2017), Simple Sounds Sessions (2018), Music At The Mill 2017, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and competing as Semi-Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2017. Their innovative blend of different musical styles and sparky live performances makes Shamblestone an unusual and exciting duo.

Lunchtime Recital with Kaitlin Ross: voice, and Catriona Hawksworth: piano Wednesday, 6th November

Kaitlin and Catriona form a Scottish traditional song and piano duo. They blend Kaitlin’s singing of traditional Gaelic and Scots songs with Catriona’s contemporary piano style, creating a unique sound. The duo began playing together in secondary school, meeting at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. They have since both gained degrees from the University of Highlands and Islands, and Newcastle University. Between them they have performed across Europe in a number of bands and projects including Eabhal, HEISK, Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth; and Rafiki Jazz.

“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

Cappuccino Concert with Bob Knight, singer songwriter, Saturday 19th October

Bob Knight, singer songwriter

Bob Knight makes a very welcome return to the Wighton.  Aberdonian Bob is a fine and versatile singer, a powerful yet sensitive songwriter,  an accomplished instrumentalist and the possessor of a dry sense of humour.    

A proud member of the traveller community, the traditional songs and lore of his people inform his work bringing a modern perspective to an ancient culture and a timeless richness to modern themes.

Saturday 19th October, 11am – noon. (doors open 10.30am) £5 admission, tea/coffee for small donation.

Lunchtime Recital with The Okapi Duo – Katie Kim, flute, and Brian King, guitar, Wednesday 2nd October

The Okapi Duo – Katie Kim, flute, and Brian King, guitar – is committed to making excellent chamber music accessible to all audiences while expanding the boundaries of the traditional ensemble.  Their synchronous and dynamic style has lead them to receive a number of awards including 2nd prize in the 2018 Southern Guitar Festival Ensemble Competition and 1st prize in the 2016 Great Composers Competition Series.  They have performed throughout the United States in California, New Orleans, Ohio, and New York.  Their compelling performances have led to an invitation to perform at the Carmel Guitar Society in Carmel, California and to pursue a Masters of Chamber Music at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  This opportunity led to some of their first international performances in Glasgow and throughout Scotland.

The Okapi Duo is passionate about community engagement in the arts and reaching audiences that do not easily have access to live music.  They enjoy taking their music outside of the concert hall to venues such as public libraries, schools, community centers, and senior centers.  In 2019 they were accepted onto the Live Music Now Scotland scheme, an organization that brings music to groups of people who rarely get to experience live music.  In the fall of 2017, Kim and King collaborated with Family Promise – an organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Lorain County, Ohio – to provide an artistic outlet for these disadvantaged families.

The duo is excited about pushing the boundaries of classical music and are constantly seeking innovative ways to contribute new music to the flute/guitar genre.  Their concerts often place traditional works such as a Bach Flute Sonata next to unconventional pieces such as arrangements of jazz composer Chick Corea’s music.  Along with writing their own arrangements, they also commission composers to write music for the duo.  In 2018, they commissioned Canadian composer Alexander Wright and are looking forward to premiering his piece in the spring of 2019.

Admission is free, donations for the work of Live Music Now welcomed

Cappuccino Concert with Karen Marshalsay, Harp: Saturday 21st September

We are delighted that the wonderful Karen Marshalsay is including the Wighton in her album launch tour.

Karen is a master of all three Scottish harps – the warm sounding modern gut-strung lever harp, the clear ringing wire-strung clarsach of the Highlands and Gaelic culture,  and the Baroque bray harp with its buzzing sitar-like.   The new CD  The Road To Kennacraig shows off her skill and musicality beautifully.

With a particular interest in playing pipe music on the harp, Karen has worked with Allan MacDonald, of the famous Glenuig piping brothers, featuring in his acclaimed pibroch concerts, including the Edinburgh International Festival’s Herald Angel Award-winning From Battle Lines to Bar Lines series in 2004. She also featured in the National Piping Centre’s Ceòl na Piòba concert in 2013 and has worked with African, Paraguayan and Indian musicians on multi-cultural projects including Yatra, which premiered at the Edinburgh Mela in 2008. More recently she guested with the Russian String Orchestra, playing her own compositions, during the Edinburgh Festival in 2018.

As well as appearing in solo concerts, Karen is currently a member of Irish folk music legend, flute and whistle master and singer, Cathal McConnell’s trio. She has also produced new works for Celtic Connections’ New Voices series, Hands up for Trad’s Distil showcase concerts, and Drake Music Scotland, and she was Composer in Residence with Harps North West in 2016.

Karen is available for interview; please contact Rob Adams on 0131 556 2264/07724 876867

Lunchtime Recital Wednesday 4th September with Claire Garabedian

Wednesday 4th September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm.  admission free, donations welcome

Lunchtime Recital with Claire Garabedian, cello. Dr Claire Garabedian, is a professional cellist specialising in historical performance, a Certified Music Practitioner (USA), and an experienced researcher focusing on the effects of the arts on people with dementia/people. She has presented her work throughout the UK, Europe and the USA; including at the Hay Literature Festival and on BBC Radio 4. Claire will play an engaging combination of familiar and perhaps unfamiliar classical and Scottish music.

Cappuccino Concert with Just 3Folk Saturday 24th August

Saturday 24th August, 11am (doors open 10.30am), tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation)

Cappuccino Concert with Just 3Folk

To kick off the autumn season at the Wighton we are delighted to welcome back, fresh from their successful concert series at the Edinburgh Fringe, Just 3Folk !

Liz Crawford, Maggie Douglas and Anne Hamilton are a three-part harmony folk singing trio, accompanying traditional and contemporary songs with guitar, banjo and ukulele. Sing along or sit back, relax and be entertained in a lively, friendly atmosphere. Old favourites, new songs and some surprises with a healthy sprinkling of information about the songs.

Cappuccino Concert Saturday 22nd June with Simon Chadwick, harp Followed by Workshop

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. 


2pm Workshop (£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.

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