The Friends of Wighton will host two Cappuccino Concerts and a Lunchtime Recital to round off what has been a very memorable year!
First up, on Saturday 19th November, Mary Ann Kennedy and long-time musical collaborator Finlay Wells who will reveal some brand-new material from two forthcoming albums in a series of intimate concerts. ‘Glaschu’ – a lovesong to her urban Gàidhealtachd home town, and ‘An Dàn’ – a unique collection of original Gaelic songwriting by Mary Ann and some of Scotland’s finest poest – are scheduled for release in 2017. Join Mary Ann and Finlay to be among the first to hear these very special songs.
An urban Gael from multi-cultural Glasgow, Mary Ann Kennedy’s life has been one of music. A younger member of the ‘first family of Gaelic music’, her earliest memories are of a home filled with songs of community, history, work and worship from their exile island of Skye.
A hothouse classical training – and a brief diversion running the BBC’s Gaelic news service – sees her today as musician, singer, broadcaster, conductor, composer and producer, based at her creative Highland hub, Watercolour Music.
On Saturday 26th, the Cappuccino Concert will feature Abercraig! This group of young musicians were brought together by Friends of Wighton tutor Karen Hannah to appear at the MG Alba Scots Music Trad Awards in the Caird Hall on 3rd December. The youngsters, ranging in age from 6 to 17, hail from Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife and have been working hard with Karen, Kevin Findlay, Paul Anderson and MoragAnne Elder.
Why Abercraig? One of the last two ‘Fifies’ which linked both sides of the Tay before the Road Bridge opened 50 years ago!
And last event of theyear is the Lunchtime Recital on Wednesday 7th December, 1.15pm – 1.45pm with the traditional performance by The Wighton Singers. The Singers have had a busy year giving performances in day centres, churches and the University of Dundee’s Baxter Suite. Their programme will feature seasonal and traditional Scots songs laced with their usual warmth and good humour.
As always doors open for the Cappuccino Concert at 10.30am, tickets £5, and you can enjoy refreshments (available for a small donation) and enjoy a newspaper before the concert starts at 11am,
Lunchtime Recital, 1.15pm – 1.45pm, is free, donations for the work of Friends of Wighton welcome.