Sandy Brechin, accordion, & Ewan Wilkinson, vocals and guitar

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library. Wellgate Centre DD1 3 BQ
Saturday 24th February, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert with Sandy Brechin, accordion,  & Ewan Wilkinson, vocals and guitar
Sandy and Ewan have been playing together for twelve years now, combining Ewan’s rich baritone singing and unique guitar style with Sandy’s lightning fast accordion playing and backing vocals. The duo have toured all over the world, including Australia, The Middle East, Scandinavia and all over the British Isles. A selection of some of the best traditional songs from Scotland (and even some from England!) are interwoven with Ewan’s own songs and Sandy’s high-energy tunes sets to make a dazzling show.

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for small donation

Lorraine Wilson with Tosh Flood

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB
Wednesday 7th February
Lunchtime Recital. 1.15pm
Lorraine Wilson with Tosh Flood!

Lorraine Wilson is a Dundee-born singer who has performed with various bands in her home city over the years.   A freelance journalist, she is the author of Take it to the Bridge, a book charting the history of rock and pop in Dundee, and Facing Forward, a fascinating account of her solo back-packing trip around Europe.

She is currently working on an album with her husband Tosh Flood, a highly respected Dublin-born musician, songwriter, and producer, who plays guitars with The Divine Comedy. They both performed in London with the London Accordion Orchestra in January.
Lorraine and Tosh have put together a special, rather eclectic set of songs for a performance at the Wighton Centre!

Admission is free, donations for Friends of Wighton’s Outreach programme welcome.

Cappuccino Concert with Simon Kempston, singer songwriter and guitarist

Saturday 20th January, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Admission £5, tea/coffee available for small donation
Cappuccino Concert with Simon Kempston, singer songwriter and guitarist!
Simon Kempston is an Edinburgh based award-winning singer-songwriter and leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist composing and performing original and contemporary acoustic music.
Though he is a Dundee lad, Simon’s busy schedule rarely allows time for him to perform in his native city so we are especially thrilled to welcome him to the Wighton!
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.

Simon has performed at many of the major venues, folk/blues clubs and festivals in Scotland, the UK and regularly tours the length & breadth of Europe. He has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as other local and specialist music radio stations.  

Beautifully authentic guitar style & heartfelt vocal
Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 6
Highly recommended, very fine album from a very fine young Scottish musician
Iain Anderson
BBC Radio Scotland
Intelligent, passionate and highly original
fROOTS magazine

Shamblestone

Happy New Year!   Friends of Wighton’s 2018 Lunchtime Recital programme launches in style on Wednesday 10th January with the Shamblestone!
An entertaining multi-instrumentalist folk duo, rooted in the Scottish tradition, Joanna Stark and Elisabeth Flett first started playing together in 2008 as part of folk trio Three’s A Crowd – the group went on to perform in venues all over Scotland and take part in projects such as the Cambridge Folk Festival Youth Hub Band.  Three’s A Crowd released a CD in 2013. In June 2016 Joanna and Elisabeth performed their first gig under the name of Shamblestone at Eden Festival, followed by a lunchtime concert in the High Mill at Verdant Works, Dundee in July. Their innovative blend of different musical styles and sparky live performances makes Shamblestone an unusual and exciting duo.

The Recital starts at 1.15pm and admission is free.

Irish harp and fiddle in the Wighton Centre, Dundee

Last minute change of plans for the 1st November lunchtime concert!

Sylvia Crawford. Photo: M Ó Graham.
Courtesy www.orielarts.com

Lorraine Wilson will now be doing the lunchtime concert on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

Sylvia Crawford, from Armagh, has stepped in at short notice to play some tunes on harp and fiddle for us on Wednesday 1st November at 1.15pm.

Sylvia teaches and plays fiddle, piano and historical Irish harp. She is currently researching the music and traditions of an eighteenth century Irish harper and fiddler from Co. Armagh, Patrick Quin, and she will play some of his tunes on a copy of his harp.

Sylvia has been working with Irish singer, Pádraigín Ní Úallacháin, and Sylvia’s harp music and research features on Pádraigín’s 2017 online project, Oriel Arts

The concert is at 1.15pm on Wednesday, 1st November. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Happenings at the Wighton!

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate Centre, Dundee DD1 1DB
Saturday 28th October, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert with Alan Brown, singer,  songwriter and raconteur!
Tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation)
Alan Brown was born and raised less than half a mile from where the present day Wighton Library stands and Dundee has been a major influence on his career to date. Exiled from the city since 1970 he is difficult to pigeonhole: singer, songwriter, musician, composer, novelist, journalist, after dinner speaker, playwright, poet, standup, tour guide, and is probably best summed as – an entertainer! Despite thirty years performing professionally in Scotland and overseas this will be his first ever solo appearance in his hometown. Expect a varied programme of award-winning songs and stories, brand new material and a few surprises.
And in November!
Wednesday 1st, 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with Lorraine Wilson, singer, accompanied by Tosh Flood.
A varied programme of standards and surprises from Lorraine who will be accompanied by the highly regarded Irish musician Tosh Flood.  Lorraine is, of course, well known as a journalist and author but she is also a very fine singer with an eclectic repertoire. 
Admission free, donations welcome.
Tuesday 7th, 6.15pm
Trad Talk: Culture Chat   Free. Your opportunity to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Culture Strategy.  Opinions,  instruments and voices welcome!  Book your place at
And we have two Cappuccinos in late November with folk who are no strangers to us!
Saturday 18th with Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
Saturday 25th with Zakia & Farrah Fawcett, strings with style!


Lunchtime Recital with Jim & Kate Taylor

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

Lunchtime Recital with Jim & Kate Taylor!

Wednesday 4th October, 1.15pm Admission free.

For our October Lunchtime Recital we are delighted to welcome two stalwarts of the Scottish traditional music scene Jim & Kate Taylor and their extensive repertoires of old songs and bothy ballads of the northeast.

Jim Taylor was born near Garlogie where he still lives, and is a retired Quantity Surveyor. A nephew of the late King of the Bothy Ballads, Tam Reid, Jim is keeping Tam’s songs going as well as a few others. He is in great demand as a compere, which allows his native North East humour to shine through, and he has been a guest at several singing festivals throughout the UK and Ireland.

Kate Taylor started singing at the tender age of 40 and has not stopped since. She is passionately fond of traditional singing and has been influenced mainly by Sheila Stewart, Elizabeth Stewart and Jane Turriff. Kate is a member of the Aberdeen Folk Club and the Aberdeen Branch of the TMSA, and she has also been a guest at several folk festivals and singing weekends where her fine voice and sense of fun have won her many fans.

Winter-spring 2017-18

Lunchtime recitals   Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB, 1.15pm
 Admission free – retiring collection

4 Oct    Kate and Jim Allen, singers
1 Nov    Sylvia Crawford harp and fiddle
6 Dec    Wighton Singers
10 Jan   Shamblestones
7 Feb    Lorraine Wilson singer

Cappuccino Concerts
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission £5
Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1
Concert runs 11am to 12 noon

16th Sep:       Bob Stewart 
28th  Oct           Alan Brown singer/songwriter
18th Nov    Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
25th Nov;        Zakia and Farrah Fawcett
20 Jan ’18     Simon Kempston, singer
24th Feb:       Sandy Brechin  Ewan Wilkinson,  accordionist and singer/guitarist17th Mar:      Heather Innes, singer
28th April:    The Quiggs, Scottish / Danish folksong duo

Classes 
in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

Most Saturdays
harp with Simon Chadwick 2.00-3.30pm
Suitable for beginners – just turn up
harps are available for use in class and also for long-term rental

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