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

First Cappuccino Concert of the new season with Tarneybackle

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

Saturday 22nd September, 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Cappuccino Concert with Tarneybackle

TARNEYBACKLE!

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

Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome a return visit from TARNEYBACKLE  for a Cappuccino Concert on Saturday 22nd September.

This tuneful and lively group’s material is a blend of traditional and contemporary folk song, performed with strong vocal harmonies and a wide range of instruments.

The trio is comprised of Sandy Marshall (Vocals, Guitar, and Bouzouki), Lorna Davidson (Vocals, World Percussion) and John Davidson (Vocals, Guitar, Mandola, Mandolin, Whistles).

Their interpretation and presentation of Scots song has brought them praise from reviewers, and a growing fan base from their extensive live performances and radio work, including appearances at the Scottish Parliament, Orkney Folk Festival, and on BBC Radio Scotland radio shows “Reel Bend” and “Take The Floor”.
Tarneybackle has released six albums to date


“Tullibardine” “Distant Dreams”       “The Diamond”             “Winds of Freedom”, “Looking Out” and “Singing Land”

“The enjoyment is infectious” – The Scots Magazine

“One of the best folk-based acts in Scotland” – Perthshire Advertiser

“I reverently suggest they be short-listed for a possible future “Sultans of Trad” award.” – FolkWorld

Orkney Folk Festival Reviews – “Tarneybackle gave a full-sounding and genuine performance…….kept the audience entertained between songs with humorous banter for good measure.”

“fusion of traditional and contemporary folk, with strong vocals from John Davidson intensifying the performance.”

www.tarneybackle.co.uk                    tarneybackle@gmail.com

 

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Music legend Sir Jimmy Shand’s collection goes on display in Wighton Centre, Central Library, Dundee

Newly restored rare musical manuscripts collected by Fife-born and world-renowned accordion player Sir Jimmy Shand have been unveiled to the public in Dundee.

The collection, some of which dates back to the 18th century, was able to be professionally conserved thanks to a fundraising campaign and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It will now be available for the use of musicians, students, teachers, folklorists, historians and other interested parties, at Dundee’s Wighton Heritage Centre.

The collection was unveiled during a special event on Saturday, attended by Jimmy Shand junior and his wife Margaret.

Others in attendance were Shona Robison MSP, Leisure and Culture trustee George Laidlaw, Councillor Fraser MacPherson, former Citizen of the Year Norman Robertson, City Centre and Harbour Community Council chairman  Bill Newcombe MBE and Box and Fiddle editor Pia Walker, as well as Friends of Wighton.

Dundee-based traditional Scottish singer Sheena Wellington, of the Friends of Wighton, said: “We were very pleased with the turnout for the event.

“There were around 40 people, mostly invited guests and some of our students.

“We have some really interesting things in the collection, around 23 volumes. Some of them date back to 1795 and include workbooks of young people learning to play instruments.

“Jimmy junior also presented us with two volumes of his father’s compositions.”

Sir James Shand MBE (1908–2000) was born in East Wemyss in Fife and  played traditional Scottish dance music on the accordion. His signature tune was “The Bluebell Polka”.

Music at Saturday’s event was provided by students of the Friends of Wighton Saturday fiddle and whistle classes with their tutors Morag Anne Elder and Helen Forbes.

Their sets featured tunes from the two printed volumes and two handwritten manuscripts, all four of which were displayed on the harpsichord.

Introductory remarks were from past Friends of Wighton Chairman, Iain Sword.

The Chariman of the National Accordion and Fiddle Clubs, Nicol McLaren, himself a renowned accordion player and bandleader, gave a personal appreciation of the seminal role of Jimmy Shand in Scottish music.

Jimmy Shand Jr closed proceedings by thanking the Friends of Wighton for taking care of his father’s legacy.

 

 

 

Lunchtime Recital on 5th September with Graham Rorie & Aidan Moodie

Graham Rorie, fiddle & mandolin, and Aidan Moodie, vocal and guitar, are two of the most promising young musicians to recently emerge from Orkney’s rich heritage of traditional music.

With a presence that’s both familiar and forward-thinking, Graham and Aidan’s playful arrangements are brought to life by a musical relationship almost a decade in the making. The pair perform traditional tunes (both from “up home” in Orkney and further afield), self-penned numbers, and contemporary folk songs through an intimate combination of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and voice.

In 2015, the boys won a coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, also reaching the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award the following year. Following this, they went on to form the four-piece folk band Gnoss – recently nominated for an MG Alba “Up And Coming” award at the 2017 Trad Awards.

“Aidan and Graham are superb musicians, not only that, they combine as a superb duo.” Folk Radio UK

The recital starts at 1,15pm, admission is free, donations for the excellent work of Live Music Now welcome!

Dementia Friendly Concert with Aidan Moodie and Graham Rorie

Lunchtime Recital with Kirsty Law

Wighton Heritage Centre

Wednesday 8th August, 1.15 – 1.45pm

Lunchtime Recital with Kirsty Law

 

For the third of our Year of Young People Lunchtime Recitals we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Kirsty Law!

 

Kirsty Law is an innovative young vocalist and song-maker based in Edinburgh.

The mainstay of her musical education came from learning Scots ballads and folk songs from tradition bearers such as Sheila Stewart, Cathal McConnell and Margaret Bennett.

Today she draws on this experience in her own composition, often writing in a ‘patchwork’ style, layering and combining original and traditional melodies, poems and text – and incorporating contemporary sounds alongside her rich Scots vocal. Her song ‘Hymn For A Shepherd’ has been mentioned in the Scottish Parliament and she has released two albums and one EP.

Working with artists of different mediums has come to be the lifeblood of her work – performing alongside poets, storytellers and sound artists as well as responding to the work of contemporary visual artists and filmmakers.

 

Some Plaudits…

…spellbinding’ Max Reinhardt BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

Beautiful and fiesty… a musician doing things her own way.’ Karine Polwart

‘Kirsty’s dedication to the tradition shines through her singing. Her sensitive interpretation will touch your heart – not to be missed!’ Margaret Bennett

 

Admission free, but our shiny pink piggybank welcomes donations!

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