Saturday 18th May 11am – noon Cappuccino Concert: The Merry Melodies and Beyond

Rosa Michaelson and Colin Allison, fiddle and guitar, continue their exploration of Kerr’s Merry Melodies. For example, the way music for the quadrille has persisted in the Scottish tradition and how folk tunes have been assimilated into other genres. Their concert will include tunes ranging from the 18th century to the present day.

Rosa and Colin are experienced musicians with a range of styles, including folk, classical and jazz. They have played in various Scottish Country dance bands, including “The Loose Moose Ceilidh Band”. Rosa first learnt Scottish traditional music at primary school, and subsequently with the Edinburgh Shetland Fiddlers and with Tom Anderson in Shetland. In the 1980s, she was a member of Sprangeen, the first all-female Scottish traditional ensemble and toured the Highlands and Islands as the musician with 7:84. Colin currently plays with Louisiana Fairytale, a New Orleans inspired jazz group, and the Dundee University Big Band.

Fiona Ross and Christine Kydd, Saturday 20th April, 11am-12md

Fiona Ross and Christine Kydd, singers

And how lucky are we that these two talented and feisty women have included the Wighton Centre in their Songs Across The Water UK Tour?

Fiona Ross grew up in Partick, in the west end of Glasgow, in touch with her roots on the Isle of Lewis. The youngest of five children, she inherited a love of Scottish music from her dad, and soon began singing popular Scottish songs. In the 1980s Fiona truly embraced the Scots song tradition, immersing herself in Edinburgh’s vibrant folk scene appearing at local folk clubs and busy pub singing sessions and joining the group Handsel.

Fiona moved to Australia in 2009 and has been flying the flag for Sottish song there. She has continued to develop into a well recognised tradition-bearer of Scots song, and was a finalist in the Scottish Singer of the Year at the Scottish Trad Awards 2019. Fiona’s honest, earthy & evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcases the richness & diversity of the tradition.

Christine Kydd’s presence at any gathering of singers and musicians is a guarantee of fun, laughter and, of course, great singing. Her work as a singer, choir director, voice coach, teacher, folklorist and animateur covers an enormous range of experience and has taken her all over the world.  Her rich voice, wide and eclectic repertoire and knowledge have won her accolades including two nominations for Scots Singer of the Year and induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for a small donation.

 

Peter Hedlund, Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson, Saturday 13th April 11am-12md

Peter Hedlund, nyckelharpa; Paul Anderson, fiddle; Shona Donaldson, song & fiddle

Peter ”Puma” Hedlund is considered by many to be Sweden’s foremost player of chromatic nyckelharpa. As a teenager in 1975, he achieved the Zorn Medal in silver, for “tradition-based playing of Uppland tunes on nyckelharpa”, and since then he can call himself “Riksspelman”, or “Fiddler of the Realm”. In 2010 he was honoured with Sweden’s most prestigious folk-music award, the Zorn Medal in gold, “For masterful, brilliant, and tradition-conscious playing of nyckelharpa.” We are indeed privileged to have him come and play for us.

Paul Anderson needs little introduction to anyone with even a passing interest in Scottish music. Probably our finest exponent of the North-East fiddle tradition, he is in a direct line of players from Niel Gow through James Mackintosh of Dunkeld and Hector MacAndrew – the man who famously judged Yehudi Menuhin’s playing of a strathspey to be “No bad” – to his own teacher, Douglas Lawrence.  He has also written many a good tune!

Shona Donaldson is a very fine traditional singer, and fiddle-player, from Huntly. This multi-award winning singer, whose honours include Scottish Singer of the Year, is equally at home singing a Muckle Sang, a World War 1 number or a bothy ballad. In the latter she excels, having twice won the prestigious Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions competition in Elgin.

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

 

Skyrie: Saturday 23rd March Cappuccino Concert 11am – noon

The fiddle, percussion and guitar ceilidh band who had the crowd at the City Square dancing – and roaring for more! – at the Hooley!   They have taken their traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes, including some of their own compositions round the world, most recently to Kuwait, Cyprus and even Glasgow for Celtic Connections! We are chuffed to bits to get them for them for the Wighton.

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for donation

https://www.skyrie.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 6th March, Lunchtime Recital 1.15pm – 1.45pm: Positive Notes!

Positive Notes Advanced (over 40’s section) Learning Disability Singing Group present an early celebration of Irish Folk Songs, for St Patricks Day. Positive Notes groups like to sing songs that will boost your mood and put a smile on your face. Come along and join in with the fun. Sing along with us too if you like.”

Admission free, donations welcome.

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