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

 

 

 

 

Cappuccino Concert Saturday 27th Jan at 11am with Wilma Kennedy

Our first  Cappuccino Concert of 2024 is  with the wonderful Gaelic singer Wilma Kennedy.

Wilma is a native Gaelic speaker with family connections with Skye and Tiree. She is one of a very small number of Gaelic singers who has won both premier solo singing Gold Medals at the Royal National Mòd.  She will be singing songs from the recently published Gun Sireadh, Gun Iarraidh – The Tolmie Collection, which was edited by her mother, Kenna Campbell MBE

As an award winning singer, actress and teacher she has shared her passion for Gaelic songs both at home and internationally.

She’s delighted to be getting the opportunity to both perform at the January Cappuccino Concert and hold her Gaelic song class on the second Saturday of the month in the Wighton Centre.

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for donation.

Last concerts of 2023!

Sat Dec 9th  11am – noon   Cappuccino Concert    admission £5, tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits available for a small donation to Perky Pig.

The Wighton Singers Christmas Concert!     The traditional concert by our resident group moves to Saturday.  Under the direction of the redoubtable Amy Lord, The Wighton Singers will present an array of songs, some Christmassy, some not,  beautifully sung and with exciting harmonies.

Mon 11th December Downfield Primary School. 7.45pm (doors open at 7.30pm) Free!

 Positive Notes Advanced Learning Disability Singing Group (over 40’s) section will be performing Crumbs the Musical – it is about pensioners that break into a supermarket and steal all the buns on Mon 11th December at Downfield Primary School. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 7:45pm and the show is free. It will be performed with scripts and there might be a few blips but it will be lots of fun!  (Positive Notes meets on Monday at the Wighton)

Guid Yuill and a Guid New Year when it comes!

 

Saturday August 26th : 11am – Noon “Where the Feather Falls”

Jess Smith, Traveller, author and storyteller, and Joss Cameron, traditional folk singer, have woven their Scottish Traveller stories and songs into an enthralling and musical show,  Jess has been our guest before, Joss, who is related to ballad singing icon Jeannie Robertson, is making her first visit = not to be missed!

Admission £5 (doors open 10.30am)

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Saturday August 19th : 11am – Noon: The Doolichters

The Doolichters, Dundee’s oldest boy band ,and big Wighton favourites, will once again bring their own peculiar take on life in their home city of Dundee to the Wighton Centre.   As always, there will be great music and songs, great humour and almost certainly a chance to sing along!

Admission £5 (doors open 10.30am)

 

Jess Smith @ The Wighton, Sat 18th June 11am

It is the Year of Storytelling and Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome one of Scotland’s best to the Wighton Heritage Centre!
 
Jess Smith, storyteller, writer and fine singer, is our guest at the NaeCoffee (but feel free to bring your own) Concert on Saturday 18th June, 11am to noon.
Jess was raised on the road in her large travelling family  of parents and seven sisters. Home was a single-decked Bedford bus; her ‘mansion’ on wheels. It served the family for ten years until it gave up the ghost in Lennie’s yard, Kirkcaldy. Two more years travelling with trailers and most of the family married off, Jess left her cultural map to settle with a young Crieff lad; Dave. Three chicks feathered their nest, grew and flew. It was then that Jess remembered a promise she made her father to write a book about Travellers in Scotland. However her knowledge of the community only covered her own travelling days in her wheeled mansion.
Memories were fresh so she retired at age 50 and learned basic computer and keyboard skills.
Jessie’s Journey was the result! Within months it was no 1 in Scottish biographies. Her love of sharing the culture was welcomed into the literary world, two more biographical books followed, a novel, a story collection and then ‘the book’ she promised dad; Way of the Wanderers.
She has travelled the world taking her story to wherever and whoever wants to hear it. She loves meeting people, sharing tales and also enjoys singing a few old favourite songs.

Doors open, 10.30am, admission £5.

Henry Lebedinsky: Wighton Harpsichord concert

When a renowned American early music specialist says he is coming to town and would like to play your harpsichord what can you do but add an extra Cappuccino Concert to your programme?

Henry Lebedinsky last played at the Wighton Heritage Centre in October 2010 while on his honeymoon!  His return visit is on Saturday 15th October, from 11am to noon, when his programme will include17th and 18th century works by Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Giovanni Battista Draghi and Elizabeth Turner.

Hailed by The Miami Herald for his “superb continuo… brilliantly improvised and ornamented,” Henry Lebedinsky performs as a historical keyboardist and Irish traditional guitarist across the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition to performing, Mr. Lebedinsky has taught masterclasses and workshops on historical performance practice at the University of Edinburgh, and many American institutions. He is also an avid composer of music for choir and organ. He currently lives in the Seattle, Washington area.

The venue for the concert will be the lovely Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library. This airy space houses the internationally important Wighton Collection of old Scottish music books: over 700 volumes from the 17th, 18th and 19th century.

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 for Annette Heilbron (1928 – 2011), of the Helicon Ensemble and founder member of the National Early Music Association.

The concert will be at 11am on Saturday 15th October. Coffee and newspapers will be available from 10.30am. Admission will be £5.

 Henry Lebedinsky at his last concert playing the Wighton Harpsichord in Dundee in 2010

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