Saturday 20th July, 11am – noon: Songs and Springs from Scotland and Scandinavia

Saturday 20th July, 11am – noon: Cappuccino Concert:-

Songs and Springs from Scotland and Scandinavia with sisters Sally Garden & Alison Hart.

We at Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome back our first Historical Musician in Residence, Sally Garden, with sister Alison Hart, for what promises to be a beautiful morning of song.

Sally and Alison hail from an Angus farming family and are just two of a flock of four sibling musicians, all with professional careers. How this happened is another story! But – Alison trained at RSAMD (Conservatoire), studying piano with Lawrence Glover, and began herteaching career with the challenge of schooling her younger sister Sally to play her scales, ‘properly!’. Surviving this musical trauma, she went on to teach music in Angus Primary Schools, develop her own teaching practice, and guide many a successful student through their Associated Board exams.

Alison’s performing career began even earlier, at the age of 14, playing (and pedalling!) the kirk harmonium to accompany the hymns. This began her organist career (same keyboard, different pedals). But most of all, Alison is known for her calm, unflappable accompanying skills at the piano. She has supported several choirs and countless singers and instrumentalists in show and concert over many years, and given 30 years service as an official accompanist for the Arbroath Competitive Festival, playing for multiple classes every day of the 5-day event.

Sally, who eventually mastered her scales ‘properly’, went on to study music at Aberdeen University, studying singing first at the North East of Scotland Music School, then with bel canto specialist Laura Sarti, in London. Her fiddle never far from her side, she played in orchestras in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, enjoying the camaraderie and occasional fee!

Gaining her doctorate at  Edinburgh University, she added another proverbial string to her bow – musicology. This took her  to Glasgow University for a spell, following which she was privileged to work as Historical Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee. Most of all, Sally is known for her recital work and special interest in Scots and Scandinavian art song, and in 2019 was invited to give the annual Nina Grieg Day recital at Troldhaugen, Bergen. She is founder of the Grieg Society of Scotland, part of a network of Grieg Societies across the globe, and is also vice-chair of the  Norwegian Scottish Association, Edinburgh.

Admission £5, Tea/coffee available for donation


Saturday 20 July 2024, 11 a.m Cappuccino Concert with sisters Sally Garden & Alison Hart

Songs and Springs from Scotland and Scandinavia

Another important part of the Wighton story, singer and musicologist Sally Garden was our inaugural Historical Musician in Residence and we are delighted to welcome her, accompanied by her sister Alison Hart, for  what promises to be a fascinating programme.

Dr Sally Garden is a Scottish mezzo-soprano and musicologist performing, writing and occasionally composing under the banner Mons Graupius (a playful borrowing from Tacitus!). Fired by her passion for discovering and exploring the hidden stories of Scotland’s music, and fascinated by the links and connections between her native culture and the wider world, especially the Nordic world, she has sought out and cultivated a unique repertoire of Scottish and Scandinavian art song, much of it rare and uncharted, and made it her own.

Cappuccino Concert: Essa Flett’s The Selkie’s Wife. Saturday 29th June, 11am – noon

Our own Essa Flett brings her acclaimed solo show “The Selkie’s Wife” to the Wighton.  Not to be missed!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A bewitching performance” – Binge Fringe Magazine

From the creator of ROOTS (Fringe 2019) and cast member of the hit 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Bradán Theatre show My Lover Was A Salmon in the Climate Apocalypse, comes  a ‘bewitching’ (Binge Fringe Magazine) new solo folk storytelling performance.

Join Elisabeth Flett as she gives the audience a decidedly sapphic retelling of the Selkie tale- that is, she’ll try to, if her own story would only stop getting in the way. A tour de force of Flett’s award-winning career as a folk musician, folklorist, writer and theatre-maker, The Selkie’s Wife is a show full of live music, academic fun facts, storytelling, foley art – and maybe some queer revenge…

Suitable for 14+

Content Warnings: descriptions of institutional homophobia, sexism, non- consensual marriage, chronic illness and one use of strong violence (no depictions of the above are shown in the show), one use of strong language

Admission £5.  Tea/coffee available for a small donation.


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





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!


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