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.

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

 

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.

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!

 

Mike & Dolly O’Rourke: Saturday 18th November, 11 am – 12 noon

Admission £5

Our guests are local favourites and social media stars, Mike & Dolly O’Rourke

Dolly and Mike started their song challenge back in 2020 when they decided to post a song a day on Facebook. The idea was to use all their different instruments and cover as many different genres as possible – Scottish, Irish and English trad and folk songs, Americana, Country, Blues, old and new pop songs – and songs in different  languages, including Gaelic French, Cornish, German and Spanish. Kid’s favourites and songs from the shows were also in the mix, sometimes taking them out of their comfort zone!

To date they have posted 550 songs, sometimes joined by their grown-up children when they become the O’Rourke Family Bubble Band.  They have had over three quarters of a million views and have made friends all over the world!

 

 

Dougie Mackenzie & Brian Miller Saturday 4th November 11am -12noon

Dougie MacKenzie has been a weel-kent face and voice on the Scottish folk scene for many years but the release of his solo album “Along the Way” in 2019 brought his warm mellow voice to a wider audience. His choice of material is mainly Scottish, and he has a particular talent for the Muckle Sangs, but Irish, English and one or two recent compositions might also appear

A well respected figure in the Scottish traditional music world, Brian Miller has been playing music since he was a young boy and his instrument of choice was the guitar. In the early 70s, while at Glasgow University, he joined the ‘Laggan’, played professionally with ‘Swan Arcade’ and even before that used to play regularly with the great Fife Road Show which featured many other fine singers and musicians.

After that he returned to Edinburgh and played with fiddler Charlie Sloane. He has also been known to appear with those legends of good taste and anarchy, ‘The Vindscreen Vipers’. He became a member of the dance band ‘The Occasionals’, and has always been in great demand as a session musician.

 

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