Wednesday 2nd August, 1pm – 2pm. Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail

Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail 2023

Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail is back!

The Ceilidh Trail is a paid summer job and professional development opportunity for outstanding young traditional musicians. Musicians between the ages of 16 and 25 spend the summer playing music, travelling throughout Scotland and beyond, and gain experience playing for just about every kind of gig under the sun!  Dundee is lucky – we get two chances to see and hear them!

Wednesday 2nd August – Wighton Centre; 1-2pm. Free; donations welcome. Informal Concert

Wednesday 2nd August – HMS Unicorn, Dundee; 7.30pm. £10/£8 (Concession – Over 65/Unwaged)
Ceilidh Dance – https://www.hmsunicorn.org.uk/on-board/events/ceilidh-0208

 

 

Wednesday 26th July. 1.15 – 145pm. Mark Spalding with El Search: Harpsichord 40th Birthday Celebration!

Wighton’s own harpsichord specialist, Mark Spalding , will be playing with Dundee’s long established free improvisation group El Search in a programme specially devised as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations.

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the 18th century maker Nicholas Blanchet , commissioned by Annette Heilbron and  built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge , in 1983.  This is a great opportunity to hear just how versatile our beautiful instrument can be.

Admission free, donations welcome.

 

 

 

Wednesday 5th July: 1.15pm – 1.45pm. Karen Hannah, fiddle.

Talented and popular fiddler Karen Hannah is no stranger to the Wighton, having tutored fiddle class here for more than a decade. She is planning to resume her classes later in the year and we are looking forward to hearing her play, in that great traditional style, on Wednesday!

Saturday 17th June 11am: Bob Knight, singer songwriter

Bob Knight makes a very welcome return to the Wighton.  Aberdonian Bob is a fine and versatile singer, a powerful yet sensitive songwriter, an accomplished instrumentalist and the possessor of a dry sense of humour.

A proud member of the traveller community, the traditional songs and lore of his people inform his work bringing a modern perspective to an ancient culture and a timeless richness to modern themes.

Admission £5

Saturday 20th May, 11 am. Morning Concert with Kate Badcock & Roddy Johnston (Dancing Feet)

Roddy and Kate met 17years ago in West Yorkshire and started playing together. They discovered a mutual passion not only for Irish and Scottish music, but also music from all corners of Europe, playing tunes from Galicia to Scandinavia to the Balkans !

As the duo Zetor in the Kailyard they have played to audiences across Scotland, in pubs, folk clubs and festivals, touring regularly in Europe and the British isles. Their debut album, “Collateral” was recorded in the winter of 2016.

Their music is driven by a passion for Scottish and Irish traditional music and an insatiable curiosity for music from further afield.

The Duo features Roddy Johnston on vocals, guitar, fiddle, pipes, and Kate Badcock on flute, alto sax and backing vocals. Roddy and Kate are now based in Kirriemuir.

Admission £5 at the door

 The concert will be followed at 12.30 by a Special General Meeting to which all members, Wighton attenders and well-wishers are invited.

Concert Saturday 18th March, 11am with Alan and Carole Prior

Admission £5 at door

Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome Carole and Alan Prior, one of the best loved and most respected singing duos in the British Isles.

Carole is a well known and powerful singer who,  together with her husband Alan, has been invited to many folk festivals and singing weekends throughout the UK and Ireland.  Whilst traditional songs and ballads are her first love, she also enjoys newer compositions in a traditional style, particularly when they convey emotional themes or a good story. She also likes humorous songs as well as dabbling in a bit of song writing and composing tunes for poems. Most notably, her tune for Violet Jacob’s Baltic Street has become a favourite with many other singers.

With a big voice, Alan has drawn his repertoire from diverse areas of song and is well known and respected in many places, appearing together with his wife Carole at quite a few of the festivals and clubs throughout the UK and Ireland and in Ian McCalman’s production of Far Far from Ypres.  Alan enjoys traditional style singing, a sprinkling of Burns songs and chooses songs that he enjoys and identifies with from more recent writers.

While each has their own repertoire, they also enjoy singing together in unison and sometimes with a sprinkle of harmony – and a  fair bit of humour!

Ian Mc Calman, wrote this about the duo for the biog for Far Far from Ypres :-

Alan and Carole Prior

Alan and Carole are married and sing together beautifully. There are few folk festivals from all over Britain that have not had the pleasure of these remarkable traditional singers. Ian asked them to join the “Pals” and refused to take “no” for an answer.

 

Wighton Harpsichord’s 40th Birthday Concert – 11th March, 11a.m.

This year sees the beautiful Wighton Harpsichord’s  40th Birthday and Friends of Wighton will stage several special events to mark the occasion.

Celebrations begin with a double treat!   Tim Heilbronn will remember (Time) Travels with My Aunt Annette, the distinguished musician who commissioned the instrument. We will then have a delightful harpsichord and baroque violin recital from The Highlands Duo.

 

The Highlands Duo began performing together in 2009 in Freiburg, Germany, where violinist Benjamin Shute and harpsichordist Anastasia Abu Bakar were studying at the Hochschule für Musik. The duo has performed at European venues including Schlosskonzerte Bad Krozingen and Schlossfestspiele Marburg and performed at American institutions including the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Dickinson College, Southeast Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Ouachita Baptist University.

Anastasia Abu Bakar  studied at the conservatories of Freiburg (BM), Florence, and Frankfurt (MM), She has performed as soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Janus Ensemble Freiburg, Tactus, Oklahoma Virtuosi, and others.  Recital appearances include the Museo San Marco (Florence), “Notte Bianca” Festival Florence, Schlosskonzerte Bad Krozingen, and, most recently, Bach’s complete Goldberg Variations at Oklahoma City UniversityShe has also served as a répétiteur for theater and oratorio productions including Scarlatti’s La Colpa, il Pentimento, la Grazia for the 2013 Rheingau Musik Festival. A specialist in the various national styles of basso continuo, she has published realizations for Blavet’s Op. 2 sonatas as well as J. S. Bach’s D-major Sinfonia (BWV 1045) and youthful G-minor fugue for violin and continuo (BWV 1026) though PRB Productions.

Violinist Benjamin Shute began performing on period instruments as a teenager after attending the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute in Ohio. During subsequent studies at the New England Conservatory (DMA, BM) and the conservatories of Freiburg and Frankfurt, he studied with Rainer Kussmaul, Bernhard Forck, Masuko Ushioda, and Lucy Chapman and served as co-founder/director of the New England Conservatory Early Music Society. He has performed internationally on modern and period instruments as chamber musician, soloist with orchestras in the States and Europe in concertos from the 17th to 20th centuries, and concertmaster of ensembles including the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma Virtuosi, TACTUS ensemble, and numerous ad hoc modern- and period-instrument ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tim Heilbronn, oldest nephew of harpsichordist Annette Heilbron (n), graduated in Crop Protection from the University of Bath in 1979, then joined the British Antarctic Survey as Terrestrial Biologist on South Georgie where there are no crops to protect. The environment, however, did prepare him well for the climate of the east coast of Scotland. Where he joined SCRI (now James Hutton Institute) in 1983.  Tim joined the University of Dundee in 2007 as SIPR Business Director, retiring in 2019. He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Dundee; Past Charity Convenor of the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee; Past Deacon of the Dyers Craft and now spends his time making Haggis- Hunting Whistles

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was commissioned by the distinguished musician Annette Heilbron, a founder member of the National Early Music Association and the Helicon Ensemble, and built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 and purchased for the Wighton shortly after the Centre opened.

Since arriving in the Wighton Heritage  Centre, the instrument has been kept in tune and good repair by FoW Members, and professional musicians, Simon Chadwick and, currently, Mark Spalding, who is curating the celebration programme.

Saturday Concert 25th February, 11 am: Scott Gardiner, singer

Scott Gardiner is one of Scotland’s top traditional singers and has been performing at concerts and festivals  across the country since his schooldays. Brought up on a flatland farm in historic Forfarshire, he is best known for singing the bothy ballads and songs of the north-east.

Career highlights include representing Scotland at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the USA; winning the Bothy Ballad World Championship in Elgin; two nominations for Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards and, along with guitarist Johnny Kemp, becoming the first performer to get a Mexican wave going at Dunfermline Folk Club!

Scott combines a love and knowledge of Scots song with a rich melodic voice and mischievous sense of humour – this is an event not to be missed!

Admission £5 at door

Lunchtime Recital: Wednesday 1st February, 2pm with Rosa Michaelson & Colin Allison

The Friends of Wighton are delighted to announce the first Lunchtime Recital of 2023 and it is a cracker!

 Lunchtime Recital: Wednesday 1st February, 2pm – 2.30pm, entry free, donations welcome.

Rosa Michaelson, fiddle, and Colin Allison, guitar

Rosa Michaelson and Colin Allison, fiddle and guitar, playing a selection of tunes from James S. Kerr’s “Merry Melodies”, an influential set of music books published in Glasgow, dating from 1881 onwards.

Rosa and Colin are experienced musicians with a range of styles, including folk, classical and jazz. They have played in various Scottish folk and ceilidh bands, including “The Loose Moose Ceilidh Band”.  Rosa first learnt Scottish traditional music at primary school, initially from “Kerr’s Merry Melodies”, a set of tune books which she has recently revisited in the context of 19th Century music publishing in Scotland. She subsequently played with the Edinburgh Shetland Fiddlers and Tom Anderson in Shetland. In the 1980s, she was a member of “Sprangeen”, the first all-female Scottish traditional ensemble. Colin currently plays with Louisiana Fairytale, a New Orleans inspired jazz group, and the Dundee University Big Band.

Ian Walker Band @ The Wighton Saturday 22nd October 11am

Ian Walker Band @ The Wighton Saturday 22nd October 11am

(Doors open 10.30am, tickets £5, available at the door)

Each of the three is a highly regarded singer, and musician, in their own right – together they are great!

Ian Walker is a successful and popular singer and songwriter from Glasgow. He has released twenty albums/song books and his last solo CD in 2011, “Singing the River”, was nominated for the British Country Music Association (BCMA) Awards in London. In 1988, Ian won the Music Retailers Association (MRA) Award for Excellence in London presented by Sir Patrick Moore. Ian’s songs have been covered and recorded by many other artists worldwide and have been sung before Nelson Mandela and Arun Ghandi. Ian has performed in America, Holland, Germany, Ireland and throughout the UK. “One of the most gifted and accomplished performers on the Scottish music scene.” Fife Herald News.

Jimmy Scott is based in Bo’ness and has been singing and playing his own brand of country Gospel music since the 1960s. From an early age, music played an integral part in family life originally with the old Gospel hymns, but later melding with the songs of The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash amongst others. In 2005, Jimmy released his own solo album “Bread upon the Water” and supported “The International Ambassador of Country Music” George Hamilton 1V on his UK Tours i” George Hamilton IV on his UK Tours in 2005 and 2006 and at the Americana Festival, Newark, England. “Excellent! Super voice!” John Dichler, Radio Maria, Astra Satellite Studio 5, Austria

Moe Walker is from Holywood, Northern Ireland and has performed as an acclaimed singer on the music scene for many years. With her group Tricycle she appeared on STVs popular Scottish Variety Show “THINGUMMYJIG” along with Alastair McDonald and The Alexander Brothers. In recent years, Moe has recorded and provided harmonies and accompaniment in a variety of line ups and has sung in the USA, Holland, Germany and throughout the UK. “Delightful!” Rhyl Folk Club, North Wales

 

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