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

 

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.

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!

 

 

Wednesday 4th October, 1.15 -1.45pm – 40th Birthday Harpsichord Recital

Mark Spalding, harpsichord & Haworth Hodgkinson, percussion.

Another chance to hear our beautiful harpsichord and its versatility.

Mark is well known to Wighton audiences from previous appearances. Haworth is a composer and improvising musician, as well as a poet, playwright, and performer of the spoken word.

Admission free, donations welcome.

Saturday 16th September, 11am – The McInroy Sisters

Originally from Dundee, Mary Mac is an experienced singer songwriter who is comfortable with jazz as well as folk singing. She has recorded several albums of original songs, River Song, The Gift and Life ain’t Like Hollywood. She has earned praise for her insightful lyrics and sophisticated vocals. Comparisons have been made to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez but Mary is an original talent making a mark on the UK music scene. She will be performing some Scottish and Gaelic songs as well as some original compositions. Accompanied by her sister Ailsa on bass and vocals and Kevin Murray on guitar.

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)

traditional folk

 

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)

 

Wednesday 21st June: Make Music Day 10.30am – 4.30pm Free!

Celebrate Make Music Day at the Wighton!  A chance to see some of our treasured music books up close and personal and to hear:

11am – 12 noon The Doolichters –  Dundee’s oldest boy band! The Doolichters comprise 4 ageing but sophisticated musicians with their own peculiar take on their home city of Dundee. Currently working on the 4th album in their musical trilogy, they have taken time off from their busy recording schedule to add another live performance to their legendary world tour of Dundee (and thereabouts)

1.15 – 1.45pm     Morag Dunbar – fine traditional singer, well-known and loved across Scotland and originally from Kirkcaldy. While at Edinburgh University, she got into the lively scene, learning to play guitar, joining Edinburgh Folk Club and touring with the legendary Maggie and Liz Cruikshank. Now living in Balerno, she is one of the organisers of Balerno Folk Club, regularly performing there and, with friends, at other clubs

1.55 –  2.15pm     Positive Notes – an Occupational Therapy Singing Group for adults with a learning disability. The group meet on Monday afternoons in the Wighton Centre & they all love to sing and have fun. The group sing everything from pop, rock, folk, jazz, motown & musicals. They also like to perform on stage twice a year with props and percussion for family and friends.

2.25 – 3.00pm     Wighton Singers – This Wighton’s own, the group meets every Tuesday afternoon in the Wighton Heritage Centre under the musical direction of renowned singer and teacher, Amy Lord. Great voices, a wide-ranging repertoire and stunning harmonies!

In between times there will be impromptu tunes and songs from Wighton Friends and visiting musicians – bring your voice and/or instrument along and Make Music!!

Amy Lord

2017

Voluntary Arts Week, May 2017:
Sat 6          Come ’n try
Wed 10       Graeme Stevenson harpsichord
Sat 13    Jimmy Shand Concert

Lunchtime recitals   
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB, 1.15pm
 Admission free – retiring collection

5th April:         Helen Forbes, whistle
3rd May:           Karen Hannah, fiddle
7th June:      Sheena Wellington, singer
5 Jul    Simon Chadwick, harp
18 Jul    Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail
6 Sep    Joe Aitken singer
4 Oct    Kate and Jim Allen, singers
1 Nov    Lorraine Wilson singer
6 Dec    Wighton Singers

Cappuccino Concerts
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission £5
Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1
Concert runs 11am to 12 noon

22nd April:    Bring in the Spirit (Kirsten Easdale, Rod Paterson, Gregor Lowrey)
20th May:     David Allison, brilliant guitarist
17th June:     Tarneybackle
22nd July: Bruce Davies will preview his Edinburgh Fringe concert “The (Other) Great American Songbook”
19th Aug:       Aileen Carr, singer
16th Sep:       Bob Stewart    
21st  Oct           Alan Brown singer/songwriter
18th Nov    Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
25th Nov;        Zakia & Farrah Fawcett
20 Jan ’18     Simon Kempston
24th Feb:       Sandy Brechin & Ewan Wilkinson 
 

Classes 
in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

Most Saturdays
harp with Simon Chadwick 2.00-3.30pm
Suitable for beginners – just turn up
harps are available for use in class and also for long-term rental

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