Friends of Wighton’s autumn season

Friends of Wighton’s  autumn season  kicks off with a series of great concerts featuring some of the finest singers, in both Scots and Gaelic traditions, in Scotland.  

Wighton Heritage Centre:

Cappuccino Concerts – admission £5, (tea & coffee available for small donation):      

Saturday 20th August, 11am (doors open 10.30)

Double Mod Gold Medallist Wilma Kennedy, one of Scotland’s finest Gaelic singers – and, we are proud to say,  Wighton Gaelic song tutor – with a programme which includes songs from Albyn’s Anthology, which is in the Wighton Collection.

Saturday 24th September, 11am (doors open 10.30):

Caim:

Heather Innes (vocals, bodhran) and Pauline Vallance (vocals, clasarch, flute) first played together for an impromptu song on Ciaran Dorris’ live Christmas show on Celtic Music Radio December 2013. They enjoyed working together and decided to continue if the occasion arose. It has a number of times and as well as singing in the Caim trio for concerts and festivals in the last few years, Pauline and Heather have continued to give duo concerts in Scotland and are looking forward to a tour in Ontario, Canada in May 2017.

Lunchtime Recitals – admission free, donations welcomed.

Wednesday 7th September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm:  

Iona Fyfe, singer

Iona Fyfe, from Aberdeenshire, combines modern contemporary folk music with the traditions of Scotland’s haunting traditional ballads and lively songs.  Iona has performed extensively across Scotland and Europe at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Folkest Italy, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Dundee Celt Fest and currently studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee:

Friday 30th September. 7.30pm

MBO Band!  – McKerron Brechin & Ó hEadhra

Fiery tunes and beautiful songs from the Gaelic and Scots tradition by three of Scotland’s finest musicians.

The Scottish trad trio of Charlie McKerron (fiddle), Sandy Brechin (piano accordion) and Brian Ó hEadhra (guitar & vocals) are three accomplished musician who draw on a wealth of tunes and songs from the Gaelic and Scots traditions.

They each are acclaimed composers in their own right. The trio have performed in Scotland and abroad and have wowed audiences with their choice of material and engaging stage performances. Each artist is also known through their work with other acclaimed acts; Charlie performs with Capercaille and Session A9; Sandy with Bùrach and the Sandy Brechin Band; Brian with Cruinn.

Sandy Brechin – “whose accordion bellows boldly blow where no box has blown before.”  – Archie Fisher
Brian Ó hEadhra – “the most vocally talented, versatile and engaging male vocalist in Gaeldom.”   – fRoots
Charle McKerron – “Fiddle wizardry”  – Stuart Morrison, The Herald

Tickets from HM Frigate Unicorn or Dundee Box Office

Spring 2016

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

Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 1.15pm
Sheena Wellington Burns songs

Wednesday 2nd March, 1.15pm
Paul Livingston and Ian Watt classical violin and guitar

Wednesday 6th April
, 1.15pm
Karen Hannah  fiddle

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

Saturday 23rd January 2016, 10.30am for 11am
Simon Chadwick: “The Queen Mary harp”

Saturday 20th February, 10.30am for 11am
Mark Spalding harpsichord & piano

Saturday 19th March, 10.30am for 11am
Barbara Dymock and Chris Marra song and guitar

Saturday 16th April, 10.30am for 11am
Solasta, young trio making a name for themselves

Saturday 21st May, 10.30am for 11am
Helen Forbes and Lou Lewis whistle and guitar

 

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

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
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

Frigate Unicorn, Dundee
3rd January, 2019,  6pm – 10pm 
A Guid New Year

Family Ceilidh for all ages to end the Festive Period

All Star line-up includes 
Robert Lovie, singer, raconteur 
Sheena Wellington, singer 
Kyle Howie, piper
House Band featuring Alan Small, Karen Hannah & Kyle Innes

Tickets £10 adults, £5 children, £20 family
(price includes welcome drink and stovies)

For tickets and more information
01382 200900
mail@frigateunicorn.org

Wighton Centre open days

The Friends of Wighton group will welcome the Scottish Traditional Music Awards to Dundee by inviting visiting and local music lovers to take a close-up look at the fascinating Wighton Collection and enjoy a live music sessionat the same time.

The Centre will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Friday 4th December and from 10am -12.15pm on Saturday 5th December. Books will be on display and Wighton tutors and committee members will be there to sing, play and answer questions!

The Wighton Heritage Centre was opened on 24th November 2003. Located upstairs in Dundee Central Library, it provides a dedicated space for the storage and display of the internationally important Wighton Collection. 700 volumes of old Scottish music were collected together in the early 19th century by Dundee merchant Andrew Wighton, and were bequeathed to the city after his death. 

The Wighton books with other donations and acquisitions, are now kept in glass-fronted bookcases in the Wighton Centre. The Centre also acts as a bright, atmospheric performance and study centre, allowing scholars to access the riches of the collection, and providing a lovely performance space for music and other events.

As well as a monthly Cappuccino Concert, and a free Wednesday lunchtime recital every month, the Friends of Wighton run classes in traditional Scottish music every week: Scots song, Gaelic song, fiddle, whistle and clarsach (Scottish harp).

The Friends also work towards the conservation and cataloguing of the collection of books, and have made some important acquisitions to add to the collection.  They are currently fundraising to conserve rare music books from the collection of Sir Jimmy Shand and visitors will be able to contribute.  Jimmy’s musical taste was exemplary, as shown by the lovely 18th and 19th century manuscripts in his collection.  Rumour has it that one or two of the Shand books, currently not on public display, might make an appearance at the Open Days!

Recording in the Wighton Centre

Last Monday, the Wighton Centre was turned into a recording studio by recording enginner Bob Turner, to record some tracks for the forthcoming limited edition CD produced by the Friends of WIghton as part of the fundraising for the Sir Jimmy Shand Collection.

Tracks were recorded from Mark Spalding playing a Ronald Stevenson composition on the harpsichord, the Wighton Singers, Ellie McDonald reading poetry, Simon Chadwick playing the replica Queen Mary harp, and Morag Anne Elder on the fiddle with Katie playing cello.

At least two of the tracks are the first ever recordings (the harpsichord and harp track). Other tracks are being recorded at Gardyne Studios, and also some tracks will be donated by other artists from their published CDs.

If you missed claiming the CD as a perk on our Indiegogo crowdfunding last month, you will still be able to buy your copy when the strictly limited edition is released.

Winter 2015-16

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

Wednesday 2nd December, 1.15pm Wighton Singers

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

Saturday 21st November  2015, 10.30am for 11am
Kat Liley with Macrihanish

Saturday 23rd January 2016, 10.30am for 11am
Simon Chadwick: “The Queen Mary harp”

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

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
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

Autumn 2015

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

Wednesday 7th October 1.15pm
TBA

Wednesday 11th November 1.15pm
Alan Reid and Rob van Sante

Wednesday 2nd December, 1.15pm
Wighton Singers

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

Saturday 19th September 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Karen McAulay 
A musically illustrated talk on the manuscripts in the Sir Jimmy Shand Collection

Saturday 17th October 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Frieda Morrison

Saturday 21st November  2015, 10.30am for 11am
Kat Liley with Macrihanish

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

All classes are £5 / £3 under 16s

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
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

Karen Hannah cappuccino concert

Cappuccino Concert

Saturday 18th July, 11am (doors open 10.30)

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee

Karen Hannah, fiddle  and Bob Turner, keyboards

Admission £5 at door (coffee available, for donation)

The popular and talented Karen Hannah returns to the Wighton with her lively mix of fiddle tunes and humour.

She will be joined on this occasion by keyboard maestro Bob Turner, whose musical pedigree covers stage, screen, jazz, folk and world music.

http://www.karenhannah.co.uk/

http://www.ceilidhminogue.co.uk/bob.html

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