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

https://www.skyrie.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Lunchtime Recital, Feb 7th, 1.15pm – Aandowin Trio

Aandowin are Peter Cooper (fiddle), Margaret Leighton (accordion) and Bill Shackman (cittern). The group plays a laid-back mix of Shetland and Celtic session tunes. With their usual good timing they formed just before lockdown meaning that practicing in a gazebo became the only option. They can occasionally be seen busking outside St Andrews public library until they make enough money for lunch, at which point they stop.

Admission free, donations welcome!

 

Saturday 28th October, 11am: Iain Fraser, fiddle & Donald Knox, guitar concert & workshops

Renowned fiddler Iain Fraser & guitar ace Donald Knox, will not only be featuring music from the acclaimed albums Kōterana  and Gneiss but will be tutoring workshops in the afternoon.

As well as writing and performing, Iain has been teaching music for over 30 years. He was principal fiddle teacher in the Scottish Music Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for 10 years, before being appointed Head of Instrumental Music for the Scottish Borders Education Authority. He has also been actively involved and supportive of the Feisean movement for three decades, primarily with Fèis Rois & who commissioned his Gneiss in 2022.

Donald has played, taught, made, and repaired guitars for many years from his Scottish Borders base. He’s known for his ability to sensitively accompany tunes as well as write a few of his own. His knowledge of tunes and where they’re from is huge. He regularly plays and arranges music for Riddell Fiddles, a well-known borders based community fiddle group, also with piper Matt Seattle and with Iain.

1.30pm   Fiddle workshop with Iain Fraser:  Guitar workshop with Donald Knox  fee £5

 

Our Autumn season of song and music classes are in full swing – new and returning singers and players are always welcome!

Saturday at 12.15pm, Whistle Class Tutor Helen Forbes, one of Scotland’s finest whistle players.        The class is suitable for all levels, fee £5

 Saturday at 1.30pm,  Fiddle Class Tutor Heather Miranda, an experienced strings teacher and performer. The class is suitable for all levels, fee £5

Tuesday at 2pm, The Wighton Singers Tutor Amy Lord,  experienced tutor and harmony wizard.     A friendly group who just love to sing, fee £5

Online

Saturday 11am

Mixed instrument classes, tutored by MoragAnne Elder, 11am (Payment £5 online or by cheque}

Zoom link   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85293330814

 

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 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 April 29th, 11am: Northern Streams – a double bill

Fromseier & Hockings – (Ditte & Sigurd) a Danish Folk Award winning fiddle/guitar/voice duo from Denmark with songs and tunes. They come from the tiny village called Øksendrup, where they also run a small organic orchard and cidery. Their tunes and songs are inspired by their surroundings and the people in them with voices and instruments intertwining, grooving and moving! https://www.fromseierhockings.com/

The Låtmores – Paul Sinclair (fiddle) and Janeta Österberg (accordion) – a Scottish/Finnish duo with a mix of traditional and modern folk tunes including ones they like people to dance to…! They feature ‘Finlandssvensk Musik’ subculture of Finnish folk music in their repertoire as both Janeta and Paul are part of that community. https://www.facebook.com/the.latmores/

 In association with the TMSA (Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland)

 £5 at the door.

Saturday April 22nd, 11am : Isla Ratcliff Band

Isla Ratcliff is a Scottish fiddle player, singer and composer from Edinburgh. She is
delighted to be touring her debut album ‘The Castalia’, which features traditional and self-composed tunes inspired by the time that she spent in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 2019.

Described as ‘quite the best debut album that has come this way in a long time’ (The
Living Tradition), Isla’s album expresses her love for the tradition, its ethos of community,and the power of music to bring people together. Isla was a Semi-Finalist in the BBCYoung Traditional Musician of the Year 2022 competition and was nominated for Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2022 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Isla will perform her album and a selection of songs with her trio, featuring Ellen Gira (cello) and Iona Reid(piano).

£5 at the door.

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