Graham Rorie, fiddle & mandolin, and Aidan Moodie, vocal and guitar, are two of the most promising young musicians to recently emerge from Orkney’s rich heritage of traditional music.
With a presence that’s both familiar and forward-thinking, Graham and Aidan’s playful arrangements are brought to life by a musical relationship almost a decade in the making. The pair perform traditional tunes (both from “up home” in Orkney and further afield), self-penned numbers, and contemporary folk songs through an intimate combination of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and voice.
In 2015, the boys won a coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, also reaching the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award the following year. Following this, they went on to form the four-piece folk band Gnoss – recently nominated for an MG Alba “Up And Coming” award at the 2017 Trad Awards.
“Aidan and Graham are superb musicians, not only that, they combine as a superb duo.” Folk Radio UK
The recital starts at 1,15pm, admission is free, donations for the excellent work of Live Music Now welcome!
Last minute change of plans for the 1st November lunchtime concert!
|Sylvia Crawford. Photo: M Ó Graham.
Lorraine Wilson will now be doing the lunchtime concert on Wednesday 7th February 2018.
Sylvia Crawford, from Armagh, has stepped in at short notice to play some tunes on harp and fiddle for us on Wednesday 1st November at 1.15pm.
Sylvia teaches and plays fiddle, piano and historical Irish harp. She is currently researching the music and traditions of an eighteenth century Irish harper and fiddler from Co. Armagh, Patrick Quin, and she will play some of his tunes on a copy of his harp.
Sylvia has been working with Irish singer, Pádraigín Ní Úallacháin, and Sylvia’s harp music and research features on Pádraigín’s 2017 online project, Oriel Arts
The concert is at 1.15pm on Wednesday, 1st November. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
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
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!
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.
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.
The Lunchtime Recital at Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate Centre, Dundee, on Wednesday 4th February, will feature well-known local fiddle teacher Morag Anne Elder & 17 year old Joanna Stark.
The Tayport duo will brighten a winter day with Music for the Season played on fiddle, cello and guitar.
1.15pm Admission free, donations welcome.
Yesterday, the song and instrument classes joined together for their famous annual Christmas party. We listened to Gaelic songs, Scots songs, fiddle, whistle and clarsach tunes, as well as a piano piece and some unexpected extras!
Here’s a couple of photos. Classes restart on Saturday 10th January (Scots Song on Tuesday 13th).
Scottish 78s might make you think of Jimmy Shand or Harry Lauder, but there will be nothing as obvious as that on Wednesday 1st October. Instead, Simon Chadwick will show off some rare gems from his collection of old Scottish 78rpm gramophone records.
For the free lunchtime concert in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library, Simon will crank up his 1927 HMV portable machine to play a selection of discs dating from the teens, twenties and thirties.
Featuring stars including Marjory Kennedy-Fraser at the piano, and John MacDonald of Inverness on the pipes, the programme will present beautiful early performances of Gaelic song, Scots song, fiddle, bagpipes and clarsach.
The Wighton Centre, with its collection of historic Scottish music books, is a beautiful airy venue with a lovely acoustic, and will be the perfect setting to listen to the quiet, quavering sounds coming out of the antique machine – entirely acoustic and mechanical.
The event is at 1.15pm on Wednesday 1st October, in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library. Admission is free.
Internationally renowned fiddler and local girl, Patsy Reid will be teaching and performing in Dundee on Saturday 20th September.
Patsy will give a fiddle workshop and concert in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library.
The workshop will start at 9.30am as soon as the Library opens. The workshop will be followed by a Cappuccino Concert; coffee and newspapers will be served from 10.30am and the concert will run from 11 till 12.
Admission to the workshop is £5, and admission to the concert is also £5. Both sessions are open to all; participation in the workshop is for people who already play fiddle, but non-players are also welcome to come and listen! The cappuccino concert as usual is open to all.
On any given day in the last couple of years you could’ve seen Patsy performing as part of The Cecil Sharp Project or Kathryn Tickell’s Northumbrian Voices, or at the London 2012 celebrations with Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World. She played with The Unusual Suspects and The True North Orchestra, accompanied Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on tour, as well as forming a new string trio called VAMM. There were numerous Celtic Connections commissions and a residency in Kolkata, India. And in the studio Patsy is a one woman string quartet, contributing cello, viola and violin to albums by Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, Treacherous Orchestra, Tim Edey and… There are almost certainly more we’ve missed out.