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.

Alan Reid: Saturday 15th October at 11 am

Alan Reid, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. founder member of the legendary Battlefield Band and a Master Storyteller in song.

Glasgow born Alan  has been taking Scottish folk music all over the world since 1975. He joined the fledgling Battlefield Band in 1969 while studying at Strathclyde University and subsequently recorded almost 30 albums with this hard-working and enduring band, in that time garnering a reputation for his playing and his singing.  His groundbreaking keyboard work helped cement the band’s reputation as one of the most influential Celtic bands of its generation. With the band Alan toured the world, bringing Scottish traditional music to audiences in five continents and playing in many prestigious music festivals and venues. Along with former Battlefield Band colleagues he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in November 2016 in recognition of their contribution to Scots traditional music.

He began composing songs and tunes in the 1980s and from 1990 was the band’s principal songwriter. His songs are noted for their strong storytelling element whilst being firmly grounded in Scots history and tradition. His songbook ”Martyrs, Rogues and Worthies”, was published in 2001 and in 2009 he was nominated in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category at the Scots Traditional Music Awards.

In 2010 he left the ‘Batties,’ to concentrate on his duo with guitarist/singer Rob van Sante. He composed all the music for the duo’s third album, ”The Adventures of John Paul Jones’, which told the story of the Scots born mariner who was a hero for the American colonists during the American Revolutionary War. A presentation of the album (with drama written by Alan) was performed at the 2012 Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. The duo also developed a multi-media show telling Jones’ story which was showcased at Mystic Seaport Sea Festival in Connecticut in 2015.

2014 saw his music featured in the National Theatre of Scotland’s award winning production of “The Glasgow Girls” musical about asylum seekers, while his singing and speaking talents were featured in “The Life and Times of Scrooge”, the solo album of Finnish rock star Tuomas Holopainen of metal band Nightwish.  That same year Alan and Rob’s fourth CD “Rough Diamonds” was released and was followed by “The Dear Green Place”  in 2017. The duo continued to perform in Europe, North America and Australia up till 2019 when they played a last tour together of the U.S. West coast. Alan now performs as a soloist while Rob records and sings with his wife Janie.”

In recent years Alan has taught Scots Song at the prestigious annual “Swannanoa Gathering” in North Carolina, USA. He was also a guest artist in the Linn Records mammoth 12 CD recording of the songs of Robert Burns, Scotland’s beloved National Poet, whose poems, songs and music have endured over the centuries.

As well as the recordings with Battlefield Band and with Rob Van Sante, Alan has released two solo albums, “The Sunlit Eye” and “Recollection”.

Barbara Dymock & Christopher Marra @ The Wighton 17/09/22

Barbara and Christopher are a pair with many and varied musical collaborations behind them and a vast experience of performing.

Barbara learned songs as a child from her Fife grandparents, but made her first foray into performing aged 19 with the newly-formed Ceolbeg and acappella trio Fair Game.

After a long silent break to raise a family and pursue a medical career, she returned to sing with Rathlin, Fon a Bhord, Sinsheen and The Barbara Dymock Band. She has 2 solo albums: Hilbert’s Hotel and Leaf an’ Thorn. She collaborated with Christine Kydd on the Sinsheen album LIFT and appeared on Malinky’s 2019 album Handsel.

Chris has been a musician since his teens, working in many distinct fields from bighair rock to sophisticated pop with Danny Wilson via London’s Theatreland. The majority of his time was spent recording and performing with his brother Michael Marra, producing albums for Michael and the legendary Saint Andrew.

In 2016 Chris produced and played on Barbara’s well-received album: “Leaf an’ Thorn”.

Lunchtime Recital with singer Alan Brown Wed 3rd November 1.15pm

Alan Brown was born and raised less than half a mile from where the present day Wighton Library stands and Dundee has been a major influence on his career to date. Exiled from the city since 1970 he is difficult to pigeonhole: singer, songwriter, musician, composer, novelist, journalist, after dinner speaker, playwright, poet, standup, tour guide, and is probably best summed up as – an entertainer! After  thirty years performing professionally in Scotland and overseas, it was the Wighton which hosted his first ever solo appearance in his hometown and we are delighted to welcome him back. Expect a varied programme of award-winning songs and stories, brand new material and a few surprises.

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting  on Wednesday 3rd December at 1.15pm (link open from  1.05pm) with singer Alan Brown

Topic:  Lunchtime Recital with Alan Brown, singer  

Time: Nov 3, 2021 01:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84067174263

Meeting ID: 840 6717 4263

Helen Forbes at the Wighton

Cappuccino Concert Wighton Heritage Centre Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee Saturday 21st March, 11am

Helen Forbes (tin whistle), with Lou Lewis (guitar) Tickets £5 (coffee available from 10.30)

Scotland’s finest whistle player presents reels, jigs, slow airs and a surprise or two, sensitively accompanied by Lou Lewis on guitar.

Lunchtime Recital – Wednesday 4th February

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.