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!
“Here and There” are Scottish/Irish folk duo, Pauline Vallance & Jacynth Hamill. Pauline who hails from Ayrshire in Scotland is a multi-talented musician – singer, harpist, flautist and songwriter. She has several CDs to her credit including “Golden Slumbers” a beautiful selection of soothing lullabys and her most recent, “The World’s a Gift”, a collection of her own songs – about life and those important to us. This has been nominated for Scottish Album of the Year. Jacynth, originally from Coleraine, lives in Belfast and loves to tour around sharing her clear, calming voice with audiences small and large. She often adds a little dancing to proceedings! Together they can be heard on “Red Winged Blackbird” – the final CD of “Caim”, the group they previously were in. On it there’s a flavour of what they do – traditional Irish and Scottish songs, covers and their own compositions. Their gigs reflect this mix, whether concerts, folk clubs, care homes or conferences. Solo and harmony singing, lively or soothing instrumental, story and dance – for some great craic come and enjoy “Here and There”.
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.
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!
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!!
Just 3Folk, comprising of Anne Hamilton, Liz Crawford and Maggie Douglas share a common love of folk music and have been singing together since 2015.
J3F have a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk music, arranging the songs in three part harmony, and performing them accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and occasionally ukulele.
Just 3Folk are delighted to have recently produced their second CD entitled “Back on Track” and are thrilled to have been in the position to donate £1000 to Maggie’s Dundee.
For our concert on 27th August, J3F will be joined by Dave Hamilton on 12 string guitar and vocals, and Morag Sutherland on violin.
And to kick off the new season we have Choras. Harmony singing trio Choras are Aileen Carr, Janice Reavell, and Barbara Dymock. Each is a much loved and respected traditional singer in her own right and together they excel. A concert with this acappella trio with their superb harmonies, eclectic selection of songs and sense of fun is not to be missed!
Barbara Dymock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Choras