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.

Chloe Matharu, singer, songwriter, harpist, sailor: Saturday 26th November, 11am

“Her music is truly haunting” BBC Radio Scotland

Chloe Matharu is a singer songwriter and harpist from the West Coast of Scotland. A Navigational Officer in the Merchant Navy, she offers an authentic voice for the female seafarer in the folk scene. Her ethereal and innovative music gives a glimpse into the modern mariner’s life, and is truly unique.

Small Voyages is an eight track album of original songs inspired by Chloe’s time at sea as a deck cadet, sailing around the world on oil tankers. The songs are set to an evocative backdrop of Celtic harp music and field recordings of the natural world. Small Voyages is available from Small Voyages | Chloe Matharu (bandcamp.com) and all streaming platforms.

 Tickets £5 at the door

Ensemble Hesperi present music from their debut CD “Full of Highland Humours”: Thursday 17th November, 2.15pm

Ensemble Hesperi is a London-based Early Music ensemble specialising in Scottish Baroque music and more!  They are no strangers to the Wighton Centre or to the Wighton Collection which has been a great resource for their work.

Ensemble Hesperi  are Mary-Jannet Leith – Recorders; Magdalena Loth-Hill – Baroque Violin; Florence Petit – Baroque Cello; Thomas Allery – Harpsichord

Tickets £5 at the door

Ian Walker Band @ The Wighton Saturday 22nd October 11am

Ian Walker Band @ The Wighton Saturday 22nd October 11am

(Doors open 10.30am, tickets £5, available at the door)

Each of the three is a highly regarded singer, and musician, in their own right – together they are great!

Ian Walker is a successful and popular singer and songwriter from Glasgow. He has released twenty albums/song books and his last solo CD in 2011, “Singing the River”, was nominated for the British Country Music Association (BCMA) Awards in London. In 1988, Ian won the Music Retailers Association (MRA) Award for Excellence in London presented by Sir Patrick Moore. Ian’s songs have been covered and recorded by many other artists worldwide and have been sung before Nelson Mandela and Arun Ghandi. Ian has performed in America, Holland, Germany, Ireland and throughout the UK. “One of the most gifted and accomplished performers on the Scottish music scene.” Fife Herald News.

Jimmy Scott is based in Bo’ness and has been singing and playing his own brand of country Gospel music since the 1960s. From an early age, music played an integral part in family life originally with the old Gospel hymns, but later melding with the songs of The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash amongst others. In 2005, Jimmy released his own solo album “Bread upon the Water” and supported “The International Ambassador of Country Music” George Hamilton 1V on his UK Tours i” George Hamilton IV on his UK Tours in 2005 and 2006 and at the Americana Festival, Newark, England. “Excellent! Super voice!” John Dichler, Radio Maria, Astra Satellite Studio 5, Austria

Moe Walker is from Holywood, Northern Ireland and has performed as an acclaimed singer on the music scene for many years. With her group Tricycle she appeared on STVs popular Scottish Variety Show “THINGUMMYJIG” along with Alastair McDonald and The Alexander Brothers. In recent years, Moe has recorded and provided harmonies and accompaniment in a variety of line ups and has sung in the USA, Holland, Germany and throughout the UK. “Delightful!” Rhyl Folk Club, North Wales

 

Friends of Wighton are proud to present our great Autumn to Christmas series of performances

Saturday 15th October at 11 am:  For the first of our three October concerts, we are delighted to welcome Alan Reid, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. founder member of the legendary Battlefield Band and a Master Storyteller in song

And also

Saturday, 22nd October at 11am, our guests are the Ian Walker Band!  Award winning songwriter and singer Ian Walker  with Moe Walker and Jimmy Scott will give us great songs, tasty arrangements and wonderful harmonies.

Saturday 29th October at 11am we have a very special and rare treat – a harpsichord recital by Mark Spalding!    The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet, built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983.  Mark Spalding is a first class player who has been tending the instrument with loving care. This will be An Event!

And in November

Thursday 17th at 2.15pm.  Ensemble Hesperi Special afternoon concert

Saturday 19th at 11am       Lynne Martin, storyteller and singer

Saturday 26th  at 11am      Chloe Matharu,  harpist, singer, songwriter

And, for the first time in 3 years, The Wighton Singers Christmas Concert is back!

Tuesday 6th December at 2.15pm. Admission by donation, Christmas treats provided.

 

Just 3Folk @ the Wighton 27th August

On Saturday 27th August at 11am we have.

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.

Admission £5. at the door.

August 2022 at the Wighton

Friends of Wighton have some very special new session treats in store for you!! Everything from the brightest and best of the young to the cream of an older generation.

Saturday 6th August at 2.15pm we have the  Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail making a welcome return!

Half a dozen of the most promising young traditional musicians in Scotland will delight you with sparkling tunes and maybe a song or two! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

Admission is free, donations welcome for the work of Fèis Rois

Saturday 20th August: NaeCoffee Concert , at 11 am (doors open 10.30) The Doolichters

Dundee’s very own Septuagenarian Supergroup, The Doolichters are big Wighton favourites.  They will once again delight us with their songs, their humour, and their excellent musicianship!

Admission £5, newspapers available.

Saturday 27th August: NaeCoffee Concert, at 11am (doors open 10.30) Just 3Folk

Just 3Folk – Liz Crawford, Maggie Douglas and Anne Hamilton –  will be here to delight us again with their lovely vocal harmonies, their great choice of songs, and their interesting accompaniments.

Admission £5, newspapers available.

We are looking at ways to provide coffee safely again, but please do feel free to bring your own coffee-to-go (or your tea/Irn-Bru etc)

What’s On – Programme August to December 2022

Nae Coffee Concerts – £5, pay at the door, and feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic drinks

2023

21st Jan.          11am                       John Graham & Jim Jack: guitar, fiddle, mandolin, vocals

25th Feb          11am                       Scott Gardiner, singer

March 18th       11am                       Carol & Allan Prior, singers

April 1st           11am                       Choras, 3 part harmony song

April 22nd         11am                       Isla Ratcliff Band

May 20th           11am                      Kate Badcock, flute, sax & Roddy Johnston, fiddle, guitar pipes, vocals, cajon

June 17th          11am                      Bob Knight, singer

Aug 26th            11am.                     Joss Cameron, singer

Sept 23rd           11am.                     Here & There (Pauline Vallance and Jacynth Hamilton}

Nov 4th              11am                      Brian Miller & Dougie McKenzie

 

Lunchtime Concerts

2023

Wed 1st Feb,     2.15 – 2.45          Rosa Michaelson, fiddle, and Colin Allison, guitar

Wed 1st March, time tbc               Ted Poletyllo, singer

Other events:

Harpsichord 40th Birthday Festival!  Throughout the year we will have, curated by Mark Spalding, occasional concerts by renowned players to celebrate the 40th birthday of the famous Wighton Harpsichord, which was commissioned by Annette Heilbronn and built by Mark Stephenson.

Wednesday 21st June:  Make Music Day at the Wighton with The Doolichters, Morag Dunbar, the Wighton Singers and other guests.

and

Saturday 11th February, 3 – 5pm :  St Paul’s Cathedral – Sheena Wellington with Bruce Davies and Friends. Tickets £12/Friends of St Paul’s £10 (includes tea)

 

Instrumental & Singing Tuition

 

Mixed Instrument Class Online with Morag Anne Elder: Saturdays 11am

Whistle Class @ the Wighton Centre with Helen Forbes: Saturdays 12noon- 1pm

Wighton Singers with Amy Lord: Tuesdays @ 2.15pm. (No need to be able to read music).

 

No Trees to Whisper: a song cycle for soprano and clarinet  Saturday 26th March 2022 – at 2pm – on Zoom 

Performed by Turning the Elements:  Frances Cooper (soprano) Joanna Nicholson (clarinet), with the support of Creative Scotland.

Friends of Wighton’s first online event, in November 2022, was Dawn Wood’s poetry workshop for this commission and we are honoured and delighted to be showing the World Premiere of No Trees to Whisper.  

We are also thrilled to be Zooming to you from The Weaver’s Room in Verdant Works (www.verdantworks.co.uk) Dundee’s five-star rated textile museum.   Thanks to Dundee Heritage Trust’s Deirdre Robertson, for making it possible, and Wendy Gammie, for making it work!

The concert is free but donations can be made at www.friendsofwighton.com

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Saturday 26th March, 2pm-3pm (waiting room open at 1.50pm

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 850 3768 8867
Passcode: 255139

The inspiration for the project came from Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell’s famous diaries of their Journey to the Highlands and Islands in 1773 –

“ I sat down on a bank, such as a writer of Romance might have delighted to feign.   I had indeed no trees to whisper over my head, but a clear rivulet streamed at my feet….  Whether I spent the hour well, I know not: for here I first conceived the thought of this narration”

Poetry was commissioned from Iain Morrison, Dawn Wood and Haworth Hodgkinson, and music from Linda Buckley, Aidan O’Rourke and Gemma McGregor. Three very individual pieces from the poet/composer partnerships are woven together by interludes composed by Joanna, and nature photography by Frances to create a 40-minute film of evocative words, music and images.

Frances and Joanna have performed as Turning the Elements for nearly 10 years, taking this intimate combination of instruments to audiences around the country, and they performed as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland Showcase, curated by Creative Scotland, in the Edinburgh Fringe of 2019.   This is the second major work they have commissioned. 

www.turningtheelements.com

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