Friday 21st June: Make Music Day!

Friday 21st June.  Make Music Day.  Unfortunately due to an unexpected bereavement, The Wighton Heritage Centre will not be taking part in Make Music Day this year.

Apologies for raising your hopes that we might, but many members of the committee wish to pay their respects to the late Rod Paterson, whose funeral coincides with the proposed session.

Please get in touch if you wish to organise a session yourself that day.

 

 

Peter Shepheard: Illustrated Talk: Jock Duncan, The Man and His Music. Wednesday 5th June, 1.15 – 2.15pm

One legend of the Scottish folk scene pays tribute to another!  Peter Shepheard, collector, record producer and TMSA founder tells the stories and plays some of the Muckle Sangs and Bothy Ballads for which Jock Duncan was renowned. Pete will have copies of his recent book on Jock’s work, it comes with double CD and we can tell you it is superb addition to any Scots song lover’s collection.

https://www.springthyme.co.uk/jock-duncan-book/

Admission free, donations welcome.

 

Fiona Ross and Christine Kydd, Saturday 20th April, 11am-12md

Fiona Ross and Christine Kydd, singers

And how lucky are we that these two talented and feisty women have included the Wighton Centre in their Songs Across The Water UK Tour?

Fiona Ross grew up in Partick, in the west end of Glasgow, in touch with her roots on the Isle of Lewis. The youngest of five children, she inherited a love of Scottish music from her dad, and soon began singing popular Scottish songs. In the 1980s Fiona truly embraced the Scots song tradition, immersing herself in Edinburgh’s vibrant folk scene appearing at local folk clubs and busy pub singing sessions and joining the group Handsel.

Fiona moved to Australia in 2009 and has been flying the flag for Sottish song there. She has continued to develop into a well recognised tradition-bearer of Scots song, and was a finalist in the Scottish Singer of the Year at the Scottish Trad Awards 2019. Fiona’s honest, earthy & evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcases the richness & diversity of the tradition.

Christine Kydd’s presence at any gathering of singers and musicians is a guarantee of fun, laughter and, of course, great singing. Her work as a singer, choir director, voice coach, teacher, folklorist and animateur covers an enormous range of experience and has taken her all over the world.  Her rich voice, wide and eclectic repertoire and knowledge have won her accolades including two nominations for Scots Singer of the Year and induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for a small donation.

 

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

 

Last concerts of 2023!

Sat Dec 9th  11am – noon   Cappuccino Concert    admission £5, tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits available for a small donation to Perky Pig.

The Wighton Singers Christmas Concert!     The traditional concert by our resident group moves to Saturday.  Under the direction of the redoubtable Amy Lord, The Wighton Singers will present an array of songs, some Christmassy, some not,  beautifully sung and with exciting harmonies.

Mon 11th December Downfield Primary School. 7.45pm (doors open at 7.30pm) Free!

 Positive Notes Advanced Learning Disability Singing Group (over 40’s) section will be performing Crumbs the Musical – it is about pensioners that break into a supermarket and steal all the buns on Mon 11th December at Downfield Primary School. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 7:45pm and the show is free. It will be performed with scripts and there might be a few blips but it will be lots of fun!  (Positive Notes meets on Monday at the Wighton)

Guid Yuill and a Guid New Year when it comes!

 

Dougie Mackenzie & Brian Miller Saturday 4th November 11am -12noon

Dougie MacKenzie has been a weel-kent face and voice on the Scottish folk scene for many years but the release of his solo album “Along the Way” in 2019 brought his warm mellow voice to a wider audience. His choice of material is mainly Scottish, and he has a particular talent for the Muckle Sangs, but Irish, English and one or two recent compositions might also appear

A well respected figure in the Scottish traditional music world, Brian Miller has been playing music since he was a young boy and his instrument of choice was the guitar. In the early 70s, while at Glasgow University, he joined the ‘Laggan’, played professionally with ‘Swan Arcade’ and even before that used to play regularly with the great Fife Road Show which featured many other fine singers and musicians.

After that he returned to Edinburgh and played with fiddler Charlie Sloane. He has also been known to appear with those legends of good taste and anarchy, ‘The Vindscreen Vipers’. He became a member of the dance band ‘The Occasionals’, and has always been in great demand as a session musician.

 

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