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.

 

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

 

Skyrie: Saturday 23rd March Cappuccino Concert 11am – noon

The fiddle, percussion and guitar ceilidh band who had the crowd at the City Square dancing – and roaring for more! – at the Hooley!   They have taken their traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes, including some of their own compositions round the world, most recently to Kuwait, Cyprus and even Glasgow for Celtic Connections! We are chuffed to bits to get them for them for the Wighton.

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for donation

https://www.skyrie.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Lunchtime Recital, Feb 7th, 1.15pm – Aandowin Trio

Aandowin are Peter Cooper (fiddle), Margaret Leighton (accordion) and Bill Shackman (cittern). The group plays a laid-back mix of Shetland and Celtic session tunes. With their usual good timing they formed just before lockdown meaning that practicing in a gazebo became the only option. They can occasionally be seen busking outside St Andrews public library until they make enough money for lunch, at which point they stop.

Admission free, donations welcome!

 

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.

 

Saturday 16th September, 11am – The McInroy Sisters

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.

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