Our first Cappuccino Concert of 2024 is with the wonderful Gaelic singer Wilma Kennedy.
Wilma is a native Gaelic speaker with family connections with Skye and Tiree. She is one of a very small number of Gaelic singers who has won both premier solo singing Gold Medals at the Royal National Mòd. She will be singing songs from the recently published Gun Sireadh, Gun Iarraidh – The Tolmie Collection, which was edited by her mother, Kenna Campbell MBE
As an award winning singer, actress and teacher she has shared her passion for Gaelic songs both at home and internationally.
She’s delighted to be getting the opportunity to both perform at the January Cappuccino Concert and hold her Gaelic song class on the second Saturday of the month in the Wighton Centre.
Admission £5, tea/coffee available for donation.
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!
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!
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 4th November 11am – 12 Brian Miller & Dougie Mackenzie, songs
Two great singers and some very tasty guitar from Brian.
Saturday 18th November 11am – 12 Dolly & Mike O’Rourke, songs
Local favourites make a welcome return!
Saturday 25th November – the Wighton Heritage Centre celebrates its 20th Birthday!
Renowned fiddler Iain Fraser & guitar ace Donald Knox, will not only be featuring music from the acclaimed albums Kōterana and Gneiss but will be tutoring workshops in the afternoon.
As well as writing and performing, Iain has been teaching music for over 30 years. He was principal fiddle teacher in the Scottish Music Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for 10 years, before being appointed Head of Instrumental Music for the Scottish Borders Education Authority. He has also been actively involved and supportive of the Feisean movement for three decades, primarily with Fèis Rois & who commissioned his Gneiss in 2022.
Donald has played, taught, made, and repaired guitars for many years from his Scottish Borders base. He’s known for his ability to sensitively accompany tunes as well as write a few of his own. His knowledge of tunes and where they’re from is huge. He regularly plays and arranges music for Riddell Fiddles, a well-known borders based community fiddle group, also with piper Matt Seattle and with Iain.
1.30pm Fiddle workshop with Iain Fraser: Guitar workshop with Donald Knox fee £5
Here is a link to our very own Wighton Singers led by tutor Amy Lord, delivering their contribution to the inaugural Scottish/European Folk Day, 23rd September 2023.
Come A Ye Fisher Lassies / Song of the Fishgutters, words as penned by Ewan MacColl
SFD – Wighton Singers
Saturday at 12.15pm, Whistle Class Tutor Helen Forbes, one of Scotland’s finest whistle players. The class is suitable for all levels, fee £5
Saturday at 1.30pm, Fiddle Class Tutor Heather Miranda, an experienced strings teacher and performer. The class is suitable for all levels, fee £5
Tuesday at 2pm, The Wighton Singers Tutor Amy Lord, experienced tutor and harmony wizard. A friendly group who just love to sing, fee £5
Mixed instrument classes, tutored by MoragAnne Elder, 11am (Payment £5 online or by cheque}
Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85293330814
Jess Smith, Traveller, author and storyteller, and Joss Cameron, traditional folk singer, have woven their Scottish Traveller stories and songs into an enthralling and musical show, Jess has been our guest before, Joss, who is related to ballad singing icon Jeannie Robertson, is making her first visit = not to be missed!
Admission £5 (doors open 10.30am)
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!
Admission £5 (doors open 10.30am)