Mezzo-soprano and musicologist Dr Sally Garden hails from an Angus farming family, and is the youngest of four professional musician siblings. She has a special interest in Scots and Scandinavian song and is founder of the Grieg Society of Scotland. Her recital and research work, which has seen her tour the castles, kirks and concert halls of Scotland, has also taken her to Norway, Denmark and Germany.
Sally is a member of the Walter Scott Minstrelsy Project (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), a former Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Scandinavian Studies (University of Aberdeen), and earlier in her career was appointed Historical Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee, where she directed a 3-year programme of events to unfold one of Scotland’s finest music archives. In 2009, she pioneered the first ever live music event at the National Library of Scotland, with an invited lecture-recital on Scottish-Scandinavian musical links, entitled Hu, Hei, Duncan Gray! Sally is also editor of the complete songs of Aberdonian composer Ronald Center
Saturday 21st March, 11am to 12 noon. Admission £5 (Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1)
Bill Adair, singer songwriter
As well as being a fine guitar player and singer Bill Adair is a prize winning poet and songwriter whose award winning songs have won plaudits from all round the world. Equally at home singing a traditional Scottish ballad, playing blues from the Mississippi Delta or performing one of his own songs his performances are complemented by a natural story-telling style that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. From his home in Stirling, Bill is much in demand at festivals and folk clubs all over the UK and throughout Europe and New Zealand. With his warm tuneful voice and considerable knowledge, he is a renowned interpreter of the poems and songs of Robert Burns.
Singer Lesley Ann McLuckie is one of the hidden gems of the Scottish music scene. Though she has always loved traditional song, work and family commitments curtailed her involvement until a meeting with Maureen Jelks, through a carers singing group, led to friendship and involvement in the Angus Trad Roots sessions. She regards the Fisherman’s session in Broughty Ferry as her second home and it was there she received the ultimate accolade for a traditional singer – an invitation to sing in ‘The Worlds Room” in Edinburgh!
Saturday 15th February, 11am to 12 noon. Admission £5 (Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1)
Cappuccino Concert with 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!
Last event of the Friends of Wighton year is traditionally a concert with our own Wighton Singers and this year is no exception.
Under the musical direction of Amy Lord, the Wighton Singers have had a busy year with concerts at sheltered housing complexes, guilds, day centres and Inchture Folk Club. Amy’s harmonious arrangements are beautiful and there will be the usual rich mix of Scottish and seasonal songs!
Saturday 30th November, 11am tickets £5, (doors open 10.30, tea/coffee available for small donation)
Caim – harmony folk trio
The three members of Caim harmony trio may be separated by the Irish Sea but they are not divided musically. Pauline Vallance’s roots in Scotland, Jacynth Hamill’s in N. Ireland and Heather Innes’s in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Australia all contribute to Caim’s strong and varied traditional repertoire.
Heather’s vibrant a cappella singing which served her well in her early days on the folk-club circuit, continues to provide a strong foundation in the group, as does her time as a key vocalist and bodhrán player in the bands “Dúlamán” and “Firefrost”.
Jacynth has a solid choral background which she puts to good use in arranging material for the group. Her pure and light voice adds an ethereal quality to the 3-part harmonies as well as suiting the plaintive solo songs she adds to the mix.
Harp player Pauline’s classical as well as folk background, her instrumental skills and her lyrical voice have enriched Caim’s sound and repertoire. She is a talented songwriter, turning events she has experienced, items she has read about, or a notion that has taken her fancy into a moving, a poignant or a hilarious song.
A “Caim” concert combines Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary songs, story and dance. “We share songs that are important to us and we invite our audiences to join us in singing and dancing. You’ll find music that goes straight to the heart, songs and stories to make you laugh, tunes to set your feet a-tapping and haunting harmonies that will uplift your spirit.”
Saturday 23rd November, 11am tickets £5, (doors open 10.30, tea/coffee available for small donation)
Haggerdash – folk trio
Haggerdash are one of Scotland’s favourite Folk groups playing a wide range of songs and tunes. And much in demand for festivals and folk clubs and the European circuit.
Alan Jones plays concertina, bouzouki, guitar, 5-String banjo as well as taking lead vocals on many well known and self penned songs. He has previously played with Three’s a Crowd, The Govan Spoonful and Hot Toddy
Jack Bethel, a former member of the hugely popular band Setanta, and widely regarded as the best hammered dulcimer player in Scotland, also plays fiddle, whistle, and concertina.
Billy Stewart is a much respected singer and songwriter who is also adept on bouzouki, guitar, 5-string banjo, harmonica and bodhran. He is also a founder member of Haggerdash
The main aim of Haggerdash is to ensure that anyone attending their performances or listening to their CDs has a really good time!
Kaitlin and Catriona form a Scottish traditional song and piano duo. They blend Kaitlin’s singing of traditional Gaelic and Scots songs with Catriona’s contemporary piano style, creating a unique sound. The duo began playing together in secondary school, meeting at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. They have since both gained degrees from the University of Highlands and Islands, and Newcastle University. Between them they have performed across Europe in a number of bands and projects including Eabhal, HEISK, Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth; and Rafiki Jazz.
Bob Knight makes a very welcome return to the Wighton. Aberdonian Bob is a fine and versatile singer, a powerful yet sensitive songwriter, an accomplished instrumentalist and the possessor of a dry sense of humour.
A proud member of the traveller community, the traditional songs and lore of his people inform his work bringing a modern perspective to an ancient culture and a timeless richness to modern themes.
Saturday 19th October, 11am – noon. (doors open 10.30am) £5 admission, tea/coffee for small donation.