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
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
Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail 2023
Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail is back!
The Ceilidh Trail is a paid summer job and professional development opportunity for outstanding young traditional musicians. Musicians between the ages of 16 and 25 spend the summer playing music, travelling throughout Scotland and beyond, and gain experience playing for just about every kind of gig under the sun! Dundee is lucky – we get two chances to see and hear them!
Wednesday 2nd August – Wighton Centre; 1-2pm. Free; donations welcome. Informal Concert
Wednesday 2nd August – HMS Unicorn, Dundee; 7.30pm. £10/£8 (Concession – Over 65/Unwaged)
Ceilidh Dance – https://www.hmsunicorn.org.uk/on-board/events/ceilidh-0208
Talented and popular fiddler Karen Hannah is no stranger to the Wighton, having tutored fiddle class here for more than a decade. She is planning to resume her classes later in the year and we are looking forward to hearing her play, in that great traditional style, on Wednesday!
Saturday 20th May, 7.30pm. Marryat Hall. Simon Thoumire & David Milligan with Neil Pearlman
One of Scotland’s most distinctive and dazzling duos join forces with the rising US piano star.
Simon Thoumire (dundeebox.co.uk)
Roddy and Kate met 17years ago in West Yorkshire and started playing together. They discovered a mutual passion not only for Irish and Scottish music, but also music from all corners of Europe, playing tunes from Galicia to Scandinavia to the Balkans !
As the duo Zetor in the Kailyard they have played to audiences across Scotland, in pubs, folk clubs and festivals, touring regularly in Europe and the British isles. Their debut album, “Collateral” was recorded in the winter of 2016.
Their music is driven by a passion for Scottish and Irish traditional music and an insatiable curiosity for music from further afield.
The Duo features Roddy Johnston on vocals, guitar, fiddle, pipes, and Kate Badcock on flute, alto sax and backing vocals. Roddy and Kate are now based in Kirriemuir.
Admission £5 at the door
The concert will be followed at 12.30 by a Special General Meeting to which all members, Wighton attenders and well-wishers are invited.
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.
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
Morag Anne Elder’s mixed instrument class is back online: Saturdays at 11am and any instruments are welcome. (We have viola, cello, violin, keyboard and harp just now)
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Meeting ID: 896 8768 8567