Lunchtime Recital: Wednesday 1st February, 2pm with Rosa Michaelson & Colin Allison

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 present music from their debut CD “Full of Highland Humours”: Thursday 17th November, 2.15pm

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

Information on the Wighton Collection History

Our Honorary Librarian, Karen McAuley, gave an excellent talk at the ‘Towards a Scottish Traditional Music Archive’ conference in Edinburgh on 11th June, and links to the text are below:

Part 1: The Wighton Collection in Dundee

https://claimedfromstationershall.wordpress.com/2022/06/12/from-glasgow-to-edinburgh-re-dundee-the-wighton-collection-my-talk-part-1/?fbclid=IwAR0-lGe2fjwrDy1uEdfyfwAVF5AvWD-nh2MhzpKU0iJb4UNr4SgxqGCkFMc

Part 2: Accessing the printed repertoire across Scotland

https://claimedfromstationershall.wordpress.com/2022/06/12/from-glasgow-to-edinburgh-re-dundee-the-wighton-collection-my-talk-part-2/?fbclid=IwAR1kiwHVWm8xNsYeG_2YfrGtXd3APpSQ29onY36pk2KdPltPceNsYvUvAUM

 

1st December Lunchtime Zoom Recital with Shona Donaldson and Paul Anderson

For our last concert of 2021 Friends of Wighton can’t provide the usual mincepies and chocolates but we are offering a very special pre-Christmas Zoom treat!     Our guests are the award-winning traditional singer Shona Donaldson and the far-famed Tarland fiddler Paul Anderson MBE.

Shona Donaldson grew up in Huntly in a musical family, learning the fiddle and attending traditional music festivals including Strichen and Keith. As well as picking up the usual song repertoire, Shona also learned from bothy ballad singers like Jock Duncan and Geordie Murison. Soon, to the delight of her mentors she was winning prizes in the normally male–dominated  bothy ballad world. 

In 2015, Shona became the first woman to win the coveted Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions title to add to her 2009 Scots Singer of the Year award. She is also an accomplished songwriter.

Paul Anderson MBE is widely regarded as the finest fiddle player of his generation. Having found, at age five, an old French violin under the spare bed in his grandparents’ house, he has gone on from there to win all the major fiddle prizes including the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship.

Paul has toured extensively here and abroad and is also well-known as a composer with over 300 works including many for film, television and theatre.  His 8 solo albums and over 40 album with other musicians have received international acclaim.

Since lockdown began the couple, who recently celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary, have produced  86 “Live from the Lounge” shows from the Tarland home they share with sons Hector and Roderick.  These can be checked out on Paul’s Facebook page.

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Lunchtime Recital with Shona Donaldson, traditional singer, and Paul Anderson MBE, fiddle 

Wednesday 1st December 1.15pm – 1.45pm (Zoom available from 1pm)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81867139033?pwd=M3dmd3ErcnZwdVU0KzJyeWVDck5FUT09

Meeting ID: 818 6713 9033
Passcode: 057619

Gavin Marwick and Ruth Morris: Wednesday 21st April

Gavin Marwick and Ruth Morris: Wednesday 21st April 2021 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Spirited fiddle and beautiful nyckelharpa bring you a wonderful selection of old and new tunes for all around Scotland and Europe. Gavin Marwick and Ruth Morris have been performing together for over fifteen years in bands such as Bellevue Rendezvous, Gav’s various Journeyman shows and their Galloway based ceilidh band Whirligig. The duo is a new and exciting way to enjoy their intimate and engaging acoustic string driven sound.

The link for the video below will be live from 1.15pm on 21st April

Aaron Jones & Claire Mann: Wednesday 7th April

Wednesday 7th April 2021 1.15pm – 1.45pm: Aaron Jones & Claire Mann via Zoom

Claire Mann and Aaron Jones have been stalwarts of the traditional music scene in Scotland 

for nearly thirty years. Between them they have been lucky enough to perform with some of 

traditional music’s finest appearing on nearly one hundred recordings and touring the World. 

Their debut duo CD, ’Secret Orders’ was released back in 2005 to great critical acclaim and 

they continue to tour, record, teach music and raise their three young children from their base

 in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway.

Topic: Lunchtime Recital with Aaron Jones and Claire Mann (free but donations accepted)
Time: Apr 7, 2021 01:00 PM for 1.15pm start Greenwich Mean Time

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82273307616?pwd=eGl0Wm9wTWVEcUMvWlQwNW81Y0VuUT09

Meeting ID: 822 7330 7616
Passcode: 925480

Dr Sally Garden: first Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre shares a rare Wighton score

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

Zoom Recital with Simon Chadwick Wednesday 3rd March 1-15 pm

Medieval Harp virtuoso Simon Chadwick needs no introduction to the Wighton audience.   As Musician in Residence, harp tutor and hard working secretary he was a mainstay of Friends of Wighton  for many years.  Since he moved to Armagh in 2018 though we have kept in touch. He has been sorely missed, so it is a particular delight to welcome him on the 3rd.

A Chadwick recital is always a treat and an adventure. During the last year’s lockdowns, Simon has been working on old Irish harp tunes from the Bunting collection, finding unusual tunes, and unusual versions of better known tunes. He will play some of them for you on Wednesday including some with interesting connections to versions in the Wighton collection.   

The Zoom link is below, the Recital is free but donations can be made on our webpage  www.friendsofwighton.com

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Wighton Lunchtime Recital
Time: Mar 3, 2021 01:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87171364577?pwd=cnRvQW5jaytPMC9HekxRWlZOcHBmZz09

Meeting ID: 871 7136 4577
Passcode: 513416

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