Fiona Ross and Christine Kydd, Saturday 20th April, 11am-12md

Fiona Ross and Christine Kydd, singers

And how lucky are we that these two talented and feisty women have included the Wighton Centre in their Songs Across The Water UK Tour?

Fiona Ross grew up in Partick, in the west end of Glasgow, in touch with her roots on the Isle of Lewis. The youngest of five children, she inherited a love of Scottish music from her dad, and soon began singing popular Scottish songs. In the 1980s Fiona truly embraced the Scots song tradition, immersing herself in Edinburgh’s vibrant folk scene appearing at local folk clubs and busy pub singing sessions and joining the group Handsel.

Fiona moved to Australia in 2009 and has been flying the flag for Sottish song there. She has continued to develop into a well recognised tradition-bearer of Scots song, and was a finalist in the Scottish Singer of the Year at the Scottish Trad Awards 2019. Fiona’s honest, earthy & evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcases the richness & diversity of the tradition.

Christine Kydd’s presence at any gathering of singers and musicians is a guarantee of fun, laughter and, of course, great singing. Her work as a singer, choir director, voice coach, teacher, folklorist and animateur covers an enormous range of experience and has taken her all over the world.  Her rich voice, wide and eclectic repertoire and knowledge have won her accolades including two nominations for Scots Singer of the Year and induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for a small donation.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 6th March, Lunchtime Recital 1.15pm – 1.45pm: Positive Notes!

Positive Notes Advanced (over 40’s section) Learning Disability Singing Group present an early celebration of Irish Folk Songs, for St Patricks Day. Positive Notes groups like to sing songs that will boost your mood and put a smile on your face. Come along and join in with the fun. Sing along with us too if you like.”

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.

 

Our Autumn season of song and music classes are in full swing – new and returning singers and players are always welcome!

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

Online

Saturday 11am

Mixed instrument classes, tutored by MoragAnne Elder, 11am (Payment £5 online or by cheque}

Zoom link   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85293330814

 

Friday 1st September. 1.15 – 1.45pm Di Henderson, traditional singer

We are delighted to have persuaded the great Tyneside born singer, Di Henderson, to break her journey to the Kirrie Festival to give us a Lunchtime Recital on Friday 1st September. Di has a rich powerful and yet flexible voice and puts passion and commitment into her singing. Her songs are taken from both the tradition and the best of newer writers. They cover a range of subjects – pathos, humour, drinking, love, feminism and not to mention the occasional bawdiness.

 

Saturday August 26th : 11am – Noon “Where the Feather Falls”

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)

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Wednesday 2nd August, 1pm – 2pm. Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail

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

 

 

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