Lunchtime Recital: Wednesday 1st March, 1.15pm – 1.45pm Ted Poletyllo, singer

We are, at last, able to go back to our pre-pandemic time and are celebrating by bringing you another fine traditional singer, Ted Poletyllo. 

Ted, who hails from Fife, is a consummate ballad singer who has won numerous TMSA singing competitions over the years, the latest, in November 2022 being Glenfarg Folk Club’s prestigious Sandy Watt Quaich.

Admission is free, donations welcome!

Nae Coffee Concert Sat 21st January 11am – change of artists

Poor Dolly O’Rourke has been struck by the fluey bug and we will reschedule her and Mike for later in the year. Luckily, she was able to secure for us two first rate musicians and we will be delighted to welcome:

John Graham (Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) and Jim Jack (Guitar, Vocals)

John started playing Folk Music in the sixties co-founding ‘The Clydesiders’ in 1968 with Sandy Kelso and remaining a member till they became inactive in 2000. They played on many TV and Radio shows as well as making 10 albums.

Jim’s introduction to Folk Music was in the Edinburgh Folk scene in the sixties and he went on to play with ‘Carterhall’ for a number of years , branching out in to Rock Bands in the 80’s and 90’s before returning to his Folk Music Roots

John plays a number of instruments including Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar while Jim is on Guitar. They both share the vocal duties.

Recent performances include

Stirling Folk Club, Dunfermline Folk Club, Irvine Folk Club, Leith Folk Club, The Wee Folk Club Edinburgh, Falkirk Folk Club, Nova Scotia Folk Club Bishopbriggs, Craigie Folk Club, Stonehouse Folk Club, Quarter Acoustic Music Club, Dalgety Bay Folk Club, Almond Valley Folk Club, Balerno Folk Club, Cowalfest in the Smiddy Strachur, Royal West Boat Club Greenock, Largs Bowling Club, Milngavie Bowling Club, Fynefest 2018, Irvine Marymass Festival, Linlithgow Folk Festival, Balerno Music Festival, The Star Folk Club Glasgow, Balerno Folk Club, Glenfarg Folk Club, Nitten Folk Club, Ayr Phoenix Folk Club, Clydesdale Folk Club, Inchture Music Nights, Moira Furnace Folk Festival Leicestershire.

Their act evokes much of the spirit of the sixties folk revival with ample opportunities to join in choruses and a fair smattering of humour.

John and Jim brought out their first CD together, ‘Sae Will We Yet’ in 2018 and their second ‘The Darkening West’ on May 2022.

Concert starts at 11am, tickets £5 at the door. 11am

Rolling from May into June 2022

Saturday, 18th June, 11am – noon: The NaeCoffee Concert with the wonderful Jess Smith, traveller, storyteller and singer. An opportunity in this Year of the Storyteller to hear one of the finest – not to be missed. Admission £5 at the door.
Tuesday 21st June, 2pm – 4.30pm: Make Music Day! For the occasion, some of the best, most interesting and rarest of the Wighton Collection will be on display. There will be song from the Wighton Singers, tunes from Rosa Michaelson and, maybe, a surprise guest or two!

Happenings at the Wighton!

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate Centre, Dundee DD1 1DB
Saturday 28th October, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert with Alan Brown, singer,  songwriter and raconteur!
Tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation)
Alan Brown was born and raised less than half a mile from where the present day Wighton Library stands and Dundee has been a major influence on his career to date. Exiled from the city since 1970 he is difficult to pigeonhole: singer, songwriter, musician, composer, novelist, journalist, after dinner speaker, playwright, poet, standup, tour guide, and is probably best summed as – an entertainer! Despite thirty years performing professionally in Scotland and overseas this will be his first ever solo appearance in his hometown. Expect a varied programme of award-winning songs and stories, brand new material and a few surprises.
And in November!
Wednesday 1st, 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with Lorraine Wilson, singer, accompanied by Tosh Flood.
A varied programme of standards and surprises from Lorraine who will be accompanied by the highly regarded Irish musician Tosh Flood.  Lorraine is, of course, well known as a journalist and author but she is also a very fine singer with an eclectic repertoire. 
Admission free, donations welcome.
Tuesday 7th, 6.15pm
Trad Talk: Culture Chat   Free. Your opportunity to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Culture Strategy.  Opinions,  instruments and voices welcome!  Book your place at
And we have two Cappuccinos in late November with folk who are no strangers to us!
Saturday 18th with Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
Saturday 25th with Zakia & Farrah Fawcett, strings with style!

Lunchtime Recital with Jim & Kate Taylor

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

Lunchtime Recital with Jim & Kate Taylor!

Wednesday 4th October, 1.15pm Admission free.

For our October Lunchtime Recital we are delighted to welcome two stalwarts of the Scottish traditional music scene Jim & Kate Taylor and their extensive repertoires of old songs and bothy ballads of the northeast.

Jim Taylor was born near Garlogie where he still lives, and is a retired Quantity Surveyor. A nephew of the late King of the Bothy Ballads, Tam Reid, Jim is keeping Tam’s songs going as well as a few others. He is in great demand as a compere, which allows his native North East humour to shine through, and he has been a guest at several singing festivals throughout the UK and Ireland.

Kate Taylor started singing at the tender age of 40 and has not stopped since. She is passionately fond of traditional singing and has been influenced mainly by Sheila Stewart, Elizabeth Stewart and Jane Turriff. Kate is a member of the Aberdeen Folk Club and the Aberdeen Branch of the TMSA, and she has also been a guest at several folk festivals and singing weekends where her fine voice and sense of fun have won her many fans.

Winter-spring 2017-18

Lunchtime recitals   Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB, 1.15pm
 Admission free – retiring collection

4 Oct    Kate and Jim Allen, singers
1 Nov    Sylvia Crawford harp and fiddle
6 Dec    Wighton Singers
10 Jan   Shamblestones
7 Feb    Lorraine Wilson singer

Cappuccino Concerts
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission £5
Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1
Concert runs 11am to 12 noon

16th Sep:       Bob Stewart 
28th  Oct           Alan Brown singer/songwriter
18th Nov    Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
25th Nov;        Zakia and Farrah Fawcett
20 Jan ’18     Simon Kempston, singer
24th Feb:       Sandy Brechin  Ewan Wilkinson,  accordionist and singer/guitarist17th Mar:      Heather Innes, singer
28th April:    The Quiggs, Scottish / Danish folksong duo

in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

every Saturday


every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

Most Saturdays
harp with Simon Chadwick 2.00-3.30pm
Suitable for beginners – just turn up
harps are available for use in class and also for long-term rental

Cappuccino Concert with Bob Stewart

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

Cappuccino Concert with Bob Stewart!

Saturday 16th September, 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Admission £5 (tea/coffee available for small charge)

Bob Stewart has been entertaining delighted audiences for over 25 years and plays a variety of Scottish/Celtic and contemporary acoustic music. Bob’s performances are a very lively affair with a mixture of traditional and original material, a driving acoustic guitar sound, bodhran, whistle and mandolin (not all at the same time) and humour!

Bob has been a full time musician since 1989 and has played in several bands touring Scotland and Europe before going solo in 2007.  He has appeared on many successful albums over the years and has a new solo album due for release in Summer 2017 (album pre-orders will be available from June).

Bob has also performed for the BBC on local and national Radio and TV. 

He has worked with many top folk acts including appearing on stage at the Fochabers festival, guesting on bodhran, with the Battle Field Band. During this performance, Bob had to stuff the bodhran with guitar string packaging as the damp atmosphere had slackened the skin! Bob has worked in the studio with Ian McCalman who was a big influence throughout the years as well as Tich Frier, Andy Ramage, The Gaberlunzie, Blackeyed Biddy, Sheena Wellington and too many more to mention.

Bob has appeared with bands and solo at many festivals including, The Edinburgh Fringe, The Orkney Folk Festival, the Coastal Fringe Festival and he had the privilege to perform at the very first Fochabers festival……

Cappuccino Concert with Andrew Gordon, Scottish Traditional Singer

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB

Saturday 18th February 2017, 11am (doors open 10.30am)

Cappuccino Concert   with  Andrew Gordon, Scottish Traditional Singer

Andrew Gordon’s music features a rich mix of traditional and contemporary Scottish songs.  (Some Irish, Canadian and English tunes also make it into the set!)

Andrew has been a folkie for as long as he can remember.  Brought up listening to the music of The Corries, Andrew developed a deep love of Traditional (and not so traditional) folk music.  He started playing when he was 13 and had his first solo performance at 17 supporting Gaberlunzie in The Kings Arms, Perth in 1994.

Like many Scottish musicians, Andrew remembers the days when the family and neighbours would gather at Hogmanay, to drink, sing songs, and make merry.  It was this community aspect that first led Andrew to get involved, and he became a regular at sessions around Perthshire in his early career. Things really began to take off for Andrew in 1999 when he played his first overseas gigs, visiting San Francisco and racking up 9 gigs in 3 weeks.

Andrew steadily increased his profile, and the opportunity to live and play in North America proved too exciting to turn down and Andrew moved across the pond in 2004. Over 18 months he performed all over Ontario, Michigan and Indiana.  On returning to Scotland in 2005 Andrew picked up where he left off, and started building a touring schedule in Europe. Andrew now performs in Germany several times each year, and is a regular at Stadthalle Gladbeck, Hermannsburg Highland Games, Folkival Festival in Nurtingen and the Kutschenmuseum Gescher as well as venues in Stuttgart, Wezlar, Grevenbroich, Hagen, Altena, Borken, Bremen, Celle, Bad Fallingbostel and Esslingen. He also has annual trips to Norway and Denmark.  Andrew has also been lucky enough to perform with Skerryvore and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Scotland, and with Sean Cannon from The Dubliners at Stadthalle Borken. said there was something compelling about Andrew’s music and passion.  Fellow musician Brian Higgins has always been a fan of the “robust” rhythms on both guitar and bodhran that Andrew uses to accompany his distinctive and passionate singing.  Andrew believes that one of the reasons audiences get behind his music is that he “gives it some welly”.

Tickets  £5  at door, tea/coffee available for small donation

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