Wednesday 26th July. 1.15 – 145pm. Mark Spalding with El Search: Harpsichord 40th Birthday Celebration!

Wighton’s own harpsichord specialist, Mark Spalding , will be playing with Dundee’s long established free improvisation group El Search in a programme specially devised as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations.

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the 18th century maker Nicholas Blanchet , commissioned by Annette Heilbron and  built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge , in 1983.  This is a great opportunity to hear just how versatile our beautiful instrument can be.

Admission free, donations welcome.




Wednesday 5th July: 1.15pm – 1.45pm. Karen Hannah, fiddle.

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!

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!

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