Chris Miles & Gearaidh Matthews @ The Wighton, Saturday 24th February: 11am

Chris Miles has been chanting away for most of her life, the first 40 years mostly at the kitchen sink and occasionally a gala performance at a family wedding or Saturday night hooch-up in the family home when the pub tipped out.   Discovered at her very first folk club ‘floor spot’ by Sheena Wellington, who happened to be there that night, at the advanced age of 39, she answered Sheena’s question about where she had been for the past 20 years with ‘Hoovering’.   A  brief way to describe not getting out much while bringing up a family.   Overnight she turned into the usual folkie party animal, and once she stopped thinking she was going to be sick before getting on the rostrum at a folk club, she has never touched a Hoover since.  When money started changing hands you couldn’t see her for dust…which is what happens when you stop hoovering

Twenty years were spent singing with other women singers of greater note than herself, as well as solo gigs, mostly in Ireland, where she is greatly adored.   Small wonder then that these days she finds herself accompanied by Gearaidh Matthews, a wonderful guitar player from Drogheda in Ireland, with a history of delighting listeners and fellow players for many years without any impact on his bank account whatsoever.  They perform mostly traditional songs, but actually any song they like enough to want to share it.   The two of them are prepared to do their best to entertain you at The Wighton and look forward to seeing you there.   You too can put the Hoover down for an hour or so!

 

 

Saturday music classes

On Saturday 13th January, we have mixed instruments with MoragAnne Elder online at 11am plus Whistle with Helen Forbes at 12.15pm and fiddle with Heather Miranda at 1.30pm, both in The Wighton heritage Centre

AND also in the Wighton at 9.30am – we have the Return of The Gaelic Song Class with the wonderful Wilma Kennedy!

Last concerts of 2023!

Sat Dec 9th  11am – noon   Cappuccino Concert    admission £5, tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits available for a small donation to Perky Pig.

The Wighton Singers Christmas Concert!     The traditional concert by our resident group moves to Saturday.  Under the direction of the redoubtable Amy Lord, The Wighton Singers will present an array of songs, some Christmassy, some not,  beautifully sung and with exciting harmonies.

Mon 11th December Downfield Primary School. 7.45pm (doors open at 7.30pm) Free!

 Positive Notes Advanced Learning Disability Singing Group (over 40’s) section will be performing Crumbs the Musical – it is about pensioners that break into a supermarket and steal all the buns on Mon 11th December at Downfield Primary School. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 7:45pm and the show is free. It will be performed with scripts and there might be a few blips but it will be lots of fun!  (Positive Notes meets on Monday at the Wighton)

Guid Yuill and a Guid New Year when it comes!

 

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!
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