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

 

Jess Smith @ The Wighton, Sat 18th June 11am

It is the Year of Storytelling and Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome one of Scotland’s best to the Wighton Heritage Centre!
 
Jess Smith, storyteller, writer and fine singer, is our guest at the NaeCoffee (but feel free to bring your own) Concert on Saturday 18th June, 11am to noon.
Jess was raised on the road in her large travelling family  of parents and seven sisters. Home was a single-decked Bedford bus; her ‘mansion’ on wheels. It served the family for ten years until it gave up the ghost in Lennie’s yard, Kirkcaldy. Two more years travelling with trailers and most of the family married off, Jess left her cultural map to settle with a young Crieff lad; Dave. Three chicks feathered their nest, grew and flew. It was then that Jess remembered a promise she made her father to write a book about Travellers in Scotland. However her knowledge of the community only covered her own travelling days in her wheeled mansion.
Memories were fresh so she retired at age 50 and learned basic computer and keyboard skills.
Jessie’s Journey was the result! Within months it was no 1 in Scottish biographies. Her love of sharing the culture was welcomed into the literary world, two more biographical books followed, a novel, a story collection and then ‘the book’ she promised dad; Way of the Wanderers.
She has travelled the world taking her story to wherever and whoever wants to hear it. She loves meeting people, sharing tales and also enjoys singing a few old favourite songs.

Doors open, 10.30am, admission £5.

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!

No Trees to Whisper: a song cycle for soprano and clarinet  Saturday 26th March 2022 – at 2pm – on Zoom 

Performed by Turning the Elements:  Frances Cooper (soprano) Joanna Nicholson (clarinet), with the support of Creative Scotland.

Friends of Wighton’s first online event, in November 2022, was Dawn Wood’s poetry workshop for this commission and we are honoured and delighted to be showing the World Premiere of No Trees to Whisper.  

We are also thrilled to be Zooming to you from The Weaver’s Room in Verdant Works (www.verdantworks.co.uk) Dundee’s five-star rated textile museum.   Thanks to Dundee Heritage Trust’s Deirdre Robertson, for making it possible, and Wendy Gammie, for making it work!

The concert is free but donations can be made at www.friendsofwighton.com

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Saturday 26th March, 2pm-3pm (waiting room open at 1.50pm

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The inspiration for the project came from Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell’s famous diaries of their Journey to the Highlands and Islands in 1773 –

“ I sat down on a bank, such as a writer of Romance might have delighted to feign.   I had indeed no trees to whisper over my head, but a clear rivulet streamed at my feet….  Whether I spent the hour well, I know not: for here I first conceived the thought of this narration”

Poetry was commissioned from Iain Morrison, Dawn Wood and Haworth Hodgkinson, and music from Linda Buckley, Aidan O’Rourke and Gemma McGregor. Three very individual pieces from the poet/composer partnerships are woven together by interludes composed by Joanna, and nature photography by Frances to create a 40-minute film of evocative words, music and images.

Frances and Joanna have performed as Turning the Elements for nearly 10 years, taking this intimate combination of instruments to audiences around the country, and they performed as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland Showcase, curated by Creative Scotland, in the Edinburgh Fringe of 2019.   This is the second major work they have commissioned. 

www.turningtheelements.com

https://www.facebook.com/turningtheelements

Zoom Lunchtime Recital 2nd February 2022 with MoragAnne Elder and Elisabeth Flett

The Lunchtime Recital on Wednesday 2nd February, 1.15pm -1.45pm will be given by mother and daughter duo MoragAnne Elder and Elisabeth Flett, playing fiddles and singing a selection of tunes to do with winter and the North.   

Both, of course, are long time friends of the Wighton, MoragAnne currently running the mixed instruments class and Essa  who has grown up coming to Wighton classes and whose musical career we follow with great interest and pride.  

Essa is taking part in the Danny Kyle Open Stage online at the end of the month – her slot is on January 31st at 5pm on Celtic Radio and you can listen in here: https://www.celticmusicradio.net

The concert is free – donations can be made at    Friends of Wighton – Scottish music in Dundee

and the link is

Topic: Wednesday Wighton Lunchtime concert
Time: Feb 2, 2022 01:00 PM London

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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)

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Lunchtime Recital with singer Alan Brown Wed 3rd November 1.15pm

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 up as – an entertainer! After  thirty years performing professionally in Scotland and overseas, it was the Wighton which hosted his first ever solo appearance in his hometown and we are delighted to welcome him back. Expect a varied programme of award-winning songs and stories, brand new material and a few surprises.

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting  on Wednesday 3rd December at 1.15pm (link open from  1.05pm) with singer Alan Brown

Topic:  Lunchtime Recital with Alan Brown, singer  

Time: Nov 3, 2021 01:00 PM London

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Zoom Recital with Robyn Stapleton, 6th October 2021 1.15pm

On Wednesday 6th October at 1.15pm, Friends of Wighton will be delighted to present on Zoom the wonderful Robyn Stapleton, one of the finest singers of her generation.  The reviewers have raved:-

‘Rich, characterfully lilting, warm and clear’ The List

Robyn is an award-winning singer and song leader who shares her talent and passion for traditional music with audiences and communities throughout Scotland and internationally.

‘Her warm sweet voice has a depth and colour that belies her youthfulness’ fROOTS

Don’t miss it – link below

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Lunchtime Recital with Robyn Stapleton

Time: Oct 6, 2021 01:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

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Meeting ID: 865 5568 8317

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