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Henry Lebedinsky at the Wighton Centre today

Henry Lebedinsky explains his music, and demonstrates aspects of the Wighton harpsichord, to interested audience members after his Cappuccino Concert this morning.

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Henry Lebedinsky: Wighton Harpsichord concert

When a renowned American early music specialist says he is coming to town and would like to play your harpsichord what can you do but add an extra Cappuccino Concert to your programme?

Henry Lebedinsky last played at the Wighton Heritage Centre in October 2010 while on his honeymoon!  His return visit is on Saturday 15th October, from 11am to noon, when his programme will include17th and 18th century works by Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Giovanni Battista Draghi and Elizabeth Turner.

Hailed by The Miami Herald for his “superb continuo… brilliantly improvised and ornamented,” Henry Lebedinsky performs as a historical keyboardist and Irish traditional guitarist across the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition to performing, Mr. Lebedinsky has taught masterclasses and workshops on historical performance practice at the University of Edinburgh, and many American institutions. He is also an avid composer of music for choir and organ. He currently lives in the Seattle, Washington area.

The venue for the concert will be the lovely Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library. This airy space houses the internationally important Wighton Collection of old Scottish music books: over 700 volumes from the 17th, 18th and 19th century.

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 for Annette Heilbron (1928 – 2011), of the Helicon Ensemble and founder member of the National Early Music Association.

The concert will be at 11am on Saturday 15th October. Coffee and newspapers will be available from 10.30am. Admission will be £5.

 Henry Lebedinsky at his last concert playing the Wighton Harpsichord in Dundee in 2010

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Conservation of Jimmy Shand books

The first book has just been returned from the conservator. Emma Fraser ACR from The Book & Paper Studio in Dundee returned the volume to the Friends yesterday.

This volume has Niel Gow's "A Collection of Strathspey Reels" and "A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels", Bland's Collection of Sonatas, Walten's Celebrated Circus Tunes with subscriber's index, N, Stewart's Circus Tunes , vols 1 - 6 and various tunes and songs. We are looking forward to cataloguing it completely!

Only 22 more to go!

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Heather Innes and Pauline Vallance, song and clarsach

Photos from yesterday's cappuccino concert

Historical Gaelic harp come and try!

Historical Gaelic harp come and try!

Sat 10th September, 2pm,

Come and have a go at playing a medieval clarsach, in Dundee's Wighton Centre, upstairs in the Central Library.

The old Gaelic harp of Scotland and Ireland is very different and much more ancient than the modern clarsach or Celtic harp you might be more familiar with. The ancient clarsach was shared between Ireland and Scotland from medieval times down to the 18th century.

The best known examples are iconic museum exhibits: the famous Brian Boru harp displayed in Trinity College Dublin, and the beautiful Queen Mary harp in the National Museum in Edinburgh. The Brian Boru harp is shown on the Guinness label!

Historical Gaelic harps are rare, and are hardly ever heard nowadays. Simon Chadwick is a historical musician and a leading authority in the old Scottish and Irish harp traditions, and he will bring beautiful historic replicas of the ancient harps into Dundee for this come-and-try session.

Simon, an inspiring teacher,  leads a regular harp class in the Wighton Centre in Dundee, and there are now spaces for new participants and harps available to rent. So come along on Saturday 10th to explore the oldest strands of Scottish and Irish music.

More info

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Lunchtime Recital with Iona Fyfe

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

Wednesday 7th September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Lunchtime Recital with Iona Fyfe:

Iona Fyfe, from Aberdeenshire, combines modern contemporary folk music with the traditions of Scotland’s haunting traditional ballads and lively songs.  Iona has performed extensively across Scotland and Europe at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Folkest Italy, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Dundee Celt Fest and currently studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Growing up in Huntly within the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland movement, Iona is a fine exponent of Doric poetry as well as Traditional Ballads and Bothy Ballads. Singing at numerous national competitions, she has won a number of prestigious titles such as Best Female Singer  both at Aberdeen TMSA 2016 and Buchan Heritage Society 2016. Iona’s sensitivity for ballads is what led her to be awarded 100/100 marks for her Traditional Song, Bonny Udny at The Buchan Heritage Society 2016 – an unprecedented mark in solo Traditional Ballad competitions.

“Iona’s voice displays incredible confidence and maturity… Even without accompaniment, Iona’s voice is as finely tuned, precise and eminently enjoyable an instrument as you’ll find… Utterly haunting.”                                  – Folk Radio UK

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers who, at 18 years old, continues to embrace and promote the repertoire and language of Aberdeenshire throughout the UK and further afield.

 Iona’s first EP The First Sangs was released in March 2015 and debut band EP was released in July 2016.

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Friends of Wighton's autumn season

Friends of Wighton's  autumn season  kicks off with a series of great concerts featuring some of the finest singers, in both Scots and Gaelic traditions, in Scotland.  

Wighton Heritage Centre:

Cappuccino Concerts - admission £5, (tea & coffee available for small donation):      

Saturday 20th August, 11am (doors open 10.30)

Double Mod Gold Medallist Wilma Kennedy, one of Scotland’s finest Gaelic singers – and, we are proud to say,  Wighton Gaelic song tutor – with a programme which includes songs from Albyn’s Anthology, which is in the Wighton Collection.

Saturday 24th September, 11am (doors open 10.30):


Heather Innes (vocals, bodhran) and Pauline Vallance (vocals, clasarch, flute) first played together for an impromptu song on Ciaran Dorris’ live Christmas show on Celtic Music Radio December 2013. They enjoyed working together and decided to continue if the occasion arose. It has a number of times and as well as singing in the Caim trio for concerts and festivals in the last few years, Pauline and Heather have continued to give duo concerts in Scotland and are looking forward to a tour in Ontario, Canada in May 2017.

Lunchtime Recitals – admission free, donations welcomed.

Wednesday 7th September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm:  

Iona Fyfe, singer

Iona Fyfe, from Aberdeenshire, combines modern contemporary folk music with the traditions of Scotland’s haunting traditional ballads and lively songs.  Iona has performed extensively across Scotland and Europe at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Folkest Italy, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Dundee Celt Fest and currently studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee:

Friday 30th September. 7.30pm

MBO Band!  - McKerron Brechin & Ó hEadhra

Fiery tunes and beautiful songs from the Gaelic and Scots tradition by three of Scotland’s finest musicians.

The Scottish trad trio of Charlie McKerron (fiddle), Sandy Brechin (piano accordion) and Brian Ó hEadhra (guitar & vocals) are three accomplished musician who draw on a wealth of tunes and songs from the Gaelic and Scots traditions.

They each are acclaimed composers in their own right. The trio have performed in Scotland and abroad and have wowed audiences with their choice of material and engaging stage performances. Each artist is also known through their work with other acclaimed acts; Charlie performs with Capercaille and Session A9; Sandy with Bùrach and the Sandy Brechin Band; Brian with Cruinn.

Sandy Brechin – “whose accordion bellows boldly blow where no box has blown before.”  – Archie Fisher
Brian Ó hEadhra – “the most vocally talented, versatile and engaging male vocalist in Gaeldom.”   – fRoots
Charle McKerron – “Fiddle wizardry”  – Stuart Morrison, The Herald

Tickets from HM Frigate Unicorn or Dundee Box Office

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Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail

Tuesday 26th July 2016:

Two chances to see and hear the delightful young musicians of the Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail!

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library

1.15pm  Lunchtime Recital:    Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail          Donations welcome

HM Frigate Unicorn, South Victoria Dock Rd, DD1 3BP Dundee


Experience the Feis Rois ceilidh trail aboard the HM Frigate Unicorn! This performance will showcase Scotland’s most outstanding young traditional musicians who will perform lively reels, jigs, and crafted Scots song.

Tickets £8 (adults), £6 (concessions) from

Friday 29th July 2016

HM Frigate Unicorn
South Victoria Dock Rd, DD1 3BP Dundee
19:00 for 19:30

Traditional music played by brilliant fiddlers Charlie Mckerron and Jonny Hardie with guitarist and drummer Davy Cattenach

Tickets £10 from

Kyle Howie at the Wighton today

Kyle Howie played a lovely lunchtime concert today in the Wighton Centre. Playing a very nice set of border pipes, he performed a selection of lively tunes and medleys, both traditional and very contemporary, as well as a fragment of pìobaireachd.

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