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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......

Simon Chadwick, traditional harp, in Dundee

This is first chance for us to enjoy a performance from our own Simon Chadwick since he appeared in the BBC documentary “Scotland’s Treasures” and was nominated for the prestigious “Tutor of the Year” accolade at the Scots Trad Music Awards!

Simon will bring along the big Irish harp and will play a selection of traditional Scottish and Irish harp tunes found in the old music books from the Wighton Collection, from the baroque delights of Carolan to a West Highland pibroch.

Simon has lived in Fife for 10 years now, and quickly became involved in the Scottish traditional music scene in Dundee with the Friends of Wighton. He had been interested in historical Scottish and Irish music before then, through his archaeological work on the ancient harp traditions.

“I love the way that Scottish music is intensely community-oriented and personal, yet has a depth and sophistication rivalling anything from elsewhere.”

The concert is on Weds 1st March at 1.15 pm in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB. Admission is free.

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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.

Folkingcool.co.uk 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

Events for the rest of 2016

The Friends of Wighton will host two Cappuccino Concerts and a Lunchtime Recital to round off what has been a very memorable year!

First up, on Saturday 19th November,  Mary Ann Kennedy and long-time musical collaborator Finlay Wells who will reveal some brand-new material from two forthcoming albums in a series of intimate concerts. 'Glaschu' - a lovesong to her urban Gàidhealtachd home town, and 'An Dàn' - a unique collection of original Gaelic songwriting by Mary Ann and some of Scotland's finest poest - are scheduled for release in 2017. Join Mary Ann and Finlay to be among the first to hear these very special songs.

An urban Gael from multi-cultural Glasgow, Mary Ann Kennedy’s life has been one of music. A younger member of the ‘first family of Gaelic music’, her earliest memories are of a home filled with songs of community, history, work and worship from their exile island of Skye.

A hothouse classical training - and a brief diversion running the BBC’s Gaelic news service – sees her today as musician, singer, broadcaster, conductor, composer and producer, based at her creative Highland hub, Watercolour Music. 

On Saturday 26th, the Cappuccino Concert will feature Abercraig!  This group of young musicians were brought together by Friends of Wighton tutor Karen Hannah to appear at the MG Alba Scots Music Trad Awards in the Caird Hall on 3rd December.  The youngsters, ranging in age from 6 to 17, hail from Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife and have been working hard with Karen, Kevin Findlay, Paul Anderson and MoragAnne Elder.  

Why Abercraig?  One of the last two 'Fifies' which linked both sides of the Tay before the Road Bridge opened 50 years ago!

And last event of theyear is the Lunchtime Recital on Wednesday 7th December, 1.15pm – 1.45pm with the traditional performance by The Wighton Singers.  The Singers have had a busy year giving performances in day centres, churches and the University of Dundee's Baxter Suite. Their programme will feature seasonal and traditional Scots songs laced with their usual warmth and  good humour.

As always doors open for the Cappuccino Concert at 10.30am, tickets £5, and you can enjoy refreshments (available for a small donation) and enjoy a newspaper before the concert starts at 11am,

Lunchtime Recital, 1.15pm – 1.45pm,  is free, donations for the work of Friends of Wighton welcome.

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




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