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Robyn Stapleton, Wednesday 6th February

Wednesday 6th February, 1.15pm

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee

Lunchtime Recital with Robyn Stapleton, singer. Admission free, donations welcome.

Specialising in Scots song, Robyn Stapleton is in her final year as a music student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) studying towards BA in Scottish Music.  Born in Dumfries and raised in Stranraer, at just 23 years old Robyn has  performed for HRH Prince of Wales at Dumfries House; The Globalscot Conference at Kelvingrove Art Gallery; in London for the East India Club; at Celtic Connections and for the Keepers of the Quaich, to name just a few. Having recently returned from Ireland after a year as an exchange student studying Irish song at the University of Limerick, Robyn is looking forward to sharing her repertoire of traditional Scots and Irish songs now that she's back in the UK.

Come & Try Concertina - Saturday 26th January

Friends of Wighton invite you to Come & Try the concertina!

Saturday 26th January, 2.30pm, Crèche, Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee.

As an introduction to his new weekly class, John Bagnall invites those interested in learning to play the English concertina, who want to brush up their skills, or who just want to learn more about this tuneful instrument, to come along and give it a try!

There was a strong Scottish tradition of concertina playing and the English Concertina was a popular instrument in Scotland up until the 1920s, regularly played both in the home and in public in social and religious settings.

John Bagnall has been playing the English Concertina, invented about 1829 by Sir Charles Wheatstone, for about 40 years.

He learned to play while living on Tyneside, which as well as being a centre for traditional music is home to some great concertina players, notably Alistair Anderson who has done so much to popularise the instrument.

John has been to a large number of Alistair's workshops over the years and learned from his teaching methods, centred round traditional tunes.

He likes to play many different types of music on the concertina, including Northumbrian and Scottish tunes, American, French, Breton and Irish tunes, and also aspires to the more complex classical or semi-classical music from the concertina's heyday in Victorian Britain. Playing with other musicians is a special pleasure, and John plays regularly in pub sessions on Tayside. He also plays the mandolin a little.

If anyone has a concertina in the attic it is well worth getting it out and reviving it - it's a wonderful and versatile instrument!

New guitar class

Saturday 19th January, 1.15pm in the Crèche, Dundee Central Library with Paul Campbell.

Paul, a fine player and experienced teacher, has been playing guitar for over 30 years now, largely in sessions throughout Scotland. Best known for his work with Fon a Bhord (ref Mike Ward, Barbara Dymock, Helen Forbes, Ian Kinnear.) This band toured all over Scotland playing all the big festivals. You will see him most Thursday evenings in the Fishermans Tavern trad session. He also helps with the Tayside Young Fiddlers.

Fees £5/£3 concessions
Further information/booking 01382 221242

Mary Mac at the Wighton

Mary Mac will be performing in the Wighton Centre, Dundee, on Saturday 19th January.

Her Cappuccino Concert will start at 10.30am with complimentary coffee and newspapers, and then the music will be 11am to 12 noon.

Mary Mac is a versatile and talented singer songwriter, with presence, charm, and character She has a wealth of experience in the music industry and has recorded three albums of original material, and one of Jazz standards. All her albums have been well received after radio and TV appearances. Graeme Scott, of Leith FM, described her appearance there as "one of the most delightful session guests ever".

Mary has worked with most of the top jazz musicians including Kuma Harada, Tim Bailey, Brian Kellock and Mario Caribe. She performs as part of a band and as a solo singer. Playing her favorite covers and original songs, with flavors of jazz country, blues and folk.

A recent testimonial:
"Her voice is smooth and mellow with that sultry edge that sometimes reminds one of Joni Mitchell and at other times of Claire Martin but make no mistake, Mary's an original voice."

Admission is £5. The WIghton Centre is upstairs in Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB.
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