Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Latest from Friends of Wighton - Trad Trails in Dundee

As part of Creative Scotland 2012, Trad Trails, a joint venture between Feis Rois and the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA), offers exciting performances and friendly music sessions showcasing Scotland’s world renowned folk music heritage.

Trad Trails will bring five of its brightest and best young musicians to Dundee on 31st July and 1st August.  There will be informal sessions at Discovery Point and Verdant Works on Tuesday and a Lunchtime Recital at the Wighton Heritage Centre at 1.15pm on Wednesday afternoon. 

Their visit to the city will end with a flourish in a Gala Ceilidh on the Frigate Unicorn on Wednesday 1st August, starting 7.30pm, with their special guests, singer Sheena Wellington, fiddler Karen Hannah and piper Kyle "Brave" Howie.  Tickets, price £8/£6, are available from the Frigate Unicorn, phone  200900, email roderick.stewart@frigateunicorn.org or at the door.

Sheena, who is patron of TMSA, said "I am delighted that Dundee will get the chance to see and hear these stars of the future.  It's especially good that they will be heard in some of our most interesting venues and that they will have a chance to enjoy the unique atmosphere and great acoustics of Dundee's own Frigate Unicorn. Songs, tunes and dancing - what more could you ask for?"

The Trad Trail musicians are:

Ali Levack is a piper and whistle player from Maryburgh who previously attended Sgoil Chùil na Gàidhealtachd and next year is commencing his studies on the B.A. Scottish Music (Piping) course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  

Eilidh Ramsay is a fiddle player and singer from Jamestown who is studying French and History at Glasgow University and will be spending next year in Brittany as an English language assistant.

Sally Simpson comes from Portobello in Edinburgh and plays the fiddle, piano and clàrsach. She has spent the past year at Sgoil Chùil na Gàidhealtachd and will be joining Ali in Glasgow next year studying B.A. Scottish Music.

Alasdair Paul comes from Aultbea in Wester Ross and plays the guitar. He has just completed his first year studying B.Mus. Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University.

Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul is originally from Sleat but now lives in Kyle and has spent the last six years at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. She plays clàrsach and sings in Gaelic on the Trad Trails Tour but also plays pedal harp, saxophone and clarinet.