THE Bank Street Gallery will host an evening with Scottish leading singer/songwriter Sheena Wellington on Saturday, February 11 - with tickets guaranteed to be snapped up quickly.
Born in Dundee into a family of singers, Sheena Wellington’s status as one of the country’s leading traditional singers owes much to her roots.
Her grandmother, for example, was the source singer for the well-known song Bunch Of Thyme which is now widely sung. Sheena first appeared on stage aged two, when she sang Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer at a diddling competition. The Scottish folk ‘revival’ of the early 1960s introduced her to the singing of all-time greats Jeannie Robertson and Belle Stewart. This and her own background influenced her style and choice of material. A spell in the Wrens, the women’s branch of the Royal Navy (RN), and marriage to a sailor took Sheena round Britain. But family commitments kept her out of the active folk scene until husband Malcolm left the RN. They bought a guest house in St Andrews, where she became involved as resident singer and compere at the St Andrews Folk Club and had a weekly folk programme on Radio Tay in Dundee for several years.
She now broadcasts frequently for the BBC and is in demand as lecturer, writer, song teacher and consultant on traditional music. She has sung at all the major clubs and festivals in Scotland, including the Edinburgh International Festival, appeared at major festivals throughout Europe and has toured in the USA and Canada. Her recordings for Dougie MacLean’s Dunkeld label and her live album for Greentrax have received widespread international acclaim. Her show My Ain Countrie devised for Glasgow’s prestigious Celtic Connections and featuring the cream of Scotland’s women traditional artists, was voted Best Scottish Performance at the 1996 Festival.
Tickets for her Kirriemuir date, priced £10, can be bought in advance on 01575 570070 or 07793 743 989. Doors open 7 pm, gig starts 7.30 pm.