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Event aims to generate more interest in Fair Isle chairs

AN EVENT is being held in the Scottish Borders next month in a bid to “turn around the fortunes” of endangered Fair Isle and Orkney chairs. Both of these traditional styles are currently on the Heritage Crafts Association Red List of endangered crafts. Eve Eunson, who is said to be only one of two people […] Shetland News …


Live bands and DJs to help mark Record Store Day

FLICKING through records, thumbing your way through CDs – for many, there’s a certain magic when it comes to music shopping. For some in Shetland that magic comes with a strong whiff of nostalgia, harking back to the likes of Clive’s Record Shop, which shut up shop in 2011. But a not-for-profit pop-up record shop […] Shetland News …


Plenty of entrants for 40th young fiddler competition

MORE than 70 musicians have entered this year’s Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year competition. The event will take place at Mareel in Lerwick on 22/23 April, and tickets are due to go on sale today (Friday). The competition will celebrate its 40th anniversary, with Margaret Robertson winning the inaugural event back in 1982. This […] Shetland News …


Smorgasbord of talent announced for much-missed folk festival

A HOST of local and visiting artists have been announced for the 40th Shetland Folk Festival, which is set to take place after two years of Covid postponements. The return of the festival between 28 April and 1 May will be music to the ears of many in the isles. Scottish musician Dougie MacLean, who […] Shetland News …


From Burra to Malmö for local artists

WORK from three local artists is now on show in a leading centre for design and crafts in Sweden. The artwork was produced at the Gaada centre in Burra. The exhibition That’s RISO!, hosted at the Form/Design Center in Malmö, brings together risograph artworks from artists, illustrators, designers and activists across the globe. Featured in […] Shetland News …


Cleeves cuts ribbon to reopen ‘magnificent’ refurbished library

THE AUTHOR of the novels that spawned the global hit TV crime drama Shetland cut the ribbon to officially declare the new public library in Lerwick open on Saturday morning. Ann Cleeves said the eight books and ensuing series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez would never have existed had she not been invited to give a […] Shetland News …



Musical heritage in ‘safe hands’ as young fiddlers impress

SHETLAND’s homegrown musical talent was recognised this weekend as the Young Fiddler of the Year competition made its welcome return at Mareel. Fifteen year old Magnus Williamson from Whalsay was declared the Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year 2021, taking home the Frank Jamieson Memorial Trophy after winning both the senior open and senior traditional […] Shetland News …


Island above all others provides inspiration for children’s book

UNST has many claims to fame – Britain’s most northerly island, the location for a possible space port, for instance – and now it is the setting for a new children’s book. The island plays a key role in Julia and the Shark, which is written by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave and acclaimed artist […] Shetland News …


New town shop’s exhibition highlights lace knitting and Fair Isle chairs

LOCALS and tourists can enjoy learning first-hand about two endangered traditional craft practices as part of a small exhibition space attached to a new gift shop in the centre of Lerwick. The Puffin Republic, run by the owners of French café C’est La Vie, opened its doors last week and includes a lace knitting exhibition […] Shetland News …