arts

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 …



Vicky goes solo in style with new EP ‘Atlaness’

SHETLANDER Vicky Gray has long been known for her prowess as a graceful fiddle player steeped in the traditions of her home islands – and after many years of performing in bands this week she is stepping out of the shadows and unveiling her stylish debut EP as a solo artist. Atlaness is a concise piece […] Shetland News …



Couper brothers bring much needed feel-good factor

“HOW cool is this?” beamed Ross Couper as he and brother Ryan took to the Mareel stage on Saturday lunchtime. Midway through Shetland’s first proper-gig-with-a-crowd since March he spoke of it being “such a buzz” to play live again, though it’s fair to say the brothers’ demeanour had already given that away. Their hour-long set, […] Shetland News …


Fair Isle chairs go on display in museum

DA GADDERIE in the Shetland Museum has reopened with an exhibition on Fair Isle chairs. The exhibition features three of Eve Eunson’s new handcrafted pieces as well as historic chairs from the museum collection and other items on loan. Eunson was born and raised on her family’s croft in Fair Isle. In 2018 she came […] Shetland News …