Folk music

Cunningsburgh welcomes back Shetland Folk Festival with glee

LIVE music was among the first things to go and the last to return during the pandemic, so to describe Shetland Folk Festival’s re-emergence as welcome would be an understatement, writes Neil Riddell.  The excitement and relief in committee host Lisa Johnson’s voice was palpable as she welcomed everyone to a packed Cunningsburgh Hall on […] 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 …


Local musicians philosophical and resilient in the face of Covid-19 havoc

ORDINARILY Shetland’s music community would be looking forward to a host of festive season shindigs to warm the cockles and raise the spirits. There’d be carol concerts, kids’ concerts, a sell-out night with First Foot Soldiers on clue-up Friday, a glitzy Hogmanay gathering at Mareel, a couple of popular tribute acts and maybe even some […] Shetland News …