Music

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 …


Youngster Ruben pens catchy Christmas song to dance to

A BUDDING young musician and producer from Bigton is providing some much-needed festive cheer in the shape of a Christmas song encouraging folk to dance along.   Ten year old Ruben Ritch has written, recorded, produced and sung (I Hope That We Can) Dance This Christmas and an accompanying video with a host of neighbours […] 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 …


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 …