FOLLOWING the maxim “do more of what makes you happy”, Cullivoe fiddler and singer Barry Nisbet is pouring his heart and soul into musical and seafaring pursuits perhaps more than ever before this year.
SHETLAND piano virtuoso Neil Georgeson will be returning to Mareel this Thursday for his last appearance in Shetland Arts’ 2017-18 classical season.
Speaking to Shetland News, Neil explained that the concert, Dance Music, will be a look at “all different kinds of dance”. The musical choices range from the 12th century to the modern day, spanning a wide range of dance styles and composers.
The Furrow Collective are a four-piece consisting of Edinburgh singer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Newton, Glasgow-based guitarist and singer Alasdair Roberts, Glastonbury singer and banjo/concertina player Emily Portman, and Maidstone viola player and vocalist Lucy Farrell.
AMERICAN musical comedian Rich Hall returns to Shetland with his Hoedown band in tow this week – and promises a show that begins with a “withering dissection” of the US under Donald Trump and ends up in a “celebration of Americana”.
The grouchy, deadpan comic previously entertained islanders at Mareel two years ago in a two-hour country-comedy cocktail featuring an accompanying guitarist.
This time the Perrier award-winner will take to the stage at Clickimin’s Bowls Hall with fuller musical backing for a night promising a “precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship” between Britain and America that is “as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever”.
The acclaimed opera company are visiting 17 venues across Scotland with an unusual concert, where excerpts from famous and not-so-famous operas are woven into a theatrical narrative.
The six-part series will air from Tuesday (13 February) on BBC One and it focuses on a Shetland man returning home after having a historic murder conviction overturned.
WHEN 2018 guizer jarl Stewart Jamieson leads his squad of 57 hardy Vikings and seven children through Lerwick for the first time on Tuesday morning, he will be keeping a strong family link alive in more than one way.
As guizer jarl back in 1981, the late Harry Jamieson represented Viking leader Thorvald Thoreson. Now, 37 years later, his son Stewart has chosen to do the logical thing and depict his father's son Thorvald Thorvaldsson, who was based in Papa Stour in the 14th century.
The Brent Spar campaign was THE catalyst for stimulating a legislative process that eventually saw the ban of dumping oil installations into the sea and, as a direct consequence, the growth of a decommissioning industry.
So far 12 acts have been confirmed to take to stages the length and breadth of the isles to demonstrate their musical prowess.
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HISTORY is all around is us in Shetland, sadly often seen as the ruins and walls of long-forgotten homesteads, piles of stones in a field.
Some of that social history is captured on the maps of a hundred years ago. Modern maps are bland in comparison and can’t compete with the delightful details to be found hidden in the past.
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MULTIPLE award-winning, experimental folk trio LAU took the Mareel audience on a truly eclectic musical journey to conclude a UK tour celebrating a decade of music-making.
POP MUSIC radio station and local institution SIBC this week celebrated the landmark of 30 years on air – during which time one of the station's two voices, Ian Anderson, has never had a full day off.
SIBC, run by Ian and his wife Inga Walterson, first began broadcasting in an era when playing music on the radio meant standing queuing up vinyl records one after the other for shifts lasting four hours at a time.
A TRIO of important events commemorating World War One took place in Lerwick earlier this month. Laurie Goodlad went along and was struck by the meticulous dedication shown by local researchers into Shetland's involvement in the catastrophic years of conflict.
Karen Fraser, collaborating with local volunteers and Shetland Museum & Archives, organised the programme, which coincides with wider national Remembrance Day events.
The event, run by Shetland Arts and Crafts, takes place in the main and bowls halls at the Clickimin Leisure Complex until teatime on Sunday.
One of the UK's most celebrated ensembles, The Edinburgh Quartet will be playing a programme which they describe as "varied, and covers a broad spectrum of style".
It was a humble introduction to an evening of music at Mareel on Tuesday night that at times was anything but, with soaring melody and musical flair exuded throughout.
WHEN THE eighth annual Shetland Wool Week got underway last Saturday our reviewer Terri Malcolmson embarked on a busy week trying to take in as much as she could of the ever popular event that attracted around 500 textile enthusiasts again to the isles.
The Shetland Museum and Archives was filled with wool and fibre enthusiasts. Everyone was catching up while deciding which notebook, bag or top to buy from the merchandise.
Now in its third year, the event was recently rebranded as the Taste of Shetland Festival, and saw over a thousand visitors attend the Clickimin by 3pm yesterday.
TEN DAYS and over 80 screenings later, the 11th Screenplay festival came to an end on Sunday, writes Patrick Mainland. As ever, the programme has been a diverse one – highlighting local and international filmmakers, featuring quizzes, workshops, dramas, animation, cats, dogs, and a certain time-travelling cyborg.
Neil, who helmed a number of well-received concerts last season (all as engaging as they were unorthodox), told Shetland News he was pleased to be returning to Mareel once again with a fellow Shetlander – a situation that heavily inspired this opening concert's theme.