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Folk festival day 3 - Sandwick

Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son whip up a storm in Sandwick on Saturday. Photo: ShetnewsSATURDAY night's gig at the Carnegie Hall in Sandwick was one of the very first Folk Festival shows to sell out, writes Chris Cope.

Whether that was due to its enticing line-up or the venue's cosy capacity of just 100 people is somewhat unclear.

Folk festival day 2 - Clickimin, Burravoe

One of Shetland's very finest musicians, Bryan Gear, joined forces with Rose Room's Seonaid Aitken for a wonderful collaboration at Burravoe. Photo: Shetnews/Neil Riddell

A QUITE terrific collaboration between brilliant Fife violinist Seonaid Aitken and Shetland's equally brilliant Bryan Gear was one of many highlights of an outstanding folk festival show in Burravoe on Friday night, writes Neil Riddell.

From the moment the pair began seamlessly playing together backstage in the afternoon, it was clear the audience were in for a special treat.

Festival supergroup to deliver Dwaam good tunes

Festival supergroup Dwaam in rehearsal before the big gig. Photo: Lois NicolA NEW local supergroup has formed for this year's Shetland Folk Festival - and it's a who's who of the isles' music scene.

Dwaam - otherwise known as the Festival Spree Band - are conglomerate of musicians from acts like Hom Bru, Bongshang, Haltadans and First Foot Soldiers.

Their only gig will take place at the Clickimin in Lerwick on Friday night as part of the Scots on Da Rock show - although whispers suggest they could grace the festival club at Islesburgh later on in the night too.

Folk festival day 1 - Islesburgh, Mareel, Voe

Laura Cortese and her Dance Cards were a bit of a show-stealer at Voe Hall. Photo: ShetnewsTHERE was an air of buzzing anticipation in Lerwick on Thursday afternoon as the 36th Shetland Folk Festival kicked off in typically busy fashion with its opening concert, writes Chris Cope.

The audience’s respective weekends started a day early as 15 visiting acts hit the stage at a bustling Room 16 in Islesburgh to show off their sounds.

Glasgow outfit Rose Room opened the free concert with a bang as they brought some gypsy jazz hues to the fore.

Only having five minutes to show off what you can do didn’t deter the likes of Canadian trio The East Pointers, who got the floor bouncing with some rousing trad tunes.


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