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Ticket sales up as folk festival organisers hail another 'absolutely fantastic' weekend

On-deck entertainment courtesy of The Chair. Photo: Lieve Boussauw.ORGANISERS say ticket sales at the 37th Shetland Folk Festival exceeded expectations, with a cumulative total of around 7,500 concertgoers over the weekend.

Committee member Louise Johnson said numbers were higher than in recent years, with around 6,000 tickets sold along with many hundreds flocking to non-ticketed events such as two free events on board the Statsraad Lehmkuhl sailing ship and an early years concert.

Review: The Chair close foy with gusto

Maya Youssef and her trio strutting their stuff at the closing night's foy in Mareel on Sunday night. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News.THERE was a celebratory feeling in Lerwick on Sunday night as the 37th Shetland Folk Festival came to its formal end with its network of all-encompassing foy gigs around the town.

Perhaps it was because the locals had managed to survive the previous three booze-fuelled nights without injury or impairment, although it was more likely a toast to another successful festival.

Gallery and videos from folk festival #37

Live music on board the Statsraad Lehmkuhl on Friday afternoon. Photo: Chris Brown.VARIETY has been the optimal word at this weekend's 37th Shetland Folk Festival, with acts from all across the globe performing on the big stage at Clickimin, intimate village hall concerts, on board a sailboat in Lerwick Harbour, on ferry car decks and at countless impromptu sessions whenever the moment seemed right.

Crowds flocked on board three-masted sail training ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl on Friday and Saturday afternoons for free concerts that happily coincided with the nicest weather Shetland has enjoyed this spring.

Review: Time flies at festival gig in Sandwick

The Langan Band. Photo: Louise Thomason.FRIDAY'S folk festival gig at the Sandwick Social Club flew in, writes Louise Thomason.

Opening the show and making their debut at the festival was local act Tru Nort. The five piece covered tracks by Little Big Town, Alison Moyet and Nancy Griffith and had an easy, relaxed vibe to their performance. 

Review: Party revs up at Clickimin spree

The Revellers' Magnus Bradley on stage at the Clickimin. Photo: Yetti Biscuit/Shetland NewsLERWICK was rocking on day two of the Shetland Folk Festival as things flew into full-on party mode at the Clickimin.

The festival's Spangin' Spree gig opened up the dance floor to scores of giddy punters eager to start their weekend in style.

Review: A little bit of everything in Brae

Scott Wood Band topped off a diverse bill in Brae. Photo: Chris Cope.THE OPENING night of this year's Shetland Folk Festival saw a little bit of everything on show at a sold-out Brae Hall.

Perhaps exemplifying the broad, all-encompassing nature of folk, there were touches of swing, jazz, blues and...circus.

Review: Music, stories and laughter at Bigton

The Lonely Heartstring Band entertaining the Bigton audience. All photos by Louise Thomason.IT MIGHT not have felt much like spring recently, but sitting in the Bigton Hall last night with the sun streaming in through the windows and that unmistakable folk festival buzz in the air, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a hazy summer evening.

Local band Hollow Mountain added to the summery vibe, kicking things off with their cheerful set and a song which paid tribute to a day at the eela. 

37th Shetland Folk Festival in full swing

Please come back over the weekend to read all the latest concert reviews of Shetland Folk Festival uploaded to www.shetnews.co.uk 

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