En Rêve - the final concert of both the Scottish Ensemble's Shetland Season and their four-day residency. So, after all this build up, did the ensemble manage to end on a high?
WHEN Stuart Maconie set out to promote his latest book, The Pie At Night, he fully realised that a standard book-reading tour, where the audience sits and watches the author read passages from their own work, can be a little dull, writes Alex Garrick-Wright.
So Stuart began to add anecdotes and jokes. Over time, this side of the show grew and grew, and by the time he came to Mareel on Saturday night, the show had become something very unusual indeed.
A 250-plus turnout – at the start of a weekend when a fair few folkies are off to the Orkney festival – certainly goes some way to dispelling any notion that there’s no audience for English folk music in these parts.
There might be a heavenly, ethereal feel to their vocal performance, but the down-to-earth patois of the Gateshead siblings and their band saw the crowd immediately warm to the quintet.
The previous show Quintets was comprised entirely of three long compositions.
Duos for Violin and Cello was a musical anthology of shorter pieces that worked very well.
Following a concept developed by Gardner and put into action by Owens, the 'Settin' the Woods on Fire: The Songs of Hank Williams' show hit the stage at the Mid Yell Hall on Friday before playing at Mareel on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
A slimy lawyer in service to a brutal Glasgow big man. A dodgy senior cop who might be covering for her rapist son. Three deaths, another rape, extortion and money laundering.
The Might of the Myth, the new book released this week by veteran music promoter Jeff Merrifield, is by his own admission a 73-years-in-the-making magnum opus. Better known in Shetland for his JAWS work than for his fortean writing, Alex Garrick-Wright went along to the launch on Wednesday night to gain a little insight into the book.
The Might of the Myth is the culmination of decades of interest and experience, a journey first started by Merrifield and his friend Ken Campbell, the late actor and theatrical experimentalist, in the mid-1990s.
MUSIC has been an integral part of films since the silent era, when some poor soul would be employed to tickle the ivories as Buster Keaton performed Health-and-Safety defying stunts and Lon Chaney frightened people out of the theatre. Once it became possible to include sound in the films themselves, music became one of the most important aspects of the silver screen experience.
The line belongs to ‘Believe Me, I Know’, one of several superb pop songs Lynch sang in the course of a cockle-warming set as part of a loose, informal songwriter’s semi-circle.
The Mareel auditorium was packed for the 61-year-old’s maiden visit having sold out long before the festive period.
The sold-out audience looked perplexed, faces gurned inwards; Shelby - where'd he get that from?
The murder-mystery series based on the novels by Anne Cleeves is back for a third outing. Episode one suggests a darker, faster and altogether more thrilling ride than its predecessors, writes Jordan Ogg.
We last saw Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez atop a cliff on Fair Isle.
There were no trees, baubles or fairy lights - the festivities were on stage thanks to the bellowing vocal cords of Ernie Haase + Signature Sound.
There is no way to do justice to something as unusual and enjoyable as Hirda in so short a space; the amount that could be written dwarfs the amount allowed, so consider this very much a glowing review-in-brief.
THE SHETLAND Food Fair 2015 kicked off in style on Friday night with a fantastic food-filled event in the main hall of the Clickimin Leisure Centre, Lerwick. Food blogger Elizabeth Atia attended to sample the wares.
The launch of this annual celebration of all things wonderful about Shetland's food and drink scene began with an inspiring speech by Elaine Jamieson of the Highlands and Islands food sector and a talk by Peter Hutchison, customer services representative of NorthLink Ferries, who, alongside Shetland Transport, are sponsoring this weekend long event.
Stalls showcasing the finest food and drinks available in Shetland have been located around the perimeter of the hall with a cookery stage run by Promote Shetland at the front.
Having had to cancel two scheduled Lerwick performances previously, Ryder arrived in good spirits and rude health this time around.
Its narrative sublimely intertwines the local story of war against that of the national and global context, with poignant inter-linked photographs. Two overarching themes of Linda's book are geography and community. These continual threads run through each chapter.
Her analysis and narrative, in tandem with primary research and sources, is meticulously referenced and centres on the impact of war on Shetland, its people and its environment, and how our community responded to it.
Those safely seated away from the elements were treated to a typhoon of acoustic guitar virtuosity, with notes ricocheting around the room and jaws periodically dropping to the floor.
Shetland Arts appears to be turning this around by inviting Shetland to gorge itself on the classical offerings of the Scottish Ensemble, with a programme consisting of four gigs; a duo in September, a quintet in February, another duo in April, and the full 12-piece string orchestra in summertime.
2013 FOLK festival favourites Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra and up-and-coming harmony duo Lewis and Leigh played a brace of show in Shetland this weekend. The night after a sellout show at Carnegie Hall in Sandwick, Daniel Lawson was among a 90-strong crowd enjoying the “enthralling” line-up in his home village of Cullivoe on Saturday night.
Over 450 species have been recorded here in Shetland since ornithological records began and Paul Harvey and Rebecca Nason's new book Discover Shetland's Birds: A Photographic Guide to Shetland's Breeding, Wintering and Migrant Birds (published by Shetland Heritage Publications - the publishing arm of the Shetland Amenity Trust) concentrates on around 180 species that are most likely to be encountered throughout the four seasons. Primarily intended as an aid to finding and identifying these birds, it offers a lot more.
Friday night saw a sell-out event for Screenplay as the hugely popular Home Made hit the screen. Film lovers of all ages crowded into Screen 1, eager to see what local film makers had been up to all year, writes Genevieve White.
The first Home Made event of the festival was 4 Minute Wonders. This year, film makers had been given free reign with subject and genre. The only stipulation was that films had to be no longer than four minutes. This remit made for a pleasantly fast moving and varied programme in which the audience enjoyed music videos, action films, comedies, a monster movie parody and some rather disturbing found footage of the last moments in the life of a US forestry worker.