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Janisch returns

SOME of the world’s finest young jazz musicians grace Shetland with their virtuosity this month when the Michael Janisch Quintet head north on their Purpose Built tour.

The London-based, US-born bass player has built up a reputation as one of the most outstanding improvisers in the country, a powerful performer playing a wide range of styles.

Jansich fell in love with Shetland earlier this year when he performed as part of the Alyn Cosker Quartet.

Next weekend he will pack his short return visit to the isles with two concerts, one Lounge session, a series of school workshops, a masterclass and an informal jam session in the last of the Peerie Willie Guitar Festival concerts

He performs at 9pm at Sandwick Social Club on Friday 17 December preceded by an informal jam session with the public; at 7.30pm at St Columba’s Church on Saturday 18 December preceded by an afternoon masterclass; and plays a session at The Lounge on Sunday 19 December.

Mr Janisch said: “I’ve been all over the place and Shetland was still by far one of the most interesting, fun, and dare I say mystical places I’ve ever toured.”

Shetland Arts music development officer Bryan Peterson said: “A group led by a bassist is a first for the Peerie Willie Festival. It is fitting as Willie himself was a great bassist as well as seminal guitar player.”

Janisch is joined by guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist Paul Booth, trumpeter Jay Phelps and drummer Andrew Bain, who have a host of awards and accolades between them.

Evening concerts cost £12 (£8 concessions), the masterclass costs £5 while the Lounge session is free.