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Jazz fest this month

Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio top the bill at this year's Shetland Jazz Festival.

TICKETS have gone on sale for Shetland’s second jazz festival which takes centre stage during a long weekend at the middle of the month.

Shetland Jazz Club has again managed to attract a wide and varied selection of musicians from the isles, Scotland and further afield.

The festival kicks off with a gala concert in the Lerwick Town Hall on Friday 15 February featuring Fionna Duncan with Ronnie Rae, Brian Kellock as well as Tom Bancroft’s Trio Red, Troppo Funk and Alison Kay Ramsay.

At the same time, a night of blues and roots music is the bill for the Bixter hall when Muddy Bay and the Deep Sea Rollers as well as Brian and Maggie will take the stage.

Saturday night’s concert at Mareel featuring the highly skilled UK jazz trio Lighthouse with Tim Garland on saxophone, Gwilym Simcock on piano and Asaf Sirkis on drums is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the weekend.

The concert will also see Tim Garland performing with senior members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland Collective.

Prior to Saturday night’s concert, the Shetland Improvisers Orchestra with special guests Tom Bancroft, Tom Cawley and Graeme Wilson will play in the town hall on Saturday afternoon at 4.30pm.

The festival rounds off with the Tingwall jazz lunch at Sunday noon and a jazz night the hot club style featuring guitarist Nigel Clark.

Jazz club secretary Jeff Merrifield said: “Tickets are on public sale now, and can be bought from Mareel and the Islesburgh Community Centre, or online through Shetland Box Office at www.shetlandboxoffice.org

“In the week before and during the festival tickets can also be bought from The Bop Shop in Harbour Street.

“It looks like being a great festival and we look forward to seeing you there.”

Further info at: http://www.shetlandjazzclub.org/

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