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Young Fiddler of the Year

AITH Junior High School pupil Callum Watt, from Walls, was crowned the Young Fiddler of the Year 2013 following a two day event in which more 100 young musicians participated.

The fifteen year old won the coveted title in front of a near sell-out audience at Mareel on Saturday night.

Close contenders of the title were Peter Kay in second place and Fraser Tait in third.

Following his victory his mum Andrea joked saying: “This makes Callum’s fiddle playing at 7.30 in the morning all worthwhile!”

Meanwhile Sophie Moar (14) of Sandwick Junior High School became Traditional Fiddler of the Year, while ten year old Jodie Smith from Bigton won the title of Junior Young Fiddler of the Year. 

The title of Young Fiddler Intermediate was won by 12 year old Alana Smith from Weisdale. 

Other prizes awarded were the Lell Robertson Memorial Trophy for the best played waltz which went to twelve year old Kirsty Wishart.   Last year’s Young Fiddler of the Year Laura Smith won the Martin Laurenson Memorial Trophy for the most moving slow air piece.

Concert organiser Vaila Grant said, “The atmosphere backstage was great over the two days.  There were many tunes shared and new friendships formed.  It all helps settle nerves before performing.”

Shetland Folk Society said they gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Shetland Charitable Trust and Shetland Musical Heritage Trust.