Local guitar heroes

Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.

THE LINE-UP for a Shetland Guitar Heroes concert as part of the islands’ international guitar festival, being held in November, has been unveiled.

Local players for the Saturday 8 November concert at Mareel include Arthur Nicholson, Ewan Novak, Alan McKay, Robbie Walterson and special guests.

They will be supported by a selection of youngsters currently learning the guitar (and perhaps a little ukulele) at High Level Music Centre, whose tuition service in Lerwick is flourishing following a recent change of premises, and students participating in Martin Taylor’s sold-out “guitar retreat” throughout the week.


All of the guitarists taking part in the guitar heroes concert will be backed up by a rhythm section consisting of Bryan Peterson on bass and Archer Kemp on drums.

Shetland Arts marketing officer Lisa Ward said: “The Shetland Guitar Heroes concert will be a genre-spanning musical collaboration between some of Shetland’s finest home-grown guitarists, supported by the next generation of talented players, and showcasing the incredible talent that Shetland has to offer. It’s bound to be very popular!”

It forms part of a festival running from 6-8 November and curated by Taylor. He will also appear in conversation with renowned, Grammy-nominated guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on Wednesday 5 November. Both Emmanuel (Thursday 6, supported by Norman ‘Girsie’ Goudie and friends) and Taylor (Friday 7, supported by Brian Nicholson and friends) will play their own concerts, while Taylor is also hosting his guitar retreat in the islands.

  • More information about the 2014 Shetland International Guitar Festival, which runs from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 November, is available here.