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Fiddle gigs announced

Session A9 are back in Shetland for a gig in early September.

FIDDLE fans look set to have a September to remember after Shetland Arts announced the visit of two high-profile traditional acts.

Session A9 – who count local fiddler Kevin Henderson among their cast of all-star Scottish musicians – will head north to perform at Mareel in Lerwick on 8 September.

The gig will then be followed up by the arrival of Australia’s Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers later on in the month as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

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They will collaborate with local fiddlers Ross Couper and Chris Stout to hold workshops and performances.

The former will also team up with brother Ryan in Voe for a concert on 25 September, with Stout headlining a show at Mareel a day later.

The Melbourne group are being hosted by local ensemble Hjaltibonhoga, which performed at the 2014 Military Tattoo in Edinburgh.

The band’s Margaret Scollay commented: “We’re very excited to begin a collaboration with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers in Shetland which can be extended when they visit Australia in February next year.

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“It’s also a great opportunity to meet and make new friends and not least to share in tuition from two local fiddlers who are leaders of the international scene.”

Melbourne Fiddlers’ Judy Oleinikov added that the club has been “admiring” Shetland’s fiddle scene for years.

“I’m sure sparks will fly when we get together with our Northern Hemisphere fiddle cousins,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to a great weekend of sharing and performing the music we are all passionate about, led by two of our favourite and most inspiring teachers of the genre – what more could lovers of great fiddle music ask for?”

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