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Finns added to folk fest

Finnish seven-piece Tsuumi Sound System are a late addition to this year's folk festival.

SHETLAND Folk Festival has announced a last-minute change to its bill with a seven-piece band from Finland stepping in to replace throat singing group Huun-Huur-Tu, who had to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances.

The festival, in its 36th year, will instead enjoy the sounds of Finnish ensemble Tsuumi Sound System.

They are described as one of Finland’s most internationally notable modern folk bands. Rooted in Nordic folk traditions and innovative ideas, they draw their strength from a huge mix of influences.

Known for their “unique compositions and very intense live performances”, Tsuumi Sound System have also been described as “the rock band of the Finnish folk music field”.

Committee member Louise Johnson said: “We are extremely disappointed to be missing out on such a high calibre world music at in Huun-Huur-Tu. However, we are delighted with the fact that Tsuumi Sound System are available at such short notice.

“They are a fantastic live band that was already on our radar as a potential future act. Finding an available replacement act at short notice has been fairly hectic, particularly for Mhari Pottinger who holds responsibility for booking our visiting acts, but she has pulled out all the stops and come up trumps.”

She added that festival-goers should be aware the change of acts will also lead to some minor changes in concert line-ups. The finalised concert programme is now available at www.shetlandfolkfestival.com.

  • Tickets for concerts at this year’s festival, which takes place from Thursday 28 April until Sunday 1 May, go on sale to early members from 6pm on Monday (21 March).