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Oodles of live folk music

Popular Edinburgh singer-songwriter Adam Holmes returns to Shetland in September with songs from his brand new album 'Brighter Still'.

TWO OF Scotland’s leading young singer-songwriters, Adam Holmes and Rachel Sermanni, are returning to the islands for a brace of shows in September.

Holmes and his band The Embers are touring their second album ‘Brighter Still’, which was released in June. 

Sermanni will be joined by Orcadian pianist Jen Austin to perform material from ‘Tied to the Moon’, her second album which has been nominated for a SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) award.

Rachel Sermanni will join Holmes for the two shows.
Both acts will perform sets – and collaborate with one another – at Sandwick’s popular Carnegie Hall venue on Friday 9 September, before moving onto Mareel the following night. Support in Sandwick will come from Sheila Henderson, Freda Leask and friends, while Matthew Adam will open in Lerwick.

Holmes and his band won rave reviews for their sets at the 2014 Shetland Folk Festival and this will be their third visit to Shetland. ‘Brighter Still’ includes nine new numbers penned by Holmes including ‘Love Down the Line’, a duet with Eddi Reader.

Sermanni, meanwhile, first performed in the isles as the opening act for folk-pop juggernaut Mumford & Sons before returning to play at Mareel under her own steam.

Pianist Austin will also make a second trip to Shetland later in September with Orkney-born, central belt-based trad outfit Fara.

Orkney-raised trad quartet Fara.
The group feature talented fiddlers Jeana Leslie, Kristin Harvey and Catriona Price and perform a mixture of self-penned and traditional fiddle tunes as well as some songs.

Fara are touring this autumn to launch their debut album ‘Cross the Line’. They won great acclaim for their appearances at the folk festival in 2015 and employ three fiddles, a piano and vocals to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their Northern Isles upbringing.

They play at Mareel on Thursday 29 September alongside Danish five-piece Himmerland, who previously appeared at the Lerwick venue shortly after its 2013 opening, and classy local traditional group Haltadans.

Neil Riddell of local promoters Ragged Wood said all three gigs would be “a great showcase of what the roots scene in Shetland and Scotland has to offer, from beautiful songs and vocals to fresh and innovative fiddle tunes”.

Kris Drever. Photo: Genevieve Stevenson.
Meanwhile, later in the year another supremely talented Scottish folkie, Kris Drever, will be showcasing his new album ‘If Wishes Were Horses’ with the help of some of the musicians he recorded it with.

Percussion and backing vocals will come from Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott, while he will also be joined by bass player Euan Burton and one of Shetland’s finest guitar exponents, Arthur Nicholson, for two gigs.

All 140 tickets for his date at Carnegie Hall, Sandwick on Friday 4 November sold out within days of going on sale. A second show, at Bixter Hall a night earlier, has been added. 

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