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See in the new year in the company of Fiddlers’ Bid

Fiddlers' Bid will celebrate their 25th year by hosting a Hogmanay concert and dance at Mareel.

SOME OF Shetland’s most internationally-renowned musicians, Fiddlers’ Bid, are hosting a Hogmanay concert and dance to give islanders the chance to see in the new year in style.

The band, who are celebrating their 25th year together in 2016, have teamed up with Shetland Arts and some of the isles’ finest musicians and performers for a concert on 31 December, followed by a late-night dance.

Fiddlers’ Bid themselves will be joined by Vair, Norman Goudie & Friends, Bryan Gear & Violet Tulloch, and special appearance from the legendary Alec Couper.

In between the concert and dance, partygoers can refresh with a complimentary supper and a dram while enjoying the glamour and glitz of a 1920s-inspried café bar, or relax in one of the cinema spaces where music films will be showing.

Fiddlers’ Bid will kick off the countdown at 11pm for everyone to take in the new year, then dance the night away with a supergroup of musicians on the Mareel stage – with concert performers joining the Alan Nicolson Dance Band for what is described as the “ultimate Shetland Hogmanay celebration”.

Chris Stout of Fiddlers’ Bid said: “We’re all hugely excited to be sharing this special concert and dance with this all-star cast of some of our all-time favourite Shetland musicians.

“It means so much to us to have the chance to celebrate Hogmanay and our twenty-fifth year together amongst friends.”

Along with the fiddles of Stout, Kevin Henderson, Andrew Gifford and Maurice Henderson, Fiddlers’ Bid’s line-up features Scottish harpist Catriona MacKay, guitarist Jenn Butterworth and Newcastle bassist Neil Harland.

Two ticket options are available, one including the seated concert at 7.30pm and one with later entry from 9pm to the café bar only until the concert is finished. Tickets go on sale through Shetland Box Office from Friday 14 October.

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