TOP Shetland fiddler Kevin Henderson will carry on his late father’s tradition by laying on a trio of Peerie Xmas Spree traditional gigs this December.
Kevin is bringing his acclaimed trio Nordic Fiddlers’ Bloc to Shetland for a double bill alongside fellow Fiddlers’ Bid members Chris Stout and Catriona McKay.
The late Davie Henderson, whose name became synonymous with all things Shetland Folk Festival, promoted the annual series of local concerts – usually in rural public halls – until his sad death in January 2014.
In his memory, Davie’s family and friends have been keen to keep the festive tradition going.
Kevin will be joined by award-winning Norwegian fiddler Olav Luksengard Mielva and Anders Hall, a terrific exponent of the Swedish fiddle style and tradition.
Nordic Fiddlers’ Bloc have made a significant impact nationally and internationally, regularly touring the UK, Scandinavia, Europe and North America in support of their highly-rated new album Deliverance. The trio also made a high-profile guest appearance on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
Fiddler Stout and harpist McKay are well known to Shetland audiences, their roots firmly placed in the Shetland and Scottish traditions while exploring and challenging those roots through groundbreaking albums such as White Nights and projects such as Seavaigers.
Kevin said: “We’re really looking forward to teaming up with Chris and Catriona for these concerts at home in Shetland, especially as part of something dad started off a few years back. We think it should be an exciting musical combination and a great way to start Christmas.”
Members of Fiddlers’ Bid are also curating an evening of music and revelry at Mareel on Hogmanay as part of celebrations of the band’s 25th anniversary.
- This year’s Peerie Xmas Spree concerts will take place in the Shetland Museum and Archives boat hall on Friday 16, Muckle Roe Hall on the evening of Saturday 17 and Carnegie Hall in Sandwick in the afternoon of Sunday 18 December. Tickets, priced £15, go on sale from Shetland Box Office from 10am on Friday 11 November.