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Syrian musician added to folk festival

Kanun virtuoso Maya Youssef.

A MUSICIAN from Syria who is regarded as a virtuoso on native instrument the kanun has been added to this year’s Shetland Folk Festival line-up.

Maya Youssef will bring “exciting and exotic Middle Eastern sounds” to the event, which is taking place on 27-30 April.

Youssef grew up in Syria before studying the 78-string instrument at the High Institute of Music and Dramatic Arts in Damascus.

She later gained a masters degree in ethnomusicology at the SOAS University of London and she is currently researching how music can help Syrian child refugees for a PhD.

This year’s line-up of Shetland Folk Festival visiting acts was announced earlier this week, with artists and groups set to visit from countries as far flung as the US, Canada, Estonia and Italy.

Early memberships will be on sale at during the month of February.

Tickets for concerts will go on sale to members from 20 March, and to the general public from 3 April.

The festival now operates exclusively with an online system for the purchase of memberships and concert tickets.