AWARD-WINNING soul singer and songwriter Yola Carter is to play two mid-summer shows in Shetland as part of a Scottish tour with her trio.
Fresh from winning UK artist of the year at the Americana UK Awards in February, Carter will take to the stage at the Lerwick Legion on Friday 23 June followed by a show at Sandwick’s Carnegie Hall on Saturday 24 June.
A firm favourite at Perth’s Southern Fried Festival following several performances in recent years, she was also one of the standouts as part of the Roaming Roots Revue at Celtic Connections in January.
She will perform alongside musicians Kit Hawes, who has previously played at Shetland Folk Festival with Sheelanagig, and Harry Harding.
Scotland has become a key part of her touring, and she says it is “one of my favourite plays to play. It’s a place where the folk tradition is alive and kicking and open to so much music”.
Towards the end of 2016, Carter was noted as an “artist to watch” by publications ranging from The Guardian and NPR to Stereogum and No Depression.
Heavily influenced from an early age by Sixties country, Stax-era soul and gospel ranging form The Staple Singers to Otis Redding, she was raised in a small seaside town in the south west of England and “always wanted to be a country music artist”.
Unafraid to address difficult issues in her lyrics, Carter’s real-life story – both heartbreaking and inspirational – naturally finds its way into her songs. Coming from a poor broken home and a parent suffering from mental illness who “banned” her from making any music, her experience of growing up was one of living below the breadline.
But from her late teens Carter, born Yolanda Quartey, worked hard to earn credibility and respect throughout the industry as one of the UK’s top singers and a uniquely gifted songwriter.
She graduated to touring internationally straight out of school with critically-acclaimed acts such as Bugz in the Attic on their world tour, and later Massive Attack – most notably headlining Glastonbury’s Other Stage to 60,000 people and broadcasting live on the BBC.
Carter released a six-song EP of original material, Orphan Offering, last year and is now working on her full-length debut.
She will be supported in Shetland by the Sheila Henderson Band, DJ Lyall and duo Banks Flooer (Andy Kinnear and Kristen Saunders).
Neil Riddell of local promoters Ragged Wood said Carter was an “incredibly powerful live performer with an infectious personality and a voice that genuinely makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up”.
- Tickets to see Yola Carter at the Lerwick Legion on Friday 23 June and Carnegie Hall, Sandwick on Saturday 24 June are on sale now priced £15 (under 16s £10) from the Shetland Arts Box Office.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 490 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News