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Kevin Henderson. Photo: Sophie Bech

LEADING folk musician Kevin Henderson has been announced as the next curator of Shetland Arts’ Fiddle Frenzy event – but the festival is set to take to take break until 2019.

He will replace the outgoing Claire White and Eunice Henderson, who presided over the festival for three years.

Henderson said he will bring his experience of performing on the international stage in acts like Fiddlers’ Bid, Nordic Fiddlers Bloc and Session A9 to the event when it is next held between 18 and 22 July in 2019.

The musician is set to bring some global names to the tuition table, while he will also introduce an ensemble class to widen teaching to other instruments.

“I want to really focus on developing that musical relationship between the players, tutors and different instruments, and to explore how the Shetland Fiddle tradition fits in with the rest of the traditional music scene elsewhere in the world,” Henderson said.

“I hope it will prove to be a collaborative and inspiring experience for everyone involved.”

Henderson first played the fiddle at the age of nine and he received tuition from Trevor and Willie Hunter.

In 2016 he released his own DVD to help people learn traditional Shetland fiddle playing.

Shetland Arts general manager Graeme Howell said Henderson will “will bring a unique perspective to the festival, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the direction he takes it in”.

Fiddle Frenzy will take a break in 2018 as Shetland Arts reviews how the festival is organised and run after hosting it for 15 years.

Shetland Arts marketing manager Lauren Doughton said that “in the meantime we’ve got something a bit different and very exciting up our sleeves for 2018 – watch this space for more news soon”.

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