News / Country star to play Mareel

Iris DeMent.

GRAMMY nominated American country artist Iris DeMent is set to perform in Shetland this summer.

The musician will take to the stage at Mareel in Lerwick on 29 July.

DeMent is perhaps best known for her 1992 debut album Infamous Angel, as well as the track Our Town.

She has also duetted or performed live with the likes of Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith and John Prine.

Her Shetland gig – which comes shortly after a co-headline appearance at Perth’s Southern Fried Festival – will see DeMent joined by bassist Christopher Donahue, who has performed with acts like Tom Jones and Alison Krauss.

Promoter Davie Gardner of Atlantic Edge Music Services said: “I’m delighted to be able to bring an internationally recognised artist like Iris DeMent to Shetland for what will be, for her anyway, a relatively small, but wonderfully intimate show.

“She has some terrific songs to her name and now we can look forward to hearing them performed from the Mareel stage. It should make for another wonderful night of music in the isles.”

Tickets for the Mareel gig will go on sale via the Shetland Arts box office from 10am on Friday (18 May).

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