August to end with a bang for music lovers

I'm With Her.

TWO Americana-infused gigs featuring acts from across the Atlantic are set to take place in Lerwick next week.

I’m With Her, a trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, will play at Mareel on 27 August.

The Lone Bellow, meanwhile, will make their long-awaited return to the same venue on 30 August.


The New York Times described I’m With Her’s sound as one “that could be sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country sibling teams like the Everly Brothers, or as hearty as mountain gospel”.

Jarosz performed at Mareel last year with her trio, while O’Donovan has played at the Shetland Folk Festival with Crooked Still.

The Lone Bellow.

Watkins is a founding member of Nickel Creek, who also features Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile.

US act The Lone Bellow first played at Mareel back in 2016, bringing their foot-tapping nu-folk to the isles.

Since then they have released their third album Walk Into A Storm, which was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell).


Speaking about The Lone Bellow’s return to Lerwick, band member Kanene Pipkin said:

“Shetland is dear to my heart, and superlative in a host of ways. We’ve never experienced such a rich and welcoming community.

“It is the only place in the world where going to a stranger’s basement after the show for a party felt like a good idea, and it ended up being one of the greatest nights we’ve ever had on tour. I only hope they have us come for Up Helly Aa so we can join in all the boat burning fun.”

Support for The Lone Bellow will come from local melodic pop-rockers Trookers, who will be launching their debut album at the gig, while there is no warm-up act scheduled for I’m With Her.

Tickets for both events, which are seated, are available via the Shetland Arts box office.