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Adam Ross will be heading up north to perform in Shetland next month.

A LEADING Scottish indie-folk musician will return to Shetland next month for an intimate gig – with members of an acclaimed Canadian group set to join him.

Randolph’s Leap singer and guitarist Adam Ross will perform at The String in Lerwick on Sunday 21 April in what has been dubbed an evening of “catchy melodies, intelligent lyrics and life-affirming performance”.

Also on the bill will be Mathias Kom and Ariel Sharratt of Canadian indie-rock band The Burning Hell.

Ross will be returning to Shetland in a solo capacity after last playing in the isles with his eight-piece band Randolph’s Leap in 2015.

Since then, a theatre show inspired by Ross’ lyrics and warm musical storytelling – Isle of Love – has toured around Scotland, and his band have released two full albums.

The Burning Hell.

“Islands have always been an inspiration to me as a songwriter,” Ross said.

“Each one is different – ringfenced from the wider world and altered in unique ways by nature and culture. Visiting a new island can feel like setting foot on a new planet (no offence to the locals, of course).”

The Scotsman have said Randolph’s Leap are “a band deserving of every shred of love and success which came Belle & Sebastian’s way”, and Ross’ solo show will dig deep into the group’s back catalogue.

The Burning Hell, meanwhile, will bring a similarly stripped-down show to Lerwick when they take to the stage.

The band’s record label says they are a group which can “adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love”.

“As a band that resides on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean we’ve really enjoyed finding opportunities on our tours to travel to other remote islands around the North Atlantic and through Europe,” Sharratt said.

“Small places are often overlooked on most bands’ tours, and we always appreciate it when bands make the effort to come to ours. We find that playing music is the absolute best way to meet people and experience a new place and can’t wait to visit Shetland for the first time.”

Tickets for Adam Ross and Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom of the Burning Hell at The String are available online.