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News round-up / Ex-Stone Roses man heads north, oil giant sells assets, Unst screening, fuel poverty funding

Monkey Business.

FORMER Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim will return to Shetland later this year with a special show celebrating the 21st anniversary of Ian Brown’s debut album Unfinished Monkey Business.

The guitarist will be joined by Ian Brown’s percussionist Inder Goldfinger as part of their new project Monkey Business, which is currently touring the UK playing Brown’s seminal first LP which both musicians helped to write and record.

Monkey Business will take to the stage at the Lerwick Legion on 31 August at the Klub Revolution gig.

The pair previously played in Shetland part of Brown’s band that played at the Clickimin back in 1998.

Ibrahim, who has performed at the Shetland Guitar Festival, has also worked with acts like Simply Red, Asia and prog rocker Steven Wilson.

Tickets for the show are on sale now and available from northstarevents.bigcartel.com and High Level Music.

OIL giant ConocoPhillips has agreed to sell its UK oil and gas operations, which includes a 7.5 per cent stake in the Clair field west of Shetland.

The sale of assets to Chrysaor E&P, which already has an interest in the Schiehallion field, amounts to around £2 billion.

The deal also includes the Greater Britannia Area and J-Area in the Central North Sea.

SCOTTISH musician, writer and artist Bill Drummond – best known for his work with the 1980s electronic band The KLF – is heading to Unst for a special event later this month.

Drummond will host an afternoon of words, film and music at the Baltasound Hall on Sunday 28 April.

The Shetland Arts event will open with a recording Drummond produced of Fair Isle’s Inge Thomson singing the Unst Boat Song.

He will then present the only screening in 2019 of the award-winning film Imagine Waking up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared, accompanied by a post-film ‘performance’ lecture.

The film is a documentary directed by Stefan Schwietert which was released in 2015. It focuses on Drummond’s conceptual choir The 17, and his “reflection on the nature and value of music and its place in our lives”.

The event is part of Oot and About, a touring programme of Shetland Arts activities and events. Tickets are available in person from Mareel, by phone on 01595 745500, or online at www.shetlandarts.org.

A SCOTTISH Government scheme to tackle fuel poverty has been given funding for the next two years.

The Warmer Homes Scotland initiative has awarded a minimum of £38 million to managing agent Warmworks.

People at risk of fuel poverty are eligible through the scheme to have improvements made to their property such as new heating systems and insulation.

Fuel poverty in Shetland has been calculated to be at just over 50 per cent, increasing to two thirds of all properties on the outer isles.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said the funding will “have a huge impact for people seeking to make essential improvements to the energy efficiency of their home”.