Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Marine / Sailing and sessions to mix in isles for first time

The Swan. Photo: Garry Sandison

A TALL ship captain from Yell with a passion for traditional music is set to bring his Sessions and Sail ‘floating festival’ to Shetland for the first time.

Fiddler Barry Nisbet will sail around the isles on the Swan between 27 April and 1 May next year to coincide with the Shetland Folk Festival and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.

Barry Nisbet is the man behind Sessions and Sail, and he'll embark on a week-long journey along Scotland's west coast in July.Barry Nisbet.

Sessions and Sail took place for the first time in 2018, allows musicians of any ability to take part in sessions and masterclasses both on board and ashore while indulging in sailing and scenery.

It has previously travelled along Scotland’s west coast and Orkney, with no previous knowledge of sailing required to take part.

Nisbet, who also dabbles in songwriting, said: “I’ve run Sessions and Sail trips further south for two years now and have always been keen to bring it home and try some trips in Shetland.

“With Swan being such a well-known Shetland vessel, and having sailed on her regularly myself, I know she will be the perfect boat to partner with.”

Swan Trust trustee Brian Wishart said: “We are delighted to be working with Barry to offer his Sessions and Sail experience in the isles.

“The Swan is no stranger to music sessions, both in its past and present, and this is an excellent partnership. We hope this may become an annual event, adding to the wide range of high-quality music on offer during the Shetland Folk Festival.”

Places on the Shetland Sessions and Sail trip can be booked online.

Scottish Parliament election, 6 May 2021