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News round-up / Strong winds, call for government funding, John Goldie returns to Mareel

John Goldie's band. Photo by Julie Howden

THE STRONG to gale force southeasterly winds will be responsible for some delays in ferry and cargo services, NorthLink Ferries has warned.

Monday night’s southbound service to Kirkwall and Aberdeen is expected to arrive later into Orkney, while both cargo boats are likely to arrive in Aberdeen around an hour behind schedule.


SHETLAND based Dogs Against Drugs is calling on the Scottish Government to increase funding for the charity, which works with police to detect drugs smuggled into the isles.

The organisation said that it is struggling to make ends meet as funding that previously came through the oil and gas industry operating in Shetland is decreasing.

Project manager Michael Coutts is reported as saying: “We are finding it more difficult to access funding to keep our charity going. We have got a lot of funding through the oil and gas industry but that’s dwindling. So we are looking to the Scottish Government to help us with some funding.”

The charity was set up in 2001 in response to a number of drug deaths in the isles, and has since been involved in numerous police operations as well as educational projects.


ACCOMPLISHED acoustic guitarist John Goldie is setons to return to Shetland with a whole new band.

The High Plains feature Seonaid Aitkin (Rose Room, Tim Kliphuis Sextet, Swing 2018) and David Laing (Capella String Quartet) on fiddles, Patsy Reid (Julie Fowlis) on viola and Alice Allen (Scottish Ensemble, BBC Scottish, Brodick Quartet) on cello.

The concert on 30 October at 6.15pm at Mareel will feature music from the group’s latest album Here and Now.

John Goldie has had a fruitful career which has seen him play alongside some of the biggest names in music across the world, including The Faces, Ronnie Wood, Brian May and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

From founding a duo and then a band with jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, he went on to sign to Watercolour Music, where he released four well-received albums for the label. Penned by John, Here and Now features tracks scored by violinist and composer Seonaid Aitken.

Tickets can be booked in person at Mareel or at the Shetland Arts outlet at Sumburgh Airport, by phone on 01595 745500, or online at www.shetlandarts.org.