Arts / Busy music schedule for final week at The String

Local folk group Vair will be the final act to perform at The String.

LERWICK restaurant and venue The String is set to bow out in style later this month with a series of gigs featuring local and visiting acts.

There will be four days of events in a row from 26-29 March on what will be its final weekend trading.

On 26 March Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble will play a solo show with support act Arthur Nicholson, which is already sold out.


The following night Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean will head north for a gig, with Skelburn and High Level Hot Club in support.

Orcadian Kris Drever will return to Shetland for a show on 28 March, supported by Scott Moncrieff and Kirmirren.

On Sunday 29 March local folksters Vair, Margaret Robertson and Karen Tweed will perform two shows – one in the afternoon and another in the evening.

Before that DJs Lyall Halcrow, Jamie Hatchbar and Brendan Hall will host a free club night on 21 March.

The directors of The String announced last month that they would cease trading due to economic challenges and work-life balance.

Food service, which is already reduced, will end after 14 March.

Director Neil Riddell said: “In many ways we’re sad to be calling it a day, but we are determined to go out on a positive note.

“We’re thrilled that so many great musicians, both visiting and local, have agreed at pretty short notice to come and do what they do best.”

Tickets for the events are available online.