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Arts / Rose Room return to the isles for two concerts

Rose Room at Mareel on Friday night. Photo: Dale Smith

JAZZ favourites Rose Room were back in the islands for a brace of shows in Lerwick at the weekend.

The Glasgow-based band, who found out at the weekend that they and lead singer Seonaid Aitken have both been nominated for this year’s Scottish Jazz Awards, packed out Mareel on Friday night for a concert featuring a three-tune collaboration with talented local group High Level Hot Club.

On Saturday night, meanwhile, they entertained a sell-out room for what was the first-ever ticketed concert in The Dowry’s upstairs venue, playing alongside fiddler George Spence and visiting guitarist Sam Cleary.

Kelly Riddell of Ragged Wood said it had been a brilliant weekend and the local promoters were relieved to be back doing full shows again following a lengthy lay-off due to the pandemic. 

“Rose Room always go down a treat with a Shetland crowd – they’re super musicians and the loveliest folk to deal with,” she said. 

“It was great to see audiences back out enjoying live music again, and we were thrilled with how The Dowry works as a venue. 

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend a success, and we’re looking forward to lining up some more events in the very near future.”