Marine / Musical Swan trip to take place after lengthy Covid delay

Swan under sail.

MUSIC and sailing will marry together later this year to coincide with the Shetland Folk Festival.

Local musician Barry Nisbet will bring his Sessions and Sail experience to Shetland – on board the Swan – between 25 and 29 April.

Sessions and Sail – which has been on the go since 2018 – mixes his passion for music and sailing, with sessions and masterclasses taking place on board.

Barry Nisbet has just released his first solo album A Bright Ray of Sunshine.
Barry Nisbet.

The trips are open to musicians of any ability. Originally scheduled for 2020 due to Covid, this Shetland trip – priced at £775 – has had to be postponed for two years.

Nisbet said: “This trip has been a long time coming and we’re all looking forward to some great sessions. I’ve run trips further south and have always been keen to bring Sessions and Sail home.

“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.


“I am also delighted that for the sailing we will be under the command of skipper Maggie Adamson, who is a top class Shetland musician as well as an excellent sailor.”

Nisbet added that he was delighted the folk festival is planning to go ahead this year. “I know many of the committee and hope that, with details still to be announced, we can link up in some way,” he said.

Brian Wishart, Swan Trust trustee, said: “This is such a great concept and we are delighted to be working with Barry to offer his Sessions and Sail experience in the isles.

“The Swan is no stranger to musical sessions, with many a memorable night aboard.  We hope this trip may become an annual event, adding to the wide range of high-quality musical experiences on offer in Shetland.”