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Arts / Nisbet lines up homecoming gig to launch new album

Barry Nisbet. Photo: Paul Jennings

THE CULLIVOE Hall in Yell will come alive with the sound of music next weekend as Barry Nisbet hosts a homecoming album launch.

He will take to the stage on Friday 12 August to promote his new release The Springbank Voyage, with the free entry show kicking off at 8pm.

The gig will also feature Pepita Emmerichs on mandolin and mandocello, and Theo Barnard on guitar.

An open session is planned afterwards including members of Yell party act Rack & Ruin – all musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join in.

Those who are unable to make it to Yell have the chance to attend a smaller launch event at High Level Music in Lerwick on the Saturday (13 August) afternoon.

Nisbet’s new album tells the story of the four-masted sailing barque Springbank and her journey from Hamburg to Mexico in 1908.

Her crew included five Shetlanders, alongside a woman from Liverpool, a captain from Newfoundland, an Orcadian and various sailors from England, Scotland and Denmark.

Nisbet said the tale of the boat involves “heartbreak, danger, wonder and tragedy”.

The album’s tracks also feature spoken samples from late Shetland storyteller Lawrence Tulloch, and Cullivoe’s Alice Jamieson and Helen Nisbet.

It also has a strong guest list, from the aforementioned Barnard and Emmerichs to drummer Ade Dacre (Badly Drawn Boy) and Ellen Gira on cello.

Nisbet’s folk music has been compared to the late Iain MacKintosh and the Waterboys, while his fiddle is influenced by the traditional Cullivoe style.

He said: “The story of the Springbank voyage has fascinated me since I first heard it from Lawrence Tulloch years ago; my retelling for this album is inspired by many of my own experiences sailing square rig ships in the Pacific between 2000-2008.”