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Community / Claire to bring Shetland stories, dialect and songwriting to classrooms

Claire White.

LOCAL fiddler and singer-songwriter Claire White has begun work on a new project bringing Shetland stories, dialect and songwriting into local schools.

In collaboration with Shetland Islands Council, White is delivering ‘Shetland sang’ workshops in the following schools this academic year:

  • Aith Junior High School
  • Dunrossness Primary School
  • Hamnavoe Primary School
  • Mid Yell Junior High School
  • Ollaberry Primary School
  • Sandness Primary School
  • Scalloway Primary School
  • Whalsay School
  • Whiteness Primary School

The musician said: “It’s a privilege touring Shetland having creative conversations about local culture.

“Classroom sessions include film viewing, live music performance, dialect storytelling and hands-on songwriting.

“They’re intended to develop local knowledge plus linguistic and creative self-confidence amongst pupils.

“We’re grateful for Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative support for this project.”

If a local school is interested in a Shetland sang visit in the 2023/24 academic year, they should email clairewhiteshetland@gmail.com.

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