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Arts / Flamenco and folk at Mareel in February

Juan Martin.

AN ESTEEMED flamenco guitarist is heading to Shetland to perform in Mareel next month.

Juan Martin will perform at the Lerwick arts venue on Thursday 16 February.

He was voted into the top flamenco guitarists by the magazine Guitar Player for two years running and was invited to perform at Picasso’s 90th birthday – which led him to create his Picasso Portraits album.

He has performed at major festivals worldwide including Montreux Jazz twice (once with Miles Davis), Celtic Connections, Atlantic Jazz in Canada and the Hong Kong Festival.

The Times once hailed Martin as a “giant of the Flamenco guitar tradition”.

Meanwhile the folk trio of Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle will perform at Mareel on 25 February.

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle will be heading north in February.

They first crossed paths as teenagers, and quarter of a century later the trio celebrated their friendship, and musical kinship with their first studio album The Wishing Tree.

Shetland Arts said the record was a “thrilling trip through traditional, contemporary and original jigs, reels, ballads and more”.

The members have individually worked with artists such as Mark Knopfler, Joan Baez and John Cale.

In a busy month at Mareel a number of musicians including Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni will perform at the venue on 17 February. Shetland News previously previewed the gig here.

Tickets for all events can be bought online.

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