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Arts / Saxophonist Willmore returns for Lerwick gig

Norman Willmore.

RISING star of the Scottish jazz scene Norman Willmore is due to head home to Shetland later this month for a one-off concert.

The young saxophonist will be accompanied by Norman Goudie on guitar, John Johnson on bass and Renzo Spiteri on drums when he appears at the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick on Saturday 25 February.

The concert is organised by jazz and world music promoter Shetland JAWS as part of a series of gigs over the coming months.

Last month’s JAWS concert featuring Oren Marshall and Chris Batchelor was very well received by a small but appreciative audience.

Promoter Jeff Merrifield said Willmore was building a reputation as a saxophone player who melds the sounds of Scottish music, reels and jigs and the like, with sharp, angular contemporary jazz.

“Shetland JAWS is hopeful that this is the first of a number of visits by a saxophone player who was a stalwart of the Shetland Jazz Club and its festival programme, a player in a number of local groups, most notably Troppo Funk, and a great Shetland asset we were sorry to lose,” he said.

“That’s why we want him back again and again – enigmatic and brilliant to a core.”

Also appearing will be High Level Hot Club with their Django Reinhardt inspired music.

Tickets are available at £15 from the Shetland JAWS website. The concert kicks off at 7.30pm.

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