Arts / Nearly 100 entries for young fiddler competition

Yelena Anderson, Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year 2022. Photo: Jonny Polson

YOUNGSTERS across Shetland are gearing up for the 41st Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year competition in Mareel next weekend.

Junior fiddlers (P6 and under) will compete on the Friday (21 April) morning and intermediate fiddlers (P7-S1) compete in the afternoon on the same day.

Senior fiddlers (S2-S4) compete on the Saturday morning.

There are 94 entries across the open and traditional competitions.

The public are welcome to drop along the auditorium at any time to listen to the fiddlers perform.

Shetland Folk Society secretary Valerie Watt said: “We’re looking forward to the young fiddlers sharing so many traditional and contemporary Shetland tunes over the weekend.

“The entry list is more varied than ever with the range of traditional tunes increasing every year.

“It is also good to see the republication of Arthur Scott Robertson’s music already having an impact with a wider range of his tunes appearing on the entry list.”


This year’s competition will be adjudicated by returning judges Stella Wilkie and Jenna Reid.

They will be joined by Mary Rutherford, who said: “As winner of the Young Fiddler of the Year in 2005, I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of the competition and I am very much looking forward to hearing the talent of today’s young fiddlers.”

The Shetland Young Fiddler concert will take place at 7pm on Saturday 22 April in Mareel.

Senior finalists will perform for the adjudicators for the final time.

Judges of the Shetland Folk Society tune competition, Pauleen Wiseman and Kirsten Hendry, will perform the prize winning compositions.

Junior and intermediate winners will share their prize winning performances and Yelena Anderson will give her final performance as Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year 2022 before the title is passed onto the new winner.

Tickets are now on sale.

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