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Arts / Songs, spoken word and soundscapes at daily Tall Ships concert in Mareel

Renzo Spiteri (right) and Ben Murray.

A LIVE music performance taking the audience on an “immersive journey using tales, myths and reflections about the sea” is set to be held every day in Lerwick during the Tall Ships.

Musicians and long-time collaborators Renzo Spiteri and Ben Murray have teamed up for FRAM, a new performance of songs, spoken word and soundscapes.

The free event will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week in Mareel’s auditorium between 2pm and 3pm.

The pair have previously performed together in various theatres in Europe, including Teatro Politeama Viareggio (Italy) as part of the EU’s Year for Intercultural Dialogue, The Manoel Theatre (Malta’s national theatre), and the Ludwig Forum Aachen (Germany).

FRAM – the Shetland dialect word meaning far off, out to sea – explores humankind’s relationship with the waters that surround us.

The sea takes centre stage in the live performance which merges Spiteri’s use of percussion, field recordings and effects with Ben’s voice, piano and accordion.

Old sea songs, well-known writings and new compositions are complemented with projected images that are being designed by Spiteri purposely for this new work.

Multi-percussion player, arts collaborator, improviser, composer and multi-media artist Renzo Spiteri has been active on the international arts circuit for more than thirty years, collaborating and leading his own projects.

Based in Newcastle, singer/songwriter, composer, accordion player and pianist Ben Murray has released three albums with the band TARRAS, and has worked extensively in the industry, recording and touring with artists including Guo Yue, Seth Lakeman, The Imagined Village and Renzo Spiteri.

Working with producer Richard Evans, Ben has been involved in film and TV projects and is a member of Walking with Ghosts alongside David Rhodes, Ged Lynch and Jackie Oates.

The event, of course, comes on top of a packed scheduled of live music at Holmsgarth and Victoria Pier during the Tall Ships Races’ visit to Lerwick next week, as well as late night DJ events in Mareel.

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