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Arts / Music survey showing demand for live events

THERE has been a “good uptake” in a new survey which aims to find out what people want to see when it comes to music and entertainment events in Shetland.

The survey, from new initiative Briggistanes Events, is online only at the moment, but paper version should be coming soon.

The brains behind the new venture is Gemma Small, who has returned to Shetland after living south.

She said a key piece of feedback from the survey so far is that “folk are crying out for things to go to”.

“The responses so far have been really quite positive,” she said.

“Everybody is wanting to be out more and have more things to go to – across the board, not just for music events.”

Small said the next step is take a majority view of what people are wanting to see, and try to get events booked throughout Shetland.

“We are so lucky with the level of talent here in Shetland, so I think it would be good to get more things on,” she added.

Briggistanes has already moved to schedule some events, featuring Small herself – a fiddler – and a cast of local performers paying homage to swing music.

Billed as Gemma Donald & Shetland Swing, the ensemble will play at the Aith Hall on Friday 20 October before taking the stage at Mareel the next night.

The group, which made their debut at the Tall Ships, also includes Alison Kay Anderson, Bryan Gear, Norman ‘Girsie’ Goudie, Jack Robertson, Alan Small, Ivor ‘Fred’ Polson and Douglas Johnstone.

The group said they will play a “diverse repertoire of songs and instrumentals, showcasing a selection of Bob Wills classics and beloved Western swing hits”.

Tickets are available online now.

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