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Arts / Musician Watt ‘ecstatic’ to bring Croft House project north for pre-Christmas homecoming gig

A SHETLAND musician now living south who has not performed in the isles since the 2010s is gearing up for a homecoming gig in the days before Christmas.

Joe Watt will perform with his Croft House project at the Scalloway Legion on Friday 22 December.

Photo: Heather Watt Photography

The 27-year-old began performing live in Shetland prior to becoming a teenager, later playing bass with First Foot Soldiers for a number of years as well as featuring in acts like Troppo Funk and hip-hop rock band Wind-Up Projectiles.

Watt, who now lives in Paisley, says he is “ecstatic” to be coming home for the gig – which he reckons is his first set in Shetland since the last Heavy Metal Buffet festival in 2017.

Also on the bill are Ten Tonne Dozer, Yun and Brundlehorse.

Watt said Croft House is more of a “concept” rather than a band, with the set due to feature tunes written specifically for the gig.

“When I got asked I went ‘do you know what, I’ve not played in Shetland for a long time, I’m going to write a bunch of tunes for it’,” he said.

“It’s heavy, it’s psychedelic and it’s very experimental. It’s difficult to describe really – it’s jazzy too, there’s a lot of chords going on.”

He is “stealing” Brundlehorse’s band for the gig, and will have their mainman Tirval Scott join him for the finale of the set.

“Tirval in my opinion is the best songwriter Shetland’s ever seen, so I’m honoured to not only share the bill with Brundlehorse but have him join us for the finale,” Watt said.

“I’m massively influenced by metal, which ultimately means as a Shetlander, I’ve been massively influenced by Shetland’s key metal distributor Dave Kok and Ten Tonne Dozer.

“I can’t imagine a better line-up, with the icing being Shetland first truly authentic doom entry Yun.”

Entry for the gig will be £5 on the door.

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