The concert programme for the 2018 festival has been announced. Click here to find out more.

The Fretless

"Jig of the Blood Moon / Kylebrack Rambler"

Siobhan Miller

"Bonny Light Horseman"


"Black Widow"

Cajun Country Revival

"Ouvre la porte"

Baltic Crossing

"Goodnight Salonkylä!"

William Prince

"The Carny"



"Do Chrochadh A Thoill Thu, Thoill Thu | Nighean Rudh' Bhàn Bh'aig Dòmhnall Ruadh Piobair | The Spice Of Life"

Tim Kliphuis Trio

"Honeysuckle Rose"


"Big D"

James Hill and Anne Janelle

"Ode to a Frozen Boot"


"Loch Tay Boat Song"

Daoirí Farrell

"The Unquiet Grave"

Pete's Posse


The Friel Sisters

"Kelvin's Purling Stream"

Ross Couper & Tom Oakes

"Devon to Shetland"

Welcome to the Shetland Folk Festival

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The 38th Shetland Folk Festival will be held between 3rd - 6th May 2018 and as the UK's most northerly folk festival, it is regarded as a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike.

Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.

"This Festival requires a Government Health Warning - Nobody sleeps"
Dick Gaughan, 1981
Vair-ly good session in the festival club... © Dale Smith
Vair-ly good session in the festival club... © Dale Smith

For SFFS members, there is a Festival Club in Shetland's capital, Lerwick, where you'll find formal and informal concerts, workshops, a real ale bar and fantastic "sessions" that continue into the wee hours of the morning. Yes it's true - you do have to sleep quickly to witness the Full Festival Experience!

The event culminates with the Foy concerts on the Sunday night, where audiences have an opportunity of seeing most visiting acts in one evening. Held over three venues, the acts are shuffled between halls by mini bus and perform in each hall for around 15 minutes. It's crazy but it works!

So, if you're tempted to make your way to the most far-flung folk festival in the UK, join us for the unofficial opening on 2nd May on an overnight ferry in the middle of the North Sea. An event in itself! Find information on how to travel to Shetland and how to purchase tickets.

Here's a little taster of whats in store .

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