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Whooping it up at The Legion

On the second night of her maiden voyage through the finest folk festival in the world, Olivia Abbott headed for Lerwick.

The second night of the folk festival began in rip-roaring Shetland style at the British Legion, with the nearly-all-girl band Birls Aloud.


Festival’s newest member arrives

Shetland Folk Festival has it’s newest member – little Hamish McLeman.

Committee member Mhari Pottinger gave birth to him at 2.16am on Sunday.


Visiting folkies applaud “amazing” landscape and festival hospitality

Islanders once more turned out in their droves to see over a dozen visiting acts fiddling, strumming, picking and singing their way through 24 concerts over four days at the Shetland Folk Festival.

Organisers have hailed the 33rd festival as one of the best yet, with local performers sharing the bill as artistes, including five talented North American acts, brought a diverse blend of genres to Shetlanders’ welcoming ears.


The Clickimin crescendo

It’s been a long weekend for our stalwart reviewer Olivia Abbott, but she made it through to the end and, as a veteran of folk festivals elsewhere, she offers her verdict on ours.


Gig review: Shetland Folk Festival

The fiddles were out and the tunes in the bar got started pretty much the minute the Shetland ferry left Aberdeen last Wednesday night, the 12-hour voyage serving as a time-honoured preamble to the islands’ world-famous annual four-day orgy of music-making.


Roaring crowd revels in the Isles’ Gathering.

It’s difficult to know where to start when describing such a fantastic night of music.

Brought together by musical directors Margaret Scollay and Douglas Montgomery the Isles’ Gathering at Mareel last night saw 20-odd of Shetland and Orkney’s most talented musicians collaborating.


Up for it at Whiteness & Weisdale

Three nights in and our reviewer Olivia Abbott’s stamina is being stretched, but the west side audience are really getting in the swing of it.


The isles gather at Mareel

Saturday night saw one of the highlights of the weekend take the stage at the North Ness, sending a packed house and our own correspondent Davie Gardner into raptures of delight.


Cuban sounds get Clickimin crowd dancing like never before

I can’t think of a Shetland Folk Festival concert at the Clickimin that had quite so many people up on their feet dancing. Four acts and a crowd willing and full of, well, energy among other things.

Faced with the warm-up slot were the local drumming and dance troupe Aestaewast, formed around nine years ago. This eclectic mix of locals specialise in, predominately, West African songs, drum and percussion numbers.


Around the world at the Click

THE PERFECT antidote to the cold May weather was a hot and steamy night of international grooves, as dancing Davie Gardner discovered on Friday night.

Over its 33 year life span there have been many two-word phrases used to describe the phenomenon that is Shetland’s Folk Festival.