News & Reviews
Mesmerising stuff in Burra Hall
Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all something else comes along to blow you away.
On Saturday in the Burra Hall it was Troy MacGillivray and Shane Cook who left the crowd mesmerised.Read
Chisholm's fiddle playing takes breath away
ARRIVING to a jam packed Skeld Hall for Saturday night’s folk festival concert I was reminded how important the efforts of the local committees are in making the festival run smoothly when, no chairs in sight, I was found an extra one by some helpful hall hands and installed at the back of the room, ready for the night’s music.Read
An intoxicating night of folk in Cullivoe
A SELLOUT audience at Cullivoe went home deliriously happy on Friday night after enjoying an intoxicating Shetland Folk Festival concert, writes Neil Riddell.Read
Magical mystical night at Clickimin
Dazzling white lights, softer shafts of smoky blue and orange and a strong long bass sound made for an exhilarating experience to end Friday night’s performance at Clickimin.Read
Vidlin concert whets appetite for weekend
Vidlin Hall was packed for the opening night of the 2015 Shetland Folk Festival, the audience enjoying a truly diverse musical cocktail of homegrown and visiting acts, as Louise Thomason discovered.Read
Festival is back with a bang in Bigton
The folk festival is back … and if opening night in Bigton was anything to go by it’s back with a bang.
By the end of the evening Danish band Habadekuk had the crowd on its feet clapping and stamping along to their finale.Read
Bright & jovial start to 35th folk festival
THERE was a jovial atmosphere pervading Islesburgh on Thursday as the 35th Shetland Folk Festival got underway.
The highly-anticipated weekend was gently ushered in as the festival held its afternoon opening concert in Lerwick.Read
Folk Festival gets under way with stellar opening concert
The 35th Shetland Folk Festival is under way, with folk queuing more than two hours for a glimpse of this year’s visiting acts.
Crammed into room 16 at Islesburgh in the festival club music fans were served up a glorious taster of what’s in store.
And if this weekend isn’t a cracker, I’ll eat my notepad.Read
Festival's strong Americana offering
“AMERICAN roots, Michigan soul, Tennessee ties… [a] finger-pickin’, harmony slingin’, tight-knit family fashion conglomeration” is how Lindsay Lou describes the music she and her band the Flatbellys play.
If you were to take a DNA sample of Shetland Folk Festival, it’s certain that back porch acoustic bluegrass would feature among its genes. And, after a few listens to Lindsay Lou and her cohorts’ latest album ‘Ionia’, it seems equally safe to assume they’ll win plenty of new fans this weekend.Read