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An Evening with Dougie MacLean - Mareel, Lerwick

Join us for this opening concert, where in addition to the Festival's short opening speeches, you can see two 45 minute sets by the Scottish folk legend that is Dougie MacLean supported by one of Shetland's most promising up and coming bands, Skelburn. This is a seated concert to be held in the purpose built music auditorium at Mareel, using the raked/tiered seating. There will be limited Mareel balcony tickets that you can purchase separately. Like all of our concerts, seating will be unallocated so please follow the direction of our helpful volunteers. This event will finish no later as 10.30pm and attendees will be encouraged to go to the bar/use the facilities during the scheduled interval(s).

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Cunningsburgh Concert

This is a seated concert in a rural hall in the village of Cunningsburgh in the South Mainland, about a 15 minute drive from Lerwick. Seating is unallocated and will be arranged in rows facing the stage. Bar facilities will be available and this concert is scheduled to finish around 10.30pm. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

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Da Big Kirk Concert - St. Columba's Church

A special concert, with a singing focus, held in the beautiful St Columba's Church in Lerwick on the opening night of the Festival. Seating is unallocated and downstairs the chairs are arranged in rows. There is additional seating upstairs in pews but because it is not disabled access friendly, please let us know in advance if you absolutely require seating on the lower level and this will be arranged. The concert will finish no later as 10pm and there will be no bar facilities at this concert.
We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

Festival Club - FridaySFFS Members Only

Afternoon Concert

Festival Club Live Music Programme 12 noon-5pm in Room 16
This is NOT a concert. We expect a relaxed atmosphere with informal table settings and a regular flow of audience in and out of Room 16.
TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE AND MAY BE ALTERED AT ANY TIME

12.00 Habadekuk
12.50 Heidi Talbot Trio
13.40 Sheila Henderson
14.30 Hamish Napier & Ross Couper
15.20 Saltfishforty
16.15 The Poozies

    Kevin, Hamish and Ross - Festival Club (Islesburgh), LerwickSFFS Members Only

    Session led by Kevin Henderson, Hamish Napier and Ross Couper - in Room 11

      Friday Afternoon Concert - Lerwick British Legion

      Afternoon Concert

      An incredible Friday afternoon concert, featuring sets from three of our visiting bands. Seating is unallocated and will be arranged with a combination of tables and in rows. Bar facilities will be available. This concert will finish around 3.30pm. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

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      Jonny on the Spot Cocktails - Festival Club (Islesburgh), Lerwick

      Jonny will be on the spot with his cocktails from 3-6pm in the Festival Club Bar, Room 12.

        Willafjord session - Festival Club (Islesburgh), LerwickSFFS Members Only

        This is a youth-led session with young band Willafjord in Room 11. All welcome to join in.

        Mid Yell ConcertFerry Crossing Required

        A concert in one of Shetland's rural halls on the island of Yell - in the settlement of Mid Yell. Seating is unallocated and will be arranged in rows. Bar facilities will be available.
        This concert requires a ferry crossing, with bookings made though the local authority's ferry booking office. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.
        PLEASE NOTE - we are hoping to secure an additional late ferry for our artists and sound operators departing Ulsta at 12.30am (TBC) and it will be possible for concert goers to book space on this ferry too. Booking is essential and the Ferry Booking Office phone number is 01595 745804 (although it might only be possible to book space nearer the Festival time). See the Travel section in the 'About Us' section of the website.

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        Friday Clickimin Concert - Clickimin Centre, Lerwick

        This concert will absolutely make you think Thank Folk it's Friday! This is an all seated concert in the main hall of the Clickimin leisure complex in Lerwick. This venue has an extensive lighting rig installed for Festival concerts so a range of lighting effects could be used throughout. Bar facilities will be available and the concert will finish no later as 10.45pm. Seating is unallocated and will predominantly be arranged with tables but there is some raked/tiered seating at the back of the main hall. As this is a larger capacity venue, we will open doors 1 hour before the concert starts. Entry to concert will be through the events side door - not the main reception area of the Clickimin Leisure Centre. We will ensure that this is clearly signposted. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

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        Ringin' Strings - A celebration of fiddle music - Mareel, Lerwick

        This concert has been deliberately programmed to celebrate fiddle music, which is so instrumental to Shetland's musical heritage and indeed the very reason that the Shetland Folk Festival was originally formed. As well as showcasing some fiddle music from Orkney and Finland, we are proud to showcase two Shetland fiddle acts including Shetland's Heritage Fiddlers who are also celebrating 40 years. The winning sets from this year's Young Fiddler of the Year competition concert will also be performed. Bar facilities will be available and table service will be available for the cabaret seating downstairs in the Mareel auditorium. There will be limited balcony seating available to purchase separately. As with all our concerts, seating is unallocated. This concert is scheduled to finish around 10.45pm. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

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        Friday Legion (Lates) - Lerwick British Legion

        A new event for 2022, we are introducing the Legion Lates which is the place to be if you love party bands and dancing! The Legion Lates are the only Festival ticketed events this year that are predominantly standing and there to entice you to dance! First Foot Soldiers and Rack n Ruin are both hugely popular with Shetland audiences and we welcome the opportunity to showcase them once more and to give everyone a chance to let off some steam. Bar Facilities are available and this event is OVER 18s ONLY. No concession ticket price available. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.
        Live music will start around 11pm ish with Doors at 10.30. The Bar will close at 2am

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        Festival Club - SaturdaySFFS Members Only

        Festival Club Live Music Programming in Room 16 - 12noon - 5pm
        This is NOT a concert. We expect a relaxed atmosphere with informal table settings and a regular flow of audience in and out of Room 16.
        TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE AND MAY BE ALTERED AT ANY TIME

        12.00 Le Vent Du Nord
        12.50 Beltane Ree
        13.40 Seth Travins, Arthur Nicholson & Kenny Johnson
        14.30 Hamish Napier & Ross Couper
        15.20 Adam Guest Band
        16.15 Saltfishforty

          Kevin, Ross and Hamish Session - Festival Club (Islesburgh), LerwickSFFS Members Only

          Session led by Kevin Henderson , Ross Couper and Hamish Napier. Room 11

            Gin Tasting and Guitar Jam - Festival Club (Islesburgh), LerwickSFFS Members Only

            Shetland Reel Gin tasting in Room 10. 12.30-2.00pm.
            All welcome to join in a guitar jam too. Gin and guitars - what more could you want?!

              Foot Percussion Workshop - Festival Club (Islesburgh), LerwickSFFS Members Only

              Create some percussive rhythms - with your feet! Head to the downstairs gym hall and join in this workshop led by members of Le Vent Du Nord.

              Saturday Afternoon Concert - Mareel, Lerwick

              Afternoon Concert

              A fantastic Saturday afternoon concert, with a deliberate focus on acts that love to sing! Bar facilities will be available and table service will be available for the cabaret seating downstairs in the Mareel auditorium. There will be limited balcony seating available to purchase separately. As with all our concerts, seating is unallocated. This concert will finish around 3.30pm. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

              60 Years o' da Shetland Fiddlers - Exhibition Concert - Shetland Museum

              Afternoon Concert

              We are so pleased that the Shetland Fiddlers Society have arranged this Fringe Event to help celebrate their 60th anniversary, which will feature an exclusive interview with Aly Bain. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available through an eventbrite link. There will be 100 tickets in the auditorium and 100 tickets available for an online stream. It is envisaged that this event will be concluded by 3.30pm

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              Session led by Andy Kain and some pupils - Festival Club (Islesburgh), LerwickSFFS Members Only

              Andy Kain will lead a session in Room 11 with some of his fantastic young pupils. All welcome to join in.

                Jonny on the Spot Cocktail bar - Festival Club (Islesburgh), Lerwick

                Jonny will be on the spot with his cocktails from 3-6pm at the Festival Club Bar in Room 12,

                  Hom Bru session - Festival Club (Islesburgh), LerwickSFFS Members Only

                  This session is a special get together for all past members of Hom Bru in honour of the 40th Shetland Folk Festival.
                  Promising to be a real festival special moment.

                  Aith Concert

                  A concert in one of Shetland's rural halls in the community of Aith, on Shetland's west mainland (about a 40 minute drive from Lerwick). Seating is unallocated and will be arranged in rows facing the stage. Bar facilities will be available and this concert is scheduled to finish around 10.30pm. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

                  Saturday Clickimin Concert - Clickimin Centre, Lerwick

                  The big Saturday Clickimin Concert is an all seated concert in the main hall of the Clickimin Leisure complex in Lerwick. This venue has an extensive lighting rig installed for Festival concerts so a range of lighting effects could be used throughout. Bar facilities will be available and the concert will finish no later as 10.45pm. Seating is unallocated and will predominantly be arranged with tables but there is some raked/tiered seating at the back of the main hall. As this is a larger capacity venue, we will open doors 1 hour before the concert starts. Entry to concert will be through the events side door - not the main reception area of the Clickimin Leisure Centre. We will ensure that this is clearly signposted. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

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                  Saturday Mareel

                  A Saturday evening concert held in the Mareel auditorium. Bar facilities will be available and table service will be available for the cabaret seating downstairs in the Mareel auditorium. There will be limited balcony seating available to purchase separately. As with all our concerts, seating is unallocated. This concert is scheduled to finish around 10.30pm. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

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                  Saturday Legion (Late) - Lerwick British Legion

                  A new event for 2022, we are introducing the Legion Lates which is the place to be if you love party bands and dancing! The Legion Lates are the only Festival ticketed events this year that are predominantly standing and there to entice you to dance! The Revellers and David Sandison and the Tennessee Wannabes are both hugely popular with Shetland audiences and we welcome the opportunity to showcase them once more and to give everyone a chance to let off some steam. Bar Facilities are available and this event is OVER 18s ONLY. No concession ticket price available. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.
                  Live music will start around 11pm ish and Doors at 10.30. The Bar will close at 2am

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                  Festival Club - SundaySFFS Members Only

                  Festival Club Live Music Programme 12noon-5pm in Room 16
                  This is NOT a concert. We expect a relaxed atmosphere with informal table settings and a regular flow of audience in and out of Room 16.
                  TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT SHORT NOTICE.
                  ALL SHETLAND MUSIC AFTERNOON

                  TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE AND MAY BE ALTERED AT ANY TIME

                  12.00 Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band
                  12.50 Barry Nisbet
                  13.40 Kirrmirren
                  14.30 Elsbeth!
                  15.20 Da Langstrings
                  16.10 Fjanna

                    Legion Sunday Afternoon - Lerwick British Legion

                    Afternoon Concert

                    The perfect Sunday chill out concert, featuring sets from two fabulous Shetland acts and Festival favourite JP Cormier with Dave Gunning. Seating is unallocated and will be arranged with tables and in rows. Bar facilities will be available and this concert will finish around 3.30pm. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

                    Peerie Spang (fur da bairns) - Clickimin Centre, LerwickFamily Concert

                    Afternoon Family Concert

                    This is a standing concert targeted at families with children - an event that families can attend together, filled with lots of lively music to dance (or spang about to). This concert is scheduled to finish around 3pm. This venue has an extensive lighting rig installed, so some lighting effects may be possible. Entry to concert will be through the events side door - not the main reception area of the Clickimin Leisure Centre. We will ensure that this is clearly signposted. We reserve the right to alter line ups as circumstances may dictate.

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                    Mandolin Session - Festival Club (Islesburgh), Lerwick

                    Mandolin Session led by Jenny Henry and other members of the Shetland Mandolin Band, Room 10.  Bring along your mandolin and join in!

                      Sunday Evening - Mareel, Lerwick - Foy

                      The final extravaganza where 10 visiting acts will be performing 15 minute sets in 3 different venues and all in the same night. Audience just picks one hall - the bands go in rotation. It's a marathon but certainly worth it.
                      As with all our concerts, seating is unallocated. There will be cabaret seating downstairs in the auditorium and limited balcony seating available to purchase separately. Bar Facilities available.
                      This venue has an extensive lighting rig installed, so some lighting effects may be possible

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                        Sunday Evening - Lerwick British Legion - Foy

                        The final extravaganza where 10 visiting acts will be performing 15 minute sets in 3 different venues and all in the same night. Audience just picks one hall - the bands go in rotation. It's a marathon but certainly worth it. As with all our concerts, seating is unallocated and will be arranged with tables and in rows. Bar facilities available.

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                          Sunday Evening - Clickimin Centre, Lerwick - Foy

                          The final extravaganza where 10 visiting acts will be performing 15 minute sets in 3 different venues and all in the same night. Audience just picks one hall - the bands go in rotation. It's a marathon but certainly worth it.
                          Seating is unallocated and will predominantly be arranged with tables but there is some raked/tiered seating at the back of the main hall. As this is a larger capacity venue, we will open doors 1 hour before the concert starts. Entry to concert will be through the events side door - not the main reception area of the Clickimin Leisure Centre. We will ensure that this is clearly signposted. Bar facilities available. This venue has an extensive lighting rig installed for Festival concerts so a range of lighting effects could be used throughout.

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                            All workshops are free and are available to festival members only.

                            Shetland Fiddle Workshop

                            Sunday 1st May

                            Venue: Festival Club (Islesburgh), Lerwick

                            SFFS Members Only SFFS Members Only
                            Ferry Crossing Required Ferry Crossing Required