Making their official debut appearance at the 40th Shetland Folk Festival is an exciting young act on the Shetland folk scene that goes by the name of Skelburn, taken from 2 areas of Vidlin where the four young musicians grew up - Skelberry and Sandyburn.
Growing up in Vidlin, Nathan Grains on mandolin, Paul Hunter on banjo and brothers Darren and Fraser Jamieson on fiddle and guitar, these 4 boys have played together since the start of their musical journey. They made their first public appearance as Skelburn at the Schools Music Festival in March 2019 which is when they won the Willie Hunter Memorial Trophy for traditional groups. It's also when they were first spotted by the Folk Festival committee and subsequently roped in to play at the 2019 Final fling volunteers' party!
Pre-pandemic they spent 2019 delighting audiences of tourists and locals alike with their lively and energetic performances and are now taking part in the "Young Sessions" at Mareel every month. With a boundless energy for playing, they have clocked up a serious amount of gigs already and made considerable impact. The phrase, "this band is one to watch" is probably over used but it this case, we really REALLY mean it!