Barry Nisbet is a songwriter, fiddle player and guitarist who combines the music of his native Shetland with a style inspired by the drama of the islands, history, the sea, and his own travels and experiences. As one of the Cullivoe Fiddlers, Barry plays a unique regional style of Shetland fiddle music; as a Captain of tall ships such as Søren Larsen, he has sailed through the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
A member of Shetland band 'Rack n Ruin', Dundee-based Americana group 'Wire and Wool', and French group 'Tildon Krautz', he has performed at numerous festivals and events in Shetland, Scotland and mainland Europe. He gained a Dundee Musicians Award in 2016.
He launched his first album, 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine', of all-original music (eight songs and three tunes), in March 2018, to excellent reviews. As a solo act he has recently played support for Salt House, Tide Lines, The Furrow Collective and Colum Sands; he also performs and records with a fuller line-up that headlined the Dundee Summer Streets festival in July 2018.
Barry runs the 'Sessions and Sail' voyages, bringing groups of musicians together for workshops and sessions aboard the Tall Ship 'Lady of Avenel', cruising on the Scottish coast in the summer