Shetland's Heritage Fiddlers

Shetland's Heritage Fiddlers

Shetland’s Heritage Fiddlers are all pupils of the late Dr. Tom Anderson who have performed together for over 40 years.

Fiddlers are Angela Manson, Christine Murchison, Claire White, Clare Balfour, Mairi Jamieson, Pauleen Wiseman (who also plays flute) and Valerie Watt. They are joined by pianist  and Gary Smith, on guitar. First and foremost, they mostly play traditional Shetland music, but throw in tunes from elsewhere and some contemporary Shetland music is also in the mix.

The group was originally known as Shetland’s Young Heritage and was founded by Tom Anderson in 1982. Dr Anderson was keen for the traditional music of Shetland to be saved and passed onto younger generations. He became the first traditional fiddle tutor employed in Shetland schools and many of his pupils have gone on to be great fiddlers and tutors in their own right.

This enthusiastic group have performed locally at concerts, charity events and festivals in the UK and have travelled far and wide to Norway, Turkey, USA, Indonesia, Canada and New Zealand.