Tim Edey is no stranger to Shetland audiences and we are delighted to welcome him back.
Having performed at the Shetland Folk Festival in 2006 with Seamus Begley, in 2011 as an honorary Shetlander (!) in a Year of Scotland’s Islands project and in 2012 with Brendan Power, Tim Edey has built up a bit of a fan base in Shetland. So despite predominantly appearing with J.P Cormier over the weekend, Tim will perform at least one concert as a solo artist.
The outstanding Cormier and Edey first met at Celtic Colours in Cape Breton back in 2010 where Tim says they both felt something magical happen in their meeting and playing together. The following year Tim returned to Cape Breton and “went into [JP’s] studio...and just played solidly for 6 hours, ate pizza and drank whisky”. The result was the fantastic album “Once” (eventually released in 2018), perhaps named as such due to the fact that every track was recorded in one take! Shetland guitar fanatics will possibly remember that they both performed at our Festival’s own guitar summit back in 2012. With the recent release of “Once”, we felt the timing was perfect to invite them back to recreate that magic once more.
A singer and virtuoso on both acoustic guitar and button accordion, Tim’s incredible musical ear and total technical command allows him to play the most demanding instrumentals and improvise freely in any style you throw at him. Tim was voted Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012 and also “Best Duo” with Brendan Power. He has toured the world with many major folk names including The Chieftains, Wolfstone, Dougie MacLean and Christy Moore, and is now a name on the world stage in his own right.