Shetland Folk Festival 2012
The 32nd annual Shetland Folk Festival takes place from the 3 – 6 May, offering a programme of over 60 acts performing at venues across the island throughout the weekend.
Following in the footsteps of Elvis Costello, Rolf Harris and Eddie Reader this year’s festival features a headline performance from fast rising Glasgow folk quintet Admiral Fallow (3 May) as well as performances from the award winning duo Tim Edey & Brendan Power - who were named Best Duo at the 2012 Radio 2 Folk Awards. You can watch the video for Admiral Fallow's new the single below.
Former Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller, will bring their beautiful vocal arrangements to the island where they will perform alongside top international acts such as Baltic Crossing, Ross Couper & Tim Oakes and Kasai Masai.
As in previous years, local musicians are integral to the event and this year festival goers will be treated to music from the likes of: the Heritage Fiddlers; new local favourites Väir; the Cullivoe Fiddlers; and well loved stalwarts of the Sheltand folk scene Hom Bru.
Also, as part of the opening night, veteran broadcaster and folk singer Jimmie Macgregor will present a one-off illustrated talk and performance describing his part in the folk music revival, featuring stories about his travels and the people he has met along the way.
For information on how to by tickets for the Festival, accommodation in Shetland and travelling to the island, visit the Shetland Folk Festival website.
More About the Festival
The Shetland Folk Festival is organised by a hard working team of volunteers and the Festival Society acts as an independent arts provider in the isles. It is supported annually by the Shetland Charitable Trust and won Event of the Year award at the 2010 MG Scots Trad Music Awards.
In 2012, the Festival received investment from Creative Scotland via One Step Further – one of our Year of Creative Scotland Investment Programmes.
(Main Image: Beltaine @ Shetland Folk Festival © Dougie Coulter)
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