Shetland Arts Announces Fiddle Frenzy Headline Acts
13 June 2012
Photo is the copyright
of Richard Wemyss.
Shetland Arts is pleased to announce the
headline acts for Fiddle Frenzy 2012! The week will
kick off in style on Sunday the 5th of August with
a performance by the Harris Playfair Big Band. This will be the
culmination of 6 days intensive workshops with young Shetland
Musicians led by the innovative Harris Playfair. Traditional themes
develop in exciting jazz arrangements providing the audiences with
a real musical treat. Reviewers of last year's Fiddle Frenzy
described the event as "sensational."
The Jenna Reid Band return to
Fiddle Frenzy on Monday the 6th of August highlighting
material from Jenna's acclaimed new CD Morning Moon. Last seen
in Fiddle Frenzy performing Jenna and Bethany's moving Shetland Bus
suite the line up of, Jenna, Bethany Reid, Harris Playfair, James
Thompson and Iain Sandilands are guaranteed to provide another
memorable musical evening.
On Tuesday night Walls Hall
will host the festival and be treated to the popular duo and top
quality performances of Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch. On
Wednesday in Mareel, award-winning Maggie Adamson will headline
with Brian Nicholson, and Ross Couper and Tom Oakes on fiddle and
guitar, which will provide the high-energy highlights in
Thursday night's concert.
The festival returns to the
Isles for Friday night when Corran Raa will start the weekend with
a performance in Burravoe Hall, Yell, and award-winning Scottish
group, Blazin' Fiddles, will round off the week on Saturday night
The Festival Club will run from 10pm to 1am
on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights at Mareel. There
will also be post-concert dances on Sunday in Mareel, Tuesday in
Walls, and Friday in Burravoe, Yell.
Lisa Ward, Marketing Officer, said: "We're
very pleased to be announcing the headliners for this year's Fiddle
Frenzy. The line-up is fantastic and I'm sure students and those
attending the concerts will really enjoy the performances from
these talented musicians."
Fiddle Frenzy is a celebration of the music
and the musicians that have made Shetland one of the world's most
highly acclaimed fiddle playing regions. A must for all fans of
traditional music; each year students come from around the world to
experience this event.
A marathon seven-day and night event,
Fiddle Frenzy offers students the opportunity to learn and immerse
themselves in Shetland-style fiddle music with some of our best
tutors and musicians. There are courses suited for beginners
through to more experienced players, as well as
tutoring in other skills such as guitar-playing,
knitting, drawing and painting. In May, Shetland Arts
announced the tutors for Fiddle Frenzy. This year they
will include sisters Jenna and Bethany Reid, alongside Angela
Fraser, Pauleen Wiseman, Lois Nicol, Cathy Geldard, Helen Whitham
and Ross Couper. This year's guitar tutor is John Hutchison. Jenny
Bradley will be teaching knitting and Amy Fisher will once again be
tutoring eager students in drawing and painting.
To register as a student for Fiddle Frenzy
2012, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of £25 (£12.50 for
>18s only). You can book for the full week or for part of
the week - prices depend on the number of days or workshops you are
attending (minimum charge £25 / £12.50). You can book now via
Shetland Box Office at Islesburgh, online at www.shetlandboxoffice.,org
or by calling 01595 745 555.
The cost for the week is £400 (£200 for
>18s). This covers the cost of workshops, trips and concerts,
some transport around the Isles (to Walls and Burravoe) and some
meals. It doesn't include accommodation or travel to
Shetland. Prices for individual days/part weeks
are available on application.
Please check Shetland Arts website,
regularly for the full programme of events. The concerts will
go on sale as individual events in July. Please keep an eye on www.shetlandboxoffice.org
for more details.