The 34th Shetland Folk Festival shall be held between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th May 2014. The Festival comprises of concerts throughout the isles as well as a Festival Club in Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick with both formal and informal concerts, workshops, a real ale bar, and sessions continuing into the wee hours of the morning.
The Shetland Folk Festival is a non-profit, volunteer driven organisation, dedicated to presenting the best folk music from around the globe to the local community and visitors alike.
Concert Acts: Vair, Hansel, Hom Bru, Sheila Henderson Band, Freda Leask and the Shoormal Band, Shetland's Heritage Fiddlers, Kansa, Laeverick, The Wisharts, Haltadans, Jenny Keldie & Brian Cromarty, Jennifer McCormick, Shetland Fiddlers Society, Aestaewast, Northmavine Fiddle and Accordion Club, Mahogany, Arthur Nicholson, Brian Nicholson, Evergreen, The Revellers, Bryan Gear and Violet Tulloch, Catherine and Sarah Brown Band, Lynn Nicholson's Bigger Band, Shetland Folk Dance, Macanta, The Isbister Leaper String Collective, Shaun and Iwan, Elena Piras, Keirynn Topp, Stewart Grains & Adam Johnson, Trookers, Kollifirbolli, Eunice Henderson and the South Mainland Young Fiddlers, Still Game, The Quinntet, Liza and Alison, The Gospel Band, Papa Stour Sword Dancers (Seniors)
Late Night Acts: Stengle, First Foot Soldiers, The Donald Anderson Band, The Bashies, Sore Finger, Scaldin Bragg
Young Acts: Tunester, Fiddle Finale, High Level Music Guitarists, Shetland's Young Fiddler & Traditional Fiddler of the Year, Papa Stour Sword Dancers (Juniors)
There is no all-in-one inclusive Festival ticket - tickets must be purchased for individual concerts but membership offers a significant discount. Many events are now sold out.
The festival features concerts, workshops, session rooms, food and bar. Most visiting musicians will be in Shetland for the duration of the festival playing at different venues throughout the isles alongside the local acts.
There will be dedicated events for younger audience members featuring Scottish Children Entertainers Allansmagic. The Festival will conclude with the 'Festival Foy' events on Sunday the 6th where most visiting musicians will play three separate 15-minute slots in three different venues.
Camping and other accommodation
Amongst others, there is a campsite at the Clickimin Centre in Lerwick. There are also B+B's, hotels and guesthouses.
There are daily flights and ferries connecting mainland UK to Shetland but booking is essential at Festival time. Northlink Ferries currently operate the overnight ferry service between Aberdeen and Shetland but early booking is probably essential especially as the first ferry before the festival starts (i.e. leaving Aberdeen on Wednesday), renowned for impromptu sessions, is likely to be packed with performers.
You can also fly from Glasgow/Edinburgh and Aberdeen with British Airways to Sumburgh, Shetland's main airport. There are several flights a day.
More information will be here when available.
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