Shetland International Guitar Festival

Shetland International Guitar Festival
Curated by Martin Taylor. 6 – 8 November.
2014 Programme


Martin Taylor, Shetland International Guitar Festival 2014 Curator: “Welcome to the Shetland International Guitar Festival 2014. At the festival you can look forward to some world-class concerts from Tommy Emmanuel, myself, and the very best of local guitarists at the Shetland Guitar Heroes concert. This year, I will also be running my famous Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat in Shetland, from 5-7 November. As well as this, you can soak up the atmosphere in the Festival Club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Mareel Cafe Bar from 10pm-1am. As the Festival continues to evolve, it’s still dedicated to the memory of my good friend Peerie Willie Johnson. I’m already enjoying my first year curating the festival, and looking forward to the years ahead.”

Festival Package Deal

Just £65 / £55
Includes tickets to all 3 concerts + Shetland International Guitar Festival 2014 branded t-shirt.

Package deal is available to book now via Shetland Box Office over the phone on 01595 745 555 or in person at Mareel or Islesburgh. Online booking is not available.

T-shirt sizes are first come, first served, & subject to availability.



Shetland Arts presents
Tommy Emmanuel CGP
Support: Norman ‘Girsie’ Goudie & FriendsIMG_0425
Thursday 6 November
Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Performing live is extremely important to him and he has played over 300 concerts every year for the last seven years! His live shows are known for their humour, performance, passion, and infectious joy. Chet Atkins honoured Tommy with the title of Certified Guitar Player (CGP) for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world.
£26 / £22. BOOK HERE NOW

Shetland Arts presents
Martin Taylor
Support: Brian Nicholson & FriendsMartin Taylor SBO
Friday 7 November
Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm
Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE is a multi-award winning guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator. Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazzand finger-style guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence. Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of 4, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world.
£26 / £22. BOOK HERE NOW

Shetland Arts presents
Shetland Guitar HeroesShetland Guitar Heros SBO
Saturday 8 November
Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm
A packed line-up of the finest home grown guitarists that Shetland has to offer. The first part of the night will showcase young and up-and-coming guitarists, from Primary School age and up. The second part of the night will showcase a mixed line-up of Shetland guitar-greats. The concert will then culminate with a special collaborative, genre-spanning set, featuring several of Shetland’s most accomplished players. Many of those performing are no strangers to the limelight, but many others will be stepping from their usual roles as accompanists into the limelight for the evening. Keep an eye on this page for upcoming line-up announcements.
£18 / £14. BOOK HERE NOW

Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat. 5 – 7 November 2014.

Guitar Retreat SBOPlayers of all levels and styles are welcome at the Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat in Shetland. Whether you’ve been playing for years, or you just know a couple of chords, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in learning guitar at this three day guitar retreat. From fingerstyle to acoustic to jazz and more, Martin will give you insight into the techniques, styles, and tips to inspire and improve your playing. The retreat is designed to gather guitarists of all levels from around the globe with a common goal – learning, playing, eating and sleeping music.

For full informatiom about the retreat, visit: or BOOK HERE NOW

Festival Club


Mareel Cafe Bar

10pm – 1am

Soak up the festival atmosphere in the Mareel Cafe Bar after the concerts where you can enjoy some informal sessions and performances and sample our selection of delicious snacks and refreshing drinks, all the while admiring the gorgeous evening view across the waterfront.

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