Shetland International Guitar Festival

Shetland Arts relaunched their Guitar Festival as ‘Shetland International Guitar Festival’ in November 2014, working with Martin Taylor as curator. The festival is due to next run in November 2016.

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. And we have also just announced a very special festival fringe event: Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor in Conversation on Wednesday 5 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
Included tickets to all 3 concerts + Shetland International Guitar Festival 2014 branded t-shirt.



Shetland Arts presents
Tommy Emmanuel CGP
Support: Norman ‘Girsie’ Goudie & FriendsIMG_0425
Thursday 6 November 2014
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.

Shetland Arts presents
Martin Taylor
Support: Brian Nicholson & FriendsMartin Taylor SBO
Friday 7 November 2014
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.

Shetland Arts presents
Shetland Guitar HeroesShetland Guitar Heros SBO
Saturday 8 November 2014
A genre-spanning musical collaboration between some of Shetland’s finest home-grown guitarists, supported by the next generation of talented students. A packed line-up featuring Martin Taylor & special guests. Starring: Ewan Nowak, Arthur Nicholson, Alan McKay, & Robbie Walterson. With support from: The High Level Music Students & The Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat Students. All with backing from the rhythm section: Bryan Peterson on bass & Archer Kemp on drums. Showcasing some of the amazing talent that Shetland has to offer, this concert is sure to be very popular!


Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat. 5 – 7 November 2014.

Guitar Retreat SBOSOLD OUT. Players 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:

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 refreshing drinks, all the while admiring the gorgeous evening view across the waterfront.

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