SHETLAND Arts is due to welcome award-winning Scottish troubadour Dean Owens and his band The Sinners on Friday the 10th of November in Cullivoe Hall, Yell and on Saturday the 11th of November in Mareel.

The group will transport you to a sepia stained downtown cantina with songs from the stunning new Sinner’s Shrine album (recorded with musicians from Calexico) – a unique blend of Scottish roots and Americana, with added desert noir. The Sinners make a glorious, brass infused, driving sound with Craig Ross (electric guitar), Philip Cardwell (trumpet) and Adam McMillan (bass), with Dean’s searingly soulful voice upfront. They conjure the magical panoramic sweep of the US desert states, infused with grit and dust from Scotland’s post industrial heartland. Songs of love and lust, sinners and saints, the displaced, the wanderers and the border ghosts.

Support will come from local group, Da AnnLynn Sessions. Da AnnLynn Sessions came about in 2022 when the pandemic was easing off and a likeminded bunch of women wanted to dust off their vocals and instruments and decided to play some “good old country tunes” (and some that are not so old!). The line-up consists of Karlyn Garrick (Kansa), Megan Nisbet (Lauren & Megan), Jennifer Christie, Leanne Johnson, Jacqui Brown (Sheepdip) and Diane Wood (Sheepdip). The group have a lot of musical experience among them and are experimenting with lots of songs and tunes they collectively like, inspired by singers like Suzie Bogguss, Nanci Griffith, The Chicks and Shania Twain to name but a few. Writing some of their own material too, this is a group that ultimately like to have a lot of fun and not take it too seriously!

"Owens sings with a dark majesty that matches the gigantic emotional pull of his songs... dirt caked desert noir.” ★★★★ - Mojo.

"More intoxicating than the most treacherous of mezcals...” ★★★★ - Rolling Stone.

"A wild and swampy romp... Had the audience transfixed..." - Americana UK.

"Edinburgh’s finest..." - Edinburgh Evening News.

Tickets for Dean Owens and The Sinners are available to purchase online here, in-person at the Box Office in Mareel, or by calling on 01595 745 500 during opening hours of 10am-9pm, Tuesday - Sunday.

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