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The Revellers to launch new album Renegades on Thursday 2 May

Shetland Arts is delighted to announce that the first album to be wholly recorded, produced, mixed & mastered in Mareel; Renegades by The Revellers; is going to be publicly launched at this year’s Shetland Folk Festival. The album launch will take place on Thursday 2 May in Room 16 in Islesburgh, from 5pm to 7pm, and is free to attend.

The Revellers, who also headlined Mareel’s first sell-out standing gig in October last year, have been working hard with the staff at Shetland Arts since before Christmas to record the 10 track album, with at least one song written by each member of the 7 piece band.

Renegades cover

Shetland Arts’ Marketing Officer, Lisa Ward, said: “We loved working with the guys in The Revellers to record this album. Our Production Manager Iain Waddell and Senior Sound Technician Jonathan Ritch worked tirelessly to help produce a great album. We expect Renegades will be very popular indeed!”

Reveller’s bass player, Craig Birnie, said: “It has been extremely exciting to be the first band to record an album entirely in the studio at Mareel. The facilities are second to none and we are lucky that so much great music can now be created and recorded in Shetland. Huge credit must go to everyone at SADA who has helped with this project but especially to Jonathan and Iain who have been incredibly patient with us and have helped us deliver an album we feel everyone can be really proud of.”

He added: “We are absolutely delighted with how Renegades sounds. It's excellent to hear how professionally the album has turned out, we are quite a busy band in terms of instruments but we think everything has been given its platform perfectly. It’s always been our dream to release an album and Mareel has helped us realise this locally. We hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

You can hear the album and buy a copy for £10 from Room 16 in Islesburgh on Thursday 2 May, 5-7pm. After that the album will be available from various local outlets. The Revellers also plan to make it available via Amazon and iTunes in the future, but for the near future the albums will be exclusively available in Shetland outlets.

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