Shetland Arts is thrilled to announce the tutors for Folk Frenzy 2023, its internationally renowned annual folk summer school, which runs from Sunday 6 - Friday 11 August 2023. A week of workshops, concerts, sessions and masterclasses on Lerwick's beautiful historic waterfront.

The summer intensive is again curated by Kevin Henderson, who is regarded as one of Shetland’s finest fiddle players and is in hot demand playing with some of the best known groups and musicians in the folk music scene.

Joining him as tutors this year will be;

  • Award winning fiddle player and composer - Jenna Reid.
  • Fiddle player, teacher and member of Fiddler’s Bid - Andrew Gifford
  • Full-time freelance musician and worldwide teacher - Antti Jarvela

Jenna Reid

Born & bred in Quarff, Shetland, Jenna has toured the world, recorded and released many albums as a soloist and band member. As a finalist of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award, Jenna has always composed & her 5th solo album ‘Working Hands’ is a stunning collection of her writing. Following this release, she was awarded Composer of the Year at the 2019 Scots Trad Music Awards. Jenna is a member of Scottish fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles and appeared on the Transatlantic Sessions alongside Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas.

Andrew Gifford

Resides in Glasgow but has a strong Shetlandic heritage, learning the fiddle from both Willie Hunter and Margaret Robertson whilst at school. He joined Fiddlers' Bid at the age of 16, and has performed across the globe with 'da Bid' and other stomping bands such as The Chair. Teaching the fiddle to all levels has been a large part of his career, and he is regularly sought as a tutor throughout Scotland.

Antti Jarvela

After studying violin and bass at the famous Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Antti decided to make music his profession. He is the founder of the Finnish-Norwegian powerfolk string band Frigg and a member of bands such as Baltic Crossing, JPP, Troka and the founder and director of folk music collective Orivesi All Stars! As well as working as a full-time musician, arranger and composer, Antti is also an awarded recording and mixing engineer, producer.

Book your Full Frenzy cards online, in person at Mareel or over the phone on 01595 745500 during Mareel Box Office opening hours (10am – 9pm Tuesday – Sunday) to join this prestigious summer school.

Tickets for individual events will be available when the full programme is announced.

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