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Shetland Arts has announced the full line-up for Mareel’s Hogmanay Celebrations 2019/2020. Joining the Kinnaris Quintet from 7pm on Tuesday 31st December are; the High Level Hot Club; Jenny Henry and Lewie Peterson with Laura Beth Salter, Jenn Butterworth and Calum MacCrimmon; Sauerkraut Seth and the Plantiecrubs and local emerging trad quartet, CRAC.

The night will begin with a traditional Shetland variety concert, followed by a supper and the chance to relax in one of Mareel’s cinema screens, while the stage is re-set for the Kinnaris Quintet to bring in the bells for Hogmanay 2019. Then it’s time to dance the night away with our DJs and dance band.

Having been tutored at High Level Music Shop, the High Level Hot Club are ready to take the stage. Forming in 2017, the young swing jazz quartet have supported Shetland favourites Rose Room and recently appeared at Shetland Folk Festival’s Blazin’ A Trail event, they comprise of Lulu Johnson, Daisy Anderson, Artur Vavilov (guitars) and Tabitha Johnson (bass).

Jenny Henry, who founded the Shetland Mandolin Band and teaches mandolin, will play alongside Shetland fiddler Lewie Peterson. In a collaboration between local and visiting artists, they’ll be accompanied by Laura Beth Salter and Jenn Butterworth (Kinnaris Quintet), in addition to multi-instrumentalist Calum MacCrimmon (Breabach) for some very special tunes to bring in the bells.

Sauerkraut Seth and the Plantiecrubs bring a rooting, tooting touch to proceedings with some festive jazz and blues. Having recently moved from the streets of Brooklyn to Lerwick, Sauerkraut Seth is well known as the bassist in Americana ragtime and blues band, The Wiyos. Having extensively toured the US and Europe and opened the 2009 Bob Dylan Show, Seth makes a debut on Mareel’s stage with a few familiar faces. Tim Matthew (fiddle), Gary Smith (upright bass) and Isaac Webb (drums and cymbals).

Rising local trad quartet CRAC also join the lineup, featuring Ryan Couper, Adam Johnson, Callum Watt, Callum Nicolson.

The event has again received support through Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a programme designed to celebrate the spirit and fun of Scotland’s winter season with a range of exciting events and activity throughout the country; celebrating heritage and culture through the best of Scottish music, arts, food and drink and entertainment.

Shetland Arts’ Hogmanay Celebrations will take place on Tuesday 31st December from 7pm at Mareel, with tickets available for the Variety Concert or Bells and Dance. Please note, under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tickets can be booked in person at Mareel or at the Shetland Arts outlet at Sumburgh Airport, by phone on 01595 745500, or online here.

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