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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright will play Mareel on Wednesday 5th July as part of a select UK tour.

With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha Wainwright is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music. Born in New York City to folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, Martha is part of an impressive musical dynasty. She often collaborates with her brother Rufus Wainwright, and recently recorded the JUNO nominated Songs in the Dark with her half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche.

She has toured her music around the world to sold-out audiences on several continents, and this will be her first visit to Shetland.

Floortje Matthew, Programme Manager for Shetland Arts said “We are incredibly excited about this rare opportunity to bring Martha and her full band up to Shetland for what promises to be an exceptional gig. Martha is a dynamic song-writer and performer with a strong folk heritage and exceptional voice – as well as being a fearless experimenter and collaborator. I’m delighted to welcome a musician of such a high calibre and international renown to Mareel”.

Released in November 2016, her latest album Goodnight City has been heralded as her best record yet. This album returns to the rawness of her first release and includes songs by Martha, as well as songs written by other notable artists, including Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright, Michael Ondaatje, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, to highlight her incredible voice.

Tickets will be available from Shetland Arts Box Office from 10am on Friday 26 May online at, over the phone on 01595 745500 or in person at Mareel.


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