Five bands based in Shetland are the latest to be commissioned in Shetland Arts’ Refresh Now programme. The five groups will work to produce a short live performance film and accompanying EP this March. The film will be released online as part of our Refresh Now online season, alongside work from the previous Refresh Now performance commissions of 2021.  


Grimlok are a grindcore duo from Shetland with the attention span of approx two minutes! Their music follows the general definition of Grindcore using riffs at furious speed with some groove infused breakdowns played at FULL volume. The duo features Matthew Robertson (Bass/Vocals) and Rory Dalziel (Drums).

The Peter Alec Trio

Featuring Peter Alec Kay (Guitar/Vocals), Steven Anderson (Bass/Vocals) and Douglas Stevenson (Percussion), the trio play songs moulded over a few years of jamming sessions and meet ups. Their styles and influences vary greatly, from R&B/Neo-Soul/Funk/Rock to more traditional styles such as Folk/Shetland fiddle.


With a sound which could be described as a mixture of grunge and alternative rock influences, Sheer are a four-piece alternative hard rock band formed and located in Shetland, featuring Josh Smith (Vocals), Brydon Sales (Guitar), Ewan Moncrieff (Drums) and Scott Priest (Bass).

The Stoals

The Stoals are a four-piece rock outfit, playing melodic indie rock and bringing together a combination of different influences to make their music. The band is made up of three full time members – Scott Thomlison (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Tom Smith (Bass) and Callum Anderson (Lead Guitar) - with John Gair currently filling in on drums.

Ten Tonne Dozer

Formed in 2005 by Aussie frontman Dave Kok and local lad Jamie Duncan (lead guitarist), Ten Tonne Dozer are a powerful groove metal unit, and one of the UK’s most northern heavy rock acts. The band features Jamie Duncan (Lead Guitar), Dave Kok (Vocals), Keith Neill (Drums), Jamie Dalziel (Guitar) and Barrie Scobie (Bass).

More information on the bands can be found here. All activity will be operating under COVID-19 guidance in place at the time.

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