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Shetland Arts is delighted to announce the line-up for Fiddle Frenzy 2013, its week long Fiddle School and celebration of traditional Shetland musical culture running this year from Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 August. The star-studded line up includes Fiddlers’ Bid, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, and Lau. This year’s festival is curated by Shetland fiddle stars Jenna & Bethany Reid. Tickets for The Full Frenzy and tickets for the Week of Classes are already on sale. Tickets for the individual concerts will go on sale on Wednesday 24 April.


Fiddler's Bid

Fiddlers' Bid will open the festival with a concert on Sunday 4 August in Mareel. They are known internationally as leading exponents of Shetland’s rich fiddle tradition and are global ambassadors for Isles. Since forming in 1991, they have established an identity as a unique band with a harmonious sound developed though many years of playing together. Their 4 fiddle frontline showcases some of Shetland's finest fiddlers - Chris Stout, Kevin Henderson, Andrew Gifford and Maurice Henderson, joined by a fantastic backing band featuring harpist Catriona McKay, guitarist Fionan De Barra, and bassist Jonathan Ritch, creating a display of stunning virtuosity at every concert.


Phil & Aly

Aly & Phil are the headliners for a concert on Monday 5 August in Mareel. No strangers to Shetland, Phil Cunningham and Shetland native Aly Bain have been playing, touring, and recording together since 1988 and to date have recorded four albums and played to thousands around the world. Shetland Arts is delighted to welcome them to perform in Shetland again, helping celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fiddle Frenzy 2013. They are also performing an additional pre-Fiddle Frenzy concert in Cullivoe Hall, Yell, on Saturday 3 August.



On Wednesday 7 August, Shetland Arts is delighted to welcome Lau to Mareel. Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Group 2013, Lau are modern folk music’s most innovative band. Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers and free-thinking visionaries. Featuring the beautiful vocals and skillful guitar playing of award winning orcadian songwriter Kris Drever. Pioneering post-everything accordion and electronics from Martin Green and the timeless masterful and melodic creativity of scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke. They have long since established themselves as one of the most sought after and creative live acts performing today.

And finally, on Saturday 10 August, everyone is invited along to Mareel for the Fiddle Frenzy Finale: 10th Birthday Bash. This is an event jam-packed with local fiddle talent, performances from the Fiddle Frenzy students, and a party atmosphere, celebrating 10 years of Fiddle Frenzy.

Shetland Arts’ Marketing Officer, Lisa Ward, said: “The line up for Fiddle Frenzy 2013 really is something special, which is very fitting considering it’s the 10th anniversary of the festival. We are delighted that Jenna and Bethany have helped to organise such a fantastic week, to be hosting Fiddle Frenzy events in Mareel for the first time, and to welcome the hugely talented headliners to Fiddle Frenzy for its 10th anniversary.”

Tickets for these concerts will go on sale on Wednesday 24 April, and Fiddle Frenzy packages are already on sale, via Shetland Box Office in Mareel & Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555, or online at and

More information: Fiddle Frenzy is an opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts.

This year’s curators, sisters Jenna & Bethany Reid, grew up immersed in the Shetland fiddle tradition and are now both Glasgow-based musicians and well recognised within the traditional music scene. Jenna working as a professional musician, member of Blazin’ Fiddles and her own Jenna Reid Band, and Bethany teaching music, and also performing in Jenna’s band and alongside Jenna in new four-piece fiddle group Rant.

The week will consist of two classes per day in Shetland Fiddle or Shetland Guitar Accompaniment, with a range of music alternatives throughout the week, including drawing & painting and photography to help visitors discover the beautiful Shetland landscape.

This year will see the move of the Festival to Mareel, Shetland Art’s new music and cinema venue that opened its doors to the public in August 2012. This purpose built state of the art venue and cinema space will provide the ideal home for the Festival, and includes our Cafe Bar which will be home to the Festival Club open til 1am across the week. We will also use spaces within the neighbouring Shetland Museum & Archives for classes.

Please note that concession prices now apply to those in full time education, and seniors. Prices for packages are all available at and

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