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"The quality of the music is wonderful and sensually ravishing" – Living Tradition

Folk supergroup, The String Sisters, are playing their only European gig this year at Mareel in June! The band started by Shetland’s own Catriona Macdonald almost 20 years ago will be filling the auditorium on Friday 9 June, blending Nordic and Celtic traditions into a glorious riot of all-encompassing sound. Featuring six of the world’s top fiddlers and a peerless quartet of piano, guitar, bass and drums, String Sisters was formed at Celtic Connections in 1998.

Alongside Catriona the band combines the very considerable talents of fiddlers Annbjørg Lien (Norway), Emma Härdelin (Sweden), Liz Carrroll (United States), Liz Knowles (United States), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Ireland) plus Tore Bruvoll (Norway) on guitar, Dave Milligan (Scotland) on piano, Conrad Molleson (Scotland) on bass and James Mackintosh (Scotland) on percussion. Strings Sisters performances also feature the vocal talents of Emma Härdelin and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

String Sisters will be recording their new album at Mareel so will be showcasing some of that new material, and works from their first album, the Grammy-listed ‘Live’. The new album will be fully launched at prestigious world music festivals across Europe and North America from October 2017.

Shetland Arts Programme Manager Floortje Matthew says “This is an exciting chance to see a truly exceptional line-up of world-class musicians – we’re very much looking forward to this exclusive performance!”


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