A week of workshops, concerts, sessions and masterclasses on Lerwick's beautiful historic waterfront, Folk Frenzy is curated by renowned Shetland fiddler, Kevin Henderson and will run from Sunday 2nd of August to Saturday 8th 2020!

Our traditional summer school, Folk Frenzy, is back even bigger and better for 2020! Folk Frenzy is a focussed and intimate event, with a ‘family vibe’, developing the musical relationship between the participants, tutors and instruments to provide a collaborative and inspiring experience for everyone involved. Our tutors for 2020 are Kevin Henderson, Hanneke Cassel, Siobhan Miller, Andrew Gifford and Antti Järvelä. We have added Singing in 2020 to complement our popular Fiddle and Ensemble classes. Throughout the week we also have a variety of extra activities - concerts, masterclasses, trips and sessions. The week culminates in the ‘Big Gig’ where participants will perform music they have been working on in their classes during the week.

Book absolutely everything with the Full Frenzy ticket or the Half Frenzy gives you access to the course, concerts, trips and sessions but allows you to book masterclasses separately.

Once you book your place you can choose which course you’d like to attend and don’t worry - if you feel you need to change course once you’re here, that is easy to do.

We encourage participants to bring their families and partners, and tickets are available to all the extra activities so they can join in too.

Lerwick is a busy harbour town with plenty of accommodation, places to eat and some classic live music venues. We advise booking travel and accommodation well ahead of time as the summer can get busy. Find some useful links to plan your trip here

Book tickets & pre-order t-shirts now!

Provisional Programme

Sunday Aug 2nd

16:00 - 18:00 - Registration

18:00 - 20:00 - Welcome concert with Soup and Bannocks

20:00 - Session in the bar

Monday Aug 3rd

10:00 - 11:00 - Classes

11:00 - 11:30 - Break

11:30 - 12:30 - Classes

12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 - Classes

15:30 - 16:30 - Masterclass/Workshop

19:00 - 21:00 - Shetland Showcase concert

21:00 - Session in the bar

Tuesday Aug 4th

10:00 - 11:00 - Classes

11:00 - 11:30 - Break

11:30 - 12:30 - Classes

12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 - Classes

15:30 - 16:30 - Masterclass/Workshop

17:00 - Trip to Bigton (South Mainland) for a meal in the hall followed by bonfire and tunes on the beach

22:00 - Session in the bar

Wednesday Aug 4th

10:00 - 11:00 - Classes

11:00 - 11:30 - Break

11:30 - 12:30 - Classes

12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 - Classes

15:30 - 16:30 - Masterclass/Workshop

19:00 - 21:00 - Open Mic night

22:00 - Session in the bar

Thursday Aug 4th

10:00 - 11:00 - Classes

11:00 - 11:30 - Break

11:30 - 12:30 - Classes

12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 - Classes

15:30 - 16:30 - Masterclass/Workshop

20:00 - 22:00 - Film Screening

22:00 - Session in the bar

Friday Aug 4th

10:00 - 11:00 - Classes

11:00 - 11:30 - Break

11:30 - 12:30 - Classes

12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - 21:30 - Trip to Eshaness (North Mainland) followed by gig in a country hall

22:00 - Session in the bar

Saturday Aug 4th

10:00 - 11:00 - Rehearsal

11:00 - 11:30 - Break

11:30 - 12:30 - Rehearsal

12:30 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Soundchecks

19:00 - The Big Gig

22:00 - Session in the bar

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