Shetland Folk Festival

It’s the 39th Annual Shetland Folk Festival this weekend, the UK’s most northerly Folk Festival and I’m sure one of the liveliest!  The Shetland Folk festival is held every year and welcomes acts from all over the world. 

Shetland Folk Festival

The great thing about the Shetland Folk Festival is that everyone can be involved, whether you play an instrument or not.  It’s a great way to meet people from all over the world.

Music is in our blood! Children in Shetland are offered music lessons from primary school age and there are various events and competitions throughout the year.  

It’s also exciting to see all the bands and visitors arriving in Shetland. Many of the visiting artists will be hosted by local families, giving them a real Shetland welcome.

If you’re planning a trip to Shetland for the Shetland Folk Festival, it’s good to plan it early and think about a membership, as tickets and accommodation both sell out fast.

Islesburgh Community Centre is where the “Club” is based and it is a super place to carry on enjoying the music after the concert.  It’s a great way to meet people from all over the world and have a “jam” with other artists.

Folk Festival is a huge part of Shetland’s culture and heritage and it is wonderful for us to be able to share that with the world. 

A lot of the Folk Festival is family friendly. There is a concert every year for little children called the The Peerie Spree. This is a miniature version of the lively adult concert, The Spanging Spree.  Shetlanders enjoy a “spree” which basically means a party.

Next year will be the 40th Anniversary, why not join us for a “spree?” Hope everyone involved this weekend has a fantastic time.