We’re starting the year with a concert at home in Dunblane, Scotland, celebrating the connections between Shetland and her North Atlantic neighbours in music and art alongside an art exhibition named “The Shetland Collective” (Elouise Spooner, Susan Pearson, Elaine, Cilla Robertson, Anne Bain, Jean Urquhart.)
Our programme is based around Shetlandic music, new and old, for two violas, ranging from the ancient tune Da Day Dawn, via one of the best proponents of Shetland fiddle playing today, Margaret Robertson, to tomorrow’s star musicians, with pieces written specially for us by young Shetlander Victoria Byrne-McCombie and Faroese fiddler Ronja Hansen.
We’ll also connect into neighbouring traditions with tales of Sinclair’s men in a Faroese setting and a set of polkas from Shetland and Greenland that celebrate the music shared by the arctic whalers.
Along the way, we’ll drop by Iceland for some traditional tunes with a darker, more windswept colour to them.
It’ll be an informal evening with plenty of time to chat and enjoy the art on show – and hopefully buy a few pieces, too. These artists are all finishing their studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Shetland, so grab a piece of their work before they become famous! You can also enjoy browsing the shop. Bring your containers and shop plastic-free!
You’re welcome to turn up on the day, but, as you can see from the picture below, space is limited, so if you’re coming from further afield, I’d recommend reserving a space. Entry is free, but we’d like to ask for a donation of £6-10 with 50% going towards Nordic Viola’s album recording sessions this year and 50% to Ability Shetland, a charity that supports the efforts of disabled people to realise their full potential in all areas of life.
To book your spot, visit eventbrite and choose between 4pm and 6pm performances on 15th January. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–dunblane/shetland-connections/ Alternatively, send me a message via Contact form and I’ll book you in.
We look forward to seeing you!