Folk Festival Highlights Online

by Alastair Hamilton -

Highlights from the 34th Shetland Folk Festival are now available to watch online, offering a taste of one of Britain's best roots music events.

The 2014 festival, held at the beginning of May, was as eclectic as ever. If your taste is for traditional fiddle with a Shetland and Scandinavian twist, you might want to have a listen to Nordic Fiddlers" Bloc, or you could check out The Dardanelles, from Newfoundland; for a touch of bluegrass, there was The Mountain Firework Company. On the other hand, if you like the Hot Club music of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, you'd have loved Rose Room.

Also very popular in Shetland, following their debut at the festival five years ago, are Canadian singer-songwriters Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac, otherwise known as Madison Violet. Offering something quite different were The Sojourners, with a big gospel sound.

You can find all these and many more on our Shetland Folk Festival Page: just click on the top-left "playlist" button on the video panel to select the band you want to see. These performances were recorded at one of the three final public concerts, which take place simultaneously on the Sunday evening and, through clever logistics, feature all the visiting acts.

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