Between Islands Project, Film 15 (Shetland/Orkney)

Between Islands Project, Film 15 (Shetland/Orkney)

Skeklers, Fetlar. Shetland Museum.

[Alex MacDonald, coordinator, Between Islands]

This week we feature the second in our Island fiddle tradition films, with Louise Bichan from Orkney providing the tunes. As well as recording this piece for us, Louise has also collaborated with cellist Neil Johnstone from the Isle of Lewis for the forthcoming Between Islands CD. All our artists have now completed their new recordings and we are now beginning the process of CD manufacture, with a release date of December.  In the meantime, we will continue to feature their online performances in the coming months.

With Halloween just passed, I would also like to highlight this film about the Shetland Skeklers, as it features an audio interview with someone who recalls the tradition.

The Scotsman also carried this article recently featuring the wonderful photography of Margaret Fay Shaw from the 1930’s with information on the older tradition of guising.

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