Shetland Folk Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary

Shetland Folk Festival - Baskery

This year's Shetland Folk Festival, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, sees yet another eclectic and innovative line up of visiting artistes comprised of both first timers and festival favourites from the years gone by.

Often regarded as the grandaddy of UK folk festivals, the Festival is regarded as a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike – and is 100% organised by volunteers!  The "sessions" in the Festival Club, Islesburgh are often regarded as the best and most unique in the world whilst visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that these remote isles have to offer.

This year, the festival committee will make a series of announcements over the coming weeks connected to the 30th Anniversary event.  In the first instance, the organisers are thrilled to announce a provisional line up of fourteen visiting bands whose musicians hail from Scotland, USA, India, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, France, Slovenia and England.

To help ensure the success of all events that make up the 30th Anniversary Festival, the organising committee are now appealing for sponsorship.  A number of early business supporters have already been secured including Baker Tilly, Delta Marine, Greig Seafood Hjaltland UK Ltd, LHD and Shetland Catch.  However, many more sponsorship opportunities are available including for specific bands, particular concerts, the Festival Club and educational events.  For more information on sponsorship or to request a sponsorship pack, please contact Mhari Pottinger at

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