BBC ALBA is delighted to announce yesterday (Tuesday 27 April) that it will be broadcasting a special programme from this year’s 30th Shetland Folk Festival.
A special one hour concert featuring the legendary Fiddlers’ Bid from Shetland, as they stage a very special performance live to their home audience to mark the 30th Annual Shetland Folk Festival, will be produced by Bees Nees for BBC ALBA.
The festival, showcasing the best folk music from around the globe, is taking place from 29 April – 2 May with Fiddler’s Bid performing at the sold out Clickimin Concert on Saturday 1 May. Popular presenter Mary Ann Kennedy will host the Fiddlers’ Bid show for broadcast on BBC ALBA on 31 July, the eve of the band’s 20th anniversary.
Alan Esslemont, head of content for BBC ALBA, said: “We are delighted to be working together with Bees Nees and the festival organisers to showcase folk music through coverage of this outstanding festival. Shetland is renowned for its unique musical heritage and rich fiddle tradition and we are extremely excited to offering a special one hour show dedicated to Fiddlers’ Bid, the leading exponents of Shetland’s folk music.
“In the year that the festival celebrates its 30th year we are pleased to be continuing our commitment to event-based music coverage which appeals to a wide audience base of music fans tuning in to BBC ALBA.”
The Fiddlers’ Bid programme, produced by Bees Nees and directed by Bridget Caldwell, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA at 9pm on Saturday 31 July, offering viewers exclusive coverage of the band’s performance along with special interviews and audience commentary.