20 Jan - 6 Feb 2022

Shetland 550: A Peerie Foy


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23rd Jan 2022
Old Fruitmarket
£16.50* includes booking fee
Age restrictions
Under 14s should be accompanied by an adult
Seating Type
Seated and Standing
Celtic Connections 2022

This afternoon instalment of Shetland 550, Celtic Connections 2022’s concert series marking five-and-a-half centuries since Shetland became part of Scotland, is conceived in part as a contemporary concert version of a traditional house ceilidh – or “peerie foy”, in Shetland dialect – incorporating music, stories and poetry. Your hosts are all artists deeply interested in both the past and present of Shetland’s culture, whether as manifested in its language, a rugged, resonant hybrid of Old Scots and Norse elements, or its world-famous musical heritage.

Shetland poets Christie Williamson and Christine de Luca each write in their native tongue and translate others’ work into it, revitalising old words and idioms via 21st century themes and international dialogue. Juxtaposed with ancient folk-tales, their poems feature here alongside Shetland’s most ancient music and its most modern, as venerable traditional tunes - from top island fiddlers Maurice Henderson, Margaret Robertson, Catriona Macdonald and Chris Stout – converse with the sounds of young jazz saxophonist Norman Willmore and audacious harp innovator Catriona McKay, of Fiddlers’ Bid fame.

Venue details

Old Fruitmarket
G1 1NQ
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