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Devon Sproule Friday 23 August



Bonhoga Gallery

At Mareel, we love listening to live music and the venue has been specifically designed with great acoustics in mind. We have an excellent selection of events lined up in the Auditorium and other spaces in Mareel, and this booklet high-lights everything currently confirmed for this month and beyond.


*Please be aware that some details in this booklet may be subject to change.


Tickets are available via Shetland Box Office @ Mareel & Islesburgh Community Centre T: 01595 745555

The Garrison Theatre

CAFÉ BAR At the Café Bar in Mareel we pride ourselves on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious, rustic dishes and refreshments - the perfect accompaniment to a day out at Mareel. The Café Bar plays host to regular events which are free to attend, from live music to DJs, the details of which you can find in this booklet.

Public Opening Sat 3 Aug, 11am-2pm Gallery Talks by exhibiting artists Anna Lindal Sat 3 Aug, 12:30-1pm Bente Saetrang Sat 3 Aug, 1-1.30pm Sat 3 Aug to Sun 15 Sep

Stomping Ground & Shetland Arts present Make a Scene Monday 5 – Friday 16 August A Youth Theatre Summer Project for ages 7-12 & 12-21. Shetland Arts presents Europa Fri 30 August: Garrison Theatre Sat 31 August: Walls Hall Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm A play celebrating island culture tracing the ancient story of Europa from the classical through to the modern. Suitable for 12+ £8/£5

Shetland Arts Development Agency manages Mareel, the Garrison Theatre & Bonhoga Gallery. We also develop and promote a year round programme of film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts & dance events. We do this because we want to see Shetland celebrated as a place where inspiration & innovation are valued; where people want to live, work & study; and we want the full social & economic potential of the islands to be achieved.

Shetland Arts is supported by Creative Scotland and core funded by the Shetland Charitable Trust. Shetland Arts is a registered charity (SCO37082).




CAFÉ BAR Opening Hours Sun - Wed 10am - 11pm Thu - Sat 10am - 1am

Sunday Afternoon Jazz

Singers & Songwriters Night

Live jazz with Norman Willmore, Max Tyler, Hayden Hook, & Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes.

Monthly Singers & Songwriters Night with performances from Arthur Nicholson and Steven Robertson, plus an open mic session. Performances take place in the Main Auditorium via Café Bar entrance.

Sundays 18 & 25 August, 2-5pm

Mixology@ Mareel Friday 16 & 30 August 9pm-1am Listen to chill-out tunes from our house DJs as you sip on a cocktail.

Film Quiz Tuesday 20 AUGUST from 7.30pm

For film buffs and novices alike. A small prize will be awarded to the teams with the highest and lowest scores. Max team size: 6 people. Quiz takes place in the Main Auditorium via Café Bar entrance. *To enter: £1 per person

Sunday 18 August from 7pm

Eating & Drinking Every penny you spend in Mareel helps Shetland Arts generate income to invest in our venues, events, exhibitions, and arts development in Shetland. So when you buy something to eat or drink from us you don’t just get refreshed - you feed the hunger for great arts venues and activity in Shetland. Thank you!


Mini Residency From 31 July to 3 August

with the Scottish Ensemble & DJ Alex Smoke

Wednesday 31 July Doors: 7.30pm, Start: 8pm Mareel Auditorium A boundary-pushing night of electronic music, film and live performance from the Scottish Ensemble and DJ Alex Smoke. Murnau’s 1926 expressionist fantasy, Faust, tells the classic cautionary tale of the deadly consequences of entering into self-destructive deals with the devil. Paying homage to the musical accompaniments of the silent film era, DJ Alex Smoke has created a 21st-century soundtrack for electronics and strings, bringing this film to life. £10/£8

Scottish Ensemble

Out & About Day

Thursday 1 August Coaching sessions from 4-6pm. Performances from 6pm. Busta House (Brae), Mareel (Lerwick), Carnegie Hall (Sandwick) The Scottish Ensemble goes Out & About in Shetland to play with local musicians and give free short performances to the public. If you are a string player (with a little experience of reading music, around grade 4) then you are invited to take part! There will be three coaching sessions and performances across the isles and you are welcome to participate at whichever location suits you best. The sessions will also involve preparation for a performance in a secret location on Friday 2 August at 6pm (rehearsal at 5pm), and only those who take part will have the chance to learn more about this! FREE. If you want to take part please contact Shetland Arts on 01595 743 843 or at


with the Scottish Ensemble

Friday 2 August 2 - 4pm Mareel Auditorium The Scottish Ensemble takes up the role of palm court orchestra for an afternoon of ballroom classics, dancing, and tea. You’re invited to choose your partners and dance to favourites from a golden age performed by the UK’s only professional string orchestra, while enjoying delicious afternoon tea. Someone will be on hand to help you learn the moves if you’re unsure! We welcome people of all ages, shapes, sizes, levels of physical activity, and dance experience to come along and join in. £6 (ticket price includes afternoon tea)

The Scottish Ensemble LIVE

Saturday 3 August Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium The Scottish Ensemble’s first ever residency in Shetland culminates in a spectacular concert at Mareel. The Ensemble will team up with folk superduo Shetlander Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp), for a programme centring on two double concertos. The first, Seavaigers, describes a sea journey from Dundee to Shetland and is composed by Sally Beamish; and in Bach’s instantly recognisable Concerto for Two Violins, Chris and Catriona join the Scottish Ensemble in a fresh take on core string repertoire. £18



Textile Festival

Exploring the contemporary potential &

future of textiles, with a strong Nordic theme.

31 July – 5 August

Bringing textile artists, knitters, designers, speakers and the public together from Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, New Zealand and UK.

In the Loop 3.5: Making Connections

Knitting conference: with Nordic speakers 31 July - Mareel (half day) £15 1 August - Shetland Museum & Archives £30 2 August - Shetland Museum & Archives £30


An exhibition of contemporary textile art by Nordic & Shetland artists. Public opening: 3 August, 11am – 2pm Runs: 3 August – 15 September Bonhoga Gallery, Free

Gallery Talks

by artist Anna Lindal, 3rd August 12.30-1pm by artist Bente Saetrang, 3rd August 1-1.30pm Bonhoga Gallery, Free

Meet Shetland Textiles A textile networking afternoon for the public, speakers and artists. 3rd August 2pm -5.30pm Mareel Upper Café Bar, Free Drop-in event

Own our own time

A project by Kerstin Lindström exploring human pace in the form of knitting together in a circle. 1 August, 6-8pm Shetland Textile Museum, Free

Plus other great events including: • Textile Tours • A drop-in afternoon of Swedish 2 ended knitting at Shetland Textile Museum. • Lerwick Town Centre’s Fair Isle Festival • A Shetland College Student exhibition of Contemporary Textiles, Nordic Themed. • A workshop in Mareel on Estonian Knitting with Kait Lubja.

To find out more visit: +44 (0)1595 745555


The Full Frenzy Package: £400 / £300 Week of Classes Package: £325 / £180 Day of Classes: £70 / £50

The Shetland Amenity Trust presents


Viking Congress

Public Lecture Day 4 August 2013 Doors: 8.30am, Start: 9am Mareel Auditorium 10 public lectures to be held over 4 sessions during the day exploring the topics of Shetland in the Viking World, mapping the Viking World, Viking identities and traditions, and Viking homelands. Each lecture will be no longer than 30 minutes and will have Q&A opportunities. Coffee & tea will be provided on arrival and midmorning. There will be a one hour break for lunch (not provided). Free but booking required.

Shetland Fiddlers’ Society & Shetland Folk Dance in association with Shetland Arts present

The Reel Thing Wednesday 14 AUGUST Doors: 7.00pm Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium

The Reel Thing is an exploration of the age old relationship between Shetland’s historic dances and the fiddle music that was created for them – the very roots of our musical heritage. For decades in the 20th century the dances were virtually forgotten, before Shetland Folk Dance rescued them from oblivion. The fiddle tunes survived but were played only to listeners. Recent collaboration with Shetland Fiddlers’ Society has recreated the fascinating symbiosis between dance and tunes, which enables their partnership to present an authentic performance of the “real thing” and an opportunity for the audience to participate. £6/£3 (concession price for under 16s only)


Devon Sproule in association with

& Band Supported by Arthur Nicholson

Following last year’s acclaimed concert at the Garrison Theatre, Americana singer-songwriter Devon Sproule and a new-look backing group return to Shetland with a fresh batch of songs from her forthcoming LP, which has the working title Colours. Brought up on a commune in Virginia, the infectiously likeable Sproule has been described as having “the polite manner of a pastor’s daughter and the mildly bonkers mannerisms of a swingin’ 1940s jazz singer.” £14 / £12

Photo by Billy Fox

Friday 23 August Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium

Heavy Metal Buffet presents

Mareel Auditorium

Doors: 3.30pm, Start: 4pm Saturday 24 August

Scaldin Bragg | Ten Tonne Dozer | Semperfi (Aberdeen) | Akord (Aberdeen) Eat Dr Ape (Glasgow) | Automatic Chicken | Wind Up Projectiles Beef Cleaver | Hoygir | Giant | Toxic Flames | Lyall vs Murray With a staggering line up of both local and visiting bands performing over two days in two venues this will be the highlight of Shetland’s rock and alternative calendar this year. Under the name of the ‘buffet’ this festival celebrates a range of genres from funk to metal, hip hop to rock, perfectly fitting its name. This will be a weekend of nonstop music, with many bands taking to the stage in the Lerwick Legion on the Friday night, then Mareel auditorium on the Saturday. To get a package deal for both Mareel and the Legion at a special discounted price, please contact Shetland Box Office. £15 / £12 (concession price for under 18s only)


Shetland Arts presents




upcoming The Blues Festival Committee presents

The Shetland Blues Festival 2013

Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2013 Mareel Auditorium The UK’s most northerly blues festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.

DF Concerts & Events in association with Shetland Arts present

Tim Burgess & Band

Friday 27 September Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium Tim is touring his new album Oh No I Love You, which will be released on September 2, around the UK with his five-piece band, including The Charlatans guitarist Mark Collins. Over 14’s allowed but under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. £15

Shetland Arts presents

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Thursday 3 & Friday 4 October Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele. The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years and has become something of a national institution. The Orchestra has given thousands of sold-out concerts across the world. £28

11 Shetland Arts presents

Karine Polwart & Band

Shetland Arts presents

Rod Clements

Saturday 5 October Doors: 7.30pm, Start: 8pm Mareel Auditorium After three decades in the business spanning over thirty albums and several chart hits, Rod Clements is a man emerging from the Lindisfarne years and carving his own unique furrow in inimitable style. His solo shows combine his excellent newer material with some Lindisfarne classics and are woven through with stories drawn from Rod’s extraordinary 40 year career as a musician at the highest level. £16

Friday 18 October Doors: 7pm, Start; 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium Scottish Album of the Year 2013 finalist Karine Polwart draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. £18

Shetland Arts presents Shetland Arts presents

Seth Lakeman & Band

Supported by Lisbee Stainton Thursday 10 October Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium Folk-inspired, multi-award winning singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman tours with his hugely talented band, playing tracks from all his previous studio albums plus a few brand new songs, from foot-stomping, sing-along songs to more tender, thoughtful ballads. £20 Klub Revolution & Oceana Promotions present

Big Country

with support from The Revellers Saturday 12 October Doors: 7.30pm, Start: 8pm Mareel Auditorium Big Country were formed in 1981 by ex-Skids member Stuart Adamson and went on to become of the biggest bands of the next 20 years in both the UK and America. £25

Aly Bain, Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky

Sunday 3 November Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium Aly Bain is Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler. His most recent collaboration with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, created the album Fully Rigged a celebration of shared Nordic heritage. Completing the line-up is Bruce Molsky who has also explored traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades. £18 DF Concerts & Events in association with Shetland Arts present

Ricky Ross

Tuesday 19 November Doors: 7pm, Start: 7.30pm Mareel Auditorium Deacon Blue front man Ricky Ross travels to Shetland as he tours his new album Trouble Came Looking, to perform songs from his solo career and Deacon Blue, and to tell the stories behind the songs. £20

August at a glance 31 July to 3 August

Scottish Ensemble Mini Residency

Faust Out & About Day Tea Dance Scottish ensemble live

Wednesday 14 August

The Reel Thing p4 p4 p5 p5

31 July to 5 August

International Textile Festival

4 August to 11 August

Fiddle Frenzy

Sunday 4 August

Viking Congress




FriDAY 23 August

Devon Sproule

Saturday 24 August

The Buffet 2013




31 August to 8 September

Wordplay & Screenplay 2013





Textile Festival


What's On @ Mareel - August 2013 & Beyond  

What's on @ Mareel in August 2013 & beyond.

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