Three evenings of concerts featuring the best of Shetland talents along with high quality American country based acts.
The name Thomas Fraser has become famous worldwide for his musical talents. A local fisherman, Thomas kept a low profile and recorded his songs on a reel-to-reel recorder in his small croft house. Twenty five years after his death in 1978, the tapes were discovered by Thomas' grandson. He has since compiled a few CDs, allowing his grandfather's name to be recognised across the globe and be compared to other legends such as Hank Williams.
The memorial festival is not to be missed, but tickets sell fast.
CD's - 'Long Gone Lonesome Blues', 'You and My Old Guitar', 'Treasure Untold', 'That Far Away Land' & the new CD 'Just Call me Lonesome' are available in all major UK high-street record stores and on-line.
The format is usually as follows: the Thursday evening sees a traditional sit-down concert. This evening is usually more reserved and is shorter in length. Ticket prices are about £12 each. There are no bar facilities on the Thursday. Friday and Saturday nights are full length evenings with bar facilties and supper. Ticket prices are about £14 each. On the Sunday afternoon, from 2pm to 5pm, a special event is usually held.
If you are interested in visiting Shetland for the Memorial Festival, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Shetland tourism site - http://visit.shetland.org/, which is a good resource to find out more about getting to Shetland (not as difficult as you would think) and the attractions on offer. A word of caution, please book your tickets early, as Shetland-Music says, the Memorial Festival is the fastest selling ticket in Shetland!
8 - 11 Nov 2012
Days and Evenings
Usually about £12 - £14
You can buy tickets nearer the time from Hamnavoe Shop in Burra, Yealtaland Books & Post Office in Scalloway and Da Peerie Shop in Lerwick or please contact the organiser if you live elsewhere