Sunday 2nd of August - Saturday 8th 2020

A week of workshops, concerts, sessions and masterclasses on Lerwick's beautiful historic waterfront, Folk Frenzy is curated by renowned Shetland fiddler, Kevin Henderson.

Our traditional summer school, Folk Frenzy, is back even bigger and better for 2020! Folk Frenzy is a focussed and intimate event, with a ‘family vibe’', developing the musical relationship between the participants, tutors and instruments to provide a collaborative and inspiring experience for everyone involved. Our tutors for 2020 are Kevin Henderson, Hanneke Cassel, Siobhan Miller, Andrew Gifford and Antti Järvelä. We have added Singing in 2020 to complement our popular Fiddle and Ensemble classes. Throughout the week we also have a variety of extra activities - concerts, masterclasses, trips and sessions. The week culminates in the ‘Big Gig’ where participants will perform music they have been working on in their classes during the week.

Book absolutely everything with the Full Frenzy ticket or the Half Frenzy gives you access to the course, concerts, trips and sessions but allows you to book masterclasses separately.

Once you book your place you can choose which course you’d like to attend and don’t worry - if you feel you need to change course once you’re here, that is easy to do.

We encourage participants to bring their families and partners, and tickets are available to all the extra activities so they can join in too.

Lerwick is a busy harbour town with plenty of accommodation, places to eat and some classic live music venues. We advise booking travel and accommodation well ahead of time as the summer can get busy. Find some useful links to plan your trip here 

New for 2020 - pre-order your t-shirt now and pick it up at Folk Frenzy! To avoid wastage we won't have any T-shirts available to buy during the week, so pre-order one now.

 

Provisional Programme

Sunday Aug 2nd

16:00 - 18:00 Registration
18:00 - 20:00 Welcome to concert with Soup and Bannocks
20:00 Session in the bar

 

Monday Aug 3rd

10:00 - 11:00 Classes
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Classes
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Classes
15:30 - 16:30 Masterclass/Workshop
19:00 - 21:00 Shetland Showcase concert
21:00 Session in the bar

 

Tuesday Aug 4th

10:00 - 11:00 Classes
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Classes
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Classes
15:30 - 16:30 Masterclass/Workshop
17:00 Trip to Bigton for a meal and bonfire and tunes on the beach
22:00 Session in the bar

 

Wednesday Aug 5th

10:00 - 11:00 Classes
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Classes
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Classes
15:30 - 16:30 Masterclasses / Workshop
19:00 - 21:00 Open Mic night
22:00 Session in the bar

 

Thursday Aug 6th

10:00 - 11:00 Classes
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Classes
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Classes
15:30 - 16:30 Masterclasses / Workshop
20:00 - 22:00 Film Screening
22:00 Session in the bar

 

Friday Aug 7th

10:00 - 11:00 Classes
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Classes
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 21:30 Trip to Eshaness followed by a gig in a country hall
22:00 Session in the bar

 

Saturday Aug 8th

10:00 - 11:00 Classes
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Rehearsal
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00  Soundchecks
19:00 The Big Gig
22:00  Session in the bar