Having last played in Shetland at the Folk Festival in 2010, Väsen are making a welcome return to the Isles with their unique brand of Swedish folk music. Inspiring covers by bands like the Punch Brothers and Snarky Puppy, Väsen’s music is deeply rooted in the forests of the Swedish countryside and it's centuries-old tradition of the folk music. It's a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound.

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together.

The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest.

There's a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that's beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next.

“Move heaven and earth for a ticket.” - The Herald, Scotland 

“Brilliant - an unstoppable force” - Fiona Talkington, Songlines Magazine 

“One of the finest musical ensembles playing today” - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio



Due to unexpected changes in their flight schedules Väsen will be landing in Shetland slightly later than planned.

In order to allow the gig to run as advertised the start time will remain the same with local support Haltadans performing from 7.30-8pm followed by a short interval, during which time you will be asked to leave the auditorium to allow Väsen to do their sound checks. We appreciate your understanding and the good will of the band in volunteering to significantly shorten their sound check!