Bio

Barry Nisbet is a songwriter from Shetland; a guitarist, fiddler and sailor with a repertoire inspired by the drama of life, his islands, and the sea. Scottish Trad meets Americana-inspired songwriting in a style influenced by Gillian Welch, Karine Polwart and Ivan Drever among many others. 

He launched his first album, 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine', featuring original songs and tunes, in March 2018, to excellent reviews. He recently played the Shetland Folk Festival, the Eden Festival and the Green Man Gallery in Buxton, as well as supporting Tide Lines, The Furrow Collective and the Jennie Sturgeon Trio

As one of the Cullivoe Fiddlers, Barry plays a unique regional style of Shetland fiddle music; as a Captain of tall ships such as Søren Larsen, he has sailed through the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, gaining inspiration from the wind and the stars. 

As a member of Shetland band 'Rack n Ruin', Dundee-based Americana group 'Wire and Wool', and French group 'Tildon Krautz', he has performed at numerous festivals and events in Shetland, Scotland and mainland Europe. He gained a Dundee Musicians Award in 2016. 

Barry runs the 'Sessions and Sail' voyages, bringing groups of musicians together for workshops and sessions aboard the Tall Ship 'Lady of Avenel', cruising on the Scottish coast in the summer.

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography

the band

Stephen Jack plays bass with the band and on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He is a Dundee-based musician who also performs with bands such as Two Thieves and the Burning Wood.

Photograph by Donald Milne at The Weaving Shed, Dundee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Robin Wynn Evans runs TPot Studios in Perthshire. He is a recording engineer and musician and produced and engineered the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He plays bodhran and persussion on the album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gavin McGinty is a guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Dundee, well known for his solo performances, and as a member of Sinderins and Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher.

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fiona McAndrew sings backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. She is a musician and illustrator originally from Zaragoza, Spain, who studied in Dundee and now lives in Edinburgh.

Photograph by  Malcolm MacLean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Theo Barnard plays guitar and provides backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He is a regular performer with bands such as Wire and Wool and Cuck's Bounty.

 

 

 

Ade Dacre plays drums, and features on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He is based near Oxford and has performed with Badly Drawn Boy.

 

 

 

 

 Robbie Ward is a multi-instrumentalist from Dundee who is well known as a solo performer and as a member of Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher. He plays piano, harmonium and bass and provides backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Amira Kremers sings backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. She performs with bands such as Two Thieves and the Burning Wood.

Photograph by Donald Milne at The Weaving Shed, Dundee