Bio

Shetland musician Barry Nisbet is a songwriter and sailor with a repertoire inspired by the drama of life, his islands, and the sea. 

Playing contemporary folk that is firmly placed in the modern world, Barry’s roots are traditional, with a fiddle-playing background and a voice that has been compared to the late Iain Mackintosh. 

He launched his first album, featuring original songs and a full band, in March 2018 to excellent reviews. He performs regularly in Scotland, England and mainland Europe. 

As one of the Cullivoe Fiddlers, Barry plays a regional style of Shetland music; a Captain of tall ships such as Søren Larsen, he has sailed the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He now runs the 'Sessions and Sail' voyages, bringing musicians together for workshops and sessions aboard the 'Lady of Avenel'. 

He gained a Dundee Musicians Award in 2016.

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 from Zaragoza, Spain, performing under the name Metecandriu.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Anderson is a drummer and accordion player from Jedburgh

the longer bio

Brought up in Cullivoe, Shetland, I played music from a young age.

Taught fiddle at school by Margaret Robertson, then by Yell fiddler Peter Scollay, then Trevor Hunter, I was soon playing in groups and forming bands along with friends. One such group became Rack n Ruin, with whom I'm still gigging frequently in Shetland and beyond.

Cullivoe has a unique fiddle style, exhibited by the Cullivoe Fiddlers, with whom I've played for years, and have toured as far afield as Lithuania.

On leaving school I went to sea, first with Shell Tankers, then with Maersk Tankers, gaining a 2nd Mate and 3rd Engineer qualifications. My wanderlust and desire to travel was often frustrated - the end of mile-long jetties, and mooring buoys out of sight of land were not what I had hoped for. But there were highlights, including a three month posting to m.v. Maersk Gannet, anchored off Ascension Island, an experience that later inspired me to write 'Comfortless Cove'.

The call of adventure drew me to Tall Ships, and after six years on tankers I joined the brigantine Soren Larsen as 2nd Mate.

Barry Nisbet with the Cullivoe Fiddlers in Lithuania, 2007

Barry Nisbet with the Cullivoe Fiddlers in Lithuania, 2007