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, Barry’s roots are traditional, with a fiddle-playing background. He writes songs that explore modern issues in a distinctive Scottish voice, or in his own Shetland dialect.

Barry launched his first album, featuring original songs and an all-star cast of Dundee and Perthshire based musicians 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 runs the 'Sessions and Sail' voyages, bringing musicians together for workshops and sessions aboard the tallship 'Lady of Avenel'. 

He gained a Dundee Musicians Award in 2016.

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography