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“Barry Nisbet combines a resonating vocal with spine tingling acoustic guitar and fiddle’…… ‘A Bright Ray of Sunshine is magnificent! ★★★★★”
— Bryony Hegarty - R2 Magazine
Shetland musician Barry Nisbet is a songwriter and sailor with a repertoire inspired by the drama of life, his islands, and the sea.
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.