Stories from Scottish Creations: Shetland

"There's something about people feeling connected to the areas they’re from that these tunes can bring very strongly, both to the players and the audience members"

Alastair Savage

3 November 2022

In this fourth episode of our series of documentaries from the Scottish Creations we travel to Shetland and focus on the folk sessions in the tour.

It’s the first time that violinist Alastair Savage, who curated the traditional music in the programme, has visited Shetland and he talks about the significance of that for him and about the music he has programmed.

This series of documentaries is taken from our May 2022 tour, Scottish Creations. Scottish Creations was a celebration of the nations stories – personal, local, folklore and more. Storytelling was not only conveyed through music, both classical and traditional, but also through the visual arts – with the concert touring with an accompanying exhibition, with work from amateur artists and crafters from across Scotland, again all connected with stories.


Stories from Scottish Creations: Shetland

The Folk Sessions

Violinist and programme curator: Alastair Savage

For Scottish Ensemble:

Producer: Stuart Burns
Chief Executive: Jenny Jamison
Artistic Director: Jonathan Morton

For Creative Lives:

Touring Exhibition curator: Kelly Donaldson

For Daysix:

Producer and Director: Gavin Bryce
Cinematography: Lewis Roseweir
Editor: Nicholas Ward


Filmed on location at Mareel, Lerwick, Shetland.

With thanks to NorthLink Ferries

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