The Shetland Folk Society

Tel: 01595 692 446


The Shetland Folk Society is responsible for organising the ‘Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year’ competition held annually in Mareel.  Over 100 fiddlers under the age of sixteen perform both traditional and contemporary Shetland tunes to compete for an array of silverware.  Many who have won the title of ‘Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year’ have gone on to become nationally and internationally renowned fiddlers.

 The Shetland Folk Society was originally established in 1945 ‘to collect and preserve what remained of Shetland’s folklore, folk songs, fiddle tunes, traditions, customs, place names and dialect.’  This was achieved through their dedicated collecting and publishing of folk materials.  Their collection can be found in the Shetland Museum and Archives and as well as in published material.  Now an array of local organisations contribute to the preservation of our folklore and culture and continue the valuable work established by The Shetland Folk Society.

 For more information, please contact Shetland Folk Society Secretary, Valerie Watt, by emailing 


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