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Published: 22 January 2014

By Andy Ross

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Choirs, choirs everywhere!

In the post-Christmas depths of January, it could be easy to be a little down but, it seems, not in Shetland.

Singing is on the up here in the islands. From baton-greeting choirs for the Commonwealth Games to community groups, the art of song is alive and well. Here are some of the things to look out for...

For men, Da ShantyYell Men are meeting in Mid Yell on Tuesday nights for rehearsals and socialising, and singing for our supper on Burns Night in the North Ness Hall. Anyone can join in the fun.

Eduardo Niebla, Spanish guitarist who is coming up to play next month, has penned a song for a choir and anyone interested in joining in is welcome. The contact is Davie Gardner who can be reached at Atlantic Music Services.

And there are plans for a song to welcome the Commonwealth Baton as it makes its way down the country from Shetland with a choir. A special song has been written for the occasion and Ali Burns, song-leader, composer and teacher is going to be coming up to Shetland to teach it and to work with our Singing Saturdays group. Way hay! Get in touch if you want to be involved.