The Revellers

The Revellers are a seven-piece Shetland powerhouse that combine fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo with heavy metal, punk and alternative rock rhythm sections. The end result is something which has been nicknamed by onlookers as “heavy folk music” or “viking metal”.

Praised for their energetic live shows and stage antics, they have been described as one of the most entertaining bands in the North. They were the first act to sell out Shetland’s multi-million pound music venue, Mareel, and the first to record in the venue’s studio with their debut album Renegades in 2013. While all members are based on the isles, they have played festivals and venues around the UK and Europe, and have opened for the likes of Big Country, The Levellers and The Dubliners.

The band released their second album Skeletons in 2016 with Tim Matthew (Lau/Mystery Juice) at the helm, with cameo appearances from some of Shetland’s finest musicians, including Arthur Nicholson and Orkney's Kris Drever, as well as Danish multi-instrumentalist, Perry Stenback. They sold out Lerwick’s Clickimin Centre for the album launch and recently hosted the isles' Hogmanay party at Mareel.

Although this will be their first time playing at the Orkney Folk festival, they are no strangers to the county - whilst some of the band are very familiar festival faces, making a welcome return.