Sessions and Sail experience on offer in the Isles for the first time

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8 February 2022

Well-known Shetland musician Barry Nisbet and The Swan Trust are delighted to announce that they will be offering Sessions and Sail in the Isles for the first time, sailing around the Isles 25th to 29th April 2022.

Mixing his passions of sailing and music, Sessions and Sail was conceived by Barry, and the first voyage took place in 2018. The trips welcome musicians of any ability, with musical sessions and masterclasses taking place on board and ashore, and some fantastic sailing and scenery in between. Originally scheduled for 2020, due to Covid, this Shetland trip has had to be postponed for two years.

Barry Nisbet explains more: “This trip has been a long time coming and we’re all looking forward to some great sessions. I’ve run trips further south and have always been keen to bring Sessions and Sail home. With Swan being such a well-known Shetland vessel, and having sailed on her regularly myself, I know she will be the perfect boat to partner with. I am also delighted that for the sailing we will be under the command of skipper Maggie Adamson, who is a top class Shetland musician as well as an excellent sailor!”

The trip has been planned to coincide with the 40th Shetland Folk Festival, and Barry hopes to link in with some of its events. Barry continued: “Like many, I have really missed the Folk Festival, it is such a great event in the Shetland calendar, and I am delighted to hear it is going ahead this year. I know many of the committee and hope that, details still to be announced, we can link up in some way.”

The Swan Trust is working increasingly with partner organisations and, with music and the sea going hand in hand, this partnership is very much linked to their own heritage. It will also complement the range of public trips they have on offer this year, ranging from Shetland day trips to multi-night trips exploring the Western Isles and St Kilda.

Brian Wishart, Swan Trust Trustee: “This is such a great concept and we are delighted to be working with Barry to offer his Sessions and Sail experience in the isles. The Swan is no stranger to music sessions as we have always encouraged passengers and crew to take along their instruments – leading to many a memorable musical night aboard. We hope this trip may become an annual event, adding to the wide range of high-quality musical experiences on offer in Shetland.”

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