Shetland Folk Festival organisers will showcase local talent to audiences from across the planet during the biggest ever instalment of the event.
More than 40 home-grown talents will perform across the islands during the 39th edition of the popular event.
Festival organisers say it will be bigger than even before with greater capacity, an increase in concerts and a range of one-off special showcase events due to take place between Thursday, May 2, and Sunday, May 5.
Local artist coordinator, Diane Wood, said the line-up is a testament to how much talent exists in the isles.
She said: “When you see the list of local performers, and the range of experience and styles represented, it really demonstrates what Shetland music is all about.
“We are grateful for all our local acts who volunteer to perform each year.
“With so many more visitors to the festival recently, we felt we needed to create a bigger platform for Shetland music and hopefully this can be seen here.”
Six-piece band Kansa will perform at Clickimin on Saturday, May 4, alongside JP Cormier and Radio 2 Folk Award winner Tim Edey.
Fiddler and singer Barry Nisbet, from the Rack ‘n’ Ruin band, will showcase his solo work during a performance at the Festival Club, as part of a special “stories behind the music” concert organised by local musicians and BBC producer and broadcaster Claire White.
New and aspiring artists will take to the stage alongside existing talent for a “blazin’ a trail” concert, where Quarff’s Jenna Reid will perform alongside Blazin Fiddles.
Other artists taking part include Scandi Fiddlers, High Level Hot Club, Fraser Jamieson and Langstrings.
Local favourites such as Haltadans, Vair, Sheila Henderson and Freda Leask, Fjanna, Shetland Mandolin Band, Girsie’s Loose Ends, Herkja, who wowed audiences on their first festival appearance last year, and many more will perform over the weekend.
And party bands such as First Foot Soldiers, David Sandison’s Tennessee Wannabees and the Isaac Webb Trio will play late night slots at the Festival Club throughout the event.