Studio Guest Barry Nisbet Sun 16th Feb 2pm on Transatlantic Conversations with Bob Leslie
Barry Nisbet is a songwriter and sailor with a repertoire inspired by the drama of life, his islands, and the sea.
After seeing his performance at the Danny Kyle Open Stage this year (for which he gained a “highly commended” award), I was intrigued both by his music and, as a half-Orcadian myself, by his roots in Orkney – where he lived for a number of years, and his place of birth, Shetland.
Happily, he consented to come into Celtic Music Radio studios to be interviewed, play some tracks from his CD, and give us the treat of a few live songs too.
Playing contemporary folk that is firmly placed in the modern world, Barry’s roots are traditional, with a fiddle-playing background and a voice that has been compared to the late Iain Mackintosh.
He launched his first album, featuring original songs and a full band, in March 2018 to excellent reviews. He performs regularly in Scotland, England and mainland Europe.
As one of the Cullivoe Fiddlers, Barry plays a regional style of Shetland music; a Captain of tall ships such as Søren Larsen, he has sailed the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He now runs the ‘Sessions and Sail’ voyages, bringing musicians together for workshops and sessions aboard the ‘Lady of Avenel’.
He gained a Dundee Musicians Award in 2016; this led to the recording of his 2018 CD A Bright Ray of Sunshine (available via his website).